Book Reviews: March's 1st Quarter KAL Prizes!

Ready to see March's 1st Quarter KAL Prizes? I decided to switch things up a bit and share some of my favorite books with you this month (instead of yarn!).

Did you know I have a book addiction? I read A LOT, novels I read on my e-reader, but when it comes to knitting (and cook) books, I like those hard copy! On any given day my office, studio and kitchen are scattered with books... in fact yesterday I found my elderly dog, Noche, using one as a pillow, silly 'ol girl!

Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book by Vogue Magazine
Published February 2018 by Sixth & Spring Books

This encyclopedia is a masterpiece, it deserves a spot on every knitter's shelf, right next to Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt and  The Knitter's Handbook by Montse Stanley. It is so chock full of information I'm not sure I can touch on it all in one paragraph, but I will say that I was consulted with on the bead section, which is an honor! It touches on a huge variety of topics.... I was delighted to find the shaping rule for Faroese Shawl Construction in it (something one of my Craftsy students asked me about the other day in class.)
Alter Knit Stitch Dictionary by Andrea Rangel
Published Fall 2017 by Interweave Press

Oh, this book is a joy... if you are intrigued by color work, design, or stitch dictionaries, you really need to check it out! After going to Shetland with Andrea last summer I've been dreaming of designing a color work piece or two and I know I'll be consulting this book both for the technique section which is in depth, and the stitches! Before I design something I need to explore more about color dominance and steeking, and this book delves into those topics (and tons more!). If you aren't a designer, but want to knit some color work the 5 projects included are modern and wearable. Promise me you'll check out this book!
Dimensional Tuck Knitting by Tracy Purtscher
Published September 2017 by Sixth & Spring Books

Sometimes I come across a photo and am utterly intrigued... that's what happened with this book. I saw it at a vendor's booth last fall (maybe at Rhinebeck?) and it came home with me. The techniques used to create this fabric which looks like a cross of weaving and knitting with a smattering of cables that aren't cables has me fascinated to no end. I think you'll be as in love with it as I am!
Curls by Hunter Hammersen
Published November 2014 by Pantsville Press

The self published booklet has become a classic. Hunter's innovative writing style creates a gorgeous and accessible approach to curl shawl shaping. I wrote a blog post about it a few years back... so I suggest reading that if you want to learn more!

In case you don't know about my 1st Quarter KAL in my Ravelry group, I've run them for the last few years the first 3 months of the year... there are weekly prizes for participating, and grand prizes for reaching goals! As of writing there are 296 projects completed, and 154 of my designs being knit... pretty amazing, right? Please come join us... it is easy to participate and it is SO fun to see what you are knitting!!!!

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