This giveaway is now closed and the winner is Nicky!
Two new knitting books have hit the market recently and you're going to want both in your personal library! Both are from the publisher Sixth & Spring and both feature two great yarn brands--Cascade and Noro!
The first is 60 Quick Knitted Toys. All the patterns feature yarn from the Cascade 220 Superwash Collection. Obviously superwash and kids toys make a practical pairing. Cascade 220 is a standard line of yarns---you really can't go wrong when choosing it for a knitting project. It's widely available and had a broad range of colors available. The book itself boasts a broad range of patterns. There is definitely a little something for everyone, from modern robots to classic teddy bears. Most knitting books rate their patterns on a difficulty scale and, as far as I could see, there isn't a single "beginner" pattern. But that is to be expected. Toys often require seaming, stitching and other techniques beyond a simple worked-flat rectangular scarf or in-the-round cowl. So this might not be a book for newbie knitters. However, the pattern I opted to do first is simple enough for newbie knitters to challenge themselves with. It's the Naptime Elf and my progress can be seen in one of the photos above. I used some Cascade 220 I had in my personal stash. I had dyed the one with dandelions and the other with avocado pits and skins.
The second book is Knit Noro Accessories 2 and features that gorgeous Noro yarn. Odds are, just like with Cascade 220, you've probably heard of Noro yarn, seen it in yarn shops. They are known for their fun play with color and textures. Most of the patterns in the book do a top notch job of showcasing all that makes Noro Noro. The patterns themselves have lovely construction, shapes, and textural stitch designs that would be great with many other yarns, not just Noro. I pulled two skeins of alpaca/wool blend yarns (dyed with logwood and hollyhocks/blueberries) from my stash and plan to make the Lace Beanie. And unlike many books that only offer accessories for women, this book has a few for men. Another perk about this book is that it is hardcover. Paperback is cheaper to produce but the fact that it sits flat when open is so nice when you're following the pattern. (Heads up publishers--splurge on hardcover or, better yet, spiral bindings for us!)
Not only did Sixth&Spring send me a copy of each of these books, they are offering one lucky BV reader a copy of each as well. To enter, simply visit the library on Ravelry for 60 Quick Knitted Toys and Knit Noro Accessories 2 and tell me in the comments below what your favorite pattern is! This giveaway is limited to the US and Canada. Winner will be drawn randomly at 6PM US Eastern on April xx.