I am so amazed at why Elizabeth Zimmermann’s publisher did not think it was such a hot idea to publish a book of patterns all with garter stitch, in 1972. Since her second book, Knitter’s Almanac, had many patterns with the Garter stitch, her publishers thought it best to put this idea “on ice”. Thirty nine years later, I am happy to receive a copy of this valuable book, which is a wealth of information, with beautiful designs for adults and children, and Elizabeth’s original journal entries, watercolors and drawings, and much more. The book includes a variety of easy and practical options for sweaters, coats, jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, vests, slippers, baby garments, and so on. Some of my favorites are the ……
This spiral is the top piece of the hat on the cover, knitted in gray.
Brimmed Hat – Panach: This hat looks a lot like Peter Pan’s hat and a feather would complete it! There is another photo in the book showing another angle.
There are several hats and bonnet patterns, including a sun hat.
Diamond-Back Bonnet, has a subtle design that makes it ultra unique, but is easy to knit for the beginner knitter.
Long Collared Jacket: If I ever make a long jacket, this pattern is all I need, for its fold-back collar and easy pockets. This is for me.
Ribbed Dirnal Top: This tight-waisted cardigan is design of a geneous, which is my dream to make for my daughter one day (unless I find my waist again!). With its silver buttons and round wide neck it is the perfect item in a woman’s wardrobe.
On the whole, this book is a must-have for anyone who loves knitting, and appreciates the beauty in simplicity. Although many of the designs look complicated at the first glance, reading through the instructions and well thought of illustrations in this book makes it easy.
For more information on this book click here to read what Clara Parkes says on her Knitter’s Review website.
Since I was not able to part with my copy of this book (death shall do us apart) the folks at Schoolhouse Press are offering a giveaway copy to the lucky winner. Please visit their website, and learn more about Elizabeth Zimmermann, Meg Swanson, and all the talented designers of the Schoolhouse Press. Please leave a comment here to enter drawing for the book until Midnight PST, Monday, May 23rd and the winner will be announced on Tuesday.
And The Winner is…
Submitted on 2011/05/20 at 8:31 am
I would love to be entered for this giveaway. I love knitting and Zimmerman patterns are always the best!