Guest Author - Lisa Linnell-Olsen
Tanis Gray has been a knitting editor, designer, and author for some of the major knitting magazines and also teaches knitting classes. She was able to use her connections pull on several popular knitting designers to create a collection of 50 patterns all made from Cascade Pacific and Cascade Pacific Chunky Yarn. Cascade yarns are some of the more affordable, durable yarns that are available from high end knitting boutiques. In other words, if you are wanting to move past the supermarket brands, but are living on a real budget, Cascade yarns won't break the bank. For this reason alone, a collection of great patterns using cascade yarn will be of interest to many knitters.
Cascade Pacific is an acrylic and wool blend that is meant to be easy care and can be worn against the skin. It comes in a worsted weight and a super chunky for quick knitted, warm projects. Because the projects are all made from a common weight, smooth yarn knitters should be able to substitute easily if they cannot find the yarn locally or just want to use another yarn.
A number of quick to make accessories with a variety of techniques and patterns are in this book. There are a few full adult women's sweater patterns and some baby items as well. The fair isle and cable patterns have charts, but do not have written instructions for the fair isle patterns. The patterns do not list what knitting skill level each pattern is at, such as beginner or advanced, so knitters should be careful to read through the patterns completely and make sure they understand any techniques involved before beginning a project. The projects involved do appear to fit a wide range of knitting skill levels, as they include simple stockinette items with minimal shaping up to brioche and intarsia patterns.
Cozy Knits can be a good addition to your knitting library is you would like to have patterns handy that would make great gifts or just to keep you busy making items for yourself and your family.
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