I recently received a review copy of Modular Mix: 12 Knitted Mitered Squares to Mix & Match by Edie Eckman from Annie’s. If you’re interested in learning more about mitered squares or modular (or domino) knitting, or if you like to knit sampler projects, this may be the booklet for you.
The booklet opens with a three-page section called Mixed Miters which walks readers through the basics of creating mitered square projects including materials, gauge, and techniques for casting on, decreasing, and joining squares. Fans of Edie know that she likes to include the knitting math, and in this section you will also learn how to design your own mitered squares and determine the appropriate number of stitches to cast on. Edie also explains why you might want to use different cast on methods, which is helpful for other projects, too.
The next several pages are devoted to the Modular Mix Afghan, made up of 20 blocks (some of which are formed by 4 to 16 smaller blocks). Because modular projects are joined as you work, this overview is helpful before diving into the square patterns if you plan to recreate the sampler featured on the cover.
The 12 module patterns are presented in the next section. Each pattern includes a brief introduction, information on the stitch multiples in case the knitter wants to adjust the size, the color sequence, and the pattern. The patterns are simple, but Edie doesn’t do as much handholding as some modern knitters may expect. These patterns are written like recipes, not as line by line instructions. I found them easy to understand, but a beginner (or beginning pattern reader) might be confused when reaching the last set of decreases, for example. Each square is also clearly photographed, so it is easy to see the differences in the patterns. Each square is available in 3 sizes (3 inch, 6 inch, and 12 inch). The projects all use medium (worsted) weight yarn and size 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles, but of course could be adapted to other size yarn and needles for a different effect.
The book closes with a list of knitting abbreviations used in the booklet, charts showing recommended needle sizes for different yarn weights and conversions from inches to metric measurements, and an illustrated Knitting Basics section. There is also a photo index in the back that makes it easy to find patterns in the book. Like other Annie’s booklets, this lays flat and is easy to read while knitting.
Overall, this is a fun pattern booklet for anyone interested in exploring mitered squares. While the booklet is brief (only 28 pages), Edie does pack in a lot of information, so it is suitable for knitters with a range of abilities. An adventurous beginner would have fun learning new stitch patterns, decreases, and increases, and a more advanced knitter could follow Edie’s tips to design their own mitered squares. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
I’m giving away my review copy of Modular Mix: 12 Knitted Mitered Squares to Mix & Match by Edie Eckman, courtesy of Annie’s. This giveaway is open to all readers. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, January 5, 2013. To enter: Leave a comment telling me about your experience with modular knitting. Have you made mitered squares or other join as you go knitting projects? For additional entries, like Underground Crafter on Facebook, follow Underground Crafter on Twitter, join the Underground Crafter group on Ravelry, and/or share a link to this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog. (And then, leave a comment here, on Facebook, on Twitter, or in the Ravelry group letting me know what you did!) One winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!