Classic Kicks for Little Feet by Helga Spitz Book Review with Basketball Shoes booties Pattern

Free knitting pattern: Basketball Shoes booties by Helga Spitz (excerpted with permission from Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby's First Year) via Underground Crafter | booties garlandIf you like to knit quick projects for the littles, then you’re going to want to check out my review of a new pattern book by Helga Spitz. My review also includes an excerpted knitting pattern for infant Basketball Shoes booties and your chance to win a copy of the book, so read on for details!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. A free review copy of Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby’s First Year by Helga Spitz was provided to me by Sixth&Spring Books. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Book Review

Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby's First Year by Helga Spitz cover via Underground CrafterClassic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby’s First Year by Helga Spitz is a knitting pattern collection of what used to be called “booties.” However, Helga’s designs go beyond the classic little envelope style into trendy shoe territory.

The book opens with Knitting Instructions, which includes all the background information you need before getting started. The Basics includes yarn substitutions from European brands to yarns that are easier to find in the United States. Sizes explains how to adjust the size of each project using thicker or thinner yarns and a different size of needles. This chapter also includes a chart of the Standard Yarn Weight System so you can find an appropriately sized needle when changing yarns.

The next chapters include patterns. For Tiny Dancers includes four patterns for feminine shoes such as Mary Jane’s and ballet slippers; The Big Outdoors includes four patterns for cozy boots in various styles; Eye-Catchers includes four patterns for casual shoes including mock sneakers and loafers; and Summer, Sun, Sandals includes four outdoorsy projects including espadrilles and moccasins.

Each pattern includes at least one full page picture (often with the adult-sized shoes that inspired the pattern in the background), along with a materials list including the yarn, needles, and notions required for the pattern, instructions for getting gauge, and the size. Each pattern is available in one of three sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-9 months (with approximate measures for the sole of each size listed in the Sizes section of the Knitting Instructions chapter). Many of the patterns also include whimsical illustrations of playful animals.

The book ends with Helpful Information, which includes a list of knitting pattern abbreviations, written instructions for double stitch to avoid holes when working short rows, and an index.

None of the patterns include difficulty levels, but since most use several increases or decreases and the book doesn’t include any knitting instructions, I would recommend the book for intermediate or advanced beginner knitters who enjoy making projects for newborns and infants. Like all pattern books, your enjoyment will be increased if you find plenty of projects you’d like to make in this book. You can see all 16 patterns from Classic Kicks for Little Feet on the book’s Ravelry source page. I liked that the book is hardcover, because it seems like it will be sturdy enough to become that “go to” baby pattern book that you return to again and again for quick but satisfying projects.

Basketball Shoes

Knitting Pattern by Helga Spitz

Published in Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby’s First Year.

Pattern and Photos © 2018 Sixth&Spring Books. Shared with permission from Sixth&Spring Books.

Free knitting pattern: Basketball Shoes booties by Helga Spitz (excerpted with permission from Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby's First Year) via Underground Crafter | shoes near basketballNotes from Underground Crafter:

  • This pattern uses Craft Yarn Council knitting abbreviations. A full list of abbreviations is available here.
  • You can find a helpful video tutorial for the k2tog decrease by LoveKnitting here.
  • This pattern is designed to fit a 0-3 month old with a sole length of 3.5″ (9 cm).

Just because you don’t have the height yet doesn’t mean the gear can’t make you look like a star.

Materials

  • 3.5oz/100g ball (220yd/200m) of Cascade 220 Superwash (wool) – 1 each in white, red, navy, and royal blue
  • 1 set (5) size 5 (3.75mm) dpn
  • Crochet hook size E-4 (3.5mm)
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

Gauge

  • 22 sts and 44 rows to 4″/10cm over garter st using size 5 (3.75mm) needles.
  • TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE.

Free knitting pattern: Basketball Shoes booties by Helga Spitz (excerpted with permission from Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby's First Year) via Underground Crafter | shoes on skateboardSole

  • With white, cast on 32 sts. Divide sts evenly over 4 needles (8 sts per needle). Join, taking care not to twist sts, and place marker for beg of rnd (back of shoe).
  • Work in garter st in rnds (purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd) as follows:
  • Rnd 1: Purl.
  • Rnd 2: Needle 1: K1, M1, knit to end; Needle 2: Knit to last st, M1, k1; Needle 3: K1, M1, knit to end; Needle 4: Knit to last st, M1, k1—1 st inc’d on each needle; 4 sts inc’d in total.
  • Repeat last 2 rnds 3 times more—12 sts per needle; 48 sts in total.
  • With white, purl 4 rounds, knit 1 round.
  • Cut white.

Shoe

  • Join navy. Purl 1 round. Cut navy.

Toe

  • Sl first 5 sts on Needle 2 to Needle 1; sl first 7 sts on Needle 3 to Needle 2; sl rem 5 sts on Needle 3 to Needle 4—17 sts each on Needles 1 and 4, 14 sts on Needle 2.
  • Keeping sts of Needles 1 and 4 on hold, join red from RS and work in rows on Needle 2 as follows:
  • Rows 1–4: Work in St st in rows (knit on RS, purl on WS).
  • Row 5: K2, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k2—12 sts.
  • Rows 6, 8, and 10: Purl.
  • Row 7: K2, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k2—10 sts.
  • Row 9: Knit.
  • Row 11: K2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2—8 sts.
  • Row 12: Purl.
  • Bind off all sts.

Sides and Back

  • Set-up row 1: (RS) With RS facing and first ball of royal blue, pick up and k 1 st in each of last 2 red sts of toe, then k2 sts from Needle 4; with navy, k30 sts from Needles 4 and 1; with 2nd ball of royal blue, k last 2 sts on Needle 1, then pick up and k 1 st in each of first 2 sts of toe—38 sts.
  • Note: Do not carry unused yarns. When changing colors, twist yarns on WS to prevent holes in work.
  • Row 2: (WS) With royal blue, k4; with navy, purl to last 4 sts; with royal blue, k4.
  • Continue to work first and last 4 sts in garter st (knit every row) with royal blue and center sts in stockinette stitch with navy, as follows:
  • Dec row 3: (RS) With royal blue, k4; with navy, k2tog, k to last 2 navy sts, k2tog; with royal blue, k4.
  • Row 4: Work even in pats.
  • Dec/eyelet row 5: With royal blue, k2, yo, k2tog (eyelet); with navy, K2tog, k to last 2 navy sts, k2tog; with royal blue, k2tog, yo, k2 (eyelet).
  • Row 6: Repeat row 4.
  • Repeat rows 3–6 for 3 times more.
  • Cut navy. With 1 ball of royal blue, knit 4 rows over all sts.
  • Bind off as follows: *K2tog, return st to LH needle; rep from * until all sts are bound off.

Finishing

  • Sew sole seams. Weave in ends.

Shoelace

  • With crochet hook and white, chain 100.
  • Fasten off.
  • Thread shoelace through eyelet holes.

Repeat from beginning for second shoe.

Giveaway

Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby's First Year by Helga Spitz giveaway via Underground CrafterNow that you’ve read my review of Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby’s First Year by Helga Spitz and tried out the Basketball Shoes, are your ready to win your own copy?

By entering this giveaway, you are voluntarily submitting information to Rafflecopter. You can read their privacy policy here for more details about how that information is used. This giveaway is open to readers with mailing addresses in the United States and Canada, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive 1 copy of Classic Kicks for Little Feet by Helga Spitz, courtesy of Sixth & Spring. Good luck!

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Book Review: Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book (Completely Revised & Updated)

Book Review: Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book (Copmletely Revised & Updated) via Underground Crafter

I’m sharing a review of the updated knitting classic from the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine, along with your chance to win a copy, so read on for details!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. A free review copy of Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book: Completely Revised & Updated by the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine was provided to me by Sixth&Spring. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.


Book Review

Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book: Completely Revised & Updated by the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine is the third revision of this knitting classic that was first published in 1989. Since then, over 1 million copies have been sold, and it’s for good reason.

The new 2018 version includes more cast on, increase, decrease, and bind off methods; sections covering brioche, entrelac, double knitting, and mosaic knitting; in-depth design and construction sections with options for accessories and 25 shawl shapes; and more information about tools and troubleshooting. It also includes more than 70 extra pages and over 1,600 photos and illustrations.

The book opens with a Table of Contents and information about the original and current editions of the book, including bios of the teams that brought them the life. The Special Features of This Book explains that the book is color coded and provides an overview of the contents.

Each chapter is incredibly in-depth and definitely allows you to nerd out on knitting. However, to break up the lengthy text, the book liberally uses bold to highlight major points and includes images throughout. As an example, in the 19-page Yarn & Supplies chapter, there are illustrations of both S and Z yarn twists, photographs of yarns in different weights so you can see the relative thicknesses, and so on.

The included chapters are:

  • Yarns And Supplies, which includes a detailed overview of yarn, needles, and notions;
  • Basic Techniques, which explores how knitting “works,” and includes written and illustrated instructions for holding the needles, 25 cast on methods, the knit and purl stitches and all of the basic combinations, as well as joining yarn, increasing, decreasing, and binding off;
  • Cables, which explores how cables are structured, how to read cable symbols and charts, provides a variety of cable patterns, and demonstrates how to cable without a cable needle;
  • Color Knitting, which includes stranded knitting, intarsia, vertical and horizontal stripes, slip stitches, mosaic knitting, short row color knitting, and plaid knitting, along with tips for working with bobbins and reading charts;
  • Lace, which provides an introduction to lace, a review of yarn overs and decreases, tips for reading charts, blocking, and troubleshooting lace problems, and lace border and edging stitches;
  • Circular Knitting, which provides an overview of knitting in the round with helpful photographs for using circular needles, double pointed needles, two circular needles, and the magic loop methods, along with the jogless join, steeking, and Moebius knitting;
  • Directional Knitting, which covers entrelac (both flat and in the round), modular knitting, bias knitting, and center-out knitting (including squares, circles, stars, and other geometric shapes);
  • Advanced Techniques, which covers brioche, double knitting, tucks, loop stitch, elongated and drop stitches, and felting;
  • Understanding Instructions, which is an in-depth guide to understanding patterns, including schematics and gauge and counting stitches, as well as symbols and abbreviations;
  • Correcting Errors, which includes written and illustrated instructions for troubleshooting everything from dropped stitches to mending holes;
  • Finishing, which covers blocking, seaming, grafting (kitchener stitch), and picking up stitches;
  • Designing Sweaters, which takes you through all aspects of sweater design from conceptualization through adding details like shoulder pads or linings;
  • Designing Shawls, which provides a history of various traditional shawl designs and also explains how to construct and shape different types of shawls;
  • Designing Accessories, which covers hats, mittens and gloves, and socks and stockings;
  • Embellishments, which shows how to embellish your knits with embroidery, beads, sequins, and other extras; and
  • Caring for Knitwear, which addresses both cleaning and storage.

The book ends with a detailed index, bibliography and credits, and knitters graph paper in 8 sizes. In addition to the index, each of the chapters includes a strip at the bottom of the page (when relevant) that indicates where in the book you can find more information. As an example, the entrelac section in Directional Knitting includes the page number of different stitches that are used with entrelac so you can refer back to those instructions.

As you can tell, the book has a ton of information inside. As a designer, I did find the three design sections most interesting (and thanks to the illustrated overview of different types of hats, I will finally know what to call my designs that aren’t beanies), but there is a lot included for knitters at all levels. This is the type of book that you can get as a beginner and keep with you as you learn more, or you can pick up as an advanced knitter to take you to the next level. Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book: Completely Revised & Updated is a hefty hardcover book, so it will withstand years of wear, and you can use the cover flaps to mark your pages. I highly recommend Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book: Completely Revised & Updated to knitters of all types!

Giveaway

Book Review: Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book (Copmletely Revised & Updated) via Underground Crafter - giveawayNow that you’ve read my review of Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book: Completely Revised & Updated are you ready to get it for yourself? Well, the nice folks at Sixth&Spring have set aside a copy for a lucky reader!

By entering this giveaway, you are voluntarily submitting information to Rafflecopter. You can read their privacy policy here for more details about how that information is used. This giveaway is open to readers with mailing addresses in the United States and Canada, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive 1 copy of Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book: Completely Revised & Updated, courtesy of Sixth & Spring. Good luck!

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Giveaway: Sixth&Spring Knitting Books

Underground Crafter 7th Blogiversary Giveaway: Two knitting books from Sixth&Spring Books (Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book and 60 Quick Knits for Beginners)Welcome to Day 3 of my Seventh Blogiversary Celebration! You can get all the details here. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing a giveaway two fabulous knitting books that will take you from beginner to intermediate and beyond!

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Underground Crafter 7th Blogiversary Giveaway: Two knitting books from Sixth&Spring Books (Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book and 60 Quick Knits for Beginners)I know a lot of my readers are knitters and some are aspiring knitters. So, when I got review copies of Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book and 60 Quick Knits for Beginners from Sixth&Spring Books, I know they would make great blogiversary giveaways.

The last edition of Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book is the book I was gifted when I first started knitting. It’s an incredible reference book and over 1 million copies have been sold! 60 Quick Knits for Beginners is a new book featuring step-by-step knitting photo tutorials and 60 beautiful patterns from beginner through experienced. Together, these books would help any newbie knitter get to intermediate status, and if you’re already a knitter, there’s plenty of inspiration for learning new things.

These books are so good that I’m going to share a review of each in the coming weeks. But I wanted to make sure that one lucky reader would get their hands on both books as part of my seventh blogiversary giveaway!

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This giveaway is open to readers in the United States, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive a copy of Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book and 60 Quick Knits for Beginners, courtesy of Sixth&Spring Books. Good luck!

Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1 Book Review with Knitting Pattern: Slouchy Hat by Rosemary Drysdale

I’m sharing my review of a wonderful new book from one of my favorite knitting authors, Rosemary Drysdale, along with a giveaway. I’ve also included an excerpted pattern for her cozy and unisex Slouchy Hat, so read on for details!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. A free review copy of Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1 was provided to me by Sixth&Spring. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Book Review

Book review: Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1 by Rosemary Drysdale with excerpted free knitting pattern: Slouchy Hat via Underground CrafterI’ve been a huge fan of Rosemary Drysdale’s work since I first got my hands on Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting. Long-time readers will know that while I love books with great patterns, I really love books that teach techniques and skills. I’m lucky enough to live in New York City and have so many opportunities to learn from some of the world’s best crochet and knitting teachers, but even I can’t have Rosemary Drysdale in my apartment when I’m struggling with a new technique. That’s why I love her books, because it feels like I do have her right by my side, walking me through everything step by step.

For this reason, I was excited to try out her new book, Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1, and it didn’t disappoint. In addition to a seed stitch dictionary of 60 patterns (all both charted and written in U.S. terms with great photos), the book also includes 31 knitting project patterns for 6 pillows, 5 cowls, 5 hats, 4 scarves, 3 blankets, 2 bags, 2 baby cardis, 2 women’s pullovers, and a poncho and wristers. (All but one of these project patterns are listed as a level 2/easy difficulty.) Just check out all of the project patterns here on the book’s Ravelry source page, and you’ll see that the book is accurately named. Rosemary doesn’t stick to the “same old” seed stitch patterns but she also explores colorwork, shaping, and interesting stitch combinations.

Besides the patterns, Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1 includes a strong opening section with hints for knitting seed stitch in the round or flat, increasing or decreasing, introducing colorwork, and designing with seed stitch, and a resource-filled back section, which includes designer’s graph paper for both seed stitch and moss stitch. As with other Sixth&Spring books, the photography is fabulous and enticing and the layout is masterful. The only problem that I can see with this book is that as a thick paperback, it’s tough to read and knit at the same time. If you love the seed stitch, are looking for classic patterns with a twist of fun, or want to get your hands on a new stitch dictionary with lots of projects included, then be sure to get a copy of Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1.

Slouchy Hat

Knitting Pattern by Rosemary Drysdale

Published in Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1.

© 2017 Rosemary Drysdale and shared with permission from Sixth&Spring Books.

Note from Underground Crafter:

Book review: Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1 by Rosemary Drysdale with excerpted free knitting pattern: Slouchy Hat via Underground CrafterSeed stitch elevates a simple color pattern on a winter warmer topped with a fun fur pompom.

EXPERIENCE

  • 2 – Easy

SIZE

  • One size fits most

KNITTED MEASUREMENTS

  • Circumference 19½”/49.5cm
  • Length 10½”/26.5cm

MATERIALS

  • 1 3½oz/100g skeins (approx 128yd/117m) of Cascade Yarns 128 Superwash (merino wool) each in #1984 Light Yellow (A) and #821 Dark Yellow (B)
  • One pair each sizes 10 and 10½ (6 and 6.5mm) needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
  • Purchased faux fur pompom
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

GAUGE

  • 16 sts and 20 rows = 4″/10cm over pat st using larger needles. TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE.

NOTE

  • When changing colors, twist yarns on WS to prevent holes in work. Carry yarn not in use loosely across WS of work to prevent puckering.

MISTAKE STITCH RIB

  • (multiple of 4 sts plus 3)
  • Row 1 (RS) K1, *k2, p1, k1; rep from *, end k2.
  • Row 2 K1, p1, *k3, p1; rep from *, end k1.
  • Rep rows 1 and 2 for mistake st rib.

SEED STITCH

  • (over an even number of sts)
  • Row 1 (RS) *P1, k1; rep from * to end.
  • Row 2 (WS) P the knit sts and k the purl sts.
  • Rep row 2 for seed st.

HAT

  • With smaller needles and A, cast on 79 sts. Work in mistake st rib for 3″/7.5cm, dec 1 st at end of last WS row—78 sts. Change to larger needles. Work in seed st for 2 rows.

Beg pat st chart

  • Row 1 (RS) P1A, *([k1, p1] twice)A, k1B, ([p1, k1] twice)A, p1B; rep from * to last 7 sts, end ([k1, p1] twice)A, k1B, (k1, p1)A.
  • Row 2 (WS) (K1, p1)A, (k1, p1)B, (k1, p1, k1)A, *(p1, k1)B, (p1, k1, p1)A, (k1, p1)B, (k1, p1, k1)A; rep from * to last st, p1A.
  • Cont in chart pat as established through rnd 14, then rep rnds 1–14 once more, then rnds 1–8 once more.
  • Cut B and work with A only to end of hat.

Shape crown

  • Dec row 1 (RS) With A, p1, *k3tog tbl, p1; rep from * to last 5 sts, end k3tog, p1, k1—40 sts.
  • Work 1 row even in seed st.
  • Dec row 2 (RS) With A, *k2tog tbl, p2tog; rep from * to end—20 sts.
  • Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread through 20 sts twice, pull tog tightly and secure end.

FINISHING

  • Sew back seam. Sew pompom to top of hat.

Book review: Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1 by Rosemary Drysdale with excerpted free knitting pattern: Slouchy Hat via Underground Crafter

Giveaway

Book review: Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1 by Rosemary Drysdale with excerpted free knitting pattern: Slouchy Hat via Underground Crafter | Enter through November 15, 2017 for your chance to win a copy.Now that you’ve read my review and checked out a sample pattern, I’m sure you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy of Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1 by Rosemary Drysdale. Lucky for you, the nice folks at Sixth&Spring have set aside one copy for an Underground Crafter reader!

This giveaway is open to readers with mailing addresses in the United States and Canada, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive one copy of Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1, courtesy of Sixth&Spring. Good luck!

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60 More Quick Baby Blankets Book Review with Knitting Pattern: Railroad Tracks blanket by Cheryl Lavenhar

I’m sharing my review of a baby blanket knitting pattern book along with a giveaway. I’ve also included an excerpted pattern for the soft and squishy Railroad Tracks blanket by Cheryl Lavenhar, so read on for details!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. A free review copy of 60 More Quick Baby Blankets: Cozy Knits in the 128 Superwash & 220 Superwash Collections from Cascade Yarns was provided to me by Sixth&Spring. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Book Review

Book Review: 60 More Quick Baby Blankets by Sixth&Spring via Underground Crafter with excerpted pattern: Railroad Tracks by Cheryl Lavenhar60 More Quick Baby Blankets: Cozy Knits in the 128 Superwash & 220 Superwash Collections from Cascade Yarns is another addition to Sixth&Spring’s 60 Quick Knits Collection. (Most recently, I reviewed 60 Quick Knitted Toys from the series here.) This book opens with a short introduction and then dives right into the patterns. Each pattern includes a description; the difficulty level; measurements; a materials list that includes yarn listed by weight, line, and color; special stitches and/or notes when appropriate; and a pattern written in U.S. abbreviations. As the title suggests, all of the patterns are for baby blankets using superwash wool yarns by Cascade Yarns. As with the other books in this series, every pattern also includes at least one large photograph of the pattern in a well-lit and styled setting. Most patterns include multiple smaller photos, too. The book ends with illustrated and written directions for the Kitchener stitch, several embroidery stitches, and the provisional cast on. It also includes helpful information like a glossary of pattern abbreviations, needle and yarn sizes, and tips for reaching gauge. It ends with a thorough index.

Twenty-nine patterns include charts (such as colorwork charts or cable charts). In most cases, charted information is not also included in the written pattern. In other words, you will be directed to the chart for a portion of pattern. Another 7 patterns also include assembly charts.

There is a variety of patterns in the book. In terms of difficulty level, there are:

  • 4 beginner patterns,
  • 20 easy patterns,
  • 31 intermediate patterns, and
  • 5 experienced patterns.

The patterns also use a range of different Cascade Yarns. There are:

Some patterns use more than one type of yarn. (U.K. readers can buy many of these yarns through Wool Warehouse.) There is also an additional pattern for a bear included with one of the blankets (so there are actually 61 patterns in this collection). A variety of methods are used in these patterns, too, including cables, intarsia, motifs, and one-piece blankets. There are also a range of styles as the patterns were developed my many designers. You can see all the patterns from this collection here on the book’s Ravelry source page.

60 More Quick Baby Blankets is a pattern collection aimed at advanced beginner and intermediate knitters who enjoy making blankets and projects for baby. These blankets would be ideal for gifts or to donate to one of the many charitable organizations that distributes blankets to infants and children in need of comfort. Although the book is a paperback and doesn’t lay flat so you can read while knitting, it does have cover flaps in the front and back, so it is easy to keep your place while working. The book has plenty of patterns to keep you engaged. If you aren’t comfortable reading from charts, more than half of the patterns include pattern abbreviations only. And, if you’re just looking for a fun knitting book filled with both brightly colored blankets and contemporary monochromatic ones, you’ll find plenty of options in this book!

Railroad Tracks

Knitting Pattern by Cheryl Lavenhar

Published in 60 More Quick Baby Blankets: Cozy Knits in the 128 Superwash & 220 Superwash Collections from Cascade Yarns.

Pattern and Photos © 2017 Sixth&Spring Books and shared with permission.

Notes from Underground Crafter:

Railroad Tracks free knitting pattern by Cheryl Lavenhar via Underground Crafter

Texture—created by alternating rows of garter stitch—takes center stage in this striking blanket, while an orange I-cord frame gives a bold finish.

Knitted Measurements

  • Approx 25 x 25″/63.5 x 63.5cm

Materials

  • 2 – 3½oz/100g balls (each approx 220yd/200m) of Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (superwash wool) each in #892 Space Needle (A) and #817 Aran (B)
  • 1 ball in #907 Tangerine Heather (C)
  • Size 6 (4mm) circular needle, 24″/60cm long, or size to obtain gauge
  • One size 6 (4mm) double-pointed needle (dpn)
  • Stitch markers

Gauge

  • 19 sts and 42 rows to 4″/10cm over garter st using size 6 (4mm) needle.
  • Take time to check gauge.

Note

  • Circular needle is used to accommodate large number of sts. Do not join.

Railroad Tracks free knitting pattern by Cheryl Lavenhar via Underground Crafter

Blanket

  • With circular needle and A, cast on 120 sts.
  • Rows 1 and 2 With B, k8, *p8, k8; rep from * to end.
  • Rows 3 and 4 With A, k8, *p8, k8; rep from * to end.
  • Rep rows 1–4 until piece measures approx 25″/63.5cm from beg, end with a row 2 of pat. With A, bind off.

I-Cord Edging

  • With RS facing and C, pick up and k 1 st in every st along top, pm, pick up and k 1 st for every garter ridge along left side, pm, pick up and k 1 st in every st along bottom, pm, pick up and k 1 st for every garter ridge along right side, pm.
  • Cast on 4 sts to LH needle.
  • *Next row (RS) Using dpn, k3, k2tog tbl, sl 4 sts back to LH needle, pull yarn snug across back of work.
  • Rep last row and work across sts to next marker.
  • Turn work.
  • Corner row (WS) P4. Turn work.
  • Rep from * 3 times more, removing markers. Turn work and bind off rem sts purlwise.
  • Sew ends of I-cord tog.

Finishing

  • Weave in ends.
  • Block to measurements.

If you enjoyed this pattern, you can find more books in Sixth&Spring’s 60 Quick Knits Collection on Amazon.


Giveaway

Book Review: 60 More Quick Baby Blankets by Sixth&Spring via Underground Crafter with excerpted pattern: Railroad Tracks by Cheryl Lavenhar | Enter through October 4, 2017 for your chance to win a copy!

Now that you’ve read my review and checked out a sample pattern, I’m sure you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy of 60 More Quick Baby Blankets. Well, the nice folks at Sixth&Spring have set aside one copy for a lucky Underground Crafter reader!

This giveaway is open to readers with mailing addresses in the United States and Canada, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive one copy of 60 More Quick Baby Blankets, courtesy of Sixth&Spring. Good luck!

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