Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: Sock Yarn Accessories by Jen Lucas

Recently, local(ish) designer Jen Lucas messaged me to ask if I'd like to review her newest book, Sock-Yarn Accessories. As you know, I am not one to turn down such an enticing offer, and within the week, a copy had arrived on my doorstep!

Most of us probably have quite a bit of sock yarn already in our stashes - it's always a good choice for impulse buying, since you know you'll use it eventually....and I know that a lot of folks don't even count sock yarn towards stash! This book is the perfect way to put some of those skeins to work: there are 20 patterns in all ranging from scarves, shawls, socks, cowls, hats, mitts, and even a market bag - and they ALL use fingering weight yarn!

I am really excited to shop from my stash and cast on for a few new projects this fall, especially since there are several quick-to-knit designs that would also make great holiday gifts. For those of you who are really ambitious, there are even four matched sets within the book for that knit-worthy someone on your gift knitting list.
Crossing Paths Hat and Mittens
There's something for everyone here: textured stitches, colorwork, cables, and lace. Another nice feature is that each pattern is ranked by difficulty, making it easy to choose a project that's suited to your skill level or current preference, and many of the patterns are also geared towards helping knitters learn new skills along the way.
Larkspur Cowl
It may seem like a slim book, but they've packed plenty of information into it, besides the patterns: there is a section on choosing the right yarn for the project, plus photo tutorials for special techniques used throughout the book - and, of course, the usual list of abbreviations, yarn resources, etc. that you would expect to find as well.
Paragon Scarf
So many of these patterns have gone into my queue; I'm looking forward to sharing my WIPs with you from this well-done collection of patterns!
Fergus Socks
Click here to view the Ravelry pattern page, which includes links to purchase both hard copy and PDF ebook versions of Sock-Yarn Accessories!

Images from Sock-Yarn Accessories, Martingale, 2015; Photos by Brent Kane.

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