12.21.2009

Book Review: Easy Cable Knits

Hmm, well it seems that Wednesday is turning into review day. Seems like a perfectly good day to do reviews. :) And, I want to point out that I am going to start reviewing more than just books. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will get my act together and will start reviewing podcasts and yarn and things.

But, onto the book review. . . .

This week I took a look at Easy Cable Knits for All Seasons by Andra Knight-Bowman. This book was published just in September, so it is a fairly new book. As with most knitting books it starts out with the usual basic guidelines on how to do your basic knitting techniques. Always good when you need a little refresher!

The book then goes straight into the patterns, which are rated at beginner, intermediate and experienced. I always like when patterns have these ratings. I always worry about a super beginning knitter trying something too hard for your first project and then giving up on knitting all together. In this book I felt the ratings were accurate for what the pattern was.

There were lots of things I really like about this book. First off, I like that most of the garments have sizes that are for larger women. Most of the patterns go up to a 2X (which was usually 52 or 54" bust). As a larger lady, I like having the math done for me, rather than trying to have to do it myself. So, I was very happy to see that in this book.

I also really liked that several of the patterns give you options for sleeves. You have the option to make something as a tank/vest or add short or long sleeves. Again, something you can work out yourself depending on your style, but it's nice to see the book doing it for you. And, I liked that the patterns that contained those options contained photos of the garment knit in the different ways.

There were a couple patterns in particular that I liked. The "Scarf & Hat in the Round" and "Vest & a Twist" are both things I could see myself knitting.

The majority of the patterns in this book is what I describe as classic. So, if you are one that likes some of the newer super trendy knitting patterns, I would not recommend this book. But, if you love some nice basic cable patterns on classic sweater designs then I would say this book is for you.

Easy Cable Knits for All Seasons is available through Martingale and Company. You can get yours on Amazon for $18.99.

Love cables? Want a book with some nice classic looks that would fit any wardrobe? Then this book is for you. Just leave a comment between now and next Tuesday (12/29) at 5pm and you will be entered into a random drawing to win this book! Please include your Ravelry name or a link to your blog or email so I am able to contact you should you win. Good luck!

36 comments:

  1. Thanks for the contest! :) I'm naughtyknots on Rav

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  2. Kathleen8:52:00 AM

    Neat book! I like your reviews. I'm watermelon on ravlery, but you remember me. :-)

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  3. Thanks for the great review. Gotta love a book that gives you lots of options for your knits.

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  4. thanks for sharing with us! and keep up the reviews...they always help! and i'm crookedknits on ravelry :o)

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  5. RachelAnderson on ravlery9:49:00 AM

    Ooh, this book sounds great! Thanks for the contest.

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  6. This sounds like a wonderful book! thanks for offering up the chance to win! :) I'm bluebunny on ravelry

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  7. Thanks for a chance to win this book. I have done cables a couple of times and really enjoyed doing them.

    Knittingdancer on Ravelry

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  8. Thanks for the review (and contest!) I'm glad to see a book that's putting a larger variety of sizes out there for the patterns! I'm Svetlana3k on ravelry.

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  9. Thanks for the contest and the review. Interesting.

    corirallen on Rav.

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  10. InJuneau12:16:00 PM

    Thanks for the review (and the contest!). It's great when books have figured out the larger sizes for you!

    I'm InJuneau on Rav.

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  11. I love to knit cables, and I had never heard of this book. Thanks for the review!

    phoenixfire @ ravelry

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  12. wow thanks for the contest very cute stuff in there (looked up all the patterns on Ravelry). Very nice review as well...

    Ravelry name : MamaMay

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  13. Looks like a good book for the craft library. Might have to see if I can find it if I don't win it. :)
    Rav name: aewsimmons

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  14. Sounds like a good book.. Thanks for doing the review.
    I'll keep a watch up for your next one!

    Rav. pennyknits

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  15. thanks for the contest! sounds like a great book. i'm sadiekate on ravelry

    sadiekate2001 at yahoo.com

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  16. I love cables, thanks for having this giveaway! I'm Kala on Ravelry.

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  17. Kelsey Melissa8:59:00 PM

    Thanks for doing the review. I love classic knits and I love cables! I'm kelseymelissa on Ravelry.

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  18. Thanks for letting us know about the book! knitmit on rav

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  19. thanks for the contest, i love cables! off to peek at other reviews you have done! enjoy your holiday!

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  20. Fun!! I looooove cables! Thanks for this giveaway!

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  21. I would love to try this book out! THanks!

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  22. I'm trekcelt on Ravelry and the book sounds very nice!

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  23. Sounds like a great book! I'm one of those super-beginner knitters, but now that the Christmas rush is over for other projects, I'm hoping to push to learn a lot more about knitting in 2010. (cnuland on Rav)

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  24. Looks like a good book!
    Globalite on Ravelry.

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  25. Sounds fun
    I'm zenfluence of ravlery ^^

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  26. Looks like a great book. I'm carrieg777 on Rav.

    Thanks!

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  27. Nice review. I look forward to reading more in the future. I'm yinlite on ravelry. Hope I win this one! You can check out my blog at http://prettysticksandstring.wordpress.com/

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  28. Loved the review and had also hear and read it was an excelent reference. Would LOVE to win it

    Thanks for the contest.

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  29. I enjoyed your review and would love a chance to win the book. Thank you!

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  30. Excellent review. My name is ElleGee on Rav

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  31. Always interested in books with larger sized patterns. Your review piqued my interest in this book.
    knitella on ravelry

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  32. Sounds like an awesome book!! I'm kimothyjones on Ravelry!

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  33. Great book! Don't have a book with cable projects yet and this one sounds like it would fit the bill.

    MariAngel on ravelry

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  34. Shepherdgirl11:03:00 AM

    This book sounds great! I am learning to knit, and I would like to try cables soon, so this might be a good book for that.
    My name on Ravelry is Shepherdgirl

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  35. I almost forgot to leave a comment to enter the contest! hehe :) I'm so glad I found your blog! here's mine: http://frkwedding.blogspot.com
    and my Rav name is KristyR

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  36. Love knitting books!
    mysticmoon on Rav

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