3.27.2017

Book Review: Mosaic and Lace Knits

I have something that I'm very excited to share with you today. My friend, Barbara Benson, has written an incredible new book, Mosaic and Lace Knits.
 
I got to preview this book a few months ago, when I had to say this about it (my quote is featured on the back of the book - how cool is that!?):

“Barbara Benson shares her expertise as well as her love of mosaic lace knitting in this incredibly comprehensive book. Her creativity and ingenuity shine through in every project. Mosaic and Lace Knits is a must-have for your knitting library!” 

Seriously, this book is amazing. The amount of information that Barbara provides in addition to the beautiful patterns is invaluable. She's created a very cool technique in mosaic lace knitting and she's sure to include all the information you need to have a successful knitting experience.

The book begins with an introduction covering how Barbara got into mosaic lace knitting. I found this part fascinating. She's definitely a designer that loves to experiment, and she tells you all about how she developed this technique.

From there, there is an extensive section on tips and tricks that you'll find helpful when working the patterns in the book. This section includes the basic stitches you need to use, guidance on reading charts and advice for getting your stitches to look their best. There's also a section on yarn considerations which I found to be especially helpful.

Then there are the patterns. Oh, the patterns. With 20 of them in the book, you're going to want to knit a few (or all) of them. Below are my personal favorites.

The book starts out with Single Flight, a mosaic-only mitten pattern. I think this is a great first project if you're new to the technique. I need them in my life.

Next up on my favorite's list is Love Child. The shape, the lace, it's all good.

Then there's the Isochronal Arc. From the book:

"Is it a poncho? Is it a cape? Is it a cowl?" I don't know and I don't care. All I know is I want one!

This hat might be my very favorite. I saw Barbara wearing it at Rhinebeck last year. It's so cool. Worked in a DK-weight yarn, I could probably whip one up pretty quick.

You can see the rest of the patterns on the book's pattern page on Ravelry. Barbara also has video tours for all the patterns on her YouTube Channel, Watch Barbara Knit.

If you're looking to add a new, fun and addicting technique to your knitting repertoire, then you definitely need to check out Mosaic and Lace Knits!

You can get Mosaic and Lace Knits a variety of ways. You can order it now on Amazon, or it will be shipping to your LYS or local bookstore this week. Let them know you want it!  

The giveaway has ended, thanks for entering!
There's another way you can get a book too....

Leave a comment on this blog post before April 3rd at 11:59pm central time telling me which pattern in Mosaic and Lace Knits is your favorite and why. You can see all the patterns here. Make sure you leave your Ravelry ID or email so I have a way to contact you if you win. I'll be using a random number generator to pick the winner! Good luck!

Finally, want to see more of Barbara Benson's gorgeous designs? You can check out her Ravelry designer page and her YouTube channel, Watch Barbara Knit.

Photos provided by Stackpole Books. Photography by Tom Moore and Barbara Benson. Photos used with permission.

Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. I received this book for free in order to review it. My review is 100% my honest opinion. I did not receive any payment for this review nor did I agree to publish a positive review. You can read my full disclosure policy here

16 comments:

  1. Lynetka on Rav9:48:00 AM

    My favorite is Clupeidae. I like the way she achieved a chevron design with the mosaic stitch. I also love the colors she chose for it!

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  2. Tamiami Trail - looks so feminine!

    graycm on Ravelry - thanks for the opportunity.

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  3. Anonymous10:23:00 AM

    I love the isochronal arc caplet! The colors are just stunning!! This little item would be so fun to wear!!!
    Jarichardson2000@yahoo.com

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  4. My favorite is Isochrinal Arc but they all look like fun to make- craftycrtnsbyc@aol.com

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  5. I love Fractured Helix -- the colors are great!
    krystine on Ravelry
    krystinefrisch@yahoo.com
    P.S. I just purchased Milton. It is beautiful! KAL?

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  6. Shelia Lawrence12:22:00 PM

    I really like the ves pattern.
    Slaw0514 on raverly or slaw0514@aol.com

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  7. I love love love the Quatrefoil Cap. It's in my favorite color, green!

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  8. I think I need to start with fractured helix. But this is book where I could seriously go on a knitting odyssey and knit all of them... Rav name: ninja-knitter

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  9. JWiesel4:44:00 PM

    I love too many of them to choose a favorite! I already have knit Sardaukar, and I loved it - probably will knit another. I think I'll start with the Pinwheel Market bag, but I also can't wait to try Clupeidae and Love Child ... and Cush Job, and the Quatrefoil Cap, and Fractured Helix ...

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    1. Anonymous3:44:00 PM

      I should have specified that my Ravelry ID is JWiesel, too :)

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  10. How can I chose just one? Texas weather cries for shawls and I will definitely knit Ves. But I also am drawn to Isochronal Arc or Lacy Pinstripe Cowlette. Decisions, decisions! cahandler@gmail.com

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  11. Love Cush Job. My sofa could use a new pillow! I'm hmicrafty on Rav.

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  12. I'm really excited about this book! I watched all the video tours last week and my favorite is Lovechild. And I just happen to have some Gale's Art MYS622 in my stash! I really can see myself making just about every pattern in Barbara's book. Rav name: snipchick

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  13. Anonymous8:17:00 PM

    Fractured Helix is my favorite. Love Barbata Benson.

    Rexraycat@gmail.com

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  14. Fractured Helix has been my favourite from the second I saw it. A fantstic design!

    asselchen@gmx.de

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  15. I love mosaic stitches, and love that Isochronal Arc! I love how capelets/ponchos stay on the shoulders so you can use your hands and not worry about slippage.

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