Mel Clark things that knitting should be pretty and that we shouldn't save our pretties for special occasions. That's a good philosophy for knitting and for life, and it's the point of view behind Clark's lovely book Knitting Everyday Finery: Practical Designs for Dressing up in Little Ways.
The book offers basic-with-a-twist projects you'll love to use in your everyday life.
About the Book
- Pages: 128
- Format: paperback with flaps
- Number of patterns: 26
- Skill level: none given, but range from easy to advanced
- Sizing: most patterns are for accessories, the two women's garments have five and eight sizes; the one men's project that's sized has five
- Illustrations: full-color photographs
- Publication date: May 2012
Clark has a knack for producing pretty patterns that are relatively straightforward by have a little something extra to make them more special to wear and more fun to knit. Simple Stockinette shorts, for example, have stripes to add interest, while a pair of mitts has an intriguing traveling cable that moves to one side of the mitt, then back across.
There are patterns for wraps, socks, slippers, bags, gloves, hats and scarves. There's a simple women's cardigan and a man's vest (the other patterns styled with a man are a ribbed hat and a scarf with a textured stitch pattern).
These are projects that are mostly not very big or time-consuming but that you will get a lot of use out of and that would be lovely to give as gifts.
Some of my favorites include the Big Houndstooth Cowl, a giant chunky textured pattern great for the coldest days; the cute, shaped Croissant Bag, which would make running errands a little more fun; the Strawberry Beret, a funky textured pattern sure to brighten cloudy days; the Paisley Cuffs, which show how a little bit of colorwork can make a big difference on a small project; Anna's Hair Band, a broad, lacy band that ties in the back; the Lulu scarf, a Garter Stitch beauty worked in Kidsilk Haze in trapezoids and triangles for an asymmetrical shape; and the adorably whimsical Daisy the Dachshund, who can be made as a pencil case or stuffed and sewn.
If you love the idea of having little, pretty bits of knitting that you can use in your everyday life, Knitting Everyday Finery is a lovely book that will empower you to do just that. These projects are great for gifts for others or yourself whether you need a special pick-me-up or are celebrating events big or small.