We knitters like to have knits available for us to wear and use as much of the year as possible, but those transition times between seasons can be difficult to knit for. In the fall you might still have warm days but cool nights and mornings, requiring clever layering and easy-to-throw-on accessories.
Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley have collected 21 patterns to help knitters make the transition from summer to fall (or spring to summer, for that matter) in style in a book they call November Knits: Inspired Designs for Changing Seasons.
About the Book
- Pages: 160
- Format: paperback
- Number of patterns: 21
- Skill level: none given, but most are for intermediate knitters
- Sizing: garments have at least five sizes, with some having as many as seven or eight
- Illustrations: full-color photographs
- Knitting lessons: a techniques section in the back covers cast ons and bind offs, increasing and decreasing, and special skills like crochet, short rows and steeks
- Publication date: October 2012
For this duo's first book, Vintage Modern Knits, they designed all the projects themselves, but this time around they asked established and up-and-coming designers to share their ideas for knits that could help span the seasons.
Like their first book, this one is divided into three sections offering different perspectives on fall. Farm Hands is casual and rustic, while Ivy League is a bold and sophisticated take on fall in New England. Southern Comfort looks at the changing seasons from a southern perspective and brings a little more shine and elegance to these projects that are more for special occasions.
Because I live in the south I find it a little strange that all the projects here are so girly (there's lots of lace and beads), but if you think of them as being knits for a special occasion rather than as "southern" knits it's not so bad.
Each section of the book has some beauties that caught my eye: the Burdock Cardigan by Maura Kirk, pictured on the cover, uses the fun star stitch along with wide borders of Stockinette; Elli Stubenrauch's Palomino Mittens use a tighter-than-expected gauge to make the cables and twisted stitches pop; the pretty two-color Walden Pond Socks by Elinor Brown offer warmth and a fun and easy embossed squares pattern that runs around the leg and foot; Veera Valimaki's Cobblestone Trenchcoat is miles of Stockinette but is still striking with big buttons, patch pockets and a contrasting color on the inside of the hems; the Barton Springs Skirt by Cecily Glowick MacDonald is mostly Stockinette with three ruffled bands knit separately and joined to the body; and Kristin TenDyke's Mockingbird Tam and Scarf uses a pretty diamond eyelet pattern worked in sock yarn.
November Knits is a pretty book with a nice range of sweaters and accessory patterns for the changing seasons. There are cardigans, cowls, socks, legwarmers, mittens, coats and scarves designed to keep you warm but easy to remove when you get warm from a day of walking in the woods or apple picking.
Despite the name of the book, these are patterns that will get you through any seasonal transition in style and comfort. There's a lot of texture and color in these patterns, too, just like the perfect fall afternoon.