The "60 Quick" series from Sixth & Spring Books offers large collections of patterns worked in various Cascade yarns (mostly Cascade 220). 60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops: Everyone's Favorite Projects in Cascade 220 and 220 Superwash collected 60 patterns from designers at yarn stores across the country into a book that is a good place to start when you need to knit a gift or just want a fast project.
About the Book
- Pages: 176
- Format: paperback with interior flaps
- Number of projects: 60
- Skill level: 26 are rated easy, 29 are for intermediate knitters and 3 are for those with more experience
- Illustrations: full-color photographs
- Knitting lessons: none
- Publication date: November 2013
- Publisher: Sixth & Spring Books
The projects cover a range of styles, though mostly accessories for women. There are a few patterns for kids and even fewer that might be suitable for a man.
There are no adult-sized garments -- the name of the game is quick, after all -- but there are a few sweaters and a dress for little ones, as well as some hats and other accessories for babies. Most of the projects come in only one size.
But if you're looking for a quick gift for a woman, particularly if you enjoy colorwork, this book is worth checking out. There are lots of nice headbands, mitts, shawls, socks and bags that would suit a lot of recipients and be fun to knit as well.
Some of the standouts for me include:
- the Garter Lace Striped Shawl by Charlene Hatfield, which uses three colors and three stitch patterns to make a wavy, cascading shawl
- Talitha Kuomi's Twisted Rib Hat, which combines a couple of fun ribbing patterns for a hat that's fluffy and full of texture
- the knee high Fair Isle Stockings from Tammy Eigeman Thompson, which have colorwork everywhere but the cuff (including the back of the heel and the bottom of the foot)
- the pint-sized Animal Vests by Marcie Brooks, which are pretty simple pieces embellished with your choice of squirrels, ducks or bears
- Nancy Van Hof's Faux-Woven Scarf, worked lengthwise in single row stripes of Seed Stitch, it's probably the most masculine pattern in the book
- the Swirl Beret by Kathy Zola, which has a contrasting cable band and topknot and is otherwise worked in a pretty painted colorway in a swirling pattern
- the clever Felted Cable Tote by Julie H. Rose, which continues the cable patterns on the bag up into the handles
- Becky Curran's fun Felted Bowls, which have a nice ruffle at the top making them look more like vases
- the Rainbow Scales Wrap by Rachel Keener, which uses a fun slip stitch pattern to break up jewel-toned stripes
- Graphic Mitts by Sheila Joynes, made with a pretty combo of a solid and a painted yarn with a lovely little picot edging
- Lisa Carney's Mitered Squares Cardi, a cute little baby sweater with miters on the body and stripes on the sleeves
There's a lot to like about this book. With this many patterns there's bound to be some you like and others you don't. There are a few things here I'd be happy to make and give as gifts or use myself, and I'm sure you'll feel the same way if you check it out.
Cascade 220 is a pretty economical yarn and you could probably use the superwash version interchangeably in most of these patterns (other than the ones designed to be felted, of course), which is perfect for gift knitting, knitting for kids or charity knitting. If you like to do any of those things you should check this book out.