In the introduction to her book Dolce Handknits: Simple, Sophisticated Designs, Kim Dolce says she designs pieces that she would like to wear herself.
A lot of other women will probably enjoy these pretty but relatively easy seasonal garments (though they may want to knit a few of them a little longer).
About the Book
- Pages: 96
- Format: paperback with flaps
- Number of patterns: 19
- Skill level: one pattern is rated easy, three are beginner/easy, five are easy/intermediate, six are intermediate and one is intermediate/advanced
- Sizing: patterns are all garments for adult women and offer between three and eight sizes; most have six or seven
- Illustrations: full-color photographs
- ,b>Knitting lessons: three pages of techniques cover cast ons, bind offs, make ones, finishing and crochet basics
- Publication date: November 2010
The projects in Dolce Handknits are divided by season, with four offerings for each. The book starts with winter, and half of those patterns are off-the-shoulder sweaters, which probably wouldn't be my first choice for winter, but they are pretty.
Spring offers a cropped cardigan and a shapely tee in alpaca and wool, while summer brings a pair of tanks (including the one on the cover) and a lacy bolero.
The collection ends in the fall with a couple of cute cardigans an a car coat.
Some of my favorite patterns are Point Reyes, one of those off-the-shoulder winter numbers, this time in bulky alpaca and wool; Santa Fe, a roomy V-neck knit in silk and Garter Stitch; the summery short cardigan Fitzroy with viney lace; and Sedona, which features a fluted rib pattern that makes a diamond shape and a fun twisted hem.
One thing that's great about this book is that, in addition to measurements the patterns offer fit suggestions. That Sedona sweater, for example, should have 2 to 3 inches of ease, while the more fitted tank Captiva calls for 0 to 1 inch of negative ease.
These measurements should help knitters to successfully knit the right size and get the right fit.
Dolce Handknits is full of somewhat basic patterns with little design features that make them more interesting and wearable. This book is a good choice for knitters with a garment or two under their belts who are ready for things like fully-fashioned shaping and working a stitch pattern on a garment (though there's plenty of Stockinette here, too).
These are pieces you will want to wear throughout the year and will be proud to have knit yourself.