Styles come and go in knitwear as in anything else. But there are certain motifs, colors, textures and styles that will always be popular among the knitting crowd, such as cables, herringbone, earth tones and natural fibers.
Designer Erika Knight uses all of these classics in the patterns for her book Classic Knits at Home: 15 Timeless Designs to Knit and Keep Forever. While they might not all be a perfect fit for your home, you're sure to find at least a couple of classic styles you want to knit for yourself, family members or friends.
All there is to this little book is a brief introduction to the concept of the book, a gallery of the patterns in color, presented in home environments, and the patterns themselves.
There's something kind of refreshing about a book that doesn't bother with any of the knitting basics. If you don't know how to make a cable, for instance, there are plenty of other places you could go to learn.
The patterns focus on throws and pillows, including a huge seed stitch throw, pillows with stripes, herringbone patterns, pinstripes, ribs and cables, a cabled throw, a lace throw and a patchwork throw made partly of knit pieces and partly of fabric.
Knight likes to combine fabric and knitting; it's also done on several of the pillow patterns.
In addition to throws and pillows, you'll find a yoga mat and slippers, a bath mitt, a rug, flower pot cozies and a door stop shaped like a Hershey's kiss.
The patterns as knit use mostly natural fibers like cotton, hemp and wool, mostly in neutral colors, adding to their classic nature. If you like something a little brighter, you can always change up the colors.
The patterns are easy to follow and many of them use simple stitch patterns such as Stockinette, ribbing and easy cables. Even relatively new knitters could use this book to knit easy (but not always quick) projects for their homes.
The bottom line is, if you're looking for classic projects for your home that you'll love year after year, this is a great book.
Publication date: January 2008.