I'm not that famous as famous knitters go, so it always tickles me when I see myself in a "well known knitter" context, as happens in Arne & Carlos' book Easter Knits: Eggs, Bunnies, and Chicks -- with a fabulous Twist. Or at least on the cover, where a quote from my blog post about my review of their book 55 Christmas Balls to Knit is featured.
"I'm kind of in love with Arne & Carlos," I wrote, and it's true. I love the way their books take you into their world for just a little while and immerse you in the color, fun and fabulous knitting going on int their little corner of Scandinavia.
About the Book
- Pages: 66
- Format: hardcover
- Number of patterns: 26, most of which are variations on decorations for knit eggs and balls
- Skill level: none given, but projects are suitable for knitters comfortable with knitting in the round, reading a chart and doing stranded colorwork
- Illustrations: full-color photographs and hand-drawn charts
- Knitting lessons: a page of explanations covers increasing, back stitch, duplicate stitch and knitting abbreviations
- Publication date: January 2013
Like other Arne & Carlos books, this one is lavishly illustrated, with really detailed, beautiful pictures everywhere you look. The pictures feature the knitting projects in the natural habitat of Arne & Carlos' studio (or at least they're styled in such a way that makes it look totally natural), full of well-curated holiday decorations.
Knit eggs embellished with dots are shown with dotted paper and a couple of real eggs decorated with dots and sitting in a dotted bowl. Pastel-colored markers and a scattering of candies finish the scene. There's something really inviting about the amount of thought put into these little scenes.
And the patterns themselves are no less inviting, particularly if you're the sort of person who has an Easter tree or likes to decorate for spring. The patterns are mostly variations on the knit egg and Easter versions of Christmas balls. There's also a bunny with a pom-pom tail and wee knit sweaters, as well as a knit hen.
The patterns feature common spring motifs like flowers, chicks, dots and hearts. There's also the classic Scandinavian symbols of spring: a skier and an outhouse. Really. Because, as the guys tell it, Easter is the time to head into the mountains for one last ski trip, and up there you use an outhouse. So there you go.
If you like your eggs a little tamer, there are also a couple of pretties based on Faberge eggs.
If you're a fan of Arne & Carlos like I am, you'll want this book just to get another glimpse into their world. It's inspiring, and it shows you, beyond the knitting, how a person can be a collector and have it look cute and not cluttered. That's a big goal in my life!
And if you like to decorate for Easter or spring and want to add some knitting to your collection, this book has a lot of great options. I really want someone to knit the outhouse egg and put it somewhere unassuming in their house so they can explain what it is when someone asks! If you do that, please tell me about it!
Projects on Ravelry (in Dutch, but you get the idea)