Gudrun Johnston's new book, Knit With Me, focuses on a theme very dear to me - the idea of mothers and daughters being creative together. Gudrun was inspired to write the book after her daughter knit her first sweater. She wanted to create a collection of designs that both moms and their teen-aged daughters would want to make and wear.
I'm sure it comes as no surprise, if you know Gudrun's work, that she succeeded with a collection of designs that has a perfect blend of classic sensibility and modern styling. These are sweaters that you will turn to again and again. And since she collaborated with Quince & Co all of the patterns call for beautiful Quince & Co yarns, which come in an impressive range of colors.
The 7 sweater designs in the book are all worked in one piece - both top down and bottom up are represented. Soay, shown in the photo above, looks like it has set in sleeves but this pretty cardigan is worked from the bottom up with sleeve stitches picked up around the armhole edge. The sleeve cap is then worked with short row shaping. This is a technique that I have read quite a bit about, but have never tried. Gudrun's Soay might be my perfect opportunity.
One of my favorites in the book is Brock. This cardigan is deceptively simple, yet has wonderful details - a lovely chevron pattern at the yoke, sweet 3/4 sleeves with just the slightest gather at the cuff, and a hem that dips down in back.
Knit With Me also gives knitters 5 simple accessory patterns - perfect for beginning knitters. My daughter Sofie started knitting when she was home from college last month. I know she would love to make this pretty hat, Rubens, to wear with the cowl she made. Or perhaps she'd like to make a pair of cozy Cortland leg warmers. I think it's about time I teach her to magic loop. (Have no fear DPN users, Gudrun calls for DPN's in the pattern.)
Gudrun sent a copy of Knit With Me to give to one lucky winner. To enter for your chance to win the book, simply leave a comment on this post by the end of the day on Wednesday, February 13th. I will draw the winner using a random number generator.
All photos copyright Carrie Bostick Hoge used with permission.