Book Review: Cozy Knits

Filled with patterns for little warmers like hats, mittens, scarves and shawls, this collection uses only Cascade yarns though substituting whatever you have on hand should be easy as weights, yardage and gauges are included for each design. Several patterns such as the cute “Hammer Time Slouch Hat” are worked primarily from a chart so if you haven’t gotten comfortable knitting from a chart, these small designs are a good place to start. The “Secret Stash Earband” also worked from a full color chart, features hidden pockets for tucking in little things like bus tickets or mad money. Syncopated brioche knitting is used in the “Brioche Du Jour” ribbed scarf to create a chunky, two color piece with masculine appeal. No chart reading required to work the intricate looking but easy “Slip-Switch Two-Color Neck Gaiter” and with a gauge of 13.5 stitches to 4 inches, would be a snap to complete in an afternoon.

This is an uneven collection as some patterns like the “Tilt-a-Whirl Lace and Garter Afghan” are quite interesting and just beg to be knit while others like the “Here Comes the Sun Triangle Shawl” are rather mundane repeats of designs found in nearly every shawl pattern book. As with most Interweave Press releases, the photography is first-rate and the cookbook style instructions are easy to follow. The majority of designs are simple enough for the beginning knitter to successfully complete making this a useful collection to start with. Available from

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