I love intricate colorwork, winding cables, and delicate lace. They’re gorgeous. What I don’t love is that the more often than not, the piece is not reversible. There’s a wrong side, a side that’s not meant to face the world. What happens, though, if you gift a lace shawl to a non-knitting friend? They might just wear it backwards because they don’t know which side is which. Wouldn’t it be better to just have a reversible pattern?
That’s where Audrey Knight’s (Audknits) book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues comes into play. The first thing I noticed about the book was the sheer number of patterns available. Audrey has designed 31 scarf patterns with
My favorite part of the book is the sense of knitter empowerment. In Chapter 1: Decisions, Decision, Audrey shows you how different yarn weights will affect a pattern, from sport weight to super builky. The lighter yarn makes an airy scarf, perfect for spring chills. The super bulky makes a nice, cuddly scarf, perfect for those freezing winter mornings. It all depends on what you as the knitter wants. Isn’t that wonderful?
This made me really excited. Ever since I first spotted it, I have been dying to knit her Linen Stitch to the Rescue scarf. The picture on Ravelry is simply gorgeous. The problem was I didn’t have the weight yarn the pattern called for, and I’m trying not to buy any more yarn until Fiber Fest. Reading Chapter [Insert number], it was like Audrey was patting me on the back and saying “Use what you want to use. It’s your scarf.” So that’s just what I did. I had some fingering yarn in my stash that I thought would be beautiful in linen stitch and got started.
I’m not terribly far into the project (I blame choosing fingering weight yarn, though I love it), but I can honestly say the pattern is easy to follow. There are basically two rows repeated the entire length of the scarf. I love the texture. One side has a smooth finish while the other has this wonderful purl texture. I know I’m going to really enjoy this scarf when all is said and done.
Audrey also sets you up for success right away. In Introduction and Techniques, she walks you through the importance of swatching even with scarves, a few methods of casting on (including for a moebius), and weaving in ends. She also includes Make It Your Own sections with additional tips and tricks.
One of the techniques that initially drew me to this book was double knitting. I’m fascinated by it, but I just haven’t tried it out yet. Audrey has a couple patterns for this technique, including the very lovely Sprouts scarf. What I like is Audrey doesn’t come at double knitting like it’s going to be a struggle for her readers. She doesn’t warn you how difficult this might be; she goes right into the pattern. I also really appreciate her tips in Make It Your Own for this chapter, like choosing the right gauge and yarn.
This is definitely a book I will be keeping handy. Right now, like I said, I’m working on the Linen Stitch to the Rescue scarf. I want to try one of the double-knit scarves next. Audrey’s writing style and directions have a way of taking the intimidation out of projects and techniques. She guides her readers and knitters to success by giving them all the tools they’ll need. I recommend this book to anyone interested in expanding their knitting repertoire. And, after all, Christmas is only 268 days away. A good time to get cracking on those presents!
Signed Copy Giveaway
This is no April Fool’s Joke! One lucky reader will win an autographed copy of her book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues, which Audrey Knight graciously donated. Trust me, you want this book. It’s fantastic!
How to Enter:
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Entries will be accepted from April 1st to April 16th, midnight Central Time. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 17th. Good luck!