100 Fabulous Patterns for Wraps, Socks, Hats, and More
Edited by Classic Elite Yarns
October 18, 2011 / ISBN 978-1600854033
How To: Knitting and Crochet
by Beth E. McKenzie
The first thing I noticed about "Classic Elite Quick Knits"
is the luxury of the fabric: soft, flowing, sumptuous, lavish and
even yummy. The next thing I noticed was how many of the patterns
I want to make! These classic designs cover the full range of experience
levels and some will be quick to knit while others will take more
The primary focus of this book is to showcase the yarn, which is
both good and bad. It is great in that I am assured of reasonably
anticipated results when I purchase the recommended Classic Elite
Yarn. I have further comfort in that if the yarn is ever discontinued
there is a support staff available that can recommend the next best
thing. The down side to all this convenience, advice, glorious fiber
and luxurious beauty is the price. Quick Knits is a very reasonably
priced key that opens the door to a world of softness and sheen
based on an elite set of fibers: baby alpaca, silk, nettle, and
baby camel are some of the more interesting selections. There are
many less exotic selections such as the hand-painted Silky Alpaca
Lace (70% alpaca, 30% silk) recommended for the Bridgewater Shawl
I will be making.
I am an experienced knitter but I still have trouble with yarn substitutions.
I am seriously allergic to merino, mohair, and angora so I am hesitant
to try the hair of other fuzzy critters. Plus there is more to choosing
a replacement yarn than just making sure the size and gauge match.
If you are an experienced fiber artist you will easily be able to
make choices concerning the use of other brands of yarns, but those
with less experience may need to seek help if that route is taken.
This book will be a good investment for the craft-store shopper,
who is tired of their knitting norm and wants a little indulgence
in their pattern and yarn choices.