I got really excited about the concept of Louise Zass-Bangham's new book Knit, Play, Colour when I heard about it a few months ago and it did not disapoint when I saw it in person. Not only has Louise designed ten beautiful accessories but also shown us ways to adapt and change the design to make it our own. Yarn choice and pattern modification is an almost daily topic in the shop as these can be daunting choices. This book is unique in that Louise invites us to play and try new things and gives several examples of how each pattern can be adapted, from yarn choice to modification, it's all in here.
I'm in love with the massive shawl Shadowlines, it's full of cables and looks oh so luxurious. While the pattern is written for an aran weight yarn, I think it would be quite spectular in either SweetGeoria Yarns Trinity Worsted or Julie Asselin's Hektos, the stitch definition and drape of both of those yarns would make for an incredibly snuggly winter wrap. Another great option would be The Fibre Co. Terra the flecks from the silk noil would add a lot of interest without being too busy.
And how many times have you picked up a stunning single skein of yarn from a shop or a show and not known exactly what to do with it? Louise designed Yarn Tamer with just that skein of yarn in mind. Use fingering, lace or DK weight yarn, make it long, make it short - it's your perogative and Louise gives you all the tools you need in the 'Play' section of the pattern. I know I have a few skeins in my stash that would lend themselves well to this.
I'm also quite taken with Trailblazer for it's simplicity and endless possibilities. Maybe you want to add some beads or use a hand spun yarn? I'd like to knit this using Kettle Yarn Co. Islington DK in Old Smoke, the sheen in that yarn would make a super elegant version. It's perfect for a variegated yarn as well though, so something from Hedgehog FIbres or Malabrigo would work really well too.
The patterns are written for beginner to intermediate knitters, so there is something in here for everyone. It's a great next step book if you're just getting in to knitting as it will help you explore the endless possibilities of your project.
I have a digital copy of the book to give away. Leave a comment below telling me what pattern you'd like to knit and what yarn choice you have in mind. Comments need to be in by midnight GST on Sunday 18 October to be eligible. Don't forget to leave me a way to get a hold of you in case you win.
photo credits: Jesse Wild