Intermediate to advanced knitters and crocheters will love selecting patterns to create from “Patchwork Knitting: 18 Projects to Knit and Crochet,” (Schiffer/$19.99) by Johanna Schwarz.
The patterns instruct readers to knit different size squares and rectangles of fabric that are then pieced together with crocheted stitches to create a garment or accessory with the look of “patchwork.” Some of the multi-colored pieces look as if they’se been created with quilted fabric.
Each of the easy-to-follow patterns includes a photograph(s), diagram and step-by-step instructions. Featured patterns include a shrug, sweaters, vests, a scarf, shoulder purse, a jacket, poncho, footies, a pillow and more.
This book is a must-have for any knitter wanting to give her finished projects a high-fashioned look by marrying knitted and crocheted stitches together. Usually when you see the two together, the crochet is worked only as a border. This technique adds more interest throughout the entire garment!
For a chance to win a copy of the book, just email me a short story about your knitting experience to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put the word “patchwork” in the subject line, and REMEMBER to include your name and address.