Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Book Review: New England Knits


Title: New England Knits: Timeless Knitwear with a Modern Twist
Author(s): Cecily Glowik MacDonald & Melissa LaBarre
ISBN: 978-1-59668-180-4
Release Date: July 1, 2010
Publisher: Interweave Press
Retail Price: $24.95
Patterns:  25 Knit Patterns

When I read that New England Knits was being released, I practically BEGGED Interweave to let me review it!  I absolutely adore New England style.  And anyone who has been to the East Coast will tell you that there is a central theme: classic, stylish, and functional pieces that reflect a quiet refinement that you may find a New Englander sporting whether boating, shopping at the Farmer's Market, coffee with the girls, or trips about town.  This book brings that New England feel to life and adds a few little touches to modernize each pattern.

Of course this book is laden with sweater and cardigan patterns. But what you may be surprised to find is that they aren't merely cable patterns.  For instance, The Salem Hooded Jacket is lush with all of the texture you'd expect, but adds a ribbon detail to lend a little feminine flare to the rugged jacket.  Though an unexpected contrast, it works well and is uber cute!  Another unexpected pairing is the three-dimensional pattern and fuzzy, warm look of the Portland Mittens.  Quite a functional piece, this pattern combines softness and warmth with an interesting and highly textural pattern.  And as every East Coaster knows, the sunny, fall days can be warm yet crisp - a fact that did not go unnoticed in this book: with sweaters that provide enough lace to breathe, but enough wool to keep you warm on a cool October day.  My favorite example of this is The Hampton Cardigan - a gorgeous lace piece, that basically lays open in front.  What a terrific piece to layer in the varying temperatures of fall.  And while one will not be disappointed with the highly textured garments in this book, let's not forget the refined, structured pieces that are also synonymous with the East Coast.  There is perhaps no better example of this than the Auburn Top - a classic pullover with a shawl collar and princess detail.  It's beautifully shaped and lends a subtle elegance to the everyday sweater.

So whether one is looking for a nice bulky cardigan, a textured jacket, functional mittens, or stylish sophistication, New England Knits is sure to bring out the East Coaster in all of us!  Be sure to pre-order your copy today!!

The patterns in this book are divided into three categories:

Around the Town:
 Hampton Cardigan, Chelsea Skirt, Ashfield Cardigan, Auburn Top, Groveland Satchel, Northampton Neckerchief, Greylock Tunic, and Fairfield Sweater Whale Watch Hat

Fall on the Farm:
Brattleboro Hat, Greenfield Cardigan, Portland Mittens, Melrose Peacoat, Augusta Cardigan, Mystic Pullover, Montpelier Jacket, and Providence Hoodie

Along the Coast:
Salem Hooded Jacket, Derry Raglan and Cowl, Old Port Pullover, Lewiston Striped Vest, Middlefield Pullover, Cranston Coat, Montague Bulky Lace Vest, and Windsor Warmer

Interweave Press provided KnitPurlGurl with a FREE Review Copy of New England Knits.  This is an unpaid post and all opinions expressed are those of the blog author.



  1. Thank you so much for such a wonderful review!

  2. Great review. I will definitely purchase this a New Englander, how could I not!!

  3. this book sounds great!!! I can never have enough great knitting books for when the inspiration strikes!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  4. I have a Q. Are any of the patterns written with directions for plus size gals like me? Would have to know before purchase. Thanks for the review!


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