Book Review - Classic Elite Quick Knits

Book Review - Classic Elite Quick Knits

Classic Elite Quick Knits is a beautiful knitting pattern book from Classic Studio Yarns,

Classic Elite Quick Knits

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Containing 100 patterns for wraps and scarves,  hats, gloves, mittens, blankets and toys for the little ones and much more. This book is a follow up to their best-selling Classic Elite Knits and is for knitters of every skill level from beginner to experienced.

With the focus of this knitting pattern book on projects that are quick to knit, it would be a wonderful addition to your knitting library right now so you can knit up some holiday gifts. Before the holidays, I’m always looking for beautiful patterns that I can easily knit up in a short amount of time because I always seem to have more people on my gift list than I have time to make things.

Classic Elite Quick Knits contains designs by knitwear designers like Cathy Carron, CecilyGlowik MacDonald, and Jared Flood. There are 120 color photos of their creations in Classic Elite Quick Knits, which is always a plus for getting inspiration. You’ll find  showcase the range of high-quality yarns as well, including cotton, wool, bamboo, angora, cashmere, and blended yarns. There are general pattern instructions included as well.

The striped hat and the garter stitch hat for toddlers were a couple of my favorites for the little ones. My 2 year old granddaughter will be getting of these for Christmas this year.  Both are listed as intermediate level patterns but don’t look too difficult. The striped hat uses Star by Classic Elite, which is 99% cotton. The garter stitch hat recommends Classic Elite Summer Set, which is cotton, alpaca and lycra. Of course, you don’t have to use Classic Elite yarns but can choose your own if you prefer.

There are quite a few other knitting patterns for children that are terrific too, as well as a great selection of hats for adults. For myself, I’d love to make the stylish Montera hat from Classic Elite Montera yarn, which is wonderful llama yarn, mixed with wool, so it would be really warm and cozy in winter.

Another pattern that is sure to be popular are the Fresco mitts, which are fingerless gloves. I know fingerless glove patterns on my blog are one of my most viewed articles. Fresco yarn is 60% wool, 30% alpaca and 10% angora. I counted 5 fingerless glove patterns in the book, which will please readers.

I’ve never tried knitting socks but I’m tempted to try after seeing the beautiful sock patterns in Classic Elite Quick Knits. You’re sure to drool over the shawls, wraps and scarves too. I particularly loved the Montera Shawl using Classic Elite’s Montera yarn and the Creek Cowl, using Moorland yarn, which is a delicious sounding blend of fine merino wool, baby alpaca and mohair.

All of the knitting patterns in Classic Elite Quick Knits are fashionable and sure to please. It contains page after page of wonderful patterns and photos that you’ll no doubt spend lots of time thumbing through. If you’re a beginning knitter, you probably won’t find the intermediate patterns very “quick” but there are plenty of easy beginner patterns too, such as the Creek Cowl pattern I mentioned above.

The company, located in Lowell, Massachusetts, is well known for their luscious quality yarns. With its origins in the late 1940s, in 1980, the company began focusing on bringing their beautiful fibers to American yarn stores everywhere.

Although Classic Elite Quick Knits doesn’t come out until October 18, 2011, you can order it on with free shipping for orders over $25. You can also go to Amazon and scroll through some of the photos and patterns.

A special thank you to The Tauton Press for providing me with an advance copy for review.

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