Book Review: Hot Knits


I’m starting a new feature for my blog: Book reviews.  This will be a sporadic thing as I don’t buy many books.  Some will be ones I get from the library or, like this one, books I stumble upon at the thrift store and therefore they will not the newest.  If at some point I am lucky enough to be given books to review I will be sure to state that fact and I will always give my honest opinion.

Hot Knits – 30 Cool, Fun Designs to Knit and Wear by Melissa Leapman (Published in 2004)

This is a book of mainly sweater designs.  Sizes run from Extra-Small (36 1/2 inch bust) to Extra-Extra- Large (48 1/2 inch bust), depending on the pattern.  There is a large assortment of patterns, from long coats to pullovers to cardigans and more.  They’re meant to be trendy (now 12 year old trends) so while there are instructions for larger sizes, some patterns may not look so good on not-skinny-not-a-model bodies.  There are cables, lace,  colorwork and simple stitch patterns so something to fit every taste.

I’m not a sweater knitter but I do like some of these patterns. A few might even tempt me into knitting them one day.

Jenny – A long coat in heavy worsted held double.  I’d not use the mohair used in the instructions but it’s a nice simple shape and it even has pockets.

Deborah – A stockinette and garter jacket in bulky weight.

Maria (which seems to have missed out on getting a pattern page) – A tunic in a simple textured pattern in sport weight.  I’d likely change it to stockinette simply because I despise k1, p1 and avoid it whenever possible.  I suppose I could substitute a simple stitch pattern that I like better.

Erin – A colorwork pullover in light worsted.  I rather like this although I’d definitely change the colors.

Marla (and you can even buy this one as a single pattern) – A bit of pretty cabled lace in sport weight.  The neckline is intriguing with the lace design continuing up both sides.

There are tips scattered throughout the book on things like avoiding pooling, carrying the yarn up the sides, adjusting the length of the sweater and more.  There are charts for all the cabled patterns as well as the lace.  I find the instructions to be a bit confusing for a beginner sweater knitter but that seems to be normal for sweater patterns in books.  I’ve had some trouble deciphering the instructions for my Dressing Gown, which is from a book.

There are lots of full color pics, including close ups of the stitches.  Each pattern has a suggested skill level.

Overall, there are good layouts for each pattern and a really lovely table of contents with thumbnails of each sweater.  A large variety of sweater types and shapes as well as yarn sizes and types.  Something for nearly everyone.

The book appears to be out of print but is available used on Amazon.  If you’d like to buy this book or anything else through Amazon I’d appreciate if you could use my associate link: Dystini’s Amazon.  Every little bit helps and eventually I might be able to buy new and current books to review.


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