"Perfect book for all those extra skeins of yarn."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted July 15, 2017
Self-Help | Non-Fiction
I learned several things in Jen Lucas' book COZY STASHING-
BUSTING KNITS, some were probably not intentional but rather
opening for an old time knitter. I developed a new respect for
charting, something I often passed over when looking at
for a new project.
When tackling a gorgeous shawl -- like many in COZY STASH-
BUSTING KNITS -- the line by line, row by row instruction
labor intensive and yet following the chart was easy as pie
got the logic behind them. Patterns are logical and charts
pattern and translate them into a graphic image of the finished
Knitting and other crafts are considered logic puzzles which
is one of
the reasons they are positive therapies for people with
memory and other problems. Looking at a knitted garment is
textured puzzle and you get such a feeling of accomplishment as
your work unfolds.
I have a personal formula for determining the value of
book of patterns driven by the number of projects I could
tackling. COZY STASH-BUSTING KNITS has 22 patterns of which
more than half are already on my to do list. Many of the
three or less skeins of yarns and of course that is why the
The vast majority of the patterns are rated as intermediate
guess that is due to the lacing element in them. However the
are basically repeats of many fundamental ones repeating
over to get the lacey body of the item. Don't be hesitant
to try these.
There are many small items to allow you to test your lacing
Then you can readily move on to larger projects like the
In each pattern there is an URL address to download a
so you have a copy that you can enlarge and make personal
Every pattern is written in the more typical manner
accompanied by a
chart. You can go either way -- or when questioning
something in one
refer to the other. I personally found this a great help.
Jen Lucas has illustrated each project with beautifully
samples of the finished item. She also gives hints to
project in different weights of yarn.
If you are comfortable with lacy stitches and cables there
are sure to
be a host of projects you will see to use up some of those
are sitting on your shelf or in bins. All knitters have left
over yarns of
all types and weights. In COZY STASH-BUILDING KNITS you can
easily make gorgeous gloves, hats and shawls with whatever you
have on hand and perhaps learn a new stitch or two. COZY STASH-
BUILDING KNITS by Jen Lucas is a well written, illustrated,
out book that accomplishes her goal handily with class and
Popular designer Jen Lucas is celebrated for her lacy
sock-yarn creations. Now she brings her light and lovely
style to the heavier-weight yarn in your stash. You'll find
snuggly and trendy hats, shawls, mitts, mittens, scarves,
and cowls designed for your favorite DK, worsted, and bulky
- Easy tips make converting patterns to different yarn
- Projects feature a variety of
textured stitches, including cables and
- Fashion-forward accessories are perfect for
handmade gifts, or just for you
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