It's only the past few years that I've started knitting again, I learnt to knit as a very small child but stopped in my teens and then didn't pick my needles up again for over twenty years. I used to make all sorts of things when I was young, trying out various patterns, designs and techniques. I'm not so adventurous these days and I'm quite nervous to try anything new, especially where colour changing is concerned, that's why I'm such a fan of variegated and self-striping yarn. I was therefore very interested when asked to review Geo Knits by Mary Jane Mucklestone, 10 Lessons and Projects For Knitting Stripes, Chevrons, Triangles, Polka Dots and More.
I really like how this book takes you on a journey though each geometric design, starting off right at the very beginning with Garter Stitch Stripes.
It then builds on what you've learnt by using other stitches to create the designs as well as introducing more advanced techniques and designs.
The ten lessons in the book include an introduction to the technique, an inspiration board which shows some of the projects you could attempt with that particular technique, the lesson itself and the pattern to create a project using that new skill.
There's also lots of hints, tips and information along the way, how to knit neat stripes, raglan shaping and steeking among others.
Chapter 2 is Basic Techniques. Included in this chapter is information on choosing tools, yarn, and one of the things that many people have trouble with, colour.
The book really is for the very beginner though there's plenty here that I can certainly learn so I think it would also interest those knitters who are past the basics too. It covers tension and how to read charts and even tells you how to cast on and off as well as showing how to knit the basic stitches.
Patterns are provided for projects which include the Garter Ridge Mobius Cowl, Chunky Stocking Striped Beanie, Triangular Garter Stitch Shawl, Dotted Mitts and Super Chunky Stocking Stitch Circle Rug. There really is something for everyone.
Geo Knits by Mary Jane Mucklestone is published by Apple Press and retails at £12.99. It can be purchased direct from Quarto. I received a copy of this book to review, however, all opinions expressed are my own.