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step it up knitsI really meant to post this giveaway last week, and then my daughter was sick and it was Thanksgiving and then I was sick, so here we are.

I recently shared with you the pattern Vickie Howell did for my other knitting website, and about the same time I reviewed her latest book, Step it Up Knits, over there. It’s a fun book that helps knitters build their skills in things like cables, lace, colorwork and felting while working on relatively small and quick accessories projects.

There’s lots of really cute stuff among the 25 patterns here, and you’re sure to come out with some really cute projects and some great new skills in your knitting toolbox.

I have a copy of this great book to give away, and all you have to do is leave a comment below. I’d love to know what knitting skill you’ve avoided but would still really like to learn.

Leave your comment between now and the end of the day next Monday, Dec. 3, and the magic random number generator will pick a winner.

Thanks for entering and good luck!

By Sarah White

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118 Comments so far

  1. Sheila on November 27, 2012 11:46 am

    I can’t really think of any knitting skills I’ve avoided, just some I haven’t gotten to yet. I haven’t tried knitting with beads and am hoping to do that soon.

  2. Ann Devine on November 27, 2012 11:58 am

    I’ve steered clear of colorwork, other than slip-stitch patterns. But I really want to learn Fair Isle! I may have to try it this coming year; I’ve been saving patterns right & left!

  3. Susan on November 27, 2012 11:58 am

    I have wanted to try something lacy for a long time but have given up many times.

  4. Katie on November 27, 2012 12:08 pm

    I am very new to knitting, so it is easy for me to choose another craft to complete a project. I have not worked my way into garment making yet.

  5. Peg on November 27, 2012 12:25 pm

    Fair Isle and double-strand color work knitting!! I just started my first sweater vest project that has some small color work on it. I’m really excited!

  6. Maureen on November 27, 2012 12:27 pm

    I have been knitting for about 10 yrs and I am afraid of the double pointed needle. So I will usually avoid patterns that utilize this form of knitting. I still would love to know how to use them because everyone talks about how much they love knitting socks.

  7. Betsy on November 27, 2012 12:34 pm

    My goal next year is to get into double knitting…

  8. Michelle on November 27, 2012 12:35 pm

    I don’t think I’ve avoided any type of knitting. Possibly color work. It seems very intimidating. But, i’m always excited to learn!

  9. Lee on November 27, 2012 12:46 pm

    I have avoided cables! thanks!

  10. Ashley on November 27, 2012 12:53 pm

    I am so intimidated by the thin yarn and tiny needles for lace!

  11. Knitting Teresa on November 27, 2012 1:26 pm

    I avoid double points. I use 2 circulars instead of using double ponts. Maybe that will be my New Year’s goal to tackle double points.

  12. Donna on November 27, 2012 1:34 pm

    I am new to knitting so trying to soak up a lot of information! In a month, I’ve made three hats, a scarf and I’m doing another scarf and ear warmer/headband now. Taking a lace class next week, and a cable class the week after! I avoided learning to knit in general – I don’t know why I waited so long to learn (I’m 50!) because I love it! :)

  13. Beth on November 27, 2012 1:57 pm

    I’m still a very new knitter! I’d love to learn how to use dpn – I’ve tried a couple times but not very successfully!

  14. Claire C on November 27, 2012 2:31 pm

    I always enjoy trying something new in knitting, I like to pick difficult patterns to test myself on each garment I make. I know I still have plenty to learn so new books are a must, I hope I can win this one. Fingers crossed.

  15. PatriciaJ on November 27, 2012 3:03 pm

    I’ve crocheted for over thirty yrs, knitted for three. I am still working my way up to making knit sweater.

  16. MoniQ in WI on November 27, 2012 3:15 pm

    I feel like a perpetual beginner, even tho I have a knitting project going All the time. I avoid: cables, socks (tho not afraid of DPs), fair isle, intarsia…and anything with a lot of counting! I did recently do a new lace pattern–TG for YouTube tutes!–and thought, “hmmm, not really so hard….”

  17. Heather on November 27, 2012 3:17 pm

    Felting. There’s something about purposefully shrinking a garment that goes against every bone in my body:)

  18. Antidigger on November 27, 2012 3:21 pm

    I’ve loved cables and had a go at lace, but colourwork and intarsia are still intimidating me.

  19. Deb Kegelmeyer on November 27, 2012 4:45 pm

    I have been avoiding steeking but am determined to learn to do it along with true fair isle.

  20. Kathrynn on November 27, 2012 6:11 pm

    I have been avoiding fair isle.

  21. JIll on November 27, 2012 6:14 pm

    Im still avoiding cables.

  22. Nancy D on November 27, 2012 7:21 pm

    Been wanting to learn how to do cables for quite a while.

  23. Andrea on November 27, 2012 7:55 pm

    I have yet to try entrelac. I love the finished look of it but have yet to try.

  24. sarah on November 27, 2012 9:21 pm

    I have been saving lace shawl patterns waiting to summon the patience to work w such fine yarns….

  25. Helen on November 27, 2012 9:28 pm

    I’ve got bunches of patterns saved for multiple types of projects. Probably gloves or double knitting are at the top of my “avoid” list.

  26. melani on November 27, 2012 10:13 pm

    I’m a brand new knitter… I need to learn ALL :p

  27. Liz on November 28, 2012 12:45 am

    I have avoided circulars as I like double pointeds! Thanks for the chance of the giveaway

  28. Ofelia on November 28, 2012 1:42 am

    I always avoided changing colors, circulars and making 8′s (hope 8 is understandable)
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  29. MelodyJ on November 28, 2012 1:55 am

    I’ve avoided cables but my next project will have them.

  30. Patrix on November 28, 2012 2:52 am

    Steeking! I can do cables, lace, colorwork, kitchener, circular, almost everything but I’m afraid of steeking!

  31. Jaan L of Tx on November 28, 2012 4:10 am

    Love to knit, but scared of heels and raglan sleeves. Never tried, but scared of them. Weird huh?

  32. Tania Koerber on November 28, 2012 4:37 am

    I need to jump in to doing some colour work knitting, my daughter has asked for some, and I keep putting it off. The idea of steeking is another skill that scares me, especially since I’d never even heard of it until a year or 2 ago.

  33. Sue Drzewiecki on November 28, 2012 4:49 am

    I love the look of the color work knitting and it scared me to death. Afraid of all those yarns getting tangled!

  34. Barb on November 28, 2012 4:52 am

    Ok, I admit, I am afraid of cables! I know that is dumb because I did one….once!

  35. Kelly r on November 28, 2012 4:57 am

    I am rather new to knitting and any books would be a help! I do want to learn to do cables!

  36. jonquil on November 28, 2012 5:31 am

    I’ve been avoiding cables. They look so perfect in patterns, that they intimidate me!

  37. Pat morris on November 28, 2012 5:38 am

    Color works is something that gets me tangled up. I can use all of the help I can get …because I love the look:-)

  38. Ann on November 28, 2012 6:08 am

    I have avoided double points that really scares me. Then cables are also on my list of be afraid
    be very afraid!

  39. Linda Rumsey on November 28, 2012 6:09 am

    The only thing I totally avoid is steeking. I just can’t pluck up the courage to take a pair of scissors to my knitting!

  40. Eileen on November 28, 2012 6:19 am

    I tend to avoid bobbles and cables. They seem to slow me down, but I have made a few projects with these stitches:) Thanks

  41. Barbara Brundige on November 28, 2012 6:33 am

    Hi, I would love to win this book. Vickie is one of my favorite knitting designers and I wish her show would come back on again. Anyway, the knitting technique that I avoid,(but still want to try) is steeking. I have seen it done on “Knitty Gritty” and read about it in Elizabeth Zimmerman’s books but it still scares me to cut into hours worth of my knitting. :)

  42. Patricia P. Hall on November 28, 2012 6:45 am

    I would love to make a Fair Isle piece. It has always been a favorite design and I hope to conquer it soon!

  43. Jessie on November 28, 2012 7:02 am

    I can’t say I’ve avoided any skills but cables and lace could use some work. I like Vicki’s books and patterns. I have no doubt that I would thoroughly enjoy this book.

  44. Mary Mac on November 28, 2012 7:18 am

    SOCKS!! I see so many beautifu and colorful patterns for them but haven’t tried them yet.

  45. Emily on November 28, 2012 7:19 am

    I totally need to step up my knits!

  46. jenn on November 28, 2012 7:19 am

    Ooo – I would love to learn colorwork, something I’ve lacked the patience to learn!

  47. Sara on November 28, 2012 7:23 am

    I would love to step up my knitting skills!

  48. DeeAnn S on November 28, 2012 7:30 am

    I’ve avoided Fair Isle. I tried it once and made a grand mess! :) I’d like to give it another go, though, to see if I can wrap my brain around the instructions. Thanks.

  49. Sarah on November 28, 2012 7:43 am

    I have been hesitant to try lace knitting. It just seems so easy to mess up. I have a couple projects set aside for when I get brave enough to try.

  50. KaySue on November 28, 2012 7:50 am

    So far I have avoided all knitting skills, but I am very interested in learning.

  51. Pam Strickland on November 28, 2012 7:57 am

    I’ve avoided double point needles! For some reason, they scare me, lol.

  52. Sandra on November 28, 2012 8:04 am

    I avoid one at a time socks. I’m afraid that I will never do the other one if I only do one and that it won’t be the same size. I did do my first pair as a single but that was it. Also double pointed needles. I think I don’t like them but I’ve never given them a fair chance.

  53. Tina S on November 28, 2012 8:11 am

    I’m a fairly new knitter so I have lots to learn! One thing I would really like to master is the use of double pointed needles. There are so many cute projects I’ve avoided because the use of dpns is required. I’d love to learn to be comfortable with dpns.

  54. Theresa on November 28, 2012 8:22 am

    All I know how to do is basic knit and purl. I have avoided fancy stitches cause if I drop a stitch I have to start the whole project over again—-I never have been able to figure out how to pick up a dropped stitch.

  55. Dianne V on November 28, 2012 8:25 am

    I have avoided colorwork…it’s on my bucket list.

  56. Maggie on November 28, 2012 8:29 am

    I definitely could step up my knitting game!

  57. Mary Roisland on November 28, 2012 8:44 am

    I have avoided lace and color work successfully! Problem is, it’s hard to step up my knitting game without learning how to use those skills.

  58. Sophie on November 28, 2012 8:48 am

    Ooh, I’ve avoided most things so far!! I’m getting better with the knitting, though. Currently psyching myself up to try cables for the first time.

  59. Tamara on November 28, 2012 8:50 am

    I need to try entrelac and felting – just not in the same project! And I also need to work on fitting my sweaters better.

  60. Anne Marie on November 28, 2012 8:53 am


  61. Gloria on November 28, 2012 9:10 am

    Raising my hand high as the sky : ) Not sure that I’m avoiding. There are lots of things I haven’t made the time to learn/teach myself. I know it sounds basic but I finally just learned to knit in the round and EVERYONE’S getting leg warmers this year.

  62. Karey on November 28, 2012 9:18 am

    I’m still trying to master cables! I have tried a few, but the results are usually not pretty! But I will keep trying!

  63. Zan on November 28, 2012 9:20 am

    I am pretty new to knitting so I could learn a lot from this book. There’s a lot to learn but cable knitting looks hard and has been avoided.

    Thanks for the give away offer. I hope you and your daughter are feeling better!


  64. Denise on November 28, 2012 9:21 am

    I would love to do more color work and intarsia. I’ve only done a couple small projects with those techniques. Also would like to start knitting socks. And of course the dreaded steeking is a must learn technique as well!

  65. Mary Cook on November 28, 2012 9:32 am

    I always try to do something different in each project I make. The variety in this book intrigues me!!!

  66. Lennette Daniels on November 28, 2012 9:36 am

    This book looks great and I would love a copy to step up my knitting.

  67. Tina on November 28, 2012 9:39 am

    I started knitting in 2009. I’ve tried lace, cable, knitting on dpns, circular needles, knitting in the round. I’d love to try entralac and fair isle, but my greatest desire is to knit a sweater. Arms, yolks, decreases, mattress stitch — the whole shebang.

  68. Megan Milliken on November 28, 2012 9:43 am

    Oooh, felting! Honestly, it’s the idea that I have to make something bigger than it needs to be, and that once I felt it, that’s it, no do-overs! But I’d love to learn :)

  69. Sandy Wiedemann on November 28, 2012 10:07 am

    I love Vicki’s patterns! If it involves two needles and a ball of yarn…count me in! :)

  70. Frances Welden on November 28, 2012 10:08 am

    I have knit some fairly intricate patterns. And while cables do not excite me, I have done them also. Now socks, they defy me. I have the needles, the yarn a book and the desire, just not the courage,yet!

  71. Renee Erez on November 28, 2012 10:37 am

    Sounds like a fun book – Vicki Howell always has interesting color choices. Looking forward to checking it out.

  72. Pat E on November 28, 2012 10:40 am

    Mobius cast on. I’ve not so much avoided it as I just have not gotten around to doing it yet. (On purpose, that is.) I see lots of great patterns that start with a mobius cast on and I’d like to try them, though.

  73. Amanda Murphy on November 28, 2012 10:41 am

    Ive been knitting for a few years, but I ALWAYS have to get my LYS owner to pick up the stitches along the sides and neck of my garments. I cant seem to do it evenly OR the correct number specified in the pattern’s instructions. I’m so fortunate she helps me!

  74. geri actor on November 28, 2012 11:26 am

    I’ve been avoiding making socks on double-pointed needles…

  75. Sarah F on November 28, 2012 11:37 am

    I have been avoiding different cast one. I learned 1 and that what I stick with, even though I have to cast on 2-3 times before I get it right!

  76. vickie on November 28, 2012 12:18 pm

    What a great looking book!

  77. Cindy S on November 28, 2012 12:38 pm

    I have avoided making a sweater and taking a Craftsy class I signed up for about fitting it properly.

  78. Carmen on November 28, 2012 12:40 pm

    I haven’t tried knitting toys / amigurumi yet but I have lots of cute patterns saved!

  79. joyce on November 28, 2012 12:52 pm

    I have avoided trying intarsia. It is pretty intimidating. I have also not tried very many cast-on and bind-offs. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  80. Craftylady on November 28, 2012 12:58 pm

    I really don’t have just one. I would like to get better at the things I already know. This book sounds like it would do just that.

  81. lynaeve on November 28, 2012 2:57 pm

    I have completely avoided knitting because it looks hard.

  82. BabeRuth on November 28, 2012 4:31 pm

    I avoid socks only because I don’t know how to graft the toes. I should try toe up but avoid those as well.

  83. Nancy on November 28, 2012 5:13 pm

    Reading a pattern! I stick with simple repeats that friends help me with!

  84. Connie K. on November 28, 2012 5:29 pm

    That’s an easy one – entrelac. I love the look but it seems kind of fiddley so I haven’t tried yet.

  85. Penny M on November 28, 2012 5:30 pm

    Enterlac I keep saying I am going to do it but I don’t

  86. Elena T on November 28, 2012 5:40 pm

    I’ve been a fan of Vickie since the Knitty Gritty days (I miss that show!)
    I avoid short rows and seeming if I can.

  87. Margay on November 28, 2012 6:00 pm

    I’m still nervous about colorwork, so I’d like to learn more about that.

  88. Spring Ross on November 28, 2012 6:28 pm

    I’m avoiding learning heels. Though I can’t seem to make socks I like without them….

  89. Dinonut on November 28, 2012 7:28 pm

    I have steered clear of colorwork and would love to have step-by-step directions for it. This book soulnds awesome! Thanks for offering it.

  90. Jess on November 28, 2012 8:17 pm

    I’m still a very new knitter, but at some point I would like to try cables. Thanks for the giveaway.

  91. turtle on November 28, 2012 8:58 pm

    Steeking, scares the heck out of me… the idea of cutting when its unfelted!

  92. sarah oswald on November 28, 2012 10:10 pm

    i guess alot because im new to knitting and all i have made so far is scarves and squares

  93. Dennis on November 28, 2012 11:09 pm

    I need to learn it all. I can do some basic stuff but I need to learn more. Thanks for the giveaway.

  94. Cindy Sasaki on November 28, 2012 11:45 pm

    I’m relatively new to knitting, so I have yet to try many things. I would love to eventually learn colorwork.

  95. Tracey on November 29, 2012 5:58 am

    vicky howell comes up with the best simple and modern patterns. I would love to win this book.

  96. Judith (from Israel) on November 29, 2012 8:17 am

    I have yet to knit on more than two needles. I have even knitted mittens on two needles.

  97. Andrea B on November 29, 2012 9:25 am

    Intarsia. I can do all the stranded stuff but doing a solid block, I somehow don’t twist things quite right.

  98. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton on November 29, 2012 9:50 am

    I’ve struggled with cables w/o a cable needle so should try that again.

  99. Marlene on November 29, 2012 9:55 am

    I am new to knitting and I would love to learn how to knit cables.

  100. Doti on November 29, 2012 10:09 am

    thanks muh for the chance to win. Everybody have a wonderful Holiday season. Doti

  101. Paula C on November 29, 2012 11:45 am

    For years I have avoided knitting with beads, until now. I just started a beaded shawl. Thank you.

  102. ros on November 29, 2012 11:47 am

    I’ve avoided cables for the seven yrs of knitting I’ve done. But I just did my first cable of one cable stitch and I’m hooked!

  103. Barbara on November 29, 2012 3:27 pm

    I’ve avoided a whole lot of things.

  104. Ashleigh B. on November 29, 2012 4:52 pm

    I’d love to learn intarsia/fair isle/colorwork in general.
    Thanks for a chance to win this book. It’s definitely on my must have list!

  105. Paula on November 29, 2012 5:30 pm

    I’ve avoided learning how to figure out gauging my projects. Sometimes it works out in the end, sometimes it doesn’t!

  106. Trinity B. on November 29, 2012 6:06 pm

    I’ve managed to avoid knitting altogether, but would absolutely LOVE to learn! I love the look and would love to be able to make things for my children.

  107. Kelly on November 29, 2012 7:42 pm

    Would totally love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  108. Kim Reid on November 30, 2012 2:58 am

    I’ve avoided learning how to knit socks, thanks!

  109. Joyce on November 30, 2012 3:13 am

    Continental knitting. I know it’s much faster after you get the hang of it but it’s so slow in the beginning

  110. Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife on November 30, 2012 10:43 am

    Fair Isle and double-strand color work knitting, but, it is not avoiding…more intimidated. I started knitting last summer and it is on my list of things to learn. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  111. Jennifer R. on November 30, 2012 3:24 pm

    It seems that I avoid intricate colorwork “like the plague”, but I want to overcome this obstacle.

  112. Carla P on December 1, 2012 3:26 am

    I love Vicki Howell and I would love to win this giveaway!

  113. Kate on December 1, 2012 6:29 am

    I love knitting! But I’m scared to try knitting with double pointed needles. I would love to get over my fear and have a whole heap of new projects to work on!

  114. Mila on December 1, 2012 7:36 am

    I’m a self taught knitter. (very basic stitches) My first knitted item was a cabled scarf. I’ve avoided lacework and socks!

  115. Meg on December 1, 2012 5:51 pm

    I’ve avoided lace in thin yarn (I’ve done hats and such), beading, and entrelac and want to try them all soon. What really intimidates me is steeking!!

  116. kathy on December 2, 2012 8:25 am

    I avoid changing colors.

  117. Chevas on December 2, 2012 12:16 pm

    Faire isle….Brecht. I can do it but it not my idea of fun!

  118. Callie on December 3, 2012 5:47 pm

    I am a tense knitter, so it’s hard… I just need to practice more!

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