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the knitted homeHome accessories are really fun to knit for people of all skill levels. For beginners, it’s nice that things for your house don’t have to come out an exact size as a garment for a person does. More advanced knitters can use fancy stitches and skillful swatching to make a cover that perfectly fits a chair or another accessory that’s completely unique and a great conversation piece.

Ruth Cross takes knitters on a journey from basic stitches on knit throws to more complex designs and shaped patterns in her book The Knitted Home. It offers lots of suggestions and advice for combining stitch patterns and different kinds of yarn to create home accessories that look great whether you home is modern or more traditional.

The giveaway this week is a hardcover edition of this book. To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post before the end of the day Sunday, May 26.

I’d love to know what you knit for your home. I mostly knit washcloths, but I have a few knit pillows, and after reading this book I’m thinking hard about knitting a curtain for my office.

Thanks for visiting and good luck!

By Sarah White

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102 Comments so far

  1. Leigh on May 20, 2013 1:30 pm

    Blankets! I love making scrap blankets! At this point I have more blankets than I know what to do with! I’d give them away but I just love them all so muuuuuuch!

  2. Beth on May 20, 2013 1:40 pm

    I haven’t actually knit anything for my home… yet! I would love to knit a pillow…

  3. Junglewife on May 20, 2013 2:10 pm

    I’ve knit a few washcloths and an afghan, and that’s about it. Would love to win this!

  4. Ann on May 20, 2013 2:26 pm

    I also knit wash cloths and a blanket once. I love the chair on the cover. :)

  5. Sheila on May 20, 2013 2:29 pm

    I’ve knit some felted coasters and a few washcloths.

  6. Kathrynn on May 20, 2013 2:58 pm

    I’ve knit some washcloths & coasters.

  7. Laura on May 20, 2013 4:05 pm

    I Love knitting for the home. I did baskets and the next project on my list is an ottoman knitted with oversized needles

  8. Becky on May 20, 2013 4:37 pm

    I knit washcloths and afghans for gifts, but I’m starting to gather old t-shirts in order to make yarn and therefore knit baskets! Yay recycling!

  9. nancy d on May 20, 2013 5:06 pm

    Ive knit Afghans, dishclothes, towel toppers. Ive been wanting to do pretty lacy curtains. This book looks great!

  10. Pam on May 20, 2013 5:53 pm

    I have knit a couple of afghans for my home, but I would like to knit some pillows and perhaps design and knit covers for my ottomans.

  11. Ginny D on May 20, 2013 6:20 pm

    My mom knits everything for me..i find something i like and send it to her! I dont really know how to knit anything! haha..this would be a great gift for her!

  12. maureen on May 20, 2013 6:28 pm

    I have knit hotpad or oven grabbers and I have also knit afghans

  13. Marci on May 20, 2013 7:09 pm

    Nice Chair!

  14. Lisa Nixon on May 20, 2013 7:48 pm

    i would like to knit more for my home!

  15. usairdoll on May 20, 2013 9:34 pm

    Looks like an awesome book! I’ve knitted afghans and pillows. Would love to learn to make more items.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  16. Kathy on May 20, 2013 9:46 pm

    I would love a new knitting book

  17. Siaron on May 20, 2013 11:30 pm

    Knitted aran cushions are the main thing I make for the home. Ideas for other things are more than welcome!

  18. Olga on May 20, 2013 11:42 pm

    What a nice book!
    I haven’t knit for home yet, but like the idea of curtains! And may be something more ;)

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  21. Judith (from Israel) on May 21, 2013 1:39 am

    I have knit pillows for my home and the homes of my friends.

  22. Linda Rumsey on May 21, 2013 1:58 am

    I knit lots of cushion covers and washcloths so am always looking for new ideas. This book is just what I need!

  23. G. K. Green on May 21, 2013 3:03 am

    I knit a duvet cover for a California king bed. It literally took years. I’m thinking maybe a small pillow next time … *)

  24. Diana on May 21, 2013 3:46 am

    I love knitting baby blankets – there are so many incredible patterns from amazing designers. They are usually quick to make and some are of colorful with fun designs.

    Non-US Zip – 1050

  25. Sue H on May 21, 2013 4:09 am

    I’ve knit afghans, dish-clothes, and a hanging kitchen towel. That chair cover looks fantastic.

  26. Linda on May 21, 2013 4:14 am

    I’ve knit afghan’s and dishcloths so far for the home, but I would LOVE to knit the chair cushion covers on the front of the book. I have a chair very similar to that, and I think it looks great!

  27. Denyalle on May 21, 2013 4:17 am

    I’ve knit washcloths and have crocheted afghans, I’d love to take on a knitted pillow or afghan project!

  28. Donna H on May 21, 2013 4:19 am

    I’ve looked through this book at the bookstore and it’s beautiful. Thanks for the great giveaway!! I’ve knitted a few household items – I’ve changed scarf patterns into pillow covers, I’ve made placemats for our kitchen table, coasters for our coffee table, and I just finished an afghan for my husband. Knitting items for the house is always a nice break from knitting clothes or accessories. Thanks again!!

  29. Pat morris on May 21, 2013 4:36 am

    I make a lot of things for my home. Afghans, throw pillows ,and pot holder are among my favorites. These items also make great gifts.

  30. Hollie Jones on May 21, 2013 4:46 am

    I have just begun playing with knitting for the home. I would love to try some more!

  31. Robin Crittenden on May 21, 2013 4:50 am

    I knit washcloths and I think I would try a pillow and a curtain

  32. Jaan L of Tx on May 21, 2013 4:50 am

    Wow! what a great book, I could use it. We are buying new furniture, well, new and used. And I dearly want to make our home to really reflect us. And I love to knit.

  33. Patty Manders on May 21, 2013 4:54 am

    I knit a gazillion dishcloths and towels but would really like to move up to some pillows or curtains! This would be a wonderful chance to be inspired.

    from VT where with my fingers and toes all crossed it is very difficult to knit,
    the Vermonster

  34. anita scholtens on May 21, 2013 4:57 am

    Would LOVE this! I do washcloths too. I want to do pillows – maybe for Christmas gifts. I just need some inspiration.

  35. Sarah Hollman on May 21, 2013 5:12 am

    I would love to surround myself with knitting.

  36. Reine on May 21, 2013 5:22 am

    I want to knit pillows this winter :)

  37. Emily W. on May 21, 2013 5:36 am

    I’ve knit a few washcloths and a felted decorative bowl. Next up I’d like to knit some pillow covers in a really soft super bulky yarn. I saw that at a craft show and thought, I bet I could do that!

  38. MsVick on May 21, 2013 5:48 am

    I haven’t knit much for our home, but perhaps the ideas in this book could change all that!

  39. Margay on May 21, 2013 6:12 am

    Usually, it’s afghans and some pillows.

  40. Kathy on May 21, 2013 6:14 am

    I machine knitted a tablecloth once. Mostly I crochet things for the home because it is faster.

  41. Mary Mac on May 21, 2013 6:14 am

    I have only knitted washcloths for my home. Have not be adventurous enough to try anything else.

  42. T.Pike on May 21, 2013 6:17 am

    I’ve made a bunting of stars.

  43. Ruth on May 21, 2013 6:43 am

    Dish clothes and mini-Christmas stockings have been my projects for the home. However, I’d like to do more.

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  44. Lorene Frischknecht on May 21, 2013 6:56 am

    I would love to knit something for my home. I do knit but, mostly scarves and shawls. Would love to have a chance at winning this book. Thanks so much for the chance.

  45. Mary Anne on May 21, 2013 7:08 am

    I have been seriously thinking about doing a couple of pillows to go along with the recycled denim throws I did for the backs of our chairs and couch in the living room. I’ve done lots of dishcloths too. This looks like a great book full of inspiration to do more!

  46. Charlotte on May 21, 2013 7:08 am

    I’ve recently learned to knit and I’m obsessed! I’m constantly looking for patterns and I have needles in my had everyday knitting something. My daughter has sent me requests for items and her friends are even asking for scarfs and hats! I’d love to be able to expand to items other than scarfs and hats so this book would provide me the opportunity to do that!

    Pick me, pick me! Please!

  47. Gail F on May 21, 2013 7:14 am

    I knit mostly wash cloths. I am in the process of knitting my first pillow. This book looks very interesting and would get me out of my knitting rut.

  48. Liz on May 21, 2013 7:17 am

    I have knitted dishcloths but would like to do cushion covers. Thank you for the giveaway.

  49. Jackie Maresca on May 21, 2013 7:25 am

    I would love to knit a fun rug or some floor cushions for our house.

  50. Sandra on May 21, 2013 7:40 am

    I knit every chance I get but have never knitted anything for my home. I would love to knit some beautiful things for my home.

  51. Chris on May 21, 2013 7:47 am

    I love to knit for my home and have throws, pillows, and even wall hangings that I have made. I am always looking for inspirations!

  52. Rose S. on May 21, 2013 7:55 am

    I love to knit wash cloths and afghans. I would love to expand my skills to other items for our home.

  53. Ruth D on May 21, 2013 8:08 am

    I’ve made pillows and afghans. I’ve been kniiting with crochet thread to peace for curtains but haven’t attempted them yet.

  54. Knittingdancer on May 21, 2013 8:09 am

    I knit a lot of dishcloths and hanging hand towels for my kitchen. I have also knitted some throws for my house.

  55. Karey on May 21, 2013 8:37 am

    I love making pillows for my home! And really cute blankets!!

  56. Ann Devine on May 21, 2013 8:39 am

    I’ve knit dish/wash cloths too. Recently, I knit a pillow cover — only not for my home; it’s a gift. I’ve often thought about knitting some cafĂ© curtains.

  57. Jane S. on May 21, 2013 8:39 am

    I have knit wash cloths, but that’s it as far as home accessories! So as you can see I really need this book in order to pump up my decor. ;)

  58. Sara on May 21, 2013 8:54 am

    I have knitted washcloths, dishcloths, and blankets. I also made a few coffee cozies. I’d love some new ideas!

  59. Kris Riddle on May 21, 2013 10:51 am

    Knitting for my home is one of my favorite things to do. I would love this book. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  60. joyce on May 21, 2013 10:55 am

    I knit dishcloths and afghans for my home and plan to knit a rug and pillows soon.

  61. MoniQ in WI on May 21, 2013 11:14 am

    I made yarn from rags and knit covers for the seat and back cushions for a funky vintage chair in my guestroom. I love how it turned out–and that I figured out how to do it as I went along. (I’ve also knit rugs and washcloths.)

  62. Cindy S on May 21, 2013 11:19 am

    It’s my turn to win! This will be a great book to own. :-)

  63. lorraine mabbett on May 21, 2013 12:08 pm

    I decided it would be impossible to knit full projects with all the patterns I want to try – so I decided to start a patch pattern – we’ll see if we end up with a pillow cover or a full bed cover/blanket.

  64. Joyce on May 21, 2013 12:18 pm

    I’ve knit 2 afghans and some pillows. This book looks great.

  65. andi on May 21, 2013 12:23 pm

    love the look of that book! i mostly sew for the home, but have a chair that is ready to have a pillow knitted…. when I finish a few other projects! I did make several stuffy toys, but that’s about it for home thing.

    Thanks for the chance!

  66. Cynthia Marie Audesse on May 21, 2013 3:28 pm

    i have knit washcloths, of course and an afgan. I have plans to knit a lampshade and living in an Historic mansion, i want to make (crochet) Victorian stlye toppers (I have wood cornices over my 10 foot long windows). I love new ideas of how to make my small space unique. Cynthia

  67. Eloise on May 21, 2013 5:24 pm

    I knit mostly dishcloths but I have made throws and felted coasters.

  68. diane brides on May 21, 2013 7:18 pm

    I live in a small Log cabin house and i would love to have a book to help me knit things pretty things for the cabin. Knits i think would be cool beans!!!!!

  69. Diane Harris on May 21, 2013 7:37 pm

    I love knitting and knit a variety of things. But for my home, I have knit pillow covers, a dog blanket, and an afghan. I still have some things in the works. I bought some rope and a large hook and needles to make a rug. I want to make cushion covers and a pouf. I love the lace curtains that I’ve seen and am interested in trying to make some for a special window I have.
    This is a great give away.

  70. Pat on May 21, 2013 8:35 pm

    I’ve knit afghans, towel toppers, and rugs. I knit a lace tablecloth for my mom a long time ago. I’d like to knit one for myself.

  71. Cath T on May 21, 2013 9:10 pm

    I’ve never thought of knitting for my home, but that chair really caught my eye. Love the idea of knitting for decorating.

  72. Beverly on May 21, 2013 9:51 pm

    I have two antique chairs that need to be re-done. Seeing the chair on the cover of this book has certainly given me some ideas. Would love to win this book for some helpto help make these chairs someting fantastic.

  73. Denyse Holm-Moberly on May 21, 2013 9:57 pm

    I would love this book! Pins and needles ’til the drawing. :)

  74. Steph on May 22, 2013 12:00 am

    This book sounds great! I’m a beginner knitter, but looking to move on to some bigger projects. This book could be just the push i need!

  75. Ingrid on May 22, 2013 1:10 am

    Oh what fun covers for chairs are waiting to be made! Would love some inspiration!

  76. Lois Tustison on May 22, 2013 5:53 am

    My favorite hobby is knitting, having done afghans, prayer shawls, wash cloths and towels. Most all my projects go as gifts but I have kept a few for myself over the years.

  77. Becky PS on May 22, 2013 7:12 am

    I have knit a few washcloths too and have 2 afghans in progress. Really want to make some pillow covers.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  78. E White on May 22, 2013 8:03 am

    I knit a really long very wide garter stitch scarf that I draped as a window valance and added beads to each end for weights.

  79. Meredith O on May 22, 2013 9:00 am

    Such a cool idea for a book! I love the chair cover.

  80. JIll on May 22, 2013 11:59 am

    Washcloths, blanKets and a table runner

  81. Craftylady on May 22, 2013 3:37 pm

    This is a cool book. I love the chair and know just what chair in my home I would make it for. I have done blankets,washcloths,towels,afghans, but I haven’t tried a chair cover.

  82. Marlys Leder on May 22, 2013 4:13 pm

    I am currently knitting a hand towel out of 2 strands of cotton thread. I’m interested to see how I like it after it’s done! I find knitting very relaxing & enjoyable & I like making things to use. M<

  83. Megan Karetny on May 22, 2013 7:00 pm

    I’d love to knit a few different pillows & coffee cozies :)

  84. Mippy F/Sabrina T on May 22, 2013 7:49 pm

    I have knit washcloths and started a blanket…I think that is all so far. I am a newbie knitter. :)

  85. Michelle Newton on May 22, 2013 7:54 pm

    I knit pillows and rugs. I love rugs :)

  86. Rebecca on May 22, 2013 8:13 pm

    I’ve only ever knitted some dish scrubbers but one of these days I really want to get some huge, chunky yarn and ginormous needles so that I can make one of those huge poufy floor cushions that hold a comforter.

  87. karen on May 22, 2013 9:04 pm

    I am a rank beginner when it comes to knitting, currently I d scarfs and bats. Wild over to learn more.

  88. OHSue on May 22, 2013 9:10 pm

    I have knit a lot of washcloths. I have also done 3 rugs, coasters and a couple of dish towels. I have an afghan on my bucket list.

  89. Jowyn Jenson on May 22, 2013 11:03 pm

    I love that armchair cover on the front cover of the book!

  90. Lisa Jene on May 23, 2013 12:35 am

    I’m knitting an afghan at the moment. When that’s finished, would love to delve into more knitting intricacies.

  91. Joan VanCourt on May 23, 2013 4:38 am

    I never thought of knitting a pillow cover. I love that chair on the front cover of the book. So now I am curious on what else is in this book. Thanks for the chance.

  92. Jessie on May 23, 2013 5:22 am

    I have not done any knitting for my home but it would be fun to do! I would definitely need a resource like this to get started. What a wonderful book!

  93. Carmen on May 23, 2013 11:11 am

    Right now I’m knitting a lot of washcloths just to practice techniques. My favorite home project was a pair of throw pillows I made for my sister and BIL for their wedding

  94. Stephanie on May 23, 2013 2:25 pm

    I would love to make one of those big poufs or a big floor pillow. Or maybe cover a whole chair (if you’re gonna dream, dream big, right)?

  95. Dinonut on May 23, 2013 2:49 pm

    I have knitted washcloths, dishcloths, pillows and blankets and would love some new, exciting ideas for knitting for the home.

  96. kimbarelli on May 23, 2013 11:02 pm

    Wish me luck! :)

  97. Pat on May 24, 2013 9:53 am

    Organizers. For plastic bags, for earrings, for circular needles and so on. There are some cute patterns on Ravelry but I love to create mine. And then I do soap bags, great for shower and massage.

  98. Rhoda on May 24, 2013 6:18 pm

    I’ve done afghans and have some straight chairs perfect for covering!

  99. Dennis Mullins Sr. on May 25, 2013 12:55 pm

    Hi, I love to sew but I could knit a pillow or two for my chair. That book looks like something I could use a lot. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  100. Catherine on May 25, 2013 10:21 pm

    This is great! I would love to add this to my design book library!

  101. Linda Day on May 26, 2013 8:14 am

    I made a “fish” washcloth and a doily. I’m thinking about knitting a pillow. Thanks for the Giveaway!

  102. Kim Reid on May 26, 2013 2:30 pm

    I love to knit dishcloths – Thanks for the chance to win!

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