There’s just something about tweed yarn. The shifting colors are always a surprise on the needles, and the texture of the yarn is great for accessories and garments.
Tweed Yarn Knitting: Over 50 Sumptuous Woolen Projects from Landlust magazine (based in Germany) is a celebration of these fun yarns and includes a ton of projects that would be really great for gift knitting.
The book includes 52 patterns for hats, scarves, cuffs, sweaters, vests, dresses, skirts and home accessories, all made with Irish tweed yarn. Each chapter begins with large pictures of the projects followed by the patterns, which makes it fun to browse for the patterns that catch your eye.
There are so many cute projects here, including headbands, hair ties, wrist warmers and boot cuffs that would be perfect little stocking stuffers. I also love the Jacquard Corset (pictured at top left on the cover) and the father and son Fair Isle pullovers, a sweater for dad and a vest for the little one. There are fantastic, colorful dresses for little girls, and a tunic dress with pockets for women. There’s also a nice range of pillows and bags.
The only problem I see is that there aren’t a lot of sizes for the patterns. The kid’s patterns, for instance, only have one size for each, while the women’s dress comes in two sizes and the men’s sweater in three. A few patterns have three or four sizes, but you need to check carefully before you get your heart set on a pattern, or be willing and able to alter the designs to fit you or their intended recipient.
Still, this is a really fun collection and there are a lot of great patterns that don’t rely on sizing. This book will keep you in fun knits to gift for a long time, and you’re sure to find some things you want to knit for yourself as well.
About the book: 128 pages, paperback with interior flaps, 50 patterns (no skill levels are given, but most are good for advanced beginner to intermediate knitters). Published by Trafalgar Square Books, June 2016. Retail price $23.95.