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Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
Exercises in Knitting
The Good Dream
The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
BT-Kids' Knits
Talking God
The Professor
The Christmas Files
The Finisher
Home Decor for 18-Inch Dolls: Create 10 Room Settings with Furniture and 15 Outfits with Accessories
Dracula and Other Stories
A New Song
All Quiet on the Western Front
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Monday, April 07, 2014

Knitting the Chill Away: 39 Cozy Patterns for the Whole Family

Knitting the Chill Away: 39 Cozy Patterns for the Whole FamilyKnitting the Chill Away: 39 Cozy Patterns for the Whole Family by Martingale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This has some great patterns in it.  The All Occasion Bolero would be cute for one of the girls.  The star hat and scarf would be good for Christmas presents.  There is an Cabled cardigan which could be used as a base pattern for an Aran and a beautiful Icelandic sweater with colorwork on the yoke, bottom and sleeves.  The best pattern is an Aran hoodie which is perfect for the girls.  There is also a Fair Isle messenger bag which is very good looking.

For a really warm poncho there is a doubled colorwork cape with a matching snowflake hat which is very nice.  For an unusual twist, there is a cabled pocket scarf with 2 deep pockets and a matching stocking hat.  This would be great for a reader's scarf to carry a Kindle or iPod.  The Aran pattern on the hoodie is also shown as a hat as well.

In the techniques section there are good instructions for the long-tail cast on, cable cast on, and provisional cast on.  There are also the regular techniques for increasing, decreasing and finishing.  In all, I feel like it is worth the cost.

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