I heard back in January that my Golden Wheat Shawl design had been chosen as the cover project for a new knitting book, and I was absolutely chuffed to bits! I now have a copy of the book in question in my hands, and what's more, the kind folks at Collins & Brown have given me a copy of Knitting Masterclass to giveaway to one of you!
Knitting Masterclass is a beautiful book. It's a sturdy hardcover, and contains a selection of the best Masterclass articles from The Knitter magazine. Topics are covered in lots of detail by some of the best names in the industry - there's an article on grafting by Woolly Wormhead, correcting mistakes in lace by Judy Furlong, adding waist shaping to garments by Belinda Boaden, Judy's magic cast on by Judy Becker herself, heaps of tips from Jane Crowfoot, and Annie Modesitt on combination knitting, among many, many more!
Alongside the informative articles (many of which feature pictures of my hands, as they are from my days as Technical Editor on The Knitter), there are a series of patterns chosen to illustrate the techniques in the articles. My Golden Wheat Shawl is obviously included, as are my Scooter socks - using both jogless and helical stripes.
There are so many lovely patterns that I really can't list them all, but I think there's something for everyone - socks by Jon Dunn-Ballam (Nexus and Climbing Mistletoe), a gorgeous short-sleeved cabled caridgan by Amanda Crawford and a men's tank top by Todd Gocken, among many!
Of all my designs, Golden Wheat will always have a special place in my heart, and I'm forever grateful to Lilith at Old Maiden Aunt for her amazing dyeing, and to Kim Hobley for incredible knitting skills, for helping me to realise the shawl that was trying to break out of my head!
The Knitter Knitting Masterclass with over 20 technical workshops and 15 beautiful patterns, edited by Juliet Bernard
Published by Collins & Brown
So here are the giveaway details: One entry per person please. Leave a comment on this blog post, telling me which is your favourite knitting book, and why (patterns, techniques, history, anything!). Comments will remain open for exactly 2 weeks from the time I post this. Entries are open worldwide and the prize is one copy of The Knitter Knitting Masterclass with over 20 technical workshops and 15 beautiful patterns, edited by Juliet Bernard. One winner will be chosen at random & I will announce the lucky person shortly after the contest closes.