Book Review – Knits from and English Rose

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing Louisa Harding’s newest book.

“Knits from and English Rose” is pure feminine indulgence. The photos are sure to bring out the romantic in anyone.

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Beautiful models adorned in fabulous knits, wander through elegant gardens and stone buildings. In truth, I have a hard time relating to the models. They are all much younger than I  and and heavily enhanced with make-up. However, that takes nothing away from the patterns. They are classically designed and most can be just as easily warn by an old country girl like me.

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I like to knit up a pattern from a book before reviewing it, so for this one I chose “Faye”.

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Faye is a beret style hat depicted in a rich ruby color. I’ve made mine from some Hand Spun Yarn. The yarn is a blend of my Angora Rabbit, Aaron and one of my Sheep, Patrick.

The yarn was dyed with Goldenrod and Iron. If you would like to see that process, please take a look at this earlier post; How to Dye Yarn with Goldenrod.

The pattern is lovely. It’s very well written and the result is a hat that I know I will wear often.

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As with any book, there are a couple of patterns I know I will never make, but I can honestly say I had a hard time choosing which project to start first. I love the pattern shown on the cover called “Carrie” and I plan to make it one day. I will leave the rosette off of mine though. I think I’ll like it better with a simple pin.

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The book includes patterns for some romantic capes and scarves. There are several gloves and collars too. She has even included a couple of bags. Certainly something for everyone.

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I’m also looking forward to making the “Astrid” scarf. I think I already have some hand spun yarn that will work well for that one. I love the way it can be worn as a shawl as well as a scarf.

I also like that it’s a hard cover book. This one sports a dust jacket too. It’s beautifully bound and published by Sixth&Springs Books. This book will be taking a permanent spot in my bookshelf!

So if you’re looking for a new book to add to your library, give some thought to ‘Knits from an English Rose”, by Louisa Harding.

 

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