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