Knockout Knits is a new knitting book featuring accessory patterns by Craftsy instructor and knitting designer Laura Nelkin. As one would expect from this publisher, Potter Craft, the photography and styling are wonderful. Knockout Knits has a really nice rustic vibe, and the patterns featured are super perfect for fall knitting and wearing. (For a fuller look at the patterns in this book, check out this page of Laura Nelkin’s website.)
The book is divided into three chapters: Wrapped Stitches at Play, Get Your Lace On and Beaded Beauties. Each chapter kicks off with a pattern for a knitted cuff designed to get your feet wet with that chapter’s featured technique. As you knit your way through each chapter, the patterns get progressively more advanced within that technique. As someone who learned to knit by working her way through every pattern in her knitting books in high school, I love that Knockout Knits is formatted this way. It’s time consuming, but I’ve always found it a really fun way to improve your knitting.
If you’re getting this book hoping to add to your knitting skill set, but you’re worried you might not be at the right level, you’re in luck. There’s an illustrated Knitting Essentials section at the back of the book you can refer to for help as you go. I love appendices like these because you won’t find yourself stranded while knitting on a plane trip (you know, when there’s no wifi or smartphone data to Google that stitch you’ve never heard of?). Not that that’s ever happened to me before… ;)
Overall, this book is absolutely on my to-gift list for the holidays this year, particularly for knitting friends who are looking to build their skills. If you’re looking for a knitting book that has appeal for millennial knitters, I really think this is a good pick!