books: Vogue knitting on the go

by kath_red on 22/05/2008

in Books, Whip-Up

Vogue knitting on the go series, are handy little books with projects perfect for … well … when you are on the go. Here are two books in the series – see all the books available in the series here.

Vogue Knitting on the Go: Felted Crochet (Vogue Knitting on the Go!) by Trisha Malcolm published by Sixth&Spring Books (October 1, 2007)

The compact nature of this book (and the others in this series) means they travel well in a hand bag, add the bits of wool and a crochet hook it and it is perfect for a passenger in a car or traveling by bus or train.

The patterns too are perfect for travel – crochet patterns for small objects or as in a rug made up of small parts. I made two Ponchos similar but not the same as the rug on the cover while travelling for my two granddaughters just crocheting the squares as I admired the scenery. Travelling long distances at my age ones fingers can get mighty twitchy with nothing to do and though the scenery can be quite beautiful it can get a bit boring after a few hours of too much of the same.

As you may have gathered by the title – the projects are all meant to be felted (fulled) after crocheting, this aspect is best left to when you at home. The book is very clear on what fibres will or won’t felt with very good clear and illustrated instructions on both the crocheting and felting (it has a list of abbreviations and translates UK terms to US). The book is suitable for both beginners and experienced. I used to belong to a felters group and I have learnt more felting tricks in this book than I knew before. In following these patterns a person would be proud to say “I made this”.

Vogue Knitting on the Go: Cables: Mittens, Hats & Scarves (Vogue Knitting on the Go!) by by Trisha Malcolm published by Sixth&Spring Books (April 1, 2008)

As soon as I saw the mittens on the cover I thought I would like to make those. (To digress … at the moment I am spinning a black fleece, but those mittens perfect for the white fleece I have just finished spinning and dyeing). The picture is most enticing.

The illustrated cable instructions are actual close up photos of different sections which illustrate the actual process and could not be clearer. I have avoided cable knitting for years, but I have been re-learning cables as I mend one of my mothers cardigans that she knit over 40 years ago.

The book has baby bonnets, beanies, scarves and mittens – something for all the family from babies up. A handy book for patterns of the smaller essential items one would make for family gifts or the person who needs to always have a knitting project on the go. Those beanie patterns will come in handy for some of my outstanding projects. Yes a very handy book!

About the reviewer: Janette spends her retirement gardening and crafting. She always has a project or two on the go, currently she has requests from her grandchildren for crochet hats and knitted armwarmers, she is also knitting a sweater for her daughter and has to fit in baby clothes for her newest grandchild. As well as all that she is spinning up some marino fleece and experimenting with dyeing it.

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