Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Easy and Elegant: Knockout Knits by Laura Nelkin

Laura Nelkin’s Knockout Knits offers a collection of feminine projects that feel at once new and familiar. Nelkin’s designs incorporate beads, tassels, and stitch combinations that result in playful and elegant garments. Her use of beads never feels overdone, and always serves to enhance the stitch patterns rather than detract from them. Nelkin suggests stunning yarns sure to grab attention while remaining subtle fashion statements. The rich colors make for stunning photographs, which makes the book a pleasure to read and flip through when brainstorming for projects.

Beginning and experienced knitters alike will find everything they need in this book. Nelkin covers basic and advanced stitches, blocking, how to add beads, yarn weight systems, and yarn substitution. Knockout Knits meets my personal standard that every knitting book should teach a person how to knit. The collection is filled with socks, hats, scarves, shawls, fingerless mittens and more in order for readers to keep themselves warm all autumn and winter.  I will recommend this book to my library patrons and share it with my knitting group. Thank you to Random House and Blogging for Books for providing this copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Laura Nelkin, a prolific independent knitwear designer, graduated from Cornell with a degree in Apparel Design. A former design director, Laura sells her knit pattern and kit line to yarn stores worldwide and teaches workshops around the country and online with Her patterns have been published through Nelkin Designs, and in The Rhinebeck Sweater, Scarf Style 2, Knitscene, and Knitty. Laura lives near Ithaca, New York. Visit her at