Sunday, April 3, 2011

Dolce Handknits by Kim Dolce

Dolce Handknits contains 4 seasons of classic and youthful knit designs, with each season  containing 4 designs.  Winter begins the book with heavier weight knits, with yarn from smooth worsted, heavy worsted to super-bulky yarn. The designs are traditional sweater designs, but two have off-shoulder patterns. 

Spring designs use sport weight yarn with one using worsted weight. Designs include two cardigans, one with a ruffled front, a v-neck pullover, and a short-sleeved tee.

Summer calls for fingering weight yarn to worsted yarn and has one raglan style sleeveless top with Icord ties and a short cropped shrug.  Also, a vine stripe cardigan and, my favorite, a  lacy tank.

Fall designs include another favorite, Bloomsbury, a tie-front sweater with ¾ sleeves.  Another cardigan, a pullover and a heavier jacket close out the year of knits.

Basic techniques are included along with helpful information about yarn weights.  There may be one or two designs included in this book that would be appropriate for beginners, but overall I would think an advanced beginner to intermediate knitter would benefit most from Dolce Handknits.  I appreciated the fact that stitch design instructions were included along with charts.   

Dolce Handknits has lovely, elegant garments with something for young ladies and those not so young!

Thank you to Martingale & Company for this review copy.

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