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Review: Stitching in the Stacks

stitching-in-the-stacks_coverdraft-231x300_small_best_fitStitching in the Stacks, edited by Sarah Barbour, Cooperative Press, 2013, 178pp.

See all the patterns here on Ravelry.

Sarah’s collected a fantastic group of designers & designs to round out her librarian-themed book. She was careful to avoid the overtly ‘sexy librarian’ stereotype, instead opting for class and grace.

Women’s garments, men’s garments, and a variety of accessories are included.

stereotypical_small_best_fitWomen’s sweaters are generally sized XS-2X.

Techniques run the gamut — lace, textured, stranded, cables, etc.  I’d be surprised if you couldn’t find at least a couple patterns you want to knit out of this book!

I count the following:

  • 3 Shawls/scarves
  • 9 Women’s garments (including 2 skirts)
  • 2 Men’s garments
  • 3 Fingerless mitts
  • 3 Hats
  • And a variety of 9 bookish patterns include bookweights, pencil bags, bookmarks, bookend cozies, bookcovers, eReader cozies, and even a bookworm.

hypatia1_small_best_fitMy favorite patterns include Rachel Erin’s Hypatia with its mix of simple lace faggoting & ribs,  Kristin Hanley Cardozo’s Aurora Teagarden with its vibrant colors, and Stereotypical.  I’ve had to start using reading glasses, and a pretty case for my glasses for around the house would be a nice treat.

Leave a comment on this with your favorite pattern from the book by midnight PST 7/17/13 to win your own PDF copy of Stitching in the Stacks.

All photos © Caro Sheridan.

Note: My review copy was given to me by the author.  All opinions are my own.

9 comments… add one
  • Lilie July 10, 2013, 10:05 am

    My favorite pattern is Belle Greene Shawl.

  • Debbie H July 10, 2013, 2:45 pm

    My favorite is Bunny Watson Vest. Thanks!

  • Rachelle - Warming Crafts July 10, 2013, 4:42 pm

    I really like Oranges and Peaches; looks like it would sit on the shoulders nicely

  • Sheila July 10, 2013, 6:52 pm

    The Gotham City Twinset is really nice, but I actually adore the little bookworm!

  • Gemma Grace July 10, 2013, 8:55 pm

    The Open Book Cardigan by Kristen TenDyke is lovely!

  • Caitlin July 11, 2013, 5:54 pm

    I love Ms. Paroo for its frilly details, but the humor of the Athena bookends make me think that those neeeeeed to be added to my Ravelry queue.

  • Jean A. July 13, 2013, 8:39 am

    I would have to say that Hypatia and the Name of the Rose Vest are my favorites. Unless you count the bookworm, the bookends, and the Open Book Cardigan. Ok, so I have a problem with favoriting 🙂

  • Suzanne Shattuck July 14, 2013, 1:29 pm

    I like the Belle Green shawl but I would also make Stereotypical for my husband…he is always losing his glasses and dropping the so they get banged up.

  • Doreen July 16, 2013, 1:28 pm

    The Open Book Cardigan is pretty sweet but I think I’d knit the Aurora Teagarden first.

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