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.