The first thing that really struck me about Knockout Knits by Laura Nelkin is how beautiful the images are. The photos are light and colorful, and flipping through it, I was gaining so much knitting inspiration just from admiring the pictures. I know the saying goes that you should never judge a book by its cover, but if I had been searching for knitting books based on photography alone, this book would have been a winner.
Actually getting down into the substance of it, the book is laid out into three parts: wrapped stitches, lace, and beads. I already love lace knitting, so reading the patterns I felt comfortable and excited to have a new library of patterns to choose from. I am also intrigued by the patterns that include wrapped stitches though. I am especially in love with the pattern for boot toppers. They are definitely going into my knitting queue!
In terms of the patterns that incorporate bead work, I am more than a little daunted. However, Nelkin takes great care in explaining proper beadwork, and with her patterns to go off of, I'm sure I would be able to muddle my way through my first bead project.
Overall, I have a very positive impression of Knockout Knits. These patterns are going to be a dream to work with, and I hope Laura Nelkin only continues to write such beautiful patterns.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.