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Bath Knits: 30 Projects Made to Pamper

by Mary Beth Temple Stackpole Books
Pub Date:
12/2016
ISBN:
9780811716574
Format:
Pbk 80 pages
Price:
AU$32.99 NZ$34.77
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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Create a spa-like feel in your own bath with luxurious knitted towels and accessories. These designs offer a clean, modern look in contemporary colors and fibers. Most patterns are easy to intermediate in skill level and are quick knits that will have your bathroom looking its best in no time.


 


Looking to knit the perfect gift? These items make thoughtful housewarming or hostess gifts, and are also great for recent grads and even new mums.


• Features washcloths and mitts--even a robe, slippers, and pedicure socks!


• Room décor designs include storage baskets, bath mats, wall hangings, and more


• 30 original knitting patterns and instructions
When designer Mary Beth Temple asked if I'd be willing to hop on the blog tour for her latest book, Bath Knits, I happily obliged.
The cover promises that Bath Knits has “30 Projects Made to Pampera. As you would expect, there are plenty of washcloths here, because what knitter doesn't love to knit a washcloth every now and then? Washcloths usually don't require much thought, they are eminently practical, and they offer the opportunity to learn a new stitch pattern without a lot of pressure. Perhaps best of all, matching the exact gauge of the pattern isn't crucial with washcloths.
Beyond washcloths, however, you'll find towels and towel trims, a bathmat, a bath mitt, baskets, and more. There's even a lacy mirror for your bathroom! As someone who has been looking for a moisture-friendly something to hang in my bath, that one really spoke to me. I've got plenty of yarn to choose from for this project, so you may be seeing this one pop up again in the future.
The book's promotional copy says the skill level is for intermediate knitters, but I think plenty of the projects are easy enough for newer knitters who aren't afraid to try new skills. There are stitch charts as well as text for some of the patterns, as appropriate. I found the font, layout and use of white space to make the patterns very easy to read.
Yarn weights range from sportweight (#2) for the socks, through worsted (#4) and bulky weights (#5), and up through super bulky (#6), although some of the lighter weight yarns are knit with multiple strands held together. Linen and cotton are particularly well suited for these spa-like projects. It's the perfect opportunity to try out some of those lovely fibers in anticipation of Spring.
Some of the cotton yarns used are Premier Home Cotton, Premier Yarns Cotton Fair, a sportweight (#2) for the pedicure socks, and Fibra Natura Flax for yummy linen washclothes that get softer with each wash. You'll find projects worked in Universal Bamboo Pop, a 50/50 cotton bamboo blend, KnitPicks Dishie for the simple shaped washclothes, Plymouth Cleo DK Cotton (a long-standing personal favorite). You'll also recognize that familiar stand-by for washcloths, Lily Sugar 'n Cream. Mary Beth points out that the gauge for many of the projects is tighter than you might expect for the weight of yarn, in order to prevent the fabric from stretching out of shape when wet.
Not all of the suggested yarns are cotton. You'll find bathmats worked in Plymouth Yarn Encore Mega and Berroco Comfort Chunky, Bernat Baby Blanket, and a tweedy storage basket worked with four strands of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice held together. Of particular note is the “Chenille Seta, made up of bathrobe, headband and slipper socks. These projects are worked with a double strand of super-bulky chenille on US size 11 (8 mm) needles! Wowzers! All of these yarns are widely available, although it wouldn't be hard to find substitutes for the yarns called for.
With Bath Knits, you can knit yourself a spa-cation without leaving your couch!
Mary Beth Temple is a knit and crochet pattern designer. Her independently published pattern line is Hooked for Life, which is available online through Ravelry and Patternfish and at local yarn stores. She is also the author of The Secret Language of Knitters, Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot, and Curvy Girl Crochet: 25 Patterns that Fit and Flatter. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.