The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Simple Knits


The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Simple Knits


Simple Knits – Back Cover

This book is one of a series of books created by owners of the Yarn Company shop in New York City – Julie Carles and Jordana Jacobs. This one was published by Carlson Potter in 2002.

Before I start the review, I’ll add a spoiler alert. I’m keeping this book and thus a thumbs up. Maybe I’m waffling in my old age or something, but the book does have some interesting designs and I’m almost in the mood to make a sweater. Haven’t done one in a long time.


Julie Carles and Jordana Jacobs


Cast on Illustration

The illustrations are clear and easy to follow. There are approximately 30 pages of how-to’s including a few finishing and simple crochet edgings.They are much better than photos.


Decreasing how-to


Key to Yarn Weights

The above page shows weights of yarn used in the book. If I had one complaint about the book it would be that only heavier yarns are included. The lightest weight is a heavy worsted. On the other hand, the projects are quicker to make.


Variegated Yarns

Many of the designs are made with variegated yarns that a perfect for newer knitters.


Simple knit cardigan

All the projects are photographed on mannequins that keeps the book from becoming dated.


Pattern layout


Schematic drawings

The pattern instructions and schematic drawings are also clear and easy-to-use.


Hoodie Pullover

My favorite project! Would make a nice present for someone.


Hats from Simple Knits

A few accessories and home dec pieces end the book.

Well done Julie and Jordana!

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