New American Knits Giveaway

If you’ve visited Ravelry, your LYS or the bookstore lately, you may have noticed a fabulous collection of knitwear patterns that just hit the shelves. New American Knits, designed by our very own Amy Christoffers, is a compilation of 20 classic knits, all inspired by great American artists. With pullovers, cardies and a variety of accessories, there’s ample opportunity to experiment with lace, cables, and colorwork. Plus, each pattern is a mini art history lesson that’s actually interesting (okay, I know art history is interesting, just not with the professors I had in college or the 8 am start time)!

Here are just a few of my favorites…do you recognize any of the artistic influences behind these designs?

(photos by Joe Hancock, courtesy of Interweave)

Of course, the best pattern in this book has to be the Parrish Mitts, knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. So maybe I’m biased, but these mitts are more than just great yarn.

Parrish Mitts
Parrish Mitts

A tribute to Maxfield Parrish, the painter and illustrator known for his saturated hues – burnt umber and ultramarine blue in particular, this design features allover colorwork with two different charts. The highlight is a floral motif inspired by the Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art that also influenced Parrish’s early work. This section is surrounded by a simple, checkerboard background, creating a stylish and modern look that’s doubly warm! The mitts are knit in the round from the bottom up and only require one skein each of the Mahogany Mix & Blueberry Mix colorways.

prize includes: copy of New American Knits, Berroco Ultra Alpaca #6280 Mahogany Mix & #6288 Blueberry Mix (1 hank each) and a set of ChiaGoo 6 inch double pointed needles size US 3
prize includes: copy of New American Knits, Berroco Ultra Alpaca yarn (in the original colors or your choice) and a set of ChiaGoo 6 inch double pointed needles size US 3

Want to win a kit to knit your own Parrish Mitts?

(Say that five times fast!)

How to Enter: Tell us in the comments below…which two shades of Ultra Alpaca would you knit the Parrish Mitts in?

Details: All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, July 15. One winner will be picked at random and announced on the blog next Wednesday, July 16. You must be 18 years old and a resident of the U.S. or Canada to win.


  1. Oh man…I have to pick two…well two at a time I guess. OK can’t use wool…so I’d have to pick one of the non-wool yarns and I’d go for a bright red and black for the first pair.

  2. I would love to knit the mitts in Admiral Mix and Cyclamen. The Admiral Mix is my favorite colorway and the Cyclamen looks like it would be a nice contrast.

  3. I know you said two but all these combos popped out to me:
    Brown Rice and Couscous or Brown Rice and Melon Mix or Garnet Mix and Admiral Mix or Dijon and Tiger’s Eye

  4. I would use the two colors in the picture. That brown gold color is just perfect and the blue isn’t bad either.

  5. Grapefruit Mix (Love, Love, and so unique) and Slate. Then I would give them to my mother for everything she has done for me.

  6. Like half the world, I’m a Harry Potter lover and a self-sorted Ravenclaw. I would do the Parrish Mitts in Slate and Royal to cheer on my house!

  7. Peat Mix & Candied Yam Mix would be wonderful together – love fall!
    And this book is SO wonderfully full of great stuff!

  8. I would use Garnet Mix for the main color and light grey for the pattern to make it stand out against the deep rich shades of garnet.

  9. I would knit them in light gray and beet root. I love the gray-purple combination, and they will go with almost everything!

  10. I think that the colorways used in the design are beautiful together, and do honor Parrish’s work. Those would be my choice as well…Mahogany Mix and Blueberry Mix….such a gorgeous blue!

  11. I would like to make mittens for my daughter using alpaca prune mix and orchid….. I live to create lasting memories for them.

  12. Tonight I’m feeling Steel Cut Oats and Redwood Mix for these gorgeous mitts. I must be thinking autumnal thoughts!

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