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Book Review: Big Yarn, Beautiful Lace Knits by Barbara Benson

Love the look of lace knitting patterns but want to knit them up quickly? Barbara Benson’s Big Yarn, Beautiful Lace Knits (Stackpole Books, 2019) is a perfect choice! This collection of 20 knitting patterns features a range of lace patterns (from basic eyelets to more intricate patterns) in bulky yarns that will work up in no time. Let’s take a look!


Many times, when we think of lace knitting, we think of beautifully ornate shawls in a fine yarn. Barbara explores how lace stitch patterns look when they’re blown up to bulky-weight yarn, such as in the Un, Deux, Trois shawl shown above. The lace is distinct, easy to work, and quick to knit yet still has an air of delicacy that we don’t normally associate with heavier yarns. This book features mostly accessories, making it a great way to burn through small amounts of hefty yarns in your stash.


There are a few garments, including the Igazu Falls vest and a couple of ponchos that would knit up quickly. I particularly like how Barbara used the different lace panels to create a stunningly simple open-front vest with this pattern!


Of course, we’re a little biased toward the two projects included in the book that use Berroco yarns. The Asymmetrical Balance scarf uses Berroco Catena to create a lovely, squishy scarf that is easy to knit.


The To Warmly Go mitts feature a gorgeous lace pattern worked on the back of the hand (the palm is worked in stockinette stitch). Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky comes in 23 colors, any of which would be awesome in these fingerless mitts.

Find all of the projects in Big Yarn, Beautiful Lace Knits on Ravelry! Which ones are calling to you?

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