Friday, July 19, 2013

The Knitted Home

I love this new book that I'm going to share today. I'll not only be sharing my review, but the book will be going to one lucky reader (see how at the end of the post).


The Knitted Home: Creative and Contemporary Projects for Interiors by Ruth Cross


I want to knit practically everything in this book in the hopes that my home will look as lovely as these pictures evoke. From the pillows/cushions to that lovely blanket!


Garter stitch is such a classic to me. Who wouldn't want to snuggle in that blanket?


Throughout the book there are complete patterns for you to create these beautiful projects. But Ruth also encourages and gives advice on how to experiment for yourself to produce your own designs. For the vases shown above, she gives guidelines for ways to create your own. How fun would a bunch of different sized mason jars as vases be?


If I ever have a craft room or studio, I would love to do this for some of my swatches. I love the gray palette she uses here too.


As she goes through the book, she shows how you can adapt these patterns to different sizes, scales and shapes so that they can be widely applied around the home to create completely personal pieces.


Another one of my favorite designs....simple, yet classic, but also a bit creative. Who would have thought, but now I want a knitted fruit bowl, right?


And a bit of trivia, Ruth was responsible for designing the now iconic mittens worn by Bella in the Twilight Saga.

Here's where you can find the book...

 (US release has a slightly different title)

(UK version available in the US or here is Amazon UK link)

You can find more information, as well as quite a few other great books, at the publisher's site. I'm so glad that they shared this review copy for me as this is quite a lovely book. And now, I'm going to share it with you. One lucky reader will win a copy. Have you knit items for your home? Anything on these pages inspire you to think about it? What would you knit first? Leave me a comment and a way to contact you if you win (e.g., ravelry id, email).

Happy Knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

P.S. I know I've mentioned how I love some of the Craftsy classes that I've taken. There are having a big summer sale this weekend, so I thought I'd enable you guys a bit :) Click the link below.



Margrish said...

I love the cushion covers in The Knitted Home!!

Margrish said...

Oops! Forgot to leave i.d.
~ GinaBina (Ravelry)

Anna said...

I would love to knit (and cuddle up in) any of those blankets! With feet propped up on the cushion and some knitting in my lap, it would be heavenly!
annabanana26 (ravelry)

Jani said...

Love that creamy textured blanket, but knowing me, I'd knit the fruit bowl first! Thanks for the giveaway - I'm peepsmom on Rav.

Unknown said...

I love those! I have only ever knit dishcloths for the home! But I have been thinking about knitting some cushions lately.
Sezza on Rav

Nicky said...

The cushions are amazing!! I would love to knit one. MrsPointysticks on Rav. xx

Discoknits said...

You know I cannot resist a blanket! And that heavily cabled one? Swoon.....
You know where to find me ;0)

Melissa B said...

This book looks great! I think I'd knit the pillows first. Thanks for having a giveaway. :) I'm lissie581 on Ravelry.

Browncurls said...

I have been planning to knit a blanket, but after seeing these pictures, now I want to knit an ottoman!

Amy said...

I have been wanting to make one of those knitted poufs/ottomans for awhile. thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would love this book!!! I've knit enough shawls to last the rest of my life. And I love cables!

itchy feet said...

Love the book, fascinated with the designs. wynnovatess on ravelry

Anonymous said...

I would love this book...I have knitted a few afgans, but I too have enough shawls to last my life.
I would love to knit the throw pillows and vases.

sockdoc said...

Lovely book. Might get one over the hump to do some projects for home....I have an afghan started, but not portable and much knitting is at times like son's sports practices.....or someone's birthday or baby or holiday takes precedence! So maybe back off to pillows!

Anonymous said...

I have knit a blanket made from yarn I purchased on my travels around the world. It involved over 40 different kinds of yarn.
I would make those fruit bowls from The Knitted Home first.
Knitsonplanes, aka, Patti

Anonymous said...

I am in the midst of a beekeepers quilt, but I think that is my first home decor item.

stretchforever (ravelry)

MegR said...

I haven't knit anything for home decor but I know that I would love to make a knitted pillow case, what a great way to show off your knitting. meagan(dot)radford(at)gmail(dot)com

troy and christina said...

I am dying to make a bulky knit chair cover...after the house remodel...

This look like a fabulous book.

Oh, and also the knitted vase covers. I'm thinking lace, but haven't gotten it done yet.

bowie on Ravelry

Unknown said...

I'm working on window covers, something fun in some rooms, others a bit more classic!

I look forward to winning, or buying this book.

FlowerKnitDeborah (ravID)

Jill L said...

Everything is lovely -it's hard to pick just one!

Debbie said...

I love knitted ottomans, but so far I have not put that love into action.

Debbie4 on Rav

Linda said...

Love the big, bold knits for the home. Bowls would top my list - great for myself and great for gifts. People might be getting tired of socks as gifts. . . ;-)
lindashields on Rav.
Salam wa sa'aadah

linda in chicagoland said...

Years ago I knit a lamp shade. Would love to cover a foot stool or maybe a chair.
Linda in Chicagoland, pawsandknit on Rav

Knitting Kris said...

I think the whole neutral palette inspires me. I want to knit more for my home in general.
krittingkris (Rav).

Jodi said...

Oh, how beautiful! I love the grey floor pouf. The neutral palette really highlights all the texture in these patterns.

Anonymous said...

I think the fruit bowls look fun to do. Or grey pouf.


Anonymous said...

Knitted blankets - amazingly, I have none. I clearly need some.

emilysmom (rav)

melosa said...

Those knitted pillows make me want to start one right now!

Maggie said...

I have knit a couple of blankets, unfortunately they were so adored by daughter, they now reside with her. I really like what the author has done with the swatches.