By Studios of Classic Elite Yarns
Taunton Press, $24.95, 220 pages

Looking for a quick handmade gift or a portable project? Classic Elite: Quick Knits has something for everyone – babies, children and grownups in a variety of styles from classic to trendy. The hats range from cabled to lacey and fair isle to stripe. There are beanies, tams, pill boxes and slouched styles some with matching mittens or mitts. The wraps are as simple as scarves and as sophisticated as cowls and shrugs. Socks for all ages are plain to lacey and cabled, too. Though the hats, scarves, socks, and wraps are designed to show off the Classic Elite Yarns other yarns can easily be substituted for the wide variety of styles and sizes. Full color photographs of every item allow a preview of the finished project made from clearly written directions with charts for cables and color changes when needed.  Pattern instructions for all abbreviations and a chart for standard yarn weight systems help in the planning and execution of a hundred patterns for beginning to advanced knitters. There are even a few crochet projects for a little variety.  This book is a bargain for the quality and quantity of the content. Knit on!

Reviewed by Sue Phelps

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