In Review: Weekend: Simple, Modern Knits + *GIVEAWAY*

As a resident of Wisconsin where winters are often bitterly cold, super bulky accessories are a must have. Whether you have to brave the cold or you’re huddled inside, there really isn’t anything better than the smooshy, uber-warmth of a giant scarf and big thick hat to keep you warm. If you’re like me and you love a great super bulky knit — both for the warmth and instant gratification — Jen Geigley‘s new book is for you.

Weekend: Simple, Modern Knits contains 12 beautiful bulky knits. From sweaters…

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undone 2To scarves…

retrograde and floorTo cowls and even a little hoodie-scarf…

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This book really has it all.

Setting this collection apart from others, there are designs for the whole family here including a hat & cowl specifically sized for children. With the exception of the sweaters (which include sizing all the way up to 3X), these pieces are appropriate for ladies and gentlemen alike making them absolutely perfect for outfitting your whole gang. What’s more, they’re designed to be simple, easy knitting — knits that you can whip up in a day or two without a lot of fuss. Who can argue with that?!

Last weekend, I thought I’d take the book out for a little test drive…

weekendArmed with a few skeins of Madelinetosh ASAP in the Steam Age colorway, I printed out the patterns I wanted to knit up. I love how neatly the individual patterns printed — just one sheet that folded at the middle, I could easily tuck the pattern in my project bag for on-the-go knitting. I found the patterns to be exactly as promised — simple, well-written, and fun to knit. I’d call that true weekend knitting!

I started with Retrograde, a super long reversible scarf that has a wider section in the middle that acts kind of like a cowl for extra coziness. It’s a genius design, trust me.

IMG_0756-0If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen a lot of gushing about this yarn-pattern pairing over the weekend. The twin rib stitch pattern creates the smooshiest, softest, just prettiest scarf ever. As you probably know, ‘super bulky’ is kind of a wide-ranging category, it’s worth mentioning that my yarn was not quite as super bulky as the recommended yarn. Since it’s a scarf and fit isn’t an issue, I focused on knitting the prettiest fabric I could and that ended up being a bit tighter than the recommended gauge.

retrograde detIt turned out pretty freaking fantastic. Usually scarf knitting is pretty much my the bane of my existence, but not this one. I loved every stitch.

And when I finished. I had just enough yarn that I thought I should go ahead an make a matching hat. Who doesn’t love a matching hat, right?!

sliverThis is Sliver — a very basic hat, save for the lone drop-stitch detail that looks…

bundledSo rad when being worn! (I swear I was smiling in this photo.)

In the book, this hat is styled in a slightly larger, slouch-style…

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But again I had to make some minor adjustments for gauge because of my yarn. For this one, I doubled up and held 2strands of ASAP together and knit for a snugger fit. I love that it still has a gorgeous modern style and it’s wonderfully warm.

All in all…

IMG_0802I am going to be one happy, snug, cozy, warm lady this winter…

retrograde + sliverThanks to my beautiful new accessories.

Now, I promised a giveaway, didn’t I?

I’m so happy to share that the author has very generously offered to giveaway a hard copy of her new book to one luck winner here on the blog.

To enter:

1. Hop over here & browse through the patterns in this fabulous book.

2. In the comments below share which pattern is your favorite.

That’s it!

One entry per person, please.

Entries will be accepted Wednesday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 27th at midnight CST.

I hope you love this collection as much as I do — I can’t wait to see *your* Weekend knits!

For those who just can’t wait, you can purchase a hard copy of the book + a free PDF on Jen’s website here. You can also purchase individual patterns + the PDF ebook on Ravelry here. It’s also available on Amazon here, should that be your preference.

In addition, I encourage you to show Jen some love by following her on Instagram and Facebook.

Many thanks to Jen Geigley for use of her photos, for asking me to review this book, and for sponsoring the giveaway!