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Book Review: Stitching in the Stacks

Cooperative Press sent us a review copy of their new book “Stitching in the Stacks” because the Jessamyn Mitts uses our yarn!

“Stitching in the Stacks” is a collection of 29 patterns “inspired by librarians (real and fictional), library architecture, cataloging systems, and sometimes the books themselves.”

It’s an attractive collection of garments, both sweaters and accessories, and items to make your reading life easier, ranging from bookmarks (of course) to a French Press Cozy.

Each pattern has an interesting introduction about what inspired it.

There are many techniques represented, including lace, colorwork, and cables. There is a lot to keep you entertained.

Jessamyn Mitts

Photo by Caro Sheridan Courtesy of Cooperative Press Design by Joy Gerhardt

Photo by Caro Sheridan
Courtesy of Cooperative Press
Design by Joy Gerhardt

The pattern that uses our yarn are the beautiful Jessamyn Mitts by Joy Gerhardt. Add them to your Ravelry queue.

The mitts feature ribbing and an interesting textured stitch that I haven’t seen before. They are sized for small, medium, and large.

The yarn used in the original mitts is Debbie Bliss Andes, an alpaca/silk blend that was recently discontinued. You might still find some in stock at a local yarn store, or you might even have some marinating in your stash.

I suggest using Louisa Harding Grace Wool and Silk or Louisa Harding Grace Hand Dyed instead of Andes. It will be easier to find!

Both versions of Grace have the same suggested gauge as Andes (5.5 sts/inch) and the same yardage (110 yards per hank) so you can swap them out 1 for 1.

The difference is that the Grace yarns are a 50% Merino Wool, 50% Silk blend, instead of alpaca and silk. But don’t fret! Grace has all the softness and shine as Andes!

I also noticed on Ravelry that the designer has notes for making a shorter pair that might only need one skein of yarn.

Have you flipped through Stitching in the Stack? Which was your favorite pattern?

You can preview the other patterns in the book on Ravelry.

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