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In “Step It Up Knits”

You’ve heard of Vickie Howell, right?

Of course you have. She’s a prolific knitting designer, has several books under her belt, and was the host of the Knitty Gritty TV show.

I used to enjoy watching Knitty Gritty. I even made one of the patterns featured.

But I digress.

Vickie has a new book out called “Step It Up Knits,” published by Chronicle Books.

The goal of the book is to help you “step up” your knitting skills. (See what I did there? haha)

A wide range of techniques from cables to Kitchener stitch and mosaic knitting to mitered squares, are presented in step-by-step tutorials.

There are also 25 projects that allow you to practice your new (or existing!) skill right away. Practice makes perfect, right?

We’re excited by the fact that two of the projects use our yarns.

Fancy Pants from Step It Up Knits

Fancy Pants. Photo by Jody Horton

The Fancy Pants newborn leggings are knit using Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK.

Imagine the “oohs” and “aaah” when these cute leggings are opened at the next baby shower you attend.

There are four new jewel tone colors of this soft, smooth 75% Extrafine Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 5% Cashmere blend. With the wide variety of colors available, you’ll be able to make leggings to satisfy the fashion sense of all the new parents in your life.

Boot Legged Socks

Boot Legged socks. Photo by Jody Horton

The Boot Legged socks are knit using Noro Taiyo Sock Yarn.

There are 17 colors of this 50% Cotton, 17% Wool, 17% Nylon, 16% Silk blend.

A great thing about using Noro yarns for socks is you can focus on the pattern as you knit and trust the color changes in the yarn to give your finished project extra “pow!”

Some of the techniques you’ll learn are explained in text. Others also have photo tutorials. There is a sneak peek of one of the photo tutorials on Vickie’s blog. I like it when there are real pictures in a knitting book (as opposed to drawings) because I think it makes it easier to see what is happening. You, of course, may feel differently.

The book was just published in October. Check with your local yarn store to pick up a copy (along with your yarn supplies). Many of the projects in the book are small (socks, mitts, hats), which makes this book a good option for gift knitting.

I noticed that if you leave a comment on Vickie’s blog before Nov 14 you’ll have a chance to win a copy.


  1. Sounds like a great book for my personal library of knitting booms!

  2. I’ve just seen the pretty socks and gorgeous baby pants that you have knitted. Really looks nice and elegant, amazing! Good work of hand. Thanks for sharing it.

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