Book Review: Drop Dead Easy Knits

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Monday 26 June 2017 at 2:27 pm

Drop-Dead Easy Knits by Gale Zucker, Mary Lou Egan, and Kirsten Kapur was published by Clarkson Potter in 2016. It retails for $16.99 in the US and $22.99 in Canada and includes 29 knitting projects.

Admittedly, after I flipped through this book when I first received it, I was put off by the claim of “dead drop easy” in the title. Of course – disclaimer – I’m a beginning knitter who continues to struggle through every knitting project, even the simplest. I do enjoy knitting, but it has never been intuitive for me like crochet has been. So, the definition of “easy” clearly varies depending on your own knitting experience.

I read through the introduction because I wanted to know why these patterns would be considered easy, and there I discovered the idea behind this book. The authors, all seasoned knitters, created projects that had large repeated areas in the patterns. This repetition of stitches is where the idea of being easy comes in because experienced knitters will probably find these patterns easy. As further proof that this book is not for new knitters or beginners, there is very little “how-to” information in the book. This is not meant to be a criticism of the book. I just wanted to be clear that my review indicates this is book of “easy” knitting projects for people who are already at least intermediate level knitters.

The 29 projects in this book are organized into chapters such as “The Waiting Game,” which has projects that are good for working on while you might be waiting on the phone for example. All the projects are divided up into three levels of difficulty: mindless, relaxed, and attentive.

As far as the projects in this book – and I have to say 29 is a generous amount – there are some really beautiful ones, and I plan to forward this book to a friend of mine who I think will be able to rock some of them. Sweaters, shawls, hats, scarves, baby clothes, even toys provide a huge variety to choose from. So for experienced knitters, I recommend they consider this book for their personal knitting library.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for review.

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