Friday, July 2, 2010


Sixth & Spring Books a Division of SOHO Publishing Co. and the former editor of Vogue Knitting magazine, Tanis Gray, have a new knitting book out.
An ode to a very popular yarn Cascade 220, this book includes 60 small patterns that are broken into three groups: 20 hats, 20 scarves, and 20 mittens. In other words, it is exactly what the title of the book says.
The book opens with an introduction where the story of Cascade Yarns begins in 1980 at the time it was founded. From that story and our experience as a knitter we know that the company is going strong with their large variety of yarns and their leading yarn Cascade 220. Did you know that this yarn comes in over 250 colors? This 100% Peruvian highland wool is soft, beautiful, high-quality yarn that is also very affordable. For many in this unstable economy it is a huge plus.
Let's take a look inside. The design of the book is clean and beautiful. Each project has a full-page photo and clear instructions. Most designs are for an easy to intermediate level of difficulty with an addition of some beginner and experienced projects. Some charts are provided for more intricate patterns. Personally, I would like to see more of them. I can see the editor's point though, when the space is limited and the patterns stitch is not too difficult, this is the thing to omit. More than 35 of well-known knitwear designers contributed to this book. Here are some photo shots from the book. Remember, there are 60 projects, so it is so much more to see and make.




Since this yarn is available in most yarn shops and comes in so many different colors, any knitter will be delighted to see so many possibilities to use it. I think it is a very clever and useful book. It doesn't matter how experienced we are with knitting techniques, we always want to come back to a small and gratifying projects either for a gift idea or just for a satisfaction that one more project is done. I hope you enjoyed taking a first glance at this book with me and will put it on your list to own.


If you want to win this book, please leave your comment with your name where you tell us about your favorite Cascade 220 color and a project you made. If we can see it on, please give us a link there. The last day to leave your comment is July 19th, 2010. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator.

This free copy of
60 Quick Knits is generously offered by Soho Publishing as giveaway to my wonderful blog readers.
I hope you win!!

Please see the post on my home page.

CONGRATULATIONS TO Cynthia A. aka Chinders on !

I will send you a message on Ravelry.


  1. I made a series of three Fish Hats from Knitty, using pink #7802, green #9464, heathered purple #7811, and quattro #9440 that included all three of these. The fish hats were a variety of stripe patterns. Some had "dead fish" X eyes and some had "live fish" eyes, all of which I made by needle-felting some combination of black yarn, and white or blue(!) fleece in the appropriate places. The friends they went to LOVED them.

    My favorite Cascade 220 color? Red #8895, because I love red red.

  2. My favourite Cascade 220 colour is #7808. My next sweater project will be the Central Park Hoodie, and that is the colour I am hoping to pick up for it.

  3. Here is the link:

    I used 220 to make my first fair isle project. It was wonderful and easy to use, especially while being intimidated with the new technique.

    The colors I used are: 2419 Heather Berry and I think Celery. Hard to recall as I didn't record the actual color numbers. Mental note for next time...use the number :) I love Cascade 220! The book looks great!

  4. My favorite Cascade 220 color is 7812 Lagoon. Being a Florida girl, it reminds me of the water on our white-sand beaches. Here is a link to the Fetching gloves I made for my sister who lives in Minnesota:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. First let me say that the book looks great and I can't wait to see it!!

    I love Cascade 220!! My faves are the Heathers. I have used 2419 to make a sweater. I'm also using 4007 to make a scarf. I like jewel tones :-).

  6. Wow, looks like a great book. Thanks for the review.

    Love the look of Cascade shade 7812. Adore all the heathers, too. Using the heathers right now on a sweater project:

    - Seema

  7. I have not had the opportunity to use Cascade 220 yet because it is not sold nearby but I have seen many beautiful colors online and on Ravelry. I think I'd enjoy the blues and pinks the most!

  8. Cascade 220 is such great yarn. Reasonably priced, with a great color selection.

    Noreen1009 (on Ravelry)

  9. Very enticing review!

    My favourite colour is 2446, bronzed green. I've made one project with that one so far, which is here on Rav: Terrible photo and was too eager to get them on to bother blocking first. I've got enough now to make a cardigan out of the same colour for winter, and can't wait.

  10. Thank you very much for the review and the contest! I've been considering buying this book, and it is great to hear some opinions about it.

    Cascade 220 is such a very reliable and lovely yarn, and the colour range and availability is super. It works really well for felted projects, and my daughter's slippers came out perfect

    My favorite colour is 9469, as that was the perfect pink that she wanted! ;)

  11. Do we really have to pick only one colour of Cascade 220?

    My Rav page is littered with 220 projects, but two of my favourites are the Babette Blanket I started eons ago, (which features many favourite colours!). You can find that here:

    I also love the Turn a Square hat I made out of 220, which is here (I wish I had colour numbers listed for that one, but I don't have the ballbands any more):

    It's a great yarn for a great price!

  12. Nice review of the book. I have two skeins of Cascade 220 in Lilac (7809) waiting for just the right project! Thanks for the generous give-away!

    My Ravelry stash:

  13. I just made a little shrug for my DD with a lovely shade of baby blue. She loves it! She wore it the last day of school and it was 85 degrees! The book has a lot of cute projects that would make great Christmas gifts.

  14. I haven't had the chance to work with Cascade 220 yet, but I have purchased some to make a really cool bag. (Amethyst - 7810 & West Point Blue Heather - 9325) I love how soft this yarn is and I can't wait to work with it!

    This book looks really interesting. I'm not sure what I would want to make first! Thank you for the interesting review and the pictures! It is going on to my list of must have knitting books. :)

  15. I love Cascade 220. It is so versatile! I recently used Cascade to make a pair of felted slippers. They come in very handy when it gets chilly at night. Take a look!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  16. Nice review! I may have to get a copy since I enjoy working with 220. Cascade 220 is my go-to hat yarn. My favorite color is the 220 Paints in David's Eyes. I haven't made anything with it yet but love to pet and admire it while I search for the project it wants to become.

    Here are some hats that I've made using 220: (This is my favorite hat so far. So beautiful, but the pattern is hard to see in the pics with the black yarn.)

    I am "generator" on Ravelry:

  17. Thanks, Faina, for the review and the photo selection. I've been curious about this book but haven't had time to check it out yet.

    Cascade 220 is one my absolutely favorite yarns, for teaching, designing, and felting. I have so many favorite colors, it's hard to choose one, but at the moment, I particularly love #8906, a beautiful turquoise. Maybe that's because it reminds me of all the wonderful jewelry here in the southwest.

    I have one Cascade 220 design on Ravelry:

    More are in the works!


  18. I made a pair of mittens with my favorite Cascade 220 Superwash Color 882 which is a reddish-purple. Thanks for the book drawing!

    JeaninMaine (Rav ID)

  19. I am a big fan of Cascade Yarn. My very first project that I knit as a gift was in Cascade 220 Superwash Pacific Nights, a round baby blanket.

    Since then I've continued to knit with their lovely yarn. Documenting my ever expanding knowledge of patterns in a blanket for my niece

    Now I'm making a super big blanket with Superwash 128 for my 6.4 nephew.

    I am Pure Romance on Ravelry

  20. What a great review of what looks to be a book I would *love*. Those houndstooth mittens would be perfect with my houndstooth scarf and hat!

    None of my projects with Cascade 220 are on Ravelry yet (all given away before pics were taken) but my favorite was the moonlight sonata shawl

    done in mallard. The pattern calls for a finer yarn, but I've never been one to let that deter me from knitting things the way I want them to be. It's so thick and warm and made a wonderful gift to a friend who was grieving.

    I'm chylve on Ravelry

  21. Purple and I have started a February lady sweater but it is not done yet. Thanks for the give away.

    Cindy Z

  22. I love cascade 220, it is easy to find and easy to work with . There are great colors. I'm always looking for new projects and will suggest this book to my local library. Libraries LOVE to get suggestions from readers and mine has purchased every book that I've suggested.

  23. I am using Cascade 220 for the accent colors on my wrap it up.