Book Review : Labour of Love

I have recently purchased Lullaby Knits by Vibe Ulrike Sondergaard, after seeing Labour of Love at Loop last year. Labour of Love caught my eye with its beautiful cloth bound cover and vintage style photography, and most importantly, wonderful patterns.

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The patterns are mostly intermediate to advanced, although there are a few simpler patterns that an ambitious beginner could try.

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The pattern on the right is my favourite in the book – the textured yoke and rows of cabling are time consuming but will result in a stunning piece of work that will be treasured.

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The cardigan below is also beautiful, the lace pattern and edging are delicate but it still looks warm and practical. The little model is sweet too!

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This feather and fan jacket is also a pretty piece which would look lovely and work up quickly.

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There are several shawls in the book as well including this mohair scarf.

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Not all the patterns are to my taste however, such as the loopy waistcoat and a couple of the skirts, but overall this book represents amazing value for the quality of the designs and the presentation. It would be an ideal gift for a knitter with a little girl. My only reservation at the time was that the patterns were sized for 3-8 year old girls, so it would be a long time before my daughter would fit into anything! Lullaby Knits is therefore perfect for me at the moment as the patterns are for babies up to 2 years old.

Otto Day Cardigan

After the Clara dress, I wanted a nice quick warm knit. The Otto Day cardigan has been in my queue for a while and I thought it would be the ideal project.

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I knit the 12 month size. Having knit the short sleeves, I realised they’d be too tight for my chubby girl so decided to turn them into long sleeves. I increased by 2 stitches every 6 rows approx 10 times. They are a little long, so should last for a few more months. She does enjoy chewing the cuffs though!

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The yarn is Rico Merino Aran, and I used nearly 3 balls in total. The yarn is very soft and good value for money. It is also holding up well with just a bit of fuzzing.

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I really enjoyed knitting this cardigan – it came together quickly and will be a useful addition to the wardrobe over the winter. I love the texture of double moss stitch but would probably not want to make a bigger project than this as it did get a bit tedious.