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Book Review: Grown by Kate Oates

Andrea Sanchez

I am so thrilled to be sharing a new book with you today! Grown by Kate Oates features a collection of modern and sophisticated grown-up versions of some of her most popular designs. 

I have been a fan of Kate's children's designs since I first saw the Gramps Cardigan. You may also remember that Kate was one of Knittin' Little's first contributing designers back with her Grove Pullover from the fall of last year. I loved the simple shape of that pullover, and especially loved the all-over texture and elbow/shoulder patches, so of course I'm totally drawn to Downtown Pullover

One thing about Kate's patterns, and this book is no exception, is the great amount of support and detail included. Kate includes elbow and shoulder patch templates for you to use (yay! No measuring!) as well as info on how to stitch them onto the finished garment, and how to install a zipper.

This is such a great men's sweater! If you knit for guys I'd definitely check this one out. 

But Grown is also full of just. so. many. GORGEOUS women's sweaters. Take the Grace Wrapper for example. I love how elegantly casual this piece is. When I am planning knitwear I know that whatever adult piece I make must be sophisticated enough for  me to wear to work (not that teaching kindergarten is super sophisticated, but you get what I mean). This is totally it. 

I can absolutely see myself layering this over spring dresses well into the fall. This wrap sweater would make a great piece to help transition your wardrobe. It's also knit with one of my favorite yarns, YOTH Big Sister. This stuff is just so dreamy to knit with.

And of course I'm dying over the cover sweater, Jesse's Girl.

When I say sophisticated, this is it. I am over the moon in love with how Kate grew up the Jesse Half-Zip. This sweater is stylish, classic, with still so many modern details (that scoop neck?! Side ribbing?!). To top it off, she used one of my favorite yarns (Anzula For Better or Worsted) for this sweater. That yarn is absolutely grown up, with an amazing luxury blend (Merino, cashmere, and nylon anyone?), and a beautiful hand-dyed sheen. You guys. I'm swooning over here just talking about it. 

Also to hit my must knit list is Sidewalk Sweater

This sweater, knit in another great hand-dyed yarn (Lorna's Laces Cloudgate) looks comfortable, but grown up enough that you can wear it out and still look pulled together. I love that it is paired with skinny jeans and booties because that is totally how I would wear it (and that's how I imagine I would look, although there would probably be dog fur stuck to my jeans and baby food smeared on me, but whatevs). 

There are still six more pieces in this book so please hop over to her Ravelry page and take a look at all of them. Come back here and leave me a comment telling me which is your favorite and you could win a copy of Grown! This contest runs through November 30th.

If you can't wait, head over to Tot Toppers and purchase your own copy. The ebook is available right NOW and the hard copy (which comes with the ebook version and some special goodies) is in preorder and will ship early in January. 

I'm going to give my LYS a visit this weekend for some yarn for the Jesse's Girl and maybe even join the KAL Kate is hosting in her group. There are prizes just for casting on and showing a photo! How easy is that? You know I love easy KALs! Will you be joining as well?