November 15th, 2013

On the bookshelf this week: Knits at Home

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As the colder days of Fall begin to settle in across New England we start wanting cozy throws and squishy pillows to cuddle up with.


Ruth Cross’s Knits at Home: Rustic Designs for the Modern Nest guides you through a range of stitch patterns and techniques that can be adapted to different shapes and sizes, adding personality and interest to any room with beautifully designed and handcrafted knitted pieces. You’ll enjoy exploring different hand knit patterns – from throws to fitted covers, elegant wall hangings to floor rugs – that have a beautiful, organic feel.

Ruth not only offers elegant and appealing home decor projects; she also gives you the techniques to design organic and freeform home items of your own. Taking an experimental approach. Dive into a must-have for handknitting and interior design enthusiasts. Makes a perfect gift, too!

Leave a comment below and tell us which home decor accessory you’ve been wanting to knit and you could win a copy! All comments must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Please make sure to leave us a way to contact you if you win! The winner will be drawn randomly and posted here the following day.

Edited, Wednesday November 20, 2013:

And our Winner is –  Michelle who said, “A throw. As a keepsake for my daughter. With cables.

Congratulations Michelle! Keep an eye on your inbox, we’ll be contacting you soon.


Marketing Coordinator at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
Sara learned to knit and crochet as a child and added spinning and weaving to her skills after being hired at WEBS in 2006. While crochet is her #1 love, she is also very fond of her husband and their 2 daughters.

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160 Responses to “On the bookshelf this week: Knits at Home”

  1. T Says:

    I’d love to knit a stool/ottoman cover.

  2. Anne Marie Hart Says:

    LOVE that chair cover!

  3. Deb Says:

    I love knitting afghans, so a throw from this book would be fantastic!

  4. Eunice Says:

    i want to knit a table runner.

  5. Marilyn Fenton Says:

    I need to knit a seat cover for my favorite chair, which is old and looking BAD.
    wahoomerryf on Rav

  6. Beth Stelle Says:

    I definitely want more throws for the living room!

  7. Mary Says:

    Wow! I love the blanket on the cover of this book, that’s what I would knit. Lovely! (from Mary, aka bergamom on Ravelry)

  8. Lindy Lou Says:

    I love that the patterns are rustic-would love to do a wallhanging to spruce up my little log cabin

  9. jules mcnubbin Says:

    mysticalguacamole at gmail dot com

  10. jules mcnubbin Says:

    i want to make felted pillows, bowls and little cute characters to decorate our house

  11. Kate Says:

    I’ve been meaning to knit a blanket for ages, but somehow there’s always Christmas/birthdays/my desperate urge for a new sweater to do instead.

  12. Katy Says:

    Next year, I’m excited to make a cozy blanket (or maybe a pillow?), but I daydream about knitting rugs…someday, when I have more time and maybe sheep of my own…..

  13. Leah Says:

    That knitted chair cover looks so fantastically decadent. It’s my favourite.

  14. Rebecca Says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve been thinking about knitting a blanket for myself and my partner, to keep in our own home instead of giving it away. Imagine! I think the geometric cable throw might be a winner. The pouffe might be created soon thereafter. Gorgeous designs, all!

  15. drae Says:

    I’d love to make a chair cover. I have an old 70’s ochre office chair that is just screaming to be covered with cables.

  16. Rosemarie Says:

    The knitted chair cover looks so cozy and so inviting. Imagine curling up on it on a cold winter’s night with your latest knitting project.

  17. Beverly Says:

    I’d made the Zig-Zag Pillow Cover just for me!!

  18. Erin Says:

    I love, love, love that chair cover!

  19. E Chak Says:

    I’ve been working on a throw for my sofa. So, that’s high on my list for home knits. (eylchak at gmail dot com)

  20. Deborah Dawson Says:

    I would love to knit pillows for the couch.

  21. Wendy Says:

    I would love to knit a pillow cover or a blanket…or BOTH!

  22. Cindy Sircher Fuchs Says:

    I would love to knit a cover for the sofa.

  23. DONNA H. Says:

    I would love to knit up that sofa throw!

  24. Paula Hendrickson Says:

    I have been wanting to make a large pillow cover with bulky yarn, but after seeing the chair cushions above I might need to make those for my sister’s great old Craftsman “recliner” (nothing like a La-Z-Boy) that currently has cushions wrapped (but not upholstered) in fabric.

  25. Mary Fran Olson Says:

    I have been wanted to make pillows for our piano room love seat. But the tassled throw in the picture looks so inviting!

  26. Emily Blaser Says:

    Pillows! But I love that photo of the armchair!

  27. Gina Says:

    I have wanted to make a nice cabled pillow for a long time, I love this book.

  28. iaudrey Says:

    Looks amazing!

  29. whimZ Says:

    I’ve been wanting to make some pillows. (Ravelry whimZknits)

  30. karen k Says:

    I love to make a throw like the one on the sofa. Lovely.

  31. Jana M Says:

    That throw on the sofa looks amazing it would be very fun to knit.

  32. Linda G Says:

    I’m obsessed with knitted pillows, I’m craving some new ideas to make! That covered chair is amazing, I’d love to make one or ten :)

  33. Tracy Kilpatrick Says:

    Pillows! I’ve been dreaming about knitting toss pillow covers for some time now and always seem to find myself knitting something else. This book may be just the kick in the pants I need!

  34. Angela Hockabout Says:

    I would love to make the chair cushions, but how to find the right mid century modern chair to match?

  35. Meghan Says:

    I would like to make some pillows for my living room. A couple on the couch would look so classy!

    I’m vernalequinox on Ravelry.

  36. Barbara Thames Says:

    I’m always wanting another afghan — my tv room is the coolest room in the house. Great in summer; but not so good in winter. So I use the gas fireplace to supplement and curl up in various afghans.
    But I really like the one shown on the cover of Knits at Home along with its pillow. I think my tv room would benefit greatly :)
    Use eomason on Ravelry

  37. Guest Says:

    I would or to make some pillows and a throw to “cozy-up” my living room.

  38. tracy_a Says:

    That chair cover!!! Oh my gosh – how wonderful would that be!

  39. Amanda Says:

    I love the big cabled thrown on the cover. It looks so cozy and warm.

  40. Cheryl Scaccio Says:

    i’ve never actually made a blanket, so I would love to try the cable throw

  41. Julie Says:

    I love knit pillows, they can really pull a room together and look so sophisticated.

  42. Carol C Says:

    I’d love to make a new throw to replace the granny square throw that my husband loves.

  43. Petra Says:

    I’d like to make small knitted squares in all the colors of the rainbow, then frame it and decorate my walls with it. Art knitting…

  44. Andrea Faust Says:

    I’d like to knit a table runner and a few pillow cases for my sofas.

  45. Linda Pierce Says:

    How pretty! I would love to add this to my library!

  46. Valerie Hebert Says:

    That chair cover is fantastic! I really should make some Irish knit pillows. What a wonderful idea. Sounds like a great idea/wish list book.

  47. Helen Says:

    Love the chair cushions! Would make those for sure!

  48. Paula120 Says:

    I would love to make the throw that is on the sofa. All the patterns are beautiful.

  49. Britt Barnes Says:

    I want to make a chunky knit throw to dress up my couch!

  50. AnnKingman Says:

    I need new throw pillows for my living room, so I’d start there!

  51. Kate Michael-Mattsey Says:

    A big chunky throw would be great on those cold winter nights! I’d love to make that and the throw pillows would be a great exercise in patterns I don’t often knit!

  52. Patti Weeks Says:

    I’ve been wanting to do a cabled pillow.

  53. knittinknut Says:

    I love the pillows! And the table runners.

  54. Lindsey Hawkins Says:

    I’ve been wanting to knit a gorgeous cabled throw and matching pillow to dress up my brown leather couch. I’m thinking a deep, rich red would be just the color!

  55. Kim Says:

    I’ve been looking for some great home accessory patterns. Especially afghans. Love the one on the cover!

  56. Trish Says:

    I’m always on the lookout for new pillow patterns There is nothing like an pile of knitted pillows perched on a comfy sofa or that favorite chair. They are the perfect opportunity to try new techniques and fibers. I love mixing, matching and moving them around to create new interest for old spaces.

  57. Tanya Orsztynowicz Says:

    I would love this book! Thanks for the chance!

  58. Laurilee Jordan Says:

    I would love this book, I would love to knit some cushions

  59. Jessica Moore Lindsey Says:

    If I had this book, I would made a runner and pillows!

  60. Joan Bob Adis Says:

    Iam so anxious to read this magazine. being handicapped it is so refreshing to get new ideas without the struggle of getting out my chair to go out shopping. thanks Joan

  61. sheilakars Says:

    looks like some interesting things in this book

  62. Fran Jeppesen Says:

    Pretty much everything! Blankets, kitchen/dining items, bath items, bedroom items, accessories… :-)

  63. Joan Bob Adis Says:

    i would love to see this magazine. it is so nice when i dont have to get my wheelchair out to go to the store. Thanks Joan

  64. Michelle Chua Says:

    A throw. As a keepsake for my daughter. With cables.

  65. Cathy Says:

    LOVE the throw on the cover, but am interested to see if there’s a pouf inside.

  66. Kerry Says:

    Lovely patterns.

  67. Wanda Sowizdrzal Says:

    I love that table runner, would make the perfect gift for the girlfriends.

  68. kristen Says:

    I would love to make some curtains :)

  69. CeltChick Says:

    OOOh, chair covers!! In cables.

  70. CKF76 Says:

    Extra chunky cabled throw for sitting in front of the fireplace!

  71. Rebecca Says:

    Pillows. We can never seem to have enough of them!

  72. Julie Mombourquette Says:

    I love the cabled throw!

  73. joy Says:

    chair cushions!

  74. Peg ONeil Says:

    An afghan! Warm and soft to snuggle in during a WI blizzard !

  75. Signe Aufdencamp Says:

    Table runners! Perfect for any time & choose your own color!

  76. Cindy Moore Says:

    I really have to have the big throw afghan! Gorgeous!

  77. Ellen Says:

    I’m using up some leftover alpaca/silk and making a cable pillow. Totally decadent, but it feels soooo good to work with. :)

  78. Vicki W Says:

    That afghan is gorgeous! I would love to win this book.

  79. Andrea Graham Says:

    I would like to make a throw.

  80. disqus_VG0lbtanyo Says:

    I would love to knit chair covers and pillows like this.

  81. Deborah Cushman Says:

    That throw is luscious! I would love to make that!

  82. Alona Harman Says:

    These are all so gorgeous. I’d be in serious trouble if I won… I’d have buy a ton of yarn ;)

  83. Diane Aisenberg Westerman Says:

    The throw is gorgeous. I so want to make it.

  84. Sandi Russell Says:

    I love making afgans to give as gifts. They repsent warmth and love to me.

  85. Jeanne B Says:

    pillows and table runners

  86. Denise Says:

    I would love to make them all!

  87. Paula B Says:

    Would all look lovely in my house. Would love to make them all!

  88. Tina Christensen Ferraro Says:

    Pillows! The old ones I sewed have worn out, now I’d like to knit some replacements.

  89. mz Says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a table liner. They can make a plain table so special. -Mabel

  90. Susan Princeton Says:

    As a new weaver I am always anxious to read all I can about new patterns!
    The table runner looks awesome!

  91. carynen Says:

    Love the throw! I’d like to make that.

  92. Rita Estrada Johnson Says:

    The perfect Minnesota knitting book!

  93. Amy Wake Says:

    I’ve been itching to knit a wall hanging! I’d also love to cover a chair with knit fabric.

  94. Loreen Smith Says:

    I would make the throw. We just redecorated our bedroom, and the throw would look amazing at the end of our new bed.

  95. Ellen Says:

    Love the afghan on the cover.

  96. Marie Says:

    I LOVE the table runners/placemats!! I’ll have to creatively re-think the tassles, as our kitties would have a field day with those. :)

  97. Andi Tippie Says:

    What a beautiful blanket! But I’d probably end up doing a pillow cover… Thanks for the chance!

  98. $45503255 Says:

    I would like to make the table runners.

  99. Erin Says:

    I must not be very original pillow covers but completely love the chair cover Rav Id berrygal

  100. Renee Says:

    I love that beautiful afghan on the cover. I would like to try making that. Thank you!

  101. Donna Gerber Says:

    I would definitely make a big cozy afghan/throw for my new house to use while curling up in front of the fireplace.

  102. Carolyn Parmenter Says:

    Love the chair!

  103. Lois BLandino Says:

    I would love to make one of the afghans shown!

  104. Lyn Says:

    A throw.

  105. Jenny Says:

    I love that pillow and I’m looking for a great throw pattern!

  106. Maryellen C Says:

    I would love to make the throw.

  107. Carlyn Clark Says:

    I’ve been knitting throws for holiday gifts. Am pretty tired of the patterns I have. The one pictured here looks like it would be interesting to knit up.

  108. Kathy Spilker Says:

    Definitely the throw on the cover

  109. Jendaub Says:

    I would make the table runners! So cute!

  110. Sharon Cohen Says:

    I’d make a jumbo throw — big enough for me and himself!

  111. Anne Says:

    I would make an afghan!

  112. Hannah (The Homesteady) Says:

    I’d love to knit a giant floor pouf!

  113. Mona Says:

    A yummy blanket!

  114. Kathi Says:

    Fitted covers for my furniture!

  115. Lori Stewart Says:

    Love throws and pillows excited to see the book

  116. Nancy Hawkins Says:

    Loved the afghan!

  117. Cheryl Says:

    I would like to make a nice textured round floor rug, something unique.

  118. The Knitting Teacher Says:

    I love that chair with the gray cabled upholstery. I have my grandmothers antique rocking chair that I would love to do that with!!

  119. Says:

    Would like to make a afghan in neutral colors for the back of our sofa.

  120. jennijenjen24 Says:

    I need some new throw pillows for my couch and I’d love to be able to make exactly what I want!!

  121. Sandy Rumsey Says:

    love love love. want to win. knitting projects for the home always add such warmth to the atmosphere.

  122. Joanne Kundra Says:

    I’d love to try making the knitted table runners to give to my granddaughter and her boyfriend to use in their new townhome when they purchase their 1st dining room table.

  123. Claire Grothen Says:

    I would love to make the pillows and afghan.

  124. Karen Hussey Says:

    Would love to make the cabled pillow cover

  125. Patricia McAdams Says:

    We have a sofa and loveseat that has been begging for “squishy pillows” In my minds eye, the pillows would be very similar to the pictured ones above. Winning the book would certainly stimulate my knitting fingers which seem to always have grandchildren projects to keep them busy. What a nice change it would be to knit for our home.

  126. Marci Linker Says:

    I would love to make an afghan. I’ve never made one before, knitting newbie that I am!

  127. Heidi Laws Says:

    I would love to knit some dresser scarves.

  128. Elaine Therrien Says:

    OH, the throw on the cover is my fav. I would love to knit that.

  129. EvanstonMichelle Says:

    I love those table runners! They look like they would be easily modified to any length.

  130. Bowler Hat Gal Says:

    I’d love to try that cabled pillow on the cover. Thank you for your giveaway!

  131. lynn Says:

    The throw is fabulous!! Want to make that

  132. Jessie Says:

    I would love to knit the throw that is on the cover, very elegant and lovely color.

  133. Joan Says:

    I would love to make one of the pillows on the cover

  134. Gerri Graves Says:

    Love the table runners!

  135. Carol Says:

    I LOVE the throw on the cover. Even that color as it complements my sofa!

  136. Shelley Reid Says:

    The designs in these pictures are gorgeous, and the book has received glowing reviews on Amazon. I do hope the designer considers releasing an ebook format, as I’m sure I’m not alone in preferring them. Easy to use the patterns directly from my iPad.

  137. calliadamson Says:

    This book looks fantastic! I want to carry it around and say, “See, this is what you can do when you knit!”

  138. Andrea Plate Says:

    I make things for my home but they never come out the way I envision! Making and studying Ruth’s designs will help me figure out why.

  139. EileenV Says:

    Gorgeous designs – I love the pillow covers, especially – they make the home so cozy-looking in winter!

  140. JenniT Says:

    That throw on the cover is FABULOUS!!! I’d make that.

  141. Ruth Says:

    Awesome book! Would love to make some of these projects.

  142. Beth Says:

    I love everything in this book but I would especially like to make the throw on the cover and pillows as a wedding gift to my son and future daughter-in-law.

  143. Debby Says:

    Love the pillow cover!

  144. Alta Allen Says:

    I would like to make the beautiful throw on the sofa and the pillows as well.

  145. kate price Says:

    I love that throw that is on the front cover!

  146. soozilovestoknit Says:

    The throw. I love having them scattered around to snuggle into.

  147. Loraine Carter Says:

    I love the throw on the cover

  148. ctbug Says:

    pillow, pillows and more pillows

  149. KimW Says:

    The chair cover is so clever, but that cable-crazy blanket looks amazing. It looks like it would be really soft and squishy!

  150. Denyalle Hembroff Says:

    I would love to make a big, comfy, chunky, afghan!

  151. Mimi Fan Says:

    I love the zig zag pillow cover, and could put it to use immediately!

  152. Laura Q. Says:

    So many beautiful home knits, it’s hard to choose just one! I love the table runners – elegant and classic.

  153. Carol Says:

    I would love to make an afghan!

  154. cnuland Says:

    I would love to make that cabled chair seat cover! (asimplehomestd on Rav)

  155. SpecialKnits Says:

    Looks like a great book. Would love to check out the inside pages!

  156. 4foot10 Says:

    I’ve been looking for those chair cushions! they’re perfect for my Chair. Fingers crossed.

  157. Marina Says:

    I’d love to knit the Geometric Cable Throw!

  158. loulew Says:

    The aran afghan!

  159. Sarah from Ctown Says:

    I love that blanket on the cover! I’d love a hand knit blanket in my home, I just get so tired of the same thing…

  160. Cath T Says:

    I love the chair upholstered in knitting, though I think for now I’d better start with a pillow.

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