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 2007. While crochet is her #1 love, she is also very fond of her husband and 2 daughters.

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  • Kate Michael-Mattsey

    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!

  • Patti Weeks

    I’ve been wanting to do a cabled pillow.

  • knittinknut

    I love the pillows! And the table runners.

  • Lindsey Hawkins

    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!

  • Kim

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

  • Trish

    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.

  • Tanya Orsztynowicz

    I would love this book! Thanks for the chance!

  • Laurilee Jordan

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

  • Jessica Moore Lindsey

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

  • Joan Bob Adis

    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

  • sheilakars

    looks like some interesting things in this book

  • Fran Jeppesen

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

  • Joan Bob Adis

    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

  • Michelle Chua

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

  • Cathy

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

  • Kerry

    Lovely patterns.

  • Wanda Sowizdrzal

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

  • kristen

    I would love to make some curtains :)

  • CeltChick

    OOOh, chair covers!! In cables.

  • CKF76

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

  • Rebecca

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

  • Julie Mombourquette

    I love the cabled throw!

  • joy

    chair cushions!

  • Peg ONeil

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

  • Signe Aufdencamp

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

  • Cindy Moore

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

  • Ellen

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

  • Vicki W

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

  • Andrea Graham

    I would like to make a throw.

  • disqus_VG0lbtanyo

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

  • Deborah Cushman

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

  • Alona Harman

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

  • Diane Aisenberg Westerman

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

  • Sandi Russell

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

  • Jeanne B

    pillows and table runners

  • Denise

    I would love to make them all!

  • Paula B

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

  • Tina Christensen Ferraro

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

  • mz

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

  • Susan Princeton

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

  • carynen

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

  • Rita Estrada Johnson

    The perfect Minnesota knitting book!

  • Amy Wake

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

  • Loreen Smith

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

  • Ellen

    Love the afghan on the cover.

  • Marie

    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. :)

  • Andi Tippie

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

  • $45503255

    I would like to make the table runners.

  • Erin

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

  • Renee

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