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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  • Donna Gerber

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

  • Carolyn Parmenter

    Love the chair!

  • Lois BLandino

    I would love to make one of the afghans shown!

  • Lyn

    A throw.

  • Jenny

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

  • Maryellen C

    I would love to make the throw.

  • Carlyn Clark

    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.

  • Kathy Spilker

    Definitely the throw on the cover

  • Jendaub

    I would make the table runners! So cute!

  • Sharon Cohen

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

  • Anne

    I would make an afghan!

  • Hannah (The Homesteady)

    I’d love to knit a giant floor pouf!

  • Mona

    A yummy blanket!

  • Kathi

    Fitted covers for my furniture!

  • Lori Stewart

    Love throws and pillows excited to see the book

  • Nancy Hawkins

    Loved the afghan!

  • Cheryl

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

  • The Knitting Teacher

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


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

  • jennijenjen24

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

  • Sandy Rumsey

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

  • Joanne Kundra

    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.

  • Claire Grothen

    I would love to make the pillows and afghan.

  • Karen Hussey

    Would love to make the cabled pillow cover

  • Patricia McAdams

    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.

  • Marci Linker

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

  • Heidi Laws

    I would love to knit some dresser scarves.

  • Elaine Therrien

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

  • EvanstonMichelle

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

  • Bowler Hat Gal

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

  • lynn

    The throw is fabulous!! Want to make that

  • Jessie

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

  • Joan

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

  • Gerri Graves

    Love the table runners!

  • Carol

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

  • Shelley Reid

    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.

  • calliadamson

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

  • Andrea Plate

    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.

  • EileenV

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

  • JenniT

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

  • Ruth

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

  • Beth

    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.

  • Debby

    Love the pillow cover!

  • Alta Allen

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

  • kate price

    I love that throw that is on the front cover!

  • soozilovestoknit

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

  • Loraine Carter

    I love the throw on the cover

  • ctbug

    pillow, pillows and more pillows

  • KimW

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

  • Denyalle Hembroff

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