Book Review: Green Gables Knits – Patterns for Kindred Spirits

Posted on | May 29, 2014 | No Comments

Screen shot 2014-05-25 at 8.44.20 PMI have to admit, I never read the Anne of Green Gables series as a child. The only exposure I had to these books was a movie version that my classmates and I would watch in parts during the winter in 6th grade when we couldn’t go outside for recess. I liked the movie, so why I never picked up the books, I’m not sure. Maybe it was the Nancy Drew kick I was on at the time.

When I heard Joanna Johnson was publishing a new knitting book inspired by Anne of Green Gables, I was curious what it was all about. I have enjoyed all of her illustrated children’s books complete with knitting and sewing patterns and was interested to see her take on a different subject matter.

My first impression was I was thoroughly impressed by the photography. The old school house setting was perfect, the models reflect the characters from the book, the styling is spot on, and the photos are gorgeous. You could see Joanna’s passion for literature and her love for these books come alive by her attention to detail, research, and careful design choices. The layout of the pattern book is also simple, clean and well thought out.

However, this is a knitting book after all. What about the projects?

The book includes eight projects inspired by the characters in the Anne of Green Gables series. My favorite is Anne’s sweater, a seamless open front cardigan with pockets. A very practical garment indeed. There are also patterns for a few accessories and a mans vest, all well designed and suited to the character it was inspired by.

Finally, as a history buff, I was impressed by the inclusion of several photographs from the L. M. Montgomery Collection at the University of Guelph Library, including a portrait of the author at the age of 14. A photograph and quote accompanies each pattern and shows the writers inspiration behind a few places in the series.

Whether you are a fan of Anne or not, this collection of patterns certainly deserves so much more than a mere passing glance. The book is available in both paperback and as a PDF. The paperback (signed!) can be found here. To purchase the PDF, head over to its Ravelry page here.

Full disclosure: A PDF review copy of Green Gables Knits was provided, however all opinions are my own.

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