Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Book Review - Everyday Lace By Heather Zoppetti

** The winner is rosanna tablet, entry #10. Rosanna, please get in touch with me! **

Everyday Lace By Heather Zoppetti 

By Heather Zoppetti
Interweave/F+W; $24.99

When I received the book Everyday Lace, I first thought it was perhaps a “dumbed-down” approach to lace knitting, in an attempt to make it accessible to the novice knitter.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

Among accomplished knitters, we can sometimes forget that there are newer knitters out there, who may not want to work on 3 colors at once, intarsia in the round, or lace and cable socks. And there are certainly very accomplished knitters who want a relaxing knit.

So, while I would agree that Heather has made these lovely designs accessible, they are not “dumbed down”. They have the pretty details and tailored finishes that anyone would look for in a knitting design. Yet many would qualify as "TV knitting" once you get the lace pattern established.  There are 18 patterns included; they range from simple accessories to shaped garments, with lace used as an easy accent or more challenging all-over pattern.

 I passed this book around at my local knitting group and it received an enthusiastic "thumbs-up". Here are a few favorites: The cover sweater is Ephrata Camisole  a really pretty, wearable piece.  

F+W Publications, by permission

                                                                                                    Millway Socks    








Manheim Fitted Pullover  


  Manor Ridge Shrug 

The headband would make a great introduction to lace knitting for the novice. 
The book has the usual added features such as clear explanations of specific techniques, such as buttonholes, special cast ons and bind offs, and special stitches.  

I especially liked the discussion of chart reading, blocking techniques, and the use of lifelines.  I haven’t seen these in too many books and they are certainly important to know.

A Giveaway

Want to win your own copy of the book? Just leave a comment on the blog, telling me your favorite pattern in the book. Also, sign up for my monthly newsletter, if you haven't already done so.  I'll pick a name at random, at the end of business day, on Dec 18. Please, please leave a Ravelry name or an email so I can contact you if you win! The winner's name will also be posted right here.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the publishers.


  1. I vote for the Mannheim pullover. Gorgeous!

  2. My favorite is the Salunga Beret. I like most of the patterns in this book. They are really nice.
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

  3. Love all the patterns. Aould love to try the Millway socks :) im knittingleft1 on ravelry

  4. I like the lavender sleeveless tunic with the lacy panel in front. Every year I knit a new vest for my grandmother and this will adapt (she is TINY so I would have to make it shorter) very well for next year's.

  5. Lovely patterns. The cowl is my favorite, then the mitts.

  6. I like the Navron Swirl and the Salunga Beret.

  7. The Pequea Shell is my favourite. I also love Manheim. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Rav ID knittingwithwords

  8. I'm really into knitted socks and the Millway Socks look stunning!
    lindarumsey on Ravelry

  9. I like the Manor Ridge Shrug. Thanks for the giveaway!

    JKnits51 on Ravelry

  10. I love lace patterns, and these ones are gorgeous... My favorites are Engleside Cowl-Neck Pullover -- I'm already in the gym to be able to use it! -- and Conestoga Tunic.
    Thanks for the giveaway, I hope that is open to knitters of other countries too.
    Rossana (
    São Paulo-Brazil

  11. I like the Manheim Fitted Pullover the best.

    Ravelry: Jules3825

  12. I love the beautiful Manor Ridge shrug, Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!
    MicheleLouise on Ravelry

  13. Definitely the Manheim Fitted Pullover...can't wait to try it!

    Ravelry: ithinkso2

  14. What a lovely gift! The variety of patterns is so interesting, it's hard to pick a favorite! From RookieYarnie

  15. The Engleside cowl neck Pullover is calling my name. I saw this earlier and almost ordered the book then. Love it

  16. Thankyou for the opportunity to win this lovely book Brenda :-)
    I'd make lots out of this book but the first thing would be the Manheim pullover
    Rav id Helspurlz

  17. I think I'd do the Ephrata Camisole and the headband!
    Rav id alikat2004

  18. Oh, I can't choose between Manheim Fitted Pullover and Bellemont Cardigan! Fantastic book, thank you for the the chance! Jessehelen on Ravelry

  19. Oh, my! Thanks, Brenda, I'll email you!