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Tanis Gray has gathered together a collection of 50 fast and easy projects from top designers "Cozy Knits". The patterns are 'cozy, quick and cute' for every person in your family and your home. All the patterns are knit using Cascade Pacific, a superwash merino yarn.

The projects cover all skill levels, though the patterns are not labeled as such. There is a glossary that contains step by step line drawings showing how to knit techniques used in the book. Helpful notes are included.

'Diamond Jubilee' is a slip-stitch beanie in black and white diamonds. Taina Goberstein's unique colorwork pattern is a simple project with great results. Worked in the round, it is sure to be a show stopper for guys or gals. Debbie O'Neill has designed textured-cuff gauntlets 'Fisherman's Friend'. These mittens are easy to complete and far from plain. The cuff is made up of knit and purl, while the mitten itself is knit. A little pattern goes a long way. There are three sizes to make...so you will want to knit them for everyone.

'Slip-Switch' by Lynn Wilson is another black and white slip-stitch that will catch your eye. This is a gaitor. The colorwork of this cowl reverses midway. Slipping stitches is easy. Add this technique to your repertoire and see if you don't agree. For those of you who enjoy knitting afghans, 'Tilt-a-Whirl' was designed by Therese Chynoweth. It has the look of being complex but requires only YO's and K2 together. Newbies, you can feel comfortable trying this.

If you are looking for a book on a variety of hats, mitts, scarves... in colorwork, cables, brioche and lace techniques, Tanis has filled the bill. She suggests, 'Pick a project that you determine to be above your skill level – something challenging that perhaps you've admired and thought “I could never knit that.”

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