Book Review: The Knitted Home by Ruth Cross

“Everyone has their own reasons for knitting, but the most unexpected is also the most attractive – it takes time. The quietly meditative process of building something with your own hands is a reason on itself to learn, let alone the beautiful things you can create and be truly proud of.”

Sometimes you pick up a craft book, and you don’t warm to it. Perhaps it’s because the author’s style is a real contrast to your own, or perhaps it’s because their philosophy, their reason for creating, is so different from yours. But when I read this description of knitting in Ruth Cross’ The Knitted Home, I pretty much knew I would enjoy this book. The gorgeous styling of the front cover was a pretty good hint too!

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Fabulous Mid Century Modern furniture, against a super-simple interior, plus fabulous chunky chair cover? It’s my idea of heaven. Regulars will know that I am not much of a knitter, and I often turn down the opportunity to review knitting books as a result, but I totally couldn’t resist this one.

There is gorgeous styling throughout – the interiors totally compliment Ruth Cross’ stylish designs.

From The Knitted Home by Ruth Cross (1)

See what I mean? This is pretty much my ideal living space. The stunning styling is very inspirational and had me reaching for my knitting needles…

The blanket pictured above is one of the first patterns in the book, and it would definitely be suitable for a beginner (e.g. me!), and there are quite a few others I would feel fairly confident about having a bash at, as well as some more challenging stuff like this gorgeous geometric throw.  I may need a little more practice before I attempt this bit of loveliness, it looks very tricky, but I am sure that the results would be worth the effort involved!

From The Knitted Home by Ruth Cross (4)

As I flick through the pages of this lovely book, the words that come to mind are are structure, texture and pattern, and you can see why. I long for a cushion just like this one:

From The Knitted Home by Ruth Cross (3)

The patterns are designed to be adaptable – leaving room for imagination and your own personal taste, Ruth Cross is keen to encourage your creativity, experimentation and exploration of the possibilities of yarn. She clearly believes that there should be no fixed rules as long as you get the results you want…

To be frank I would like to knit perhaps every design in this book….

From The Knitted Home by Ruth Cross (2)

These cushions look quite doable don’t they? I thought I’d have a practice at a swatch just to see….

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So I have a copy of this lovely book to give away..

Giveaway rules:

  • Just leave a comment to be entered into the draw. As usual, ‘pick me’ will do, but if you want to write something more exciting, tell me about the last thing you knitted.
  • I will do the draw and and announce the winners on Tuesday April 23rd… So get your comments in before lunchtime on Tuesday to be in the draw.

In the mean time, if you can’t wait to win a copy, here’s a little offer for Very Berry readers from Jacqui Small, the publishers:
To order The Knitted Home (ISBN: 9781906417727) for £16.00 including p&p*, telephone 01903 828503 and quote offer code JS193. Or send a cheque made payable to: Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3TG. Please quote the offer code JS193 and include your name and address details. *UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

60 thoughts on “Book Review: The Knitted Home by Ruth Cross

  1. I’m just learning to knit, it would be lovely to have some hand knit projects around the house to break up all the quilts!

  2. Ooooh, looks fabulous! 🙂 I love that geometric throw as well!
    Hmm… last thing I knitted? I have been working on some cabled baby booties, but my last finished item was a herringbone cowl 🙂
    Pick me! Pick me! 😛

  3. After knitting a lace-weight shawl, these chunky designs really call to me…Please enter me for the draw!! AnnaC

  4. Pick me Ali! I want to make that throw though it might just be the death of me! Love chunky aran knitting – the textures are just gorgeous!

  5. I’m just finishing knitting a Noro colour-changing super-sized doily, to have as a wall-hanging. Book looks gorgeous – pick me!

  6. Oooh wow this looks stunning! The last thing I knitted was the second thing I have ever knitted…a pair of cabled owl fingerless gloves from Mollie Makes. I’m so happy with how they came out and I am eager to keep practising my skills!

  7. I last knited some curtains but trying to work out the drop was something I’d forgotten I would have to do 🙂

  8. I’m still quite in the middle of knitting a scarf. It’s a question of being prepared once autumn hits us again…. in the summer I tend to think that that season will last forever and I always get surprised by the speed of arrival of autumn. So this year it won’t catch me out!

  9. I used to knit a lot when I was younger but haven’t made anything since I tried to make a cardigan for my daughter when she was about a year old – she’s almost 20 now! I have been thinking a lot about getting out my needles again, but think I’ll need to start with something more basic like a cushion cover or throw until I get back in the swing of things. I’d love to win this book!

  10. I usually crochet but I’d like to get more into knitting as well. I’m currently staying with my nan-in-law (to be..) and she has said she’ll teach me how to cable knit this week! 🙂

  11. I still have an Aran cardie that I started knitting at college in 1987 – its still only half done but every now and then I pull it out and have another go ! The pictures from this book look alot more appealing than a cardigan that I can guarantee won’t even fit these days!

  12. Oh dear! I feel a little guilty entering this after just winning your last giveaway – but obviously not enough to refrain from entering again 🙂 The book looks too lovely to not have a go. The textured knit designs are so ‘in’ at the moment.
    I’ve mostly been crocheting lately so can’t remember what I knitted last. It must have been a purple scarf I knitted to sell.
    Teresa x

  13. I love simple yet textured interiors. The last time I knitted something was a scarf for a friend. It’s harder than crochet so I abandoned it. I’ve been looking at gorgeous knitted cushions in shops and knitted socks recently and I’m beginning to feel the bug for it might have returned….!!!
    Thanks as always for your informative posts and the chance to win this gorgeous book, Pati x

  14. The last thing I knitted was a cat from a pattern that I won as part of a prize, now working on some tea cosies. Would love to win the book, I looks great, I would love to knit some things for my own house but I never do!

  15. Please pick me! I’d love to master the art of cable knit so I can knit lovely cushions. I’m currently teaching myself to knit socks! 🙂

  16. pick me pick me!! I am still doing an ishbel shawl but its gone on a backburner at the moment… and Im crocheting like there is no tomorrow 🙂 simple crochet banner atm and african flowers to make a blanket.

  17. This book seems to have the style I’m looking for.
    I’m knitting a tea cosy at this moment-just love to do it.
    Let’s hope, like everyone else of course.

  18. Have been knitiing my whole life. Having 5 children, projects enough.
    Now I’m 86, I wtill knit every sigle day, but now it is for charity.
    Knitting is a natural part of my life.
    This book could give me renewed inspiration.

  19. I’m knitting for our lovely new cottage and have had this book on my wishlist since it was first announced. I’d love, love, love to win a copy.

  20. Hi there, this book looks really inviting, I just love knitting for the home. However currently working on a Dr Who scarf using the authentic BBC pattern, it is so so long!

  21. I’d love to have this book to give to my sister as she’s the knitter of the family and also loves interior design and soft furnishings so it seems an ideal book for her! The last thing she knitted was a gorgeous sloppy cardigan for me, because she’s nice like that!

  22. Thanks for the chance to win Ali! The last thing I knitted was a reindeer Christmas decoration! I am trying to make one a month (not done April’s yet) as they are very time consming even though they are little! I am also half way through a scarf but have now found that I LOVE crochet after just learning recently! I always have something on the go though! xx 😀 xx 😀

  23. This looks like a gorgeous book with lots to inspire getting the needles clicking! Oh yes pick me please it will cheer me up after my jumper turned out 4 sizes too big arghhh! If it fits my 6.4ft wee brother great, if not spare a thought for me as I unravel it and start again. Happy knitting everyone :o)

  24. Well— I have been crocheting tiny colourful ‘granny’ squares in blubell I bought in 1972 when coles closed their serving people and help choosing for them ,over the counter shops to make my 12 year old daughter a poncho, still doing them ,now she is 53 obviously I have to make it larger.or use it for a knee rug for myself . 😉

  25. My heart thumped when I saw the cover of the book! I’ve got mid-century furniture, and a chair almost like that – albeit not the gorgeous cover – yet! Would love the book! When I was a teenager I crocheted a summer rug for my horse and so large projects don’t daunt me at all 🙂
    My spinning wheel is about to go beserk!

  26. What a lovely book full of fab patterns and great photographs of the designs. I have been itching for a while to knit again and I think this is the book to make me pick up my needles.

  27. I’d love to have this book to give to my friend and neighbour – she is new to knitting but has already created two lovely blankets for her family and is keen to do more .. actually, I think we could share it.

  28. Looks like the perfect coffee table book, waiting for indulgent browsing. Last thing I knitted were Easter eggs! X

  29. Seems to be a wonderful book.
    At this very moment, I’m knitting a throw as a wedding gift for a friend. Almost finished and now I’ve started a dress for me.
    Thanks for the offer.

  30. Wow that looks like a great book & would love to own a copy 🙂 Am very new to knitting & so far have only got as far as making lots of squares to sew together – it’s very therapeutic though!

  31. I have just made my third ‘Layer Cake’ by Taiga Hilliard which is nothing to do with quilting layer cakes. It is a tiny baby sized sleeveless cardigan, so named because it is a layer to wear over a dress or top. I have had to give up serious knitting because of damage to my arm so I knit little things in short bursts, but I do miss knitting.

  32. I would love this book Ali, I am in the middle of knitting a cable shrug… It was meant for last Christmas .. But it may have to be for next now..thank you for the chance Ali – gwen

  33. The last thing i knitted was a Rowan lace wrap (it took me 5 years on and off to complete – hmmm)
    The book looks great, would love to win!

  34. I’ve just this minute finished sewing up a little knitted pink dog I’m giving to my friends week old baby girl tomorrow!

  35. all those patterns look lovely, I’d love to have a chair like that, and knitting a cover for it would be so much fun! Thanks for the give away!

  36. Ive just bought my first ball of wool and want to try knitting/crochet,i need a hobby now my tots are at nursery 3 mornings a week. I envisaged making lots of lovely blankets and cushion covers,reality is i’m still trying to get my tension right ha ha
    I’ll get there
    P.S pick me please 😉 xx

  37. Currently reknitting the neck of a cable jumper for my other half as my first attempt resulted in a huge neck! Can’t wait to finish then I can get back to making lovely little garments for my tiddlers!

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