Treat yourself to the finer knits in life! As the owner of the ultra-stylish Knitport yarn shop in Southern California, Phuong My Ly has delighted customers with her unique brand of sophisticated knits for years. Now her style-smart designs are at your fingertips.
- Create 16 projects that follow the knitting philosophy at Knitport--simple, wearable, and chic
- Choose from sumptuous sweaters, a ruffled shrug, a lacy wrap, a baby cape and booties, plus My Phuong's wildly popular felted bags
- Indulge in extraordinary fibers such as silk, hemp, mohair, and cashmere
This publication has no affiliation with Chic Knits® or designs owned by Bonne Marie Burns. Learn more about Chic Knits® designs by visiting the Chic Knits website: www.chicknits.com
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Just in case you can’t make it out to Southern California to visit Knitport, shop owner and knitwear designer Phuong My Ly is happy to bring a little bit of Knitport to you in her book, Chic Knits.
Chic Knits is a collection of 17 of Ly’s designs. Here, you’ll find a little bit of everything—from summery tops (like the fitted tank shown on the cover) to wraps and cozy sweaters to felted bags. The book opens with a section of full-color photographs of all of the designs that are featured in the book—just to give you a quick overview. And the designs and patterns (complete with even more photographs—as well as plenty of diagrams and illustrations) follow.
It isn’t every day that I find a knitting book that’s filled with things I’d love to wear—but that’s the case with Chic Knits. I love the wraps and shrugs. I even love the cape—though I still can’t decide if I’d actually wear it. But the book is filled with winning designs—simple, but stylish.
As for the patterns themselves, there are a few easy patterns (the wraps and the Boyfriend Sweater), but most of the patterns are for more advanced knitters. The patterns aren’t especially complex, but there are often lace and cable details to add a bit of visual interest. So as long as you can do simple lace and cables, you should be okay with most of the patterns in the book.
Chic Knits offers a variety of designs, made with a variety of fibers. So whether you’re looking for an oversized sweater that’s perfect for cuddling in front of the fire on a cold, winter night or shimmering shrugs and wraps to wear as a cover-up for a night on the town, you’ll find plenty of cute, wearable items for every season and every occasion.
With fall upon us, it is time for a full range of new knitting books. After much delay, Chic Knits: Stylish Designs from Knitport by Phuong My Ly finally makes its debut. Chic Knits offers 16 patterns that, according to Ly, are “simple, wearable and chic.” This is the same philosophy that has made her Southern California knit shop so popular.
True to her philosophy, the patterns in this book are definitely wearable, if not particularly groundbreaking. But sometimes wearable is far more important than interesting. The “Summer Allure Shell” is a simple, fitted, sleeveless top with an open weave mesh at the neck. All knitting books have at least one beautiful scarf or wrap pattern, and the “Teaser Wrap,” with its elongated drop-stitch pattern, is the one in this book. The “Tiffany Cardigan” is an attractive, simple cardigan, but with nothing special about it.
The “Passion Sweater” is one of my favorites from this book, a simple fitted boatneck piece with a folded collar that gathers into an off-center, abstract rose. The “Mystique Cape” takes the cape back from the vampires, with a hood and cabled edging. The “Boyfriend Scarf” is a simple unisex scarf with widely-spaced, asymmetrical braided cables. “Boyfriend Sweater” is another entry into the oversized, shapeless sweater category. But with its lightweight yarn with a nice drape, narrow body and extra-long sleeves, this sweater is adorable, not frumpy. Don’t forget baby: the “Baby Cape” is a unique piece that looks better for a night home snuggling than actually going out. It’s hooded with a hint of teddy bear ears and a large strap to keep it on. The cape portion billows and hits to the feet.
Chic Knits is a solid collection of wearable knits.