Luck has been on my side this year when it comes to giveaways and I have won quite a few knitting and cookbooks recently. One of these is a knitting collection whose title intrigued me: Once Upon a Knit: 28 Grimm and glamorous fairy-tale projects by Genevieve Miller.
Published in 2014, this book is a collection of knitting patterns by various designer, matching the fairy tale theme. The patterns range from toys to lacy shawls and capes so there is something for everybody. There are knits for men, women and children alike, which can be hard to find sometimes. this book is 144 pages long and contains, besides the 28 patterns, an index, notes about the individual designers, information about the author, a short section on necessary skills, and a table of standard yarn weights.
The book is divided into 3 sections to match the fairy tales the projects are based on or which simply match the theme: Into the Woods (8 projects), Princes & Princesses (10 projects), and Something Wicked (10 projects). Nearly all projects are fairly quick knits apart from some shawls and capes. The Siren Shawl by Cassie Castillo is my favourite and I love the yarn choice, too. It is not the most difficult of shawls and would make a great first shawl project, actually. I really need to get my hands on some Madeline Tosh!
|Huntsman's Gloves and Scarf|
The projects are interspersed with so-called Fairy Facts that reveal interesting titbits about the original stories or their adaptions, including films, a musical (guess which one - I had to go and put on my favourite song of the soundtrack just now), and comics.
|Ballerina Tutu and Wand|
All in all, while there isn't much in this book that I would personally want to knit for myself, many of the projects would make great gifts. I also like the concept of this pattern collection and the little facts peppered throughout the book. This is certainly one of the rare interesting knitting pattern books aimed at a general knitting readership that I have come across so far. This would be something for knitters who like a variety of projects to choose from, love to knit gifts, or are interested in fairy tale themed knits. It is worth having a look.