Things You Need: Step It Up Knits by Vickie Howell

Ooooooh you guys, I got a copy of this book in the mail from the publisher, and it's one of those books that just made me go "Squee"! Vickie Howell has hit it out of the ballpark with her latest book, Step It Up Knits, chock-full of 25 beautifully styled knits for men, women, and children.

So many projects to pick from!

Vickie's signature girly-punk style comes across loud and clear all throughout this book, from the chic navy nail polish she sports in the techniques section (a fat 30 pages, including some unusual techniques like needle felting, below) to the funky-yet-wearable styling of the knits themselves. Even the font choices, book layout and paper choices all screamed "Vickie" to me! (Hot pink patterned endpapers, anyone? How fabulous!)
The techniques section is generous on photos and covers some techniques you might not already know! 

I know what you all want to know: What about the KNITS? Are they amazing? Are the photos going to make me want to knit them all, pronto? The answer to these questions is yes. Yes, you are, and they will. Take a peek at some of my favorites, below:
I love the way these socks are styled! Here, Leg Bone and  Sock It To Me are paired with cute booties and tights.

Every single pattern in this book was photographed with such jaw-droppingly gorgeous styling that I've become a fan of Vickie's all over again! I will say that this book sports a much different vibe than her previous books, so even if you weren't so much into those, I still think you're going to want to give this one a look. This book to me feels like a cross between Vogue's old Knit.1 magazines and an issue of Rowan. In my opinion, that's the best of both worlds, and I'm excited to have added this book to my library.

Boasting mostly accessories, the few garment patterns in this book are not to be overlooked. Here, Fair Weather, a fabulous Fair Isle cape, and Vested Interest, a textured-and-sequined layering piece.

This is a book you're going to want to set out on your coffee table and show off to the world. You'll also want to keep it handy for the upcoming gift-giving season, because there are a ton of quick-to-knit accessories here! I'm thinking I probably know someone who could use a Cable Ace or an iLace uLace...how about you?

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  1. I have been searching for that book so that I could see what all it has but so far, my little town does not have one anywhere! Thanks for the overview though, hopefully I will be able to get my hands on one soon because I do so love Vicki's spunky designs.

  2. Obviously! I need that book, no doubt. My favorite is the Fair Isle cape, but I could knit some more ... Thanks for sharing.