This visually stunning book features 15 cosy designs that are intuitive and easy to knit. The patterns – including socks, shawls, sweaters, hats, mitts and even a blanket – offer thoughtful details, opportunities to make the most of your yarn stash and ways to customize the garments to fit your style.
Lindsey Fowler lives in Northeast Ohio, USA, with her high school sweetheart, her twins, her old mutt and a cat. As a designer, Lindsey likes working with textures and finding new takes on classics. She is continuously inspired by nature, architecture, and traditional handicrafts. Salt & Timber is Lindsey’s debut book.
Breathwater Socks (left)
This was the first pattern Lindsey designed for the book. These DK weight socks knit up quick and are so cosy and snuggly. In order to make the Breathwater Socks very stash friendly, the pattern is written to be knitted in fingering weight yarn held double. This design features ribbing, a simple cable details and an extra long cuff that can be worn folded, scrunched or pulled high.
Cape Lookout Shawl (right)
A hike on the coast inspired Lindsey to create the triangular Cape Lookout Shawl. Seagrass-inspired lace is the centrepiece; however, the magic in this shawl results from the use of mohair on one side only creating an interesting twist. This is the perfect project to show off a single skein of special mohair or lace.
Hideaway Cardigan (left)
The Hideaway Cardigan is the perfect piece to throw over anything, even pajamas, with pockets for collecting treasures. The three-colour slipped stitch texture gives the garment dimension and allows it to adapt to many different styles depending on the palette you choose. The cardigan features a shawl collar and buttons and the 4-row repeat becomes very intuitive quickly and will become second nature, allowing you to focus on fit and shape. Hideaway is the most advanced pattern in the book.
Firewood Cap (right)
Lindsey put a spin on the classic ribbed cap by adding a textural stripe on the flipped brim of this DK weight piece. The Firewood Cap looks great in almost any yarn and the stretchy rib and wide size range fits heads of all sizes. Make one for each family member – and while you are on it, why not for your friends and relatives too!
The Culmination Blanket allows you to blend yarn scraps and to play with colour like you would with fabric in a scrap quilt. With its large gauge, the worsted weight piece knits up much faster than a traditional scrap blanket without becoming cumbersome since you work it one square at a time. You can use this pattern as a formula to make it work for your stash.
The Windbound Mitts are what Lindsey sees as the perfect mitt. The long wrist helps keep wind from sneaking up and biting your arms and the finger cuff can be unfolded for extra warmth if needed. The ribbing makes these mitts very forgiving in size and easy to share since they mold to the hand. For a simpler look, omit the cabled pattern and continue the ribbing through the back of the hand.
The Storm Watch Cowl is designed to work with your stash and your style. Customise it by working it in one, two, three or more colours (or use all scraps) and knit as many stripes as you need for the perfect fit for you, or a knit worthy loved one. The cowl is knitted seamlessly in the round and features a textural stitch pattern and Latvian Braids.
The unique construction of the Squall Slippers creates a cable wrapping around the leg and an extra-cosy double-thick cuff. With all of the intricate knitting at the beginning creating the cuff, the foot is simple and fast. Knitted in worsted weight yarn held double, the foot is a sturdy fabric resulting in lots of cushion to cradle your feet.