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Giveaway and Book Review: New Lace Knitting



In the knitting world, lace offers a romantic flair. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m celebrating by giving away a fantastic book – New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Rosemary (Romi) Hill.

New Lace Knitting cover

Fans of Romi’s shawl designs will be happy to know that the book contains several delightful shawls, including the “Main Triangle”:

New Lace Knitting shawl

Romi has a real gift for pairing stitch patterns and proportions. Check out her “Hope Valley Flounce” skirt:

New Lace Knitting skirt

Whenever possible I like to work a pattern from a book before I review it, just to see how the instructions are presented. I made the “Virginia City” cowl and was very impressed by Romi’s clear instructions. The gauge really did result in the indicated finished dimensions, which is refreshing! She even includes fantastic directions for blocking and finishing. I’ll devote another post to my finished cowl, but here’s the cowl and and matching cloche photo from the book:

New Lace Knitting VA city

Romi’s attention to detail is fantastic. She includes several beautiful tops in the book, including the “Williwaw Cardigan” with its unusual construction:

New Lace Knitting cardigan

Sometimes I’m in the mood to make a smaller project. One of my favorites is the “Silver Birch Slouch”, with its lovely leafy motif:

New Lace Knitting hat

New Lace Knitting is a book I’ll have on my shelf for years to come. Romi’s designs are beautiful with clear instructions. The book includes a lovely variety of yarns and colors. I know from my own book that it takes a lot of thought and effort to strike just the right balance between types of projects, yarn weights and colors. Romi’s book accomplishes it all.

[Here I am going to interject my pet peeve (listen up, publishers!). Books today are pitifully lacking in indexes. This book is no exception. I would have liked to have seen index entries for types of projects, such as “shawls”, “cardigans” etc. Index entries for yarn weights would be great, too, so if you had stash yarn you wanted to use up, you could just find which projects use them.]

Now, about the giveaway… Wouldn’t it be great to have a Valentine’s Week instead of just one day? In keeping with this sweet notion, you’ll have the whole week to enter your comment to win this book. Leave your comment here on this post by the end of the day on February 21st (midnight Eastern Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing to determine the winner. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

I can mail this book anywhere in the world as long as there are no postal or delivery restrictions.

Publisher’s Info:

New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces

By Rosemary (Romi) Hill

Interweave/F+W; $24.99



Errata (definitely check this out if you get the book)

You can see all the designs from the book here.

Romi Hill’s web site Designs by Romi features additional patterns

Please buy this book from your local yarn store! If you absolutely positively can’t get it through your local store, here is the link to its Amazon page.

By |2018-01-19T19:55:55+00:00February 13th, 2016|Book Review, Giveaway, Reviews|40 Comments


  1. VickiB February 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    This looks like a great book! Such lovely designs. I love the cowl!! Thanks for the opportunity! My email is

  2. florapie February 13, 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I love Romi’s designs! Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

  3. Rebecca February 13, 2016 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Romi never lets us down! Beautiful patterns. My favorite is the shawl but I sure do like all the other photos you showed us, too.

  4. craftyone February 16, 2016 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Not familiar with this author/designer, but from the images shown, I would not mind making any of these patterns.

  5. Amy Kathryn February 16, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    That Virginia City Cowl is gorgeous! I need like three of them.

  6. Meghan February 16, 2016 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    What a lovely collection of patterns! I just love lace!

  7. Sara February 16, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    I love her shawls and all these patterns look gorgeous!

  8. Sheila February 16, 2016 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    I borrowed this book from my public library and made a Virginia City hat, which came out great. I’d love to have my own copy to be able to knit a Manzanita tee or Salt Grass Pull.

  9. Kate February 16, 2016 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    This book is definitely on my must own list. I don’t think there’s a Romi design I don’t love!!

  10. Katherine February 17, 2016 at 12:01 am - Reply

    I don’t buy many pattern books these days, but Romi’s book would be an exception!

  11. Rose Scott February 17, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Such a delightful array of lace patterns. I would certainly love to own this book. Thank you for a very generous Valentine!!

    rosebudscott1 (at)

  12. […] I had a great time making the Virginia City Cowl from Romi Hill’s book New Lace Knitting. (You might have seen my recent review of the book.) […]

  13. Reenie Murley February 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Beautiful, beautiful patterns! Contact via Reenie Murley on Facebook. Thanks for the fun.

  14. Lisa R February 17, 2016 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    I love her designs! I saw an interview with her on the Must Stash Yarns podcast, and got so excited about this book! Would love to win it!

  15. Caryn Alper February 17, 2016 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    What creative patterns! I have several balls of red lace weight yarn without a pattern in mind – bet I could find some beauties in here!

  16. Janet February 17, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous book!

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy – I can be contacted on Ravelry as jani22 or at – I love to knit shawls 🙂

  17. Alexis February 17, 2016 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    As always, her designs are just lovely and inspiring!

    tktl on Ravelry

  18. Rusty M February 17, 2016 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    My sister would love these designs and I would love to knit them for her. Thanks for the chance. Knitsensei on Ravelry or

  19. Oakbayknits February 17, 2016 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Rome Hill designs are always lovely. I would be grateful to win this beautiful collection.

  20. Peter February 17, 2016 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    These patterns look so fun! I’ve always wanted to try lace knitting…

    MusicalFedoras on Ravelry

  21. Ellen Toothacker February 18, 2016 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Wow, beautiful patterns!

  22. Amanda February 18, 2016 at 2:54 am - Reply

    What beautiful designs!

  23. Barbara - poodlelady on Ravelry February 18, 2016 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Romi’s designs really shine. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

  24. Patsy Coats February 18, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Beautiful lace patterns

  25. Emily February 18, 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Love the cloche. Can’t wait to try the design.

  26. Scarlet February 18, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Romi’s patterns are always as well-written as they are beautiful.

  27. Eileen February 18, 2016 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Romi has great patterns & always good instructions. I’d love to win this!

  28. Linda February 18, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    I’ve purchased Romi’s shawl ebooks and have enjoyed them – this book would be an excellent addition to the library!

  29. Marie February 18, 2016 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    I love Romi’s patterns; I have several that I just adore. silverlightstar (at) gmail (dot) com.

  30. Kristen February 18, 2016 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    Lovely book and patterns!

    I’m globalite on Ravelry.

  31. Elise February 19, 2016 at 9:51 am - Reply

    What lovely uses of lace in construction! You can reach me at elise(dot)cohen(at)verizon(dot)net

  32. NanaMamah February 19, 2016 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    I love her designs!
    Thank you for doing this. Someone is going to be very happy.

    NanaMamah on Rav

  33. Ty February 20, 2016 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Lively designs!

  34. Carmen February 20, 2016 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    I think it would be great to have Valentine’s day always… chocolate calories don’t count that day, right? I love these lace designs. Thanks for the chance to win. (asimplehomestd on Ravelry)

  35. Sandee February 21, 2016 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Love the designs and would make the Virginia City Cowl and matching hat. Sandee8908 on Ravelry.

  36. Anne Marie February 21, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Such beautiful projects! Rav amchart

  37. Connie February 21, 2016 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Beautiful patterns! Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book!

  38. Elle February 21, 2016 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    I love the uniqueness of the Williwaw Cardigan, what a fantastic design! I’d love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity.
    -elle1031 on Ravelry

  39. Janice February 22, 2016 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Gorgeous patterns. The photos are wonderful to show th beautiful designs. I’d love to win this book.

    canuckeh on ravelry

  40. Kim March 1, 2016 at 10:08 am - Reply

    The patterns in this book look so lovely.

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