Knockout Knits Giveaway!

Laura Nelkin is a longtime friend and Knitty designer. Her first pattern Abrazo appeared in the Fall 2008 issue of Knitty. Her most most popular Knitty pattern is the ethereal Mythos from First Fall 2010. She’s even in the our current issue with Gusto. But I’m not here to talk about Laura’s work for Knitty. I want to make sure that everyone knows about her newly published book Knockout Knits: New Tricks for Scarves, Hats, Jewelry and Other Accessories.

Get yourself a copy!
Get yourself a copy!

It’s a fun and gorgeous book. Here’s Amy’s review from the current issue of Knitty:

Knockout Knits: New Tricks for Scarves, Hats, Jewelry, and Other Accessories

I love that this book is dedicated to the author’s Ravelry group. It shows her dedication to learning from her students and fans, the hallmark (in my opinion) of a great teacher.This book is more than a book of accessories, not surprisingly, then. It’s a teaching tool in itself. Full of projects, each designed to teach a skill or set of skills, it’s a portable classroom in 144 pages.

She focuses on three techniques: wrapped and elongated stitches, advancing lace skills, and — of course — Nelkin’s signature of late: knitting with beads. Starting with accessory projects as simple as a buttoned cuff, she’ll take you through each technique in a gentle and logical manner until you’re ready for the beaded lace gauntlets on the book’s cover (so beautiful!) or the lacy, Gyrus Tam near the back of the book. The Quadro Convertible Shrug is another stunner.

The section on knitting with beads is enough to make the book a knitter’s library must. Information about what yarn content works best with beads, how to choose beads suitable for knitting, and much more are essential reading for anyone wanting to add sparkle to their fiber. Hard to pick a favorite pattern in this section, but the gradient Halli Shawl is a jaw dropper. Want.

I love the Cha-Ching Mitts on the cover and here are some other patterns that I’m excited to knit.

Halli Shawl (upper Left), Gateway Cuff (upper right), Loco Shawl (lower left) and Folly Cloche (bottom right).
Halli Shawl (upper Left), Gateway Cuff (upper right), Loco Shawl (lower left) and Folly Cloche (bottom right).

Laura, Potter Craft and Craftsy have put together an sensational giveaway for KnittyBlog readers!

A copy of Knockout Knits!

The Book!
The Book!

A kit for the Cha-Ching Mitts!

The Kit!
The Kit!

Laura’s Knitting with Beads Craftsy class!

nelkin knitbeads
The Class!

One lucky KnittyBlog readers will win all three prizes.

Our regular rules apply: Leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Friday,  September 18th. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win the book, kit and class. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance. Giveaway value $96.98

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website

385 thoughts on “Knockout Knits Giveaway!

  1. Joan

    Wow what a great giveaway! Knitting with beads is one of the realms of knitting I still have not tried. I actually have the knitting with beads class in my wish list. 🙂

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  3. Danielle Baines

    Thanks for a fabulous contest! Those mitts would be a perfect Christmas gift for my 11-year-old. And I’m sure many other gifts can be found inside the book as well.

  4. Bobbie

    I’ve only just started knitting with beads and am currently on my first beaded shawl… and I frankly already want another. The colours in the kit also look absolutely stunning!

  5. Amy

    I’ve done a few beaded projects but could surely use some real instruction. And that cloche alone is worth the price of admission. Beautiful book!

  6. Katherine

    What a gorgeous collection! Venturing into beadwork has always been on my bucket list, but I’ve never gotten around to trying.

  7. Heather Ricco

    What beautiful looking patterns. And I love the beaded mitts color. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

  8. Tagati


    Beginner knitter, so I’m always looking to increase my repertoire. Still haven’t done any beads though, so this would be a great way for me to dip my toe into that technique.


  9. Leta

    This is a great giveaway! I have always admired items knit with beads, but have been too intimidated to try. I would love to learn how.

  10. Maria

    I’m on my third cowl from Laura’s Design Your Own Cowl class. I’d love to take her new class. I’ve been knitting for many years, but haven’t added beads to my skill set

  11. Stephanie.

    What a lovely prize! Knitting with beads is one of my favourite things to do, it’s easier than you think and has lovely results.

  12. maureen

    What an amazing giveaway. I have not yet tried knitting with beads. I know it adds a special something to the lovely artwork that is made with each knitting project. I would love to knit with beads

  13. Sage

    This looks like such a wonderful book! I checked out all the patterns on Ravelry after reading the review, and while I like almost all of them, the finger mitts are one of my favorites. 🙂

  14. ann m

    I love that the book is about accessories. I have a short attention span, so I’m best at knitting smaller projects.

  15. Marcia

    Laura always makes the most beautiful patterns. I was lucky enough to be a part of her M club this year and had so much fun with the knit-alongs.

  16. Jan

    What a fantastic trio of pirzes – a book full of beautiful projects, a kit so you can get started on your first project right away, and a class to teach you the techniques needed for the kit! I think anyone would love to win this.

  17. Alia

    Oooh, I’ve never knit with beads before, but I did just acquire a stash of yarn with matching beads and would love to do something beautiful with it. This book (and the class) sounds like it would be absolutely perfect for that!

  18. Joanna

    I bought yarn and beads years go to do a lace/bead shawl, but I chickened out before the first cast on and it’s been in my WIP chest ever since. Maybe this book would light a fire under me to dig that stuff out and try again.

  19. Avila

    I almost started a beaded lace shawl this summer but chickened out at the last minute – this would be the motivation to actually start a project!

  20. Stardancer

    This is an AWESOME giveaway. I love that first shawl especially, but mmmm, beaded mitts. Those would NOT be a gift, I can tell you that.

  21. Emily M

    ooo i am really eyeballing the cuff and cloche patterns, will definitely be adding this book to my to buy list.

  22. Linda

    Wow what a great prize! This book went to the top of my wish list as soon as I saw those gloves. With a kit for them too – amazing! I’d be thrilled if you picked me!

  23. Susan Hemingway

    Those are gorgeous patterns. I have yet to knit something with beads. Perhaps this would be the inspiration for my first beaded knits project.

  24. Kathy

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting Laura’s book – it looks like it will absolutely not disappoint! As always, she has such wonderful designs.

  25. Jennifer

    Looks gorgeous! I’ve been eyeing beaded knits for a while now but have never mustered up enough courage to try 🙂

  26. LindaR.

    One of my knit-night buddies is a big fan of Laura’s; now I’ve become one, too! Would love to win this ‘package’ and have the chance to build up my ‘beading’ skills. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  27. Maura

    What a wonderful gift. And the book has some techniques that I just don’t think of when starting on a project. I would love to win this package.

  28. Annie G.

    I wear mitts at least six months of the year, and these ones are so pretty. I think the cloche is lovely too.

  29. mollysusie

    Oh wow! This looks like a fabulous book! I love accessory knitting, these are spectacular! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  30. Claudia

    Wow! A total TKO of a giveaway 🙂 It looks like such a beautifully designed book too, might have to pick it up if the random number generator doesn’t glance my way…

  31. D Louise Gerlach

    What a great giveaway! Laura Nelkin is such a bright star in our knitting galaxy; I SO admire her designs. Thank you for the chance to win this package.

  32. Shanna

    I’m making a Laura Nelkin design right now, from a kit I bought at my LYS. It was my first attempt at knitting with beads and her tutorials were great and I’m loving it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. Heather Zueff

    Love Laura Nelkin as a teacher and a designer! I would certainly love to win anything that supports her work!

  34. Savannagal

    Wow, what a giveaway! I love the look of beads on knits. I’ve only knit with beads once that I can recall, but I have a couple things lined up whenever I find the time to get to them. So much knitting, so little time.

  35. Dari Trout

    What a fabulous giveaway! I so want to learn to add beading to my knitting. (Tried once; it was terrible) Laura’s patterns are so fun!

  36. Jean

    I love accessories AND learning new skills so this would be fantastic! Thank you for taking the time and effort to offer this package to one lucky person.

  37. Sandy

    What a wonderful giveaway!! Thank you.
    I would love to try bead knitting and this class would be a great way to learn this new skill.

  38. Susan D

    What a wonderful giveaway! I love Laura Nelkin’s designs and can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

  39. Sage Goode

    Laura’s designs are amazing and I am very excited about this book! What an amazingly generous prixe!!

  40. Eleanor

    What a beautiful looking resource! I love knitting with beads. They certainly do give a garment a certain sense of bling. I would love to own this book, even if I don’t win.

  41. Barb

    This yarn is beautiful and I am always looking for new books and patterns for scarves, mittens, and other accessories.

  42. Alix

    What a gorgeous book: a Christmas self-present and maybe finding something special in time for Christmas present making!

  43. Kim

    It looks like a very pretty book. I’ve been a lace knitter for a while, but knitting with beads has been too scary for me to attempt. This could do the trick!

  44. Lyn Y

    What a lovely book , the projects look beautiful….I would like to do more knitting with beads and this would be helpful. Thanks.

  45. Jo-ann

    Wow, what a cool combination of prizes. Laura’s book sounds wonderful. That pretty blue yarn and beads and a craftsy class. Almost as good as really getting to do a class with laura.

  46. Kate Spencer

    I have found a new knitting book for my wish list!! Right off the bat, the mitts, the Loco Shawl, and the Gyrus Tam (seen in one of the pictures on Amazon) would be going on my queue.

  47. Mary

    Just looks like a fabulous book and the other goodies too! Bet there are some great christmas gifts in there! Fingers crossed!

  48. Julianna

    Wow! Wow! Wow! One of my knitting buddies showed up with her autographed copy of this book, and like her, I want to knit everything in it! Thanks for such a generous giveaway! 🙂

  49. Lisa

    This looks fantastic. I love all the things in the giveaway. Great pattern, colours, book and I’ve had my eye on the Craftsy class before. Enter me, please. I am off to browse and favourite the book patterns!

  50. Leigh

    This would be the perfect way to inspire me to tackle all those beads I’ve been trying to knit into a Shipwreck shawl for the past six years!

  51. Carrie Richard

    Loco Shawl looks beautiful. I am wondering if there are head band patterns in the book? I’ve always wanted to use leftover yarn from a sweater to make a matching head band.

  52. Sylvie

    What a pretty book! It’s nice to see something not shy away from a little complexity, instead of just ‘easy this’ and ‘simple that’

  53. Annamary

    Sounds like this book is the perfect combo of solid technique, clear explanation, and projects you WANT to create for yourself! Want.

  54. Wendy

    Oh, lovely!! I’m a big fan of Laura’s patterns – they’re beautiful, and fun to knit, with just the right amount of challenge. I look forward to getting my hands on this book, one way or another (obviously, winning here would be my first choice!)

  55. Bethany

    Lovely book, and lovely prize package. Crossing fingers! Beaded knitting is something I’d love to explore.

  56. Barb Thames

    I’ve been putting off knitting with beads because of the length of the queue, but this would surely be a wonderful chance to extend my skills.

  57. Angie

    I have always wanted to incorporate beads into my knitting but have been intimidated by it….maybe this will help me overcome that.

  58. Anastasia

    Those projects look gorgeous – and the info on adding beads to knitting sounds really interesting. I’ve used beads on a few lace projects, but I’d love to learn more.

  59. Theresa Moran

    What a thoughtful contest. I’ve taken Craftsy classes and love them. The Toe Up Sock Class was life changing. I feel that I’m able to knit a sock with a custom fit on the needle size I want to use without being tied to a pattern. That is definitely getting your money’s worth!

  60. Amy

    Very lovely! I think this may be the Winter of mitts-knitting, so it’d be great to have more ideas. And to do more beadwork: delightful!

  61. Ellen M

    What a wonderful giveaway.
    I love Laura Nelkin.
    I did one of her cuffs and would love to advance to some of her more ambitious projects. So feminine!

  62. Camilla

    I would love to win any one of these, not to mentioned all of them! Don’t know if I can though since I’m from Sweden…

  63. Dawn

    This book seems amazingly different than the others I have seen—what creativity! Please enter me into the drawing.

  64. Barb B

    All of those photos you published from the book are things I now want to knit. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  65. Sheila

    I haven’t done much knitting with beads but would like to. I bet Laura’s craftsy class would be a huge help in improving my bead skills! (Not to mention the awesome book and kit!)

  66. Heather

    I have been seriously trying to come up with a reason why I need this right now. Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. Rose Kelly

    Looks like great knitting! Both the kit and the patterns are interesting, and a class, too! Pick me please!

  68. Alicia Grayson

    Laura Nelkin does such great work so looking forward to trying out her new book coz one way or the other, I will be adding it to my collection! ;p

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  69. Judy11

    Gorgeous book. Timing would be perfect to win it as I am bracing myself to start my first beaded item – a scarf. Would love the hep from this book!!

  70. Ilehlia

    Nice prize!!! I really like the cloche. I think that’s the first thing I would make. I need some new hat patterns…

  71. Elisabeth

    J’ai fait un KAL mystère avec Laura ; sa façon d’utiliser les perles donne un rendu superbe, les perles ne sont pas seulement posées sur le tricot, elles sont intégrées dedans.
    J’aimerais bien avoir le patron de son bonnet Cambio Cap.
    Thanks for this high-priced give-away.

  72. G. K. Green

    OK, this time I mean it:
    I want to win this contest!

    Being polite hasn’t worked in my prior (non-winning) contest entries, although I assure you that I shall be the most gracious and appreciative winner ever in the event that I am fortunate enough to snare this wonderful prize package, which I am likely to delay purchasing separately only until absolutely certain of the outcome of the contest …

    Seriously, thanks again for the wonderful giveaways and all the great Knitty-ness!

    (I am: gkgreen on Ravelry.)

  73. cyanne

    Amazing giveaway.I really like the cha-ching mitts.But the Loco shawl is worth alone the purchase of the book.

  74. Samantha

    This prize is great, so many new projects to knit and skills to gain with the class, it would be great to win it.

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