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Book Review and Giveaway: Bath Knits by Mary Beth Temple

 

I’m excited to review the book Bath Knits. This book is written by my friend Mary Beth Temple and she has come up with 30 great patterns to spruce up any bathroom. The designs are both practical, and beautiful, and definitely are “made to pamper”.

I’m also pleased to announce that you can enter the giveaway contest at the end of this post for your chance to win a copy of Bath Knits. Let’s get started on the book review.

 

Cover of Bath Knits by Mary Beth Temple
Cover of Bath Knits by Mary Beth Temple

 

The book is divided into 5 different themes. Each one features a lovely color palette to give you some ideas as to how the different knit projects will complement those private spaces we retire to seeking solace and comfort.

The first theme is called The Naturals.

 

Make these lovely neutral toned knits to soften the atmosphere of your bath retreat.
Make these lovely neutral toned knits to soften the atmosphere of your bath retreat.

 

My favorite pattern in this section is the Tab-top Towel. This cotton towel is perfect for a busy family with lots of hands who need a dry off. Make 7 of them to rotate through the week. It’s a great project for a beginner knitter who wants to learn a bit of color-work in their knitting. The other projects in this group are also sure to bring a touch of sophistication to any bathroom space.

The second theme is the Flower Garden.

 

Several practical washcloths would make great gifts
Several practical washcloths would make great gifts

 

These designs will make a woman’s toilette very classy and add a touch of warmth. My favorite patterns here are the “Shaped Washcloths” As you know, I’m a technique-oriented knitter, and I really want to learn how to work these shapes that are constructed from the center out.

The Oceantide section of the book is calming and soothing.

 

I want that stack of blue washcloths to add tranquility to my bathroom counter. Bath Knits by Mary Beth Temple book review
I want that stack of blue washcloths to add tranquility to my bathroom counter.

 

There are many cool patterns for washcloths, but the project I’m going to knit first is the Textured Bath Mitt. I don’t really like bath poofs, so this is the perfect masculine solution to applying body wash to the skin without using abrasive plastic.

 

This knit texture is easy to do and the resulting mitt is fantastic. Bath Knits by Mary Beth Temple book review
This knit texture is easy to do and the resulting mitt is fantastic.

 

Sunny Days is the fourth theme of the book and these designs are warm and invigorating.

A couple of sweet washcloths can be knit and then stored in a knit basket. How fitting! Then there’s a mod twist on the edging for towels. My first choice is the Textured Linen Washcloth, mostly because I’ve always wanted to knit with linen yarn, but never really had any idea of what to make. This fits the bill perfectly.

 

Linen yarn will become softer with each use, and this textured look is perfect for a little scrubbing action.
Linen yarn will become softer with each use, and this textured look is perfect for a little scrubbing action.

 

The final section is Bright and Cheery and these designs are perfect for helping family members wake up every morning with the bright pops of color that you could feature in your bathroom.

The Framed Lace design is very appealing to me because it scratches my “how is that knit” curiosity itch. Though Mary Beth suggests framing it to make it a piece of wall decor, I would like to use it as a wash cloth, and it would be very fun to knit with the short row and lace construction.

 

Short rows and lace make this lovely circular washcloth. Probably my first project from this book.
Short rows and lace make this lovely circular washcloth. Probably my first project from this book.

 

After looking at the designs, I then turned the pages again to study the yarn choices that Mary Beth has made. There’s a wide range of yarn thicknesses, from a finer fingering weight all the way to bulky. There’s also a wide range in composition of the yarns. Lots of cotton, naturally, because of the durability, but other natural fibers are used as well, like linen, as I’ve already mentioned. The price range for these yarns is also great, making all the projects very affordable without using low quality yarns.

Lastly there’s a good range in purchasing options for the yarns, with some being common in big box craft stores and others in local yarn stores or online shops.

What about the speed of making these projects? Well, I think there are enough patterns that would give process knitters some fun as they try short row and color techniques that won’t leave you dumbfounded, but won’t let you get bored either.

And product knitters and beginners who would like to finish things quickly have lots of options as well.

 

These coordinating washcloths could be knit with any pairing of a solid color and a multicolored yarn. Bath Knits by Mary Beth Temple book review
These coordinating washcloths could be knit with any pairing of a solid color and a multicolored yarn.

 

Many of the projects make great gifts and if you’ve let some holiday or special occasion creep up without knitting anything to give away, many of these projects would make perfect projects to get ready quickly.

While there are a lot of decor and utility items, Mary Beth hasn’t forgotten to include some garments. There’s a cute pair of lacy socks and the plush robe for a personal spa day!

 

Lacy pedicure socks to keep your feet warm while your toes shine! Bath Knits by Mary Beth Temple book review
Lacy pedicure socks to keep your feet warm while your toes shine!

 

Lastly, the photography and book design are lovely and complement the designs and the intent of the patterns well. There are closeup views of every item that needs to show where design elements are worked in a special way, or how a finished item should look.

I really hope that you’ll consider entering the giveaway contest, but if you don’t win, please look for this book at your favorite store, or ask them to order it for you. It’s $16.95 in the United States, which means just over 2 quarters for each pattern, and I know that between my wife and I, we’ll easily knit 80 to 90 percent of the patterns.

Good Luck!

 

Back cover of Bath Knits by Mary Beth Temple
Back cover of Bath Knits by Mary Beth Temple

 

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About Charles Voth

I’m Charles Voth, a crochet and knitting professional. I enjoy reviewing yarns and tools to help others find materials that will help them be happy with what they stitch. I design garments and accessories and items for the home. I teach both crafts at yarn stores, in schools, and at craft shows and retail events. I am also a technical editor of both crochet and knitting patterns and illustrate the charts and diagrams that make pattern reading accessible to so many.

5 Comments

  1. Dee Leidlein

    I just may have to put down my hook and learn how to knit.

  2. Hoteamom

    I love give-a-ways, it’s a chance to see products I might not otherwise have a chance to see.

    There are some interesting items in the book, I’d love to try a few patterns.

    Thank you!

  3. Amy Tolley

    I checked out the site so many great ideas helpful tutorials amazing thanks for sharing..

  4. DJ

    I love this book! So many cute projects!

  5. Rebecca

    What a great compilation of patterns!

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