Greetings from Knit Cafe

Published By: STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Crafts & Hobbies

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Reviewed by Janelle Martin

After leaving her high-profile job as VP of Specials and Documentaries at CBS to become a stay-at-home mom, Suzan Mischer dreamed of opening "a place with great yarn, coffee and tea, music and books, and comfortable welcoming chairs where people could relax." Four months later after finding a designer to share her vision, and the right location, Knit Cafe opened on July 1, 2002 in West Hollywood, California.

In the intervening four years, Knit Cafe has become a refuge for knitters and the community, with regular groups meeting in the evenings and students from the private school across the street wandering in for after-school knitting. Over the years, some basic patterns have developed and these are included in the 30 original designs featured in Greetings from Knit Cafe: a Classic Sweater, a Chanel-style Jacket, Knit Cafe's Kid's Club Skirt and a Basic Hat with sizing from baby to large adult.

The patterns here cover the spectrum, offering a broad range of patterns. Rather than presenting a range of sweaters or a book of patterns relating to a specific topic, Mischer has chosen to showcase a range of unique designs guaranteed to satisfying every skill level and taste. Within the book, knitters will find patterns for: boxer shorts; an Oscar-worthy red-carpet gown; a keyboard cover; a polo shirt with subtle shaping; a denim messenger bag with lots of detailing; a saddle blanket; a terry bathrobe; a fabulous stripped bikini; and a yarmulke.

An especially useful feature is the exercise section following the patterns, which should help knitters avoid carpal tunnel syndrome and adopt proper posture while knitting. Knitters wishing to create the patterns featured in Greetings from Knit Cafe should first visit the store's website, ( where a few corrections are provided to the book's patterns.

Armchair Interviews says: Geetings from Knit Cafe features photos and anecdotes from the store and Mischer's customers, providing knitters with an armchair journey to this eclectic, yet welcoming store.

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