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Knitting Like Jane Brocket: Artfully and Gently

I received The Gentle Art of Domesticity as a birthday gift a few years ago, and I've been a Jane Brocket fan ever since.  Her blog, Yarnstorm, doesn't feature much knitting at the moment, so I decided to see any libraries in my area had The Gentle Art of Knitting.  I love to see her use of color when she's arranging tulips and read about her art gallery excursions, but I was in a mood to see her simple knitting designs and read about her opinions on yarn.

I love the library.  It makes me feel rich to walk in and see all those books, knowing I can walk right out with a stack of them for absolutely nothing!  (Assuming my overdue fines aren't outstanding.)  I've been checking out books on knitting a bit more lately.  Not necessarily pattern books, but just books where people talk on and on about their beautifully photographed projects.

I guess following 30+ knitting and crocheting blogs isn't enough for me.  I like the weight of books and keeping them open at my side while I work.  And believe me, I've been working.

I knit four of the Simple, Plain Dishcloths in about 24 hours.  I cast on 30 stitches instead of the recommended amount, but that's just because of my preference for smaller dishcloths.

I don't know how they could be simpler.  You just knit in garter stitch until your work is as long as it is wide.  For some reason the tiny bit of contrast yarn just makes them so pretty.

The book calls for some unbleached cotton yarn and red trim, but I didn't have enough to do more than one of them.  I thought it would be fun to play around with lots of different colors, and it is, but I really wish I had more white and red yarn on hand to make them just like they look in the book.  They remind me of a friend's kitchen I liked visiting when I was little, and I just really like the not-quite-bright-white against the warm red.

I liked the look of white yarn with red trim so much that I decided that's what I'd use for the Mustardseed Scarf.  It's going to use up some stash and my favorite part of this pattern (it's just the same 10 rows repeated over and over) is the instruction to knit until the yarn runs out.  Okay!

I also cast on the Blue version of the Simple Squishy Slouchy Hats, using the second half of the Imperial Yarn skein that I have left from crocheting the Basic Beanie from Crochet Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps.

I think I'll have enough yarn, and I'm happy to have knitted and crocheted versions of a simple slouchy hat with concentric ridges.

There's also this.


Yes, that is a knitted apron.  No, I haven't started it yet.  But I really, really, really want to.  The only thing holding me back is that I don't have the yarn for it.  I started all of the other projects because I had stash yarn appropriate for the patterns.

But this library book might cost me some money after all.

6 thoughts on “Knitting Like Jane Brocket: Artfully and Gently”

  • Knit n Sew Studio by Debbie

    I'm not familiar with The Gentle Art of Knitting but I'll be checking out the library system for a copy. Love the garter stitch cloth in off white with the red trim. One can never have too many simple dishcloths for everyday use.The apron is a real inspiration

  • Mom2Four

    Thanks for sharing your red, white and blue dish cloths with me for my upcoming July 4th weekend!!My friend will love them. Best hostess gift idea I've had for her in awhile. Glad they were "quick and easy", or so you said! Thanks again.

  • Simona

    Hello, I found you on Ravelry and wanted to write you that I feel the same about knitting and books. I love Jane Brocket's knitting book and The Gentle Art of Domesticity and The Gentle Art of Stitching are also my favourite. Knitted apron is also on my to-do list but have not the right yarn as well. I'll probably use cotton. I also did Moss Stitch Diagonal Scarf ( and love to wear it.

    • Jen

      Hello! I also think cotton yarn would be best for an apron, even if the very idea of knitting an entire apron's worth of cotton yarn makes my joints hurt. I'm still going to do it, though, and I know I'm going to love it when I'm done. Your scarf is lovely! I love moss stitch.

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