I’ve been lucky enough to receive some fabulous knitting books to review for you. As you know, knitting isn’t always a 30-minute activity, but I love it because it is easy to fit it in, in the little minutes between everything else. I knit while watching movies with my family, while waiting in line at pick-up, and while watching videos on YouTube. Here are some of the latest and greatest, and my initial impressions:
Book Review: Knitting Block by Block by Nicky Epstein
by Nicky Epstein
$29.99, $19.79 at Amazon
Nicky Epstein is a mainstay on the knitting scene, as a designer and author. Her specialty is breaking down the knitting process into its building blocks — and in this book, she does that literally! She shows how to design afghans, sweaters, scarves, and more using patterns from 150 blocks. There are charts and patterns galore, as well as a handful of project patterns (I personally can’t wait to make the Empire Cropped Vest).
This book will find a place of honor on my shelf next to Epstein’s other books that I adore.
Book Review: Knitting Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec
by Anna Hrachovec
$19.99/$13.59 on Amazon
Who couldn’t use a knitted baby gator or pig with wig? Who doesn’t want to whip up a squirrel on wheels?
While these cute little softies might not be at the top of your child’s Christmas list, they are adorable and quick to knit — definitely in the 30-minute timeframe!
Lots of pictures and easy-to-follow instructions. Look for the Bed Bugs and Feet Eaters coming to my blog soon.
Book Review: Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller
by Genevieve Miller
$18.99/$12.91 on Amazon
WWEW (What Would Edward Wear)?
That question is answered in colorful, stitch-by-stitch detail in Vampire Knits. Some projects you might find in any pattern book, but with a Twilight-esque spin (fingerless gloves and a neckwarmer become “Pulse Protectors;” a simple lace afghan is called “Descent into Darkness Wrap”).
Several other projects would only be found in a vamp-friendly collection like this, including Little Fang Sweater and the Got Blood? Pillow.
I’ll definitely be giving some of the more generic patterns like the neckwarmer and mittens a try; I’ll leave the Blood Bottle Cozies to more adventuresome sorts.
Warm Knits, Cool Gifts by Sally Melville and Caddy Melville Ledbetter
by Sally Melville & Caddy Melville Ledbetter
$22.99/$15.63 on Amazon
Let me be blunt: Sally Melville taught me to knit. Her “The Knit Stitch” and “The Purl Stitch” provided the exact step-by-step approach to knitting that met my newbie needs.
I’ve been less thrilled with Melville’s later releases, as I’ve found her patterns to be a little dated and unappealing. But I was pleasantly surprised in this collection of patterns. Divided up by category (“For the Wee Ones,” “For Family & Friends,” “Keeping Warm,” and “Feeling Festive”), the book includes over 35 patterns, many of which could easily be completed in a few 30-minute sessions.
On my list: My First Lace Scarf, Christmas Morning Sweater, and Tiny Stockings.
P.S. I’ve got four more knitting books to review. Stay tuned!Tweet