Knitting Book Review Round-Up: Four Books for Your Knitting Pleasure

November 10, 2010

in 30-Minute Crafter

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

Knitting Block by Block: 150 Blocks for Sweaters, Scarves, Bags, Toys, Afghans, and More

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

Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi 

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

Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting from Twilight to Dawn

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

Warm Knits, Cool Gifts: Celebrate the Love of Knitting and Family with more than 35 Charming Designs

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!

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  • sue

    I’ll have to send the link to this blog to my daughters, the knitters in the family!

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