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30 Minute-Knits: 60 Quick and Easy Knitted Projects [Paperback]

Carol Meldrum
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5 Sep 2012
Here's a collection of knitting projects that you really can fit into your spare time, no matter where you are. Enjoy the fruits of your labour faster with this array of mini-knits that you can finish whenever you have half an hour to spare. Designed to knit up quickly, these quick-fix designs will liven up a boring TV show or give you something to do while dinner's cooking. Boring train journeys will never be the same again. Best of all, you won't need to spend lots of money on new and fancy yarns (unless you want to) as they can easily be knitted from what you have in your stash of leftovers already. The patterns assume no knitting skill, and include instructions for binding on and off, knit and purl stitch, increases, decreases, and knitting in the round. As well as this, they introduce a number of new stitches and techniques to keep more advanced knitters interested. Whether you are knitting for yourself or whipping up a last minute gift, this book has something for everyone.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (5 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844488772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844488773
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A lovely little book full of quick and easy knitting projects which, as the title suggests, shouldn't take you long to whip up. There are lots of projects I can't wait to get into and will be perfect for all the time I spend sitting in the car waiting for the children to come out of school. First on my list is the cute little string of birds, followed closely by the bow hairclips, which will make brilliant little Christmas gifts for the girls.-Makeandcraft.com/Cookingcakesandchildren Had a go at a couple of the projects in the book, they were easy to follow with the instructions clearly set out row by row. The book had loads of fun patterns I'd like to try, some of which will make great gifts. The projects are quick to do and it is easy to put your own spin on them. It also has instructions in the back showing you how to knit which is good for beginners.-Shoreditch Sisters The author of 30-Minute Knits, Carol Meldrum, has already written many popular knitting and crochet books and this fresh new tome is sure to be another hit. Featuring 60 projects, this is the perfect companion for anyone who loves to knit but struggles to fit it into their schedule. All of the mini projects inside are designed to be knitted within half an hour. There are whimsical toys, such as a tiny teddy, gifts such as jewellery and practical items including a cable coat hanger and picture frames. It's worth noting that the 30-minute schedule for each project doesn't include the time needed for making up or adding the finishing touches, but rather the time it takes to actually do the knitting.-Knit Today I'm afraid I've taken a rather long time in getting around to writing a review of '30 minute knits' by Carol Medrum. No excuses, just a life packed to the gunnels at the mo. Also this book has been very much in use. I challenge you to find a book on your shelf from which you have made four projects with more which tickle your fancy! I started by making some cute coasters for Toby's excellent coffee house- someone liked them so much they nicked one in the first week! Next I made a tippet, or a tiny neck scarf and then a collar. Finally I adapted the bird pattern to attempts a flamingo but I won't share it here as the kids tell me it looks like a flying pig! You may have seen patterns featured from this book in magazines and on web sites, you may be thinking; what's the point of buying it, I've probably seen all the best bits. Not a bit of it, this book has sixty patterns- yep 60- for just shy of a tenner! There is plenty more to see here. I didn't time myself making these projects so I can't tell you if they were genuinely 30 minute projects but they certainly were Quick. I would also say because of their size and the variety of techniques this would be a brilliant book for the beginner knitter, there are some great instructions at the back for all necessary techniques so I reckon you could teach yourself to knit and make a great selection of projects over a holiday. Because the projects are all small the yarn cost involved is tiny. I always rummage through wool bargain bins and then wonder what on earth to do with the fabulous single ball - not any more. The projects are knitted with a variety of yarn weights too, so it's not all super quick=super chunky. Next for me is the Easter chick, tiny ted and some baby booties, that's the next hour and a half filled anyway!-Jennyflowerblue.blogspot.com

About the Author

Carol Meldrum graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art with a Bachelor of Design Hons degree in Constructed Textiles, specializing in knitted textiles. Since graduation she has been working in the knitwear industry as a freelance knitwear designer and Design Consultant for Rowan Yarns. Her fresh, exciting designs have been featured in several magazines and in Rowan's Collections and books. Carol loves to bring would-be knitters to the craft, and runs workshops teaching a range of crochet and knitting techniques. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good selection of ideas 25 Aug 2012
I was really excited when I read about this book as I love instant gratification knittng. The book arrived today and immediately sat with a cuppa and read cover to cover. And was very impressed, the projects vary and all seen easy patterns so perfect for beginners and lots of variety. The only problem with the book is once I put the kids to bed I excitedly picked a project, raided my stash and picked a project to knit, choosing the scarf on pg. 90 and as I was knitting I came across a lot of mistakes in the pattern. Luckily as Im already a knitter I was able to work around them but a beginner knitter would have prob got frustrated and gave up, and as a result of the mistakes the scarf took over an hr to make. So not sure what to expect from the rest of the patterns. Only time will tell.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy knits 27 Oct 2012
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Great items to knit up in your spare time, also ideal for using up all your odd bits of wool. An ideal book to knit gifts for fund raising or craft stalls. Well pleased.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely quick knits 10 Dec 2012
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loved this book.must admit some items took me longer than 30 minutes to knit,but the end results are lovely.really pleased i brought this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick to knit 26 Sep 2012
You love knitting but you don't have much time and you love to see your projects finished quickly. Here's the book for you. 60 projects that are not too time-consuming but will give finished results quickly. Is the timer running? You can see all the projects on pages 8-9, pics are tiny like thumbnails, but should help you select a project easily enough. I love the coasters, napkin rings, birds, baby pixie hat (could I wear that?), tiny teddy, bracelet, bow hairpins, crown and more. Hand-felted projects include a lovely apple pincushion not to mention the pear that looks good enough to eat. Knitting instructions are easy to follow and there are good photographs of each project. Equipment, techniques and basic knitting guidance is also given. Fun (anyone for a Salvador Dali moustache?), practical and quick. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very practical or even inspirational 2 Sep 2013
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I didn't find many patterns that I'd like to make. Quite a few were completely useless, like a trim for a lampshade, a fake mustache or a knitted tiny fish. In some cases the 30 minute time frame was based on super bulky yarn and huge needles and would require specific yarns and other materials. I didn't finish any of the few patterns that I tried in 30 minutes or even close.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for small quirky knits 2 May 2013
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This book is fine if you only wish to make small but quirky items so would recommend it if that's your requirement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Ideas...but flawed on the first design! 30 Aug 2013
By shgadd
This book is a nice volume of ideas for practise knits for those just starting. The project organiser at the front lists the designs by difficulty, and the guide at the back of the book is fantastic for a quick reminder on techniques.

However... be warned: the first design in the book, the chick, is incorrect. The correct increase/decrease can be found on the egg pattern on the next page. I worry this could knock the confidence of new knitters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oddments 7 April 2013
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What a wonderful way to use up baby pastel oddments of wool! Or even the darker shades you have left over
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So cute good for beginners
Published 8 days ago by Julie Graham
2.0 out of 5 stars Mistakes
First project I tried - coin purse - the number of stitches is incorrect. I think there's a theme here...
Published 15 days ago by J. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy and knit up in no time
Lots of lovely little patterns. Quick and easy and knit up in no time.
Published 1 month ago by Grace
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great thanks
Published 1 month ago by marcia alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching resource
Very good selection of differentiated patterns. Excellent teaching resource - used in adult learn to knit classes
Published 1 month ago by Anne Crosby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and an ideal way of using up any oddments of yarn you may have.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Margaret C White
4.0 out of 5 stars took a little longer for a beginner
The items took me about an hour and a half to two hours to complete but I am a beginner. However, they do turn out as they should
Published 4 months ago by karen C
5.0 out of 5 stars delighted kids
Kids lunch time knit and matter
Club thrilled with patterns in this little
Book, it has enabled them to further
Their experience in knitting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Colleen Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars 30 MIN KNITS
Published 4 months ago by MRS G J BOLTON
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
Some nice little novelties here, bought as a gift and the recipient was delighted. Clear and well set out with good instructions. A good size for using too.
Published 5 months ago by Caroline
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