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Knitting New Mittens and Gloves: Warm and Adorn Your Hands in 28 Innovative Ways: Warm Your Hands in 28 Innovative Ways [Paperback]

Robin Melanson , Tyllie (Pht Barbosa
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Book Description

8 Feb 2008
Growing up in Cape Breton, on Canada's Atlantic coast, knitwear designer Robin Melanson learned early on the importance of gloves and mittens in a harsh winter climate. Now this self-described "mitten and glove aficionado" shares her enthusiasm for these ordinary items by presenting 28 extraordinary ways to make them for year-round style.
Featuring gloves, mittens, arm warmers, mitts, and fingerless gloves, this is the second book in a new SCT Craft series that introduces innovative approaches to creating popular knitted items. "Knitting New Mittens and Gloves" combines traditional and untraditional techniques--as well as influences as far-flung as Gothic architecture, Estonian lace, and Wagnerian opera--in a winning collection of patterns for adults and children. From wool mittens filled with unspun fleece and arm warmers with leather laces, to cotton-mesh fingerless gloves and silk-beaded mitts to be worn as adornments, each design has an unexpected twist.
Because they are small, quick to make, and don't require a lot of yarn, mittens and gloves are perfect projects for knitting throughout the year, and they also offer an ideal opportunity for beginning and more seasoned knitters to experiment with new techniques, yarns, and styles. With its fresh, original sensibility, "Knitting New Mittens and Gloves" will captivate knitters of every level.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams (8 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584796669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584796664
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 18 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Melanson is a Toronto-based knitwear designer whose work has been featured in Stewart Tabori and Chang's "Handknit Holidays," as well as in the books "Wrap Style" and "Folk Style," and in "Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knitter's," and "Family Circle Easy Knitting" magazines. She has also created knitwear for "Mary Poppins" on Broadway and for several yarn companies.
Tyllie Barbosa is a Chicago-based photographer specializing in food and product photography.


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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic knitting book 28 Jun 2008
By KarenF
Format:Paperback
I've bought lots of books of knitting patterns but this is the only one which is packed full of projects I want to knit. I've knitted 4 items from the book and it only arrived a fortnight ago! All of the patterns require between 1 and 3 balls of yarn (many only 1 ball) and are quick and fun to knit. There is a real variety of techniques and some unusual patterns. An excellent little book!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One to Add to Your Knitting Library 11 May 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a great book. My local librarian originally suggested it to me and it was so good, I decided to buy a copy for myself. It's full of fantastic patterns in lots of different weights, styles and colours. I really enjoy it and if you live in a place, like I do, where mittens are part of your essential winter wardrobe, then this book is for you.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull warm hands 3 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
A super book packed with ideas. I want to knit them all. Very varied designs and a variety of skill levels. Not a beginners how to do it book. In projects this size you can challenge yourself and succeed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book 21 Sep 2009
By Pudding
Format:Paperback
This is a gorgeous, innovative little book that I will return to again and again. The patterns are clear and easy to understand with inspiring photos throughout. An absolute gem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mittens and Gloves 20 July 2009
By Mrs. F. Huxley VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent range of designs using a variety of techniques and yarn weights. Includes techniques not previously seen elsewhere. Some of the designs are more practical than others. Beginners and expert knitters will find patterns to extend their skills. The only negative is that the patterns could have included more sizes.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair-ly disappointing! 25 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
I've taken up knitting to make things which can't be bought in shops. There are enough ready-made sweaters and gloves out there that hand-knitted items need to really stand out in terms of uniqueness of texture, design, material, purpose and style.

In my opinion, nine of the patterns included in the book have their ready-made, shop-bought equivalent available, so I really don't see the point in making them. What's more, they'd be cheaper to buy.

Another gripe is the amount of fair-isle designs - it's not a look that appeals to me at all - somewhere between Val Doonican and mad hippy aunt.

With current fashion favouring short-sleeve knitwear, or three-quarter length sleeves, I was looking to make things to keep my hands and arms warm. The cover of this book attracted me in that it shows a long-sleeve arm warmer and I was hoping for more of the same inside. There's only two long options: the fingerless ones on the cover and some long gloves, admittedly pretty, inside.

There's around 10 fingerless/hand warmer/wrist warmer designs, a few of which are pretty and interesting. There are 10 mitten patterns - only one of which I would consider making - and 7 gloves. To me, the two most interesting and 'innovative' patterns here are a fingerless mitten, whereby it covers the back of the hand with a 'tongue' and quite bizarre replica of driving gloves!

This much anticipated book arrived this morning, but having looked through it, I would only consider making 7 or 8 of the designs, even then, they'd be put at the bottom of my list. Having spent an hour or so surfing the net through free knitting patterns I've found 12 really beautiful and practical designs for hand/armwear so this book is superfluous.
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but...... 22 Nov 2011
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Its always useful to have pattern books for accessories, gloves are a favourite of mine as they are quick to knit and use less wool than jumpers etc.While interesting, this book may not quite deliver for everyone . I am happy to have a varied collection of pattern books as I love knitting and do an awful lot of it but, this book I don't think would meet everyone's requirements although I like it.There 28 patterns and of these around 12 are for wrist warmers ,fingerless or flap over gloves.It is nicely laid out with a short piece about each pattern, a few are complex with detailed charts, either for cabling or lace stitches, or for fairisle colour work.But the very simple fingerless gloves appear in several incarnations and for the more experienced knitter we don't really need more than one as we can design our own perhaps? I think however that the novice knitter may be put off by some of the more complicated patterns so its not quite right for either and as another reviewer mentioned some of the patterns are somewhat stylized , but I like that , the designs are creative and differ slightly from the norm.
Its not expensive either at around 7, but if you wanted one pattern book for gloves, mittens and wrist warmers I would steer you towards Vogue knitting gloves and mittens, its almost double the cost but for me has a more varied selection and there are almost twice as many patterns in it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars VERY DISAPPOINTING - NOTHING SPECIAL
I don't like this book at all.

I'd liked the look of the pattern shown on the front of the book, but when the book arrived, and I got a close look at the pattern, these... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloves
Another BRILL book. Some of these gloves are really cool. I can't wait to knit these for my family and friends.
Published on 12 May 2011 by Lollipop
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous patterns, packed with inspiration
I love this, it's jam packed with stunning patterns, great use of photography, colours, textures and beautifully put together. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2011 by L. Thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money
This book is disappointing. I particularly dislike the pointy-handed mitts and the layered idea of wearing more than one pair of gloves at a time. Save your money.
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by Belinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Mittens mittens mittens!
I love to knit mittens and when I saw this book I just had to have it. There was one problem though..... Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2010 by Nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Things
A lovely, inspiring book. It's written by a Canadian and some of the patterns are difficult to understand - however the beauty of the gloves and mittens have motivated me to find... Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2009 by Jane-Marie
3.0 out of 5 stars Knitting new mittens and gloves
Whilst I haven't knitted up any of the patterns yet, I've given this collection three stars for interesting imagery, clarity of instructions and inovative, fashionable body... Read more
Published on 11 May 2009 by Knitting Nanny
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