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Colorwork Mittens & Gloves: From Colorwork Creations by Susan Anderson-Freed Kindle Edition
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If you have never done Fair Isle or Norwegian style knitting, and don't mind knitting on circular or double pointed sets of needles with 4ply thickness yarn then this is a good book to start with.
The book gives a basic pattern for each style, for instance all the mittens are made in the same way with the same number of stitches throughout, what changes is the design. In all cases you follow the chosen chart, along with written instructions on what to do when.
If you've never made any mittens or gloves before then you may find it helpful to follow the written instuctions and ignore the chart for the first pair. Once you have the idea, then decide which chart you like and go for it.
Most items in here can be made with any 4 ply you wish, yarn sources given are Canada and USA (internet sites given) except for Jamiesons wonderful Shetland wool.
Contents are chullos, tams, ski hats, gloves, mittens,and flip tops, all with birds, ducks, snowflakes, griffin, trees and an option to mix and match the motifs. All the charts are in colour which I find makes them easier to follow. Once I stock up on Jamiesons I'll be giving plenty of these designs a test run - if I hit any problems you'll be first to know.
I am lucky to have a great knitting shop locally who helped me select appropriate wool, and then i knitted on wooden double pointed needles.
the patterns are beautiful, and intricate, and very enjoyable to knit. I knit on public transport, so they are a great size to carry in my handbag, and because i chose to knit on small runs of stitches (i knitted the mittens on 4 pairs of dpns), they're great if you're likely to be disturbed!
very recommended, and would be suitable for anyone from a relatively talented novice to an expert - good to learn on, but because the patterns are so lovely I think anyone would be happy to knit them.
the only slight criticism that I have is that I have quite small hands, and the mittens only just fit me - except for the thumb which is about an inch too long! I will also be knitting future mittens with a much longer cuff, as the one recommended looks very good and in scale, but i'm concerned i'll get a draught...!
overall - great book!
Would be OK if you just wanted to look at how go about creating gloves/mittens but it is very wordy, lots of writing and descriptions to wade through before you can start to knit.
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