Knits to Give: 30 Knitted Gift Ideas Hardcover – Illustrated, 19 Sep 2011
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"In typical Bliss fashion, you'll find nothing twee here, only clean, beautiful, covetable heirlooms." --"Vogue Knitting" on "Booties Blankets and Bears"
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Nothing warms the heart more than a handmade gift. The thoughtful consideration and time poured into a hand knit is guaranteed to make the recipient feel cherished. Knits to Give is a collection of 30 gift ideas from top knitwear designer Debbie Bliss.
Divided into five sections For Her, For Him, For Baby, For Kids, and For the Home Knits to Give contains the solution to numerous tricky gift-giving problems. Each project is designed to give maximum enjoyment with minimum fuss; some are quick, entry-level projects that suit the beginner knitter, yet still result in an individual and enticing personal gift. It will be difficult to decide where to start with this array of charming projects: An elegant beaded clutch bag or lacy stole for her, a stylish iPad cover or seed-stitch tie for him, the ultra-cute bunny booties or sun hat for Baby, a ladybug backpack or lion cub scarf for the fun-loving kid, or the heart motif cushion or colorful table placemats for the home? Debbie Bliss has taken hand-crafted gifts to a whole new level in Knits to Give; every one is a joy to make, give, and receive." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Thankfully there is only one cushion. Once that would have been a serious omission in any book of small craft projects but honestly, enough already! Leave us room to sit on our chairs and lie on our beds! Instead the home section includes a squiggly cabled tea cosy, a pretty pot of pansies and smart table mats. The other sections are For Him, Her, Baby and Kids
Its a scrumptious book, elegantly presented printed on thick high quality paper and skilfully photographed. And if my only criticism, apart from my knitting speed not being up to knitting the baby blanket (or the stole) in just a week, is that one or two projects use a prodigious amount of yarn (7 balls of aran for a pair of socks) I still recommend it.
You will pour over it, if you tend to dream over beautiful photographs and of being the goddess of hand made
You will use it a lot, if making your own presents is your thing
And you will love it, if you simply seek the joy of making beautiful things in delicious yarns.
If, like me, you only give presents that you actually want yourself, then this book should provide you with a few solutions to what to give close family as well as friends. I particularly like the covered bangles, because they look quick and stylish. The striped pencil pot covers are fun, and there are some great projects 'For Him' - I love the skinny Moss Stitch Tie, the Rice Stitch Scarf is a refreshing change from all those stripy scarves men have had for Christmas in the last couple of years, the Fingerless Gloves are a must for our touch screen generation, and the Walking Socks are fab - I might try these just as Wellie tops rather than knitting the whole sock.
I like the fact there is a preface to each project which shows how you can flex the projects with use of different colours and yarn. This element is an important part of today's crafting movement. Projects need to morph with what you have to hand and what you need the end result to be.
As for the instructions themselves, very clear, well laid out and easy to follow. There has been no pressure to squeeze a pattern onto one page - there are a good number of photographs per project that give a very clear idea of what the end result should be.
Any niggles? I would have liked some of the 'For Her' projects to be more fun - for example, the charmingly mismatched Kids Stripey Long Socks would be fantastic as an adult pattern - I would think Johnnie Boden would be proud to have those in his range.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not many new ideas here - the quality of the book is good, instructions are clear however I was disappointed with the content.Published 7 months ago by Bookkeepersue
I had borrowed this book from our local library so many times I decided to buy my own copy - no better recommendation!
Very useful, will be well used. Read more
Book arrived in good condition
A few nice patterns
Most patterns I won't use
Brilliant book-lovely ideas. Highly recommended. Lots of photos of finished projects although most need intermediate skills, not a book for absolute beginners.Published on 14 May 2014 by kate maguire