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Warm and colourful winter favourites
on 16 December 2010
This is one of those books with a bit of a learning curve for me as I've never knitted gloves or mittens by making the thumb or fingers first, then knitting from the finger end to the cuff, and so far I haven't knitted flip top gloves/mittens either.
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.