Top positive review
Title is mesleading, but still 5 stars for designs
on 12 November 2014
The longer I have this book (and other knitting books to compare it with), the more I appreciate it. Clear instructions, well thought through patterns, with none of the fiddly seams and intarsia that you can get into a mess with as a beginner, great use of texture and colour. Whoever wrote the review saying that the title was misleading is right. I guess they couldn't call it 'Random collection of long and short projects using the beautiful yarns we sell at purl'. If you're looking for novel Wedding or Christmas gifts, this is not the book for you. However, there's a section at the back on wrapping your gifts and instructions for how to make a drawstring bag to put them in. Many of the patterns are quality enough to give as gifts - a soft baby's bonnet, a thick cashmere man's scarf, some quick pot holders for a house-warming party, I knit the chevron scarf for a friend (simple, but clever pattern) and perhaps you have a friend who would just love a cashmere tea cosy? Ok, so maybe not that last one, but I don't mind because I knit the tea-cosy for myself with cheaper, washable yarn, and it's the best tea-cosy pattern I've found. There are also some very versatile designs, like the hat that can be adapted to fit many tastes. Even the patterns that I flicked through as 'page fillers' I'm now going back to. Maybe a string of mini jumpers and stockings hanging over the mantelpiece might add a retro touch to Christmas?