A Book of Patterns for Knitting and Crocheting Lovely Gifts

Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet, a craft pattern book by Mags Kandis. Interweave is the publisher of this book.
Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet, a craft pattern book by Mags Kandis. Interweave is the publisher of this book.

If you enjoy creating gifts to give to your family, friends, and colleagues, you might enjoy Mags Kandis’ colorful, creative craft pattern book called Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet. Interweave publishes this book, which features a wide variety of craft patterns. Most of the included items are reasonably quick to make, and there are items that will suit many different recipients. The majority of patterns featured are knitting patterns, but there are a few crochet patterns included; there are also ideas for felting, needle felting, sewing, and even a few recipes.

My three favorite projects in the book are a pair of knitted socks, a simple but elegant crocheted scarf and a colorful felted granny square tote bag. I think the granny square bag is especially clever. If you crochet a lot of granny squares, I think you’re going to enjoy seeing how this bag is put together. It is soooo simple, yet the finished results are totally fabulous.

More details are available in my book review.

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Fall Brings Sweater Weather

Autumn is the time of year that many knitters and crocheters most look forward to. We can’t wait to savor pumpkin spice lattes, and we’re excited to cheer for our favorite college football teams. But, best of all, we love to get out our handmade sweaters and flaunt them — and fall is definitely the best season for that.

When the trees decide it’s time to transform from green to rich hues of orange and gold and red, we’re there with our cameras in hand, ready to snap selfies showing off every intricate cable or colorwork motif in our handiwork.

Fashion trends come and go, but sweaters are eternal. And, if you knit or crochet, you can never have too many sweater patterns.

Are you thinking of knitting or crocheting a new fall sweater any time soon? If so, there are some outstanding sweater pattern books you should be aware of.

Traditional Danish Sweaters for Fall and Winter

Traditional Danish Sweaters by Vivian Høxbro, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Traditional Danish Sweaters by Vivian Høxbro, published by Trafalgar Square Books

If you’re interested in knitting warm wool sweaters featuring classic Scandinavian motifs and styling, you’ll definitely want to take a look at a brand new book called Traditional Danish Sweaters. This book is a unique combination of history book, design workbook, sweater knitting pattern book and knitting stitch dictionary. The designs included in this book are all wearable ones that I think will be of interest to knitters who are interested in working sweater patterns.

The Crochet Closet

The Crochet Closet: A Crochet Sweater Pattern Book by Lisa Gentry, Published by Leisure Arts. Photo Courtesy of Leisure Arts.
The Crochet Closet: A Crochet Sweater Pattern Book by Lisa Gentry, Published by Leisure Arts. Photo Courtesy of Leisure Arts.

The Crochet Closet is not a new book, but it features lovely crocheted sweater designs that look as fresh and new now as they did when they were originally published.

One of the best things about this book is the inclusive size range. The book includes sweaters patterns that have been graded for a broad range of sizes, including extra large sizes.

If you enjoy crocheting sweaters, this book is definitely worth your consideration.

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Enjoy the sweater weather this year, my friends! Happy knitting and crocheting!

Crochet Cozy Afghans, One Square at a Time

Crochet Cozy Afghans, One Square at a Time
Crochet Cozy Afghans, One Square at a Time

Crocheted squares are like building blocks. You can turn them into just about anything. Whether you’d like to make an afghan, or you have a different project in mind, there are bunches of excellent patterns you can use to make your idea a reality.

Free Crochet Patterns for Afghan Squares:

Free Granny Square Tutorial

Need instructions for how to crochet a granny square? This granny square tutorial shows you how to do it, step by step, for free.

Find Even More Outstanding Crochet Square Patterns in Pattern Books You Can Buy:

I’m aware of several truly excellent books featuring patterns for blankets and afghans you can create simply by making squares and joining them. If you enjoy working from pattern books, these are some options you’ll definitely want to consider taking a look at:

Crochet Kaleidoscope — This is my favorite book featuring crochet square patterns and other motif patterns. The book features bunches of excellent options for granny squares you can crochet — plus circles, hexagons, triangles and other shapes, too. There are also several patterns for finished projects, including one absolutely stunning blanket pattern.

Crochet Granny Squares is another one of my all-time favorite crochet pattern books. This book has some gorgeous patterns in it, including granny squares, blankets and bunches of other project types.

Unexpected Afghans — This book is a real treasure. It is exclusively dedicated to the topic of crochet afghan patterns. Many, but not all, of the patterns in this book are for granny squares you can join to create your blanket. This book is my top pick for the best crochet blanket pattern books.

I hope these resources will be helpful to you if you want to crochet an afghan using squares. Happy crocheting!

2 New Slouchy Hat Pattern Books You Need to Know About

If you’d like to knit or crochet a trendy new hat for yourself or a friend, there are 2 excellent new slouchy hat pattern books you need to know about:

Crocheted Beanies & Slouchy Hats by Julie King

Crocheted Beanies and Slouchy Hats book by Julie King, published by Stackpole Books
Crocheted Beanies and Slouchy Hats book by Julie King, published by Stackpole Books

If you want to crochet a slouchy beanie-style hat or a slouchy beret, this book has bunches of fabulous patterns you’ll want to take a look at. The book also features one pattern for an earflap beanie, plus bunches of patterns for traditional, fitted beanies.

These patterns will give you a broad variety of different hat styles to add to your wardrobe. The majority of these hats are casual styles that would be fun to wear with jeans, khakis or your favorite athleisure gear.

There are also some dressier styles, like the lacy beret pictured on the front cover of the book. I could see dressing that hat either up or down — perhaps wearing it with lovely, drapey dresses or a frilly blouse paired with a ladylike skirt. Some of the hat designs feature button details — and, if you like dressing up, I think you could make those particular hat styles look dressier simply by choosing fancy, elegant buttons to use for your accents.

Whatever your personal style is like, if it includes crocheted hats, you’re sure to find some suitable styles included in this book.

Click here to check out my book review of Crocheted Beanies & Slouchy Hats by Julie King; click here if you want to shop for the book at Knitpicks; or click here if you want to shop for the book at Amazon.

Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods by Diane Serviss

Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods book by Diane Serviss, published by Stackpole Books
Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods book by Diane Serviss, published by Stackpole Books

This book has its fair share of slouchy hat patterns including patterns for knitting slouchy berets and slouchy beanies. The book also features patterns for traditional tams, fitted beanies and fanciful hoods. I love the variety of stylish hats in this book, and I think you will be quite enchanted by it, too.

Some of these hats feature intricate cable designs. Some of them are lacy and feminine. Some of them feature interesting texture patterns. There’s a mix of casual and dressy looks, although the majority of these patterns lean towards the casual side.

Want more details? Click here to check out my book review of Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods by Diane Serviss; click here if you want to shop for the book at Knitpicks; or click here if you want to shop for the book at Amazon.

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