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.
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.
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.
Do you have a favorite dog breed? Many people do. My mother-in-law loves all dogs, but she definitely has a thing for cute pugs. So does my daughter; she’s never had a pug, but she loves watching Puppy Dog Pals on the Disney Junior channel.
If there’s a particular dog breed you love enough to want to knit a project depicting that breed, there’s a brand new knitting pattern book I think you’re going to be really excited about. It’s called Dogs on Sweaters: Knitting Patterns for 18 Different Breeds. The book includes charts for knitting all 18 of these different breeds — and you get multiple patterns for some of the breeds, because there are projects in different sizes for both children and adults.
Some of the projects in the book are customizable; you can choose the silhouette you want to knit, choose the dog breed you want to put on the project and make several other additional design choices (like the style of ribbing you want to use, the color combination and whether or not you want to include names, initials or a slogan on your project).
One of the wonderful things about this book is that it includes designs suitable for men, boys and children. The guys and the “big kids” are sometimes neglected in craft pattern books — but here you’ll find choices suitable for almost every dog lover on your knitting gift list.
Baby projects are also well represented in the book. If you knit baby shower gifts, I think you’ll definitely want to take a look at Dogs on Sweaters. And there are projects suitable for ladies, too.
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.
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.