Knitting is not an old person craft. In the past, it was assumed that only grandmothers, old aunts, and widows enjoyed knitting, but that isn’t so. More and more young people are picking up needles and yarn and learning to create wearables for their families. And let’s not forget men; there are lots of guys who enjoy this relaxing craft. I’ve been knitting since I was a young child and my passion just grows stronger each year. The holidays are the perfect time to make knitted gifts for loved ones and I have two new craft books that will give you some inspiration.
55 Christmas Balls to Knit
55 Christmas Balls to Knit is all about creating festive decor for the holidays. Included are patterns for ornaments, tree decorations, centerpieces, wreaths, and window dressings. This joyful book is the creation of two guys, Arne and Carlos, who are textile designers living in Norway. They also love to knit and have created many pattern books that feature their colorful and striking Scandinavian designs. Now they’ve combined their love for both Christmas and knitting in this, their first holiday inspired pattern book. It’s influenced by the same Nordic designs but adapted for seasonal and wintery decor.
55 Christmas Balls to Knit shares not only patterns, but offers tips, techniques, materials needed, color combinations, stuffing, and instructions on how to create each project successfully. There are step-by-step illustrations that walk you through various techniques. They even share how to add crystals to your ornaments for a festive twinkle.
There is one basic pattern from which all the 55 balls are made using double-pointed needles. Each pattern has a colorful photo, instructions, a charming story and its own graph that fits within the parameters of the basic ball pattern. Some of the patterns include snowflakes, reindeer, snowmen, rose, ski sweater designs, festive greenery, bells, religious motifs and much more. It’s a beautiful craft book that offers lots of festive handmade ideas for the holidays.
Knit Shawls & Wraps in 1 Week
Knit Shawls & Wraps features 30 quick projects you can create within one week. So that gives you plenty of time to make hand-knit holiday gifts. The book is divided into the four seasons, and also has several multi-season patterns. The patterns are gauged by two skill levels, advanced beginner and intermediate. The stitch patterns are simple and easy repeats so you can memorize them quickly. Each shawl or wrap features full-color photos and shares its skill level, size, timeline, materials, glossary, instructions, tips, time-saving tricks along with an easy to follow pattern. Some projects are made from one yarn, while others incorporate multi-hues.
Shawls and wraps are versatile accessories that add flair to any outfit. They’re also ideal for unpredictable weather. Winter is frosty and there is nothing more comforting than a cozy wrap or shawl. Choose from the nine different winter-inspired patterns or scan the other seasons. Some projects you can make are the Early Frost Shawl, Glacier Wrap, Snow Day Shawl, Sugarplum Cowl, and the Crackling Fire Wrap. This book is perfect for any knitter’s craft collection.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary copies to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.