Knitting Tips, Tricks & Mittens Prize Pk

Knitting is an awesome hobby. Although it’s tragically deemed a craft implemented by the elderly only, young people, both men and women are embracing it and making it hip again. It’s an art that is fun to learn, but it does take lots of practice to grasp the basic and advanced stitches. If help is needed, some google it, some check out Youtube, and still, others consult and glean insight from craft books. I do all the above, but it’s nice to have a handy compendium, like the Knitting Bag of Tricks, that we can turn to quickly as a resource.

Knitting Bag of Tricks

Knitting Bag of Tricks

If you are a knitter that wants to improve or enhance your knitting skills, this book is a must. Or maybe you have problems with a certain stitch or technique, like never getting the gauge right, or getting your slip stitches going in the right direction, this book is filled with ‘purls’ of wisdom. secret code: garter stitch.

  • Ch 1. Fundamental Truths of Knitting
  • Ch 2. Gauge
  • Ch 3. Patterns
  • Ch 4. Cast-Ons
  • Ch 5. Increases and Decreases
  • Ch 6. Pesky Problems and Secret Solutions
  • Ch 7. Finishing
  • Ch 8. Final Words of Wisdom

Inside this treasury of wisdom are over 70 brand-new knitting hacks with over 200 technical illustrative step-by-step tutorials to help you get to the next level in this craft. Have a problem with gauges? I do. Learn about the Magic Triangle of Gauge – it’s all in the math. Ever make swatches to confirm your gauge or do you wing it and trust it will turn out, learn why this is important. I have issues with slip stitches and getting them in the right direction. I learned there is a universal rule of slipping and different variations. Do your buttonholes look monstrous? Learn how to make the best buttonholes ever! There is so much valuable information in this book that knitters will appreciate and get from good knitters to great ones.

Simple Knits Mittens & Gloves

For a crafter, knitting and crocheting is something we do year-round, not just during the cooler months. Granted there are some items that are more appropriate to make during winter, like afghans and sweaters. But smaller things like baby items, toques, headbands, potholders, mittens, etc, are easy and enjoyable to make when the mood strikes us. I find I’m making wearables for winter early in the year so we have them for the frigid temperatures. Mittens and gloves, including fingerless gloves, are staple winter accessories and I like to have several new pairs each year. This year, I got some inspiration from Simple Knits Mittens & Gloves.

Simple Knits Mittens & Gloves

The Simple Knits Mittens & Gloves offers eleven great knitting patterns to keep your hands warm. This includes mittens, gloves, fingerless gloves, two-way gloves, and children’s mittens.

The inside cover features the Abbreviations, US/UK terms, Skill Level – Beginner to Experience, and Yarn Weights. Most of the patterns are made from DK yarn, or some patterns call it light-worsted weight. Some of the patterns are also made from worsted weight and chunky weight yarn. Each pattern features one or more full-color images, along with what supplies you will need, skill level, and written instructions. Some patterns are plain with embellishments like buttons and embroidery, while others are made with cables or multi colors.

The children’s mittens are adorable. You have the option of making Tiger or Bear mittens. Kids will love them. But, if you are a newbie knitter, the Embellished Cuffs Fingerless Gloves would be a great beginner pattern to start with. If you are a more experienced knitter and looking for a unique challenge, the Magic Mittens might be a good fit. They are versatile two-in-one gloves that combine fingerless gloves and mittens in one pattern. So you can wear them in two different ways.

The back of the book features all the Knitting Techniques that will be used in the patterns. They are illustrative tutorials that can be helpful if you are not understanding a specific stitch. Simple Knits Mittens & Gloves is a nice resource and wonderful addition to my craft book collection.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary products to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.

36 Comments

  1. I have been knitting for a number of years and find it to be very relaxing. I would like to win this prize because I would like to get a more professional look to my knitted garments and this book seems to have all kinds of good hacks and tricks that would help me achieve that.

  2. I would love to win so that I can learn to knit with my daughters. Its been on my to do list for a long time.

  3. I never had a lot of time to learn more than a few basic stitches in knitting while working and raising my children. Now that things are a bit quieter and I am retired I would love to expand my skills and see if I could make other things like mittens. This prize pack would help me do that.

  4. I love to knit and there is always something new to learn with new ideas . This looks like a great book.

  5. I particularly like the Embellished Cuffs Fingerless Gloves pattern because it would be a great beginner pattern to start with one of my granddaughters.
    How handy to also have all the knitting techniques that will be used in the patterns on the back of the book.

  6. I knit sweaters but have not mastered mittens. The one pair I tried might have fit Sasquatch they were so big. I suspect I could learn a few tricks by using this book.

  7. Mittens! Simply can’t figure out how to knit this supposedly simple item. This book might be just the ticket and I’ll be able to knit a pair for everyone on my gift list.

  8. What a great idea! Supposedly simple project and directions on how to be successful. Even experts could learn a trick of two.

  9. I love knitted mittens I use to love to watch my Grandmother knit them for us every year and would like to make myself a pair.

  10. I’d love to win this. I’m always looking for patters and the instructions are always helpful I always find something I don’t know.

  11. I’d love to win this prize! I taught myself to crochet a couple of years ago but don’t know how to knit. I’d love to learn how.

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