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Gifts for Me: Books

At this time of year (i.e., gift giving holidays) you generally see suggestions of projects you can knit or crochet to give as gifts to the people on your list.

Hats and cowls that will work up quickly because they are knit or crocheted using chunky yarn, and other projects along those line.

But surely people are asking for suggestions of what to get you? If your loved ones are anything like mine, they are hesitant to buy you knitting and crocheting related gifts because “they don’t know enough.”

Well, this post will help you guide them in the right direction. And forget about “dropping hints.” I say go bold! Share this to their Facebook wall or print it and stick it on the TV or refrigerator where they are sure to see it. Do what you need to in order to get your wish list seen!

Your holiday wish-list is a great place for the hardcover books you’ve been coveting, but haven’t bought because you spent the money on yarn instead.

New Books

Creative Cables“Debbie Bliss Yarn Collection Creative Cables” features 25 projects by a variety of designers all using Rialto Yarns. You can read my review in this blog post. With a suggested retail price of $24.95, that’s less than $1 a pattern!

Preview all the patterns from “Creative Cables”.

Knits for home“Knit for You and Your Home” by Debbie Bliss is packed with 30 wonderful projects ranging from garments to home accessories. Once again, making just four of these projects would pay for the book compared to buying the patterns individually.

149832The bath bag (above) is really popular and the hanging pockets (below) is one of my favorites.


Preview all the patterns in “Knits for You and Your Home”.

English rose coverLouisa Harding’s “Knits from an English Rose” is another new hardcover book that is not to be missed.

With a focus on accessories, the 25 projects in this volume range from quick to complex, but they’ll all be satisfying.

The designs use several yarns, including Grace Silk & Wool, Amitola, and Luzia.

Mabel MittensThe faux fur trimmed Mabel mitts (above) are elegant combination of Grace Harmonies and Luzia, while the Winnie Hat (below, knit using Akiko yarn) can be put to use as soon as you’ve cast off.

Winnie HatPreview the projects in “Knits from an English Rose“.

Classic Books

While those books have been released in the last few months, there are some older books that shouldn’t be overlooked if you don’t already own them.

Knitting DetailsSticking with Louisa Harding for the moment, “Knitting In the Details” is an inspirational collection of garments and accessories.

The 24 patterns are classic Louisa Harding, but the real inspiration comes from the embellishment techniques highlighted throughout the book. The illustrated instructions will enable you to take what you’ve learned and apply it to other projects.

Knit Noro AccessoriesKnit Noro Accessories” is a perennial favorite. With 30 projects from which to select, you’ll find yourself returning to this book on a regular basis. The copies my friends have are well worn from use!

Preview Knit Noro Accessories.

Crochet NoroIf you are a crocheter who loves Noro yarns you probably already have the “Crochet Noro” book. If not, get it on your list already!

The 30 projects featured include garments and accessories, with a few home decor items for good measure.

Preview Crochet Noro.

Remind your loved ones that knitting and crocheting pattern books are great gifts because you can continue to use them for a long time to come!

And if they are lucky, you might even make one of the patterns for them.

Do you like receiving pattern books as gifts? Which one would you want to receive?

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