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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (March 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610189
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hannah Fettig knits, sews and designs knitwear. She works for Knitwit Yarn Shop in Portland, Maine where she holds open workshops for advanced knitters. Hannah also designs knitwear for The Fibre Company and one of her designs will be featured in an upcoming knitting book due this fall. Hannah enjoys working with interesting blends, and her knit pieces reflect a boutique sensibility. Before working at the yarn shop, Hannah owned and operated a photo studio for six years, where the bulk of her work was shooting weddings. Knitting gave her relief from the stress of weddings, and at the end of her 2005 season, she decided to "retire" from photography to focus on knitting.

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There are whimsical patterns like the Bird's Nest Pincusion and darling Heart Pin.
AudKnits
Knitting gift items is one of those rare handicrafts that is as enjoyable for the giver as it is for the receiver.
Midwest Book Review
Good patterns, lots of variety, and I think there are quite a few things I would knit in this book.
Sara M Nelson

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Maura on March 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am nothing short of blown away by this book! I had to go through it several times just to absorb it all and I had trouble putting it down. The designs are original and fantastic. I would be much more than pleased to receive any of them as a gift, esp. the Patchwork Blanket (for babies, I love the apple!!), or the child's Kangaroo Vest (can you tell I have two little boys?). I would die for a pair of the socks, esp. the Embroidered Flower Socks. The Pocket Tote and Cuddle Bear are two other things that jump right out at me. (You won't believe the cutness contained in the bear!) The Cabled Cardigan in the "Mothers" section is possibly the prettiest sweater I've ever set my eyes upon. The creativity and sheer beauty of the Bird's Nest Pincushion and Birdie Felted Patchwork Bath Mat are unparallel to anything I have ever seen. How can so much talent fit into one person??! I would have expected this book to have been put together by a think-tank instead of one young lady. I wish Amazon would have included better pages from the book to show in the pictures. You can see the Bird's Nest Pincushion, but unfortunately you will have to take my word for how gorgeous the other projects are that I mentioned. Lastly, I want to comment on the variety this book offers... things to wear, things to decorate with, functional items, even Juggling Balls!! Something for everyone in your life. (Feast your eyes upon the "Table of Contents" to see all that awaits you (click on the picture of the book)). Look no further and purchase this gem! It will keep you busy now and for years to come. But beware, once you give away one of the gifts and the word spreads that you were the giver, you will have people lined up at your door begging for the same gift for themselves!Read more ›
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joy L. Getha on March 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I buy a lot of knitting books, and I was disappointed in this one.

Laudable: there are ALL KINDS of different things to make in this book: an unusual, sculptural scarf; a bird's nest with eggs; a teddy bear; juggling blocks; pillows and blankets; the usual hats, vests, and socks; and even a picture frame.

Disappointing: Except for the Vintage Knee Socks and the Cashmere Ruffles Scarf, most of these patterns seemed extremely basic. Yawn. But then, I have been knitting for 40 years. So, for beginners, this is probably a wonderful resource. For more advanced knitters, I recommend The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 3, 2008
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Knitting gift items is one of those rare handicrafts that is as enjoyable for the giver as it is for the receiver. It is estimated at about one third of what needlecrafters knit they give away to someone else. That is the premise upon which expert needlecrafter Hannah Fettig has used in "Closely Knit: Handmade Gifts For The Ones You Love", a compendium of do-it-yourself projects that range from a men's sweater, to a women's scarf and hat, to a baby's patchwork blanket, to a pocket tote for a friend -- and so very much more!. Profusely illustrated with full color photography throughout, each individual project includes complete step-by-step instructions, along with all the needles, notions, and materials required. Enhanced with Knitting Resources, Quick Reference, Glossary, Resources, and an Index, "Closely Knit" is the ideal gift for any needlecraft enthusiast -- and a perfect guide for knitting that perfect gift for someone special! Also very highly recommended as additions to personal knitting reference collections from North Light Books are Stefanie Japel's "Fitted Knits" (978158180872); Narumi Ogawa's "Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful" (9781581809664); Heidi Boyd's "Soft + Simple Knits For Little Ones" (9781581809657)); and Lisa Shobhana Mason's "YarnPlay" (9781581808414).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diana J. Decker on June 28, 2008
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There's a little bit of everything in this book, a refreshing change! Items for decorative purposes, items to make that would sell well at church, library or other small fairs, a bit of fun, & even some items for MEN, which is something you don't see a whole lot of!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cate Crown on February 5, 2009
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I love this collection of projects. There is a little something for everyone (as Hannah has divided it by family members) and you can easily imagine giving the sweater for mom to mom, grandmom, and a favorite niece. The wedding wall hanging is perfect for any family member or friend, as are any of the pillows. I made the birds nest pincushion for my mom and three friends (and myself) for Christmas this year and the little tiny heart pin works up so quickly that before you know it, everyone you know is wearing one in red, burgandy, hot pink, or multihued shades of reds, pinks and purples left over from great sock yarn or some favorite Manos. The little duck sweater went to a friend's preemie and I really had to restrain myself from working up the little pants. It's not going to take too long before I've done every project in this book. Most of them are marked with a post-it with someone's name on it!
Thanks Hannah Fettig for a terrific collection---I'm looking forward to the next one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AudKnits on January 25, 2009
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There are so many patterns I want to make in this book! Hannah's designs are useful, like the handsome Rustic Sweater Vest that a man might really wear (as opposed to the way-out ones they usually don't like). There are whimsical patterns like the Bird's Nest Pincusion and darling Heart Pin. The patterns for toddlers are adorable, and the ones for women are lovely.

It's unusual for me to like just about all the patterns in any particular book. But Hannah's sense of style, her great choice of yarns and colors, and the sheer fun factor make this a book I will be using over and over.
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