Northern Star, Chipman's Block, Shepherd's Plaid, Labrador Diamonds, Fleur-de-Lis, Flying Geese - evocative names for the strikingly beautiful mitten designs craftswoman Robin Hansen has gathered from New England and Atlantic Canada for this new book. Several of the nineteen traditional knitting patterns came from collaborator Janetta Dexter, who has rescued many nearly forgotten Canadian designs over the years. These heirloom handwarmers are special not just because they're attractive but because they're warm. Most are double-knit, with the two colors of yarn making an extra-thick fabric. Double-rolled Mittens are insulated with a strand of wool fleece worked into the stitches, while Shagged Logger's Mittens boast an amazingly dense and windproof pile looped onto the basic mitten. One very unusual design is not knitted at all, but "hooked" - crocheted on a specially shaped tool to give a uniquely smooth, firm texture.