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Handknit Holidays: Knitting Year-Round for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter Solstice [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Falick , Susan Pittard
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For many people, the best part of the winter holidays is the anticipation: planning the perfect gifts, decorating the house, looking forward to seeing family and friends. Holidays can be particularly special for knitters, whose preparations often start months in advance and involve their own creations. In Handknit Holidays best-selling knitting author Melanie Falick presents an eclectic collection of more than 50 original gifts, decorations, and clothing pieces for Christmas, Hanukkah, and the winter solstice, providing year-round inspiration for knitters of all levels.

Created by top knitwear designers, the projects include colorful ornaments; funky and classic Christmas stockings; a wire-and-bead menorah; sparkly ribbon scarves; a poncho and matching dog sweater; and a range of super-quick projects for that last-minute holiday rush, from a Santa hat, to elf caps, to flower pins. Rounding out the volume are a few grand projects—an Aran tree skirt, a patchwork afghan, a lace shawl—destined to become family heirlooms, plus features on such topics as the origin of the Christmas stocking, the meaning of the winter solstice, knitting for charities, strategies for finishing holiday knitting (on schedule!), and even a delicious recipe for festive crescent cookies.

Beautifully photographed by Susan Pittard, Handknit Holidays is a creative celebration of the holiday season and a treasure for all knitters who seek to bring more of their own handwork—and artistry—into their daily lives and their holiday festivities.


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About the Author

Melanie Falick, publishing director of STC Craft, is the author of Weekend Knitting, Knit: A Personal Handbook, and Knitting for Baby (with Kristin Nicholas) (all STC), plus Kids Knitting and Knitting in America—with more than 400,000 books in print. She lives in Dutchess County, NY.

Susan Pittard is a lifestyle and portrait photographer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Lucky and Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine.

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  • File Size: 13113 KB
  • Publisher: STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SYI0BU
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have September 18, 2005
Format:Hardcover
This book is definitely a winner. It is one of the few knitting books that I have looked at and said, "I want to knit everything in there!". There are Christmas ornaments, garlands and treeskirt and stocking sets. Also, several styles of table runners and a clever lace tablecloth by Annie Modesitt that uses panels of linen in between lovely lace strips. One item I think I'll be making this year is a delicate lace "frame" to use as a mat for a photograph (within a wooden frame). The garments are wonderful and most (except a little tank) are in a variety of sizes, from small to plus sized. ALL yarns in this book are of the best quality; no craft store yarns here :^) This means some of the projects can be very expensive, but I like to see projects knit with luxurious yarns because I know I can always substitute if I need to. I know shrugs have been done to death lately, but there is a new and interesting shrug idea in here from Norah Gaughn that is lovely. Highly recommended for all your gift knitting, and holiday decorating needs. The book is slanted more toward Christmas and Winter Solstice celebrations, with only one specific Chanukah project (a lovely cable pillow in which the cables form a mennorah). Many great designers, many fabulous yarns.
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be ready to trouble shoot November 11, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I am currently knitting the child's gansey pattern from this book. If I were not an advanced knitter, I would probably throw both my yarn and this book in the trash. There were MANY mistakes in the pattern, not the least of which was a basic math mistake in the number of stitches to cast on. Also, the pattern calls for circular needles, but gives instructions for a sweater knitted on straight needles. (For many new knitters, one would assume circular needles would call for a circular pattern.) All in all, this pattern could have been written in a much more straight forward way. I like the projects in the book very much, but I will hesitate to launch into another one without a lot of patience at hand.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful surprise September 27, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I really wasn't expecting a lot from this book. I thought it would be another Christmas-hype book. I couldn't be more wrong.

The projects are wonderful and the photography is great. The projects are varied and will suit many types of knitters. There are quick and easy projects like the knitted ornaments and garland, as well as more complex projects like a stranded tree skirt and a lace shawl.

There are a variety of lovely yarns used in here, and some in unexpected ways (e.g., a linen-blend yarn for above-the-knee stockings and mountain colors bearfoot for a stranded cape). The projects are inspiring and I've found myself thumbing through the book while sitting on my sofa for three nights in a row.

I'm so happy to add this to my knitting library.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
It's almost a shame this book was organized around the "holiday" knitting theme. I didn't even look at this book for months because I assumed it was limited to Christmas stockings and tree skirts. Of course, there ARE a couple of Christmas stockings and tree skirts, but there is so much more.

There are ambitious projects, such as a beautiful fair isle sweater, and quick projects, such as the thick cabled "Log Cabin Socks". There are great bags, like the lacy "Counterpane", along with sweaters, hats, mittens, and, oh, yeah, holiday decorations. I have knitted a couple of items from this book for gifts (the flip-top mittens are a great gift, for example), but of the 6 items I've finished so far, 4 were for me!

The over-the-knee stockings are next on my to-do list from this great book.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful, but not absolutely easy November 8, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I completely agree with all the glowing reviews. Handknit Holidays is gorgeous to look at, and, even more importantly, the patterns are charming and elegant. I want to make up all of them now!

That said, I have to warn my fellow beginning knitters that this is a fairly advanced book. In fact, although I just went to the bookstore to buy this book, I didn't end up bringing it home with me. It's just too hard for me right now.

But there's always next Christmas!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is there an errata sheet? January 10, 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am working Snegurochka's Party Hat on page 123. There seems to be an error in the chart. When I work (or count) row 31, I end up with 37 stitches in each of the three sections. But row 33 requires 36 stitches. Help! Has anyone else had this problem or am I losing it. I admit this is the first time I've knitted from a chart like this. In general, this is a lovely book to look at, but there are only a few designs I might try.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very pretty, but very terribly edited December 13, 2009
Format:Hardcover
The pictures in this book are all lovely, and every item is appropriate for my skill level, but the technical editor should be ashamed that this book went to press. I have now attempted 5 or 6 items, and all but one was horribly incorrect at some point. It is December 2009 as I write this, the book was originally published in 2005 (I received it as a gift in 2006), and there is STILL NO ERRATA PAGE for the patterns! You have to hunt around the internet to try and find corrections. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK unless you are extremely experienced and willing to rewrite and recalculate the patterns. I wish I could get my money back for this book. If I had known how awful it would be to work from I would have returned it to amazon immediately.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Hand knit Holidays
There is only one Hanukkah pattern included in the book. I would have liked to have seen how many were included before purchase.
Published 1 month ago by Lillie Ray Levy
5.0 out of 5 stars knitting at its best
Handknit Holidays Knitting Year-Round for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter Solstice by Melanie Falick
30 different artists have contributed to this book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jbarr5 (julie Barrett)
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Knits for the Holidays
First Impressions: This book is so pretty! I want to live in each of the pictures in this book. Seriously, everything is so shiny, romantic, and holiday-like. Read more
Published 11 months ago by FunIsReading
5.0 out of 5 stars Hand Knit Holidays
Another wonderful Melanie Falick book. Delivery time and price were fantastic and this used book was in great condition. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pamela Dickinson-Noris
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of inspiration, check on Ravelry
3.5 out of 5 stars

This book features projects by 30 different well-known designers, each bringing their unique style to the different holiday-themed projects (mostly... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
This book has some unique, lovely patterns. Published a few years ago, was new to me, so compelling I had to buy it.
Published 18 months ago by nwnoni
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun ideas for gift giving
I've used this for a couple of gift bags that were very well received. Good instructions and nice illustrations. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lilly Cove Lady
3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK
This book is just OK. Not too happy with it. The bag in it is cute and that's about it; but that is what I bought the book for.
Published on July 4, 2012 by SleeplessnScandia
4.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating Moments, but Worth It!
I checked this book out of the library a week ago, and since then I have finished 3 projects! I rarely buy books that are available for free in the library, but I definitely have... Read more
Published on May 31, 2008 by S. Lancaster
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
I got this book as a gift and I absolutely love it. It includes many inspiring projects through many knitting levels with beautiful photography. Read more
Published on January 7, 2008 by Knitted Things
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Melanie Falick is the publishing director of STC Craft / Melanie Falick Books, an imprint of Stewart, Tabori & Chang and Abrams Books.

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