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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680913
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thirty-seven patterns. That's huge! And--I can't remember the last time I said this--there's not a loser in the bunch. It's the outside-the-box touches like these that make me appreciate these designs." - KnittingScholar.com

"It's the first knitted gift book to catch my eye in a long time. These projects are classy...they may be whimsical when appropriate, but they're often also subdued and elegant, practical and pretty. They'll stand up tall against any store-bought gift, fitting examples of the full potential of knitted gifts. And best of all, the projects are as knittable as they are attractive. The patterns are well-edited and easy to follow, the photography shows you quite clearly what you're doing, the layout is inviting, and the overall execution is clean and flawless." - Knitter's Review

"Irresistible...There's something here for just about every recipient, knitters of every skill level and projects that need to be completed in every time frame." - About.com Guide to Knitting

"The expected array of outerwear, socks and home decor is all here, but it's the unexpected touches that stand out." - Yarn Market News

"I actually gushed over this book. These patterns are perfect for the woman, man, child, or baby in everyone's lives... A pattern to match virtually every gift-giving opportunity." - KnitPurlGurl.com

"Budd has taken the lesson 'It is better to give than to receive' and done something about it. She has compiled a book of knitting patterns that are irresistible to make and give." - Bangor Daily News

"Quick gratification with stylish, unique projects that run the gamut from simple (scarves) to more advanced (rugs)." - American-Statesman

"5 out of 5 stars. Unusual and inspired knitted gifts for all occasions. I think it should be very popular." - Knitting News

About the Author

Ann Budd is the best-selling author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. She is also the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style, and coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.


More About the Author

Ann Budd is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She is the author of Best of Interweave Knits, Getting Started Knitting Socks, The Knitter's Handy Book series, Simple Style, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and a coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style, all published by Interweave Press. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado. Visit her website and blog at www.annbuddknits.com.

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Great photograhy and easy to understand instructions.
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It's the cutest thing and a great alternative to a baby blanket.
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This is a great book with LOTS of great projects to work on.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

85 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2009
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This is a book of little gifts, only a few I'd really want to knit as a gift myself. There are thin scarves, felted pot holders, hats, mittens and even a hobby horse. There is a cute baby bunting but it has a zipper on the bottom. I don't like adding zippers to my finished projects. There are some lovely sock patterns and a nice pattern for a folded tweed bag.

Some of the gifts are just plain silly such as the 'wool lint juggling balls' , the 'texter gloves' (for people who IM a lot) and the 'felted mohair scarves' (which look like moths have eaten them). The other patterns, or very similar ones, can be found in my other knitting books. Besides, and this is a pet peeve, this book uses charts and I am not a fan of charts.

I ask myself the same three questions that I do every time I buy a knitting book:

Will I knit any of the patterns? The answer is 'maybe'.
Are the patterns easy to follow. The answer is 'no'.
Will I use this book as a resource. The answer is 'no'.

This is the kind of book for someone who does not have many knitting books in their library and needs to come up with an idea for a knitted gift. Except for the scarf and felted pot holders, most of the gifts take a long time to make. I'm not saying that the gifts are not nice; it's just that, except for the hobby horse, none of them are really unique enough for me to want to invest in this book. I am usually a fan of books put out by Interweave Press but this is not one that is special.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Iris on July 23, 2009
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This is a delightful book, filled with 37 different projects -- something here for pretty much everyone on a gift list. Some items make excellent house gifts (such as the coffee clutch, napkin rings, bottle sleeve, felted hot pads, coasters, oven mitts, candle cozy, pillow covers). Others are for women, including scarves and a lacy vest(lace is my major interest now), a felted bag, a catnip mouse for that much-beloved pet, several baby items -- blankets, sweaters, bunting, that above-mentioned hobby horse, and a set of alphabet blocks. I can hardly wait to make the ballet slippers with their beautiful floral toes for myself plus a pair of fresco patterned leg warmers, and I also look forward to making socks, scarves, and mittens for several good friends. Fortunately there's plenty of time to begin these projects for the most special people on my holiday gift list.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandra H. Elston on September 20, 2009
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This book delivered just what it promised.Fun to knit and to give gifts. I Knitted "Herringbone Scarf" using a very soft Merino wool and have two neighbors who want one also (even same color). I used a beautiful fuschia RY Cashsoft DK yarn. Was extremely easy. Completed it in one sitting. I just found the perfect yarn (in my stash) for the "cable and twist" pillow. All of the projects are beautiful and directions are very precise. What a perfect way to finally make a dent in my "stash". This book is truly A KEEPER..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Auban on January 25, 2010
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As a knitting teacher, I've really liked being able to say about Interweave that they are consistently well-edited and well-thought out patterns. This, unfortunately, is not the case in this book. One of my students bought the book and has worked on several patterns, all of which had errors. In one lace pattern, with only 2 pattern rows, BOTH rows had errors. I find it really disappointing.

The patterns are interesting and if you are a skilled-enough knitter to understand what the pattern SHOULD be saying, you'll be fine, but I wouldn't recommend it for the beginning knitter. There are errata on Interweave's site ([...]), but you should check back.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stacey M Smith VINE VOICE on October 19, 2009
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I was attracted to the cover immediately. The patterns embrace beauty and simplicity, while there are a few more complicated patterns for fun. There are over 30 patterns that are nice, but not revolutionary. In fact, some look very similar to free patterns found easily on-line. And other patterns are similar to so many already out there, but with a slight twist (texting mittens). Mittens, leg warmers, childrens blocks, sweaters, scarves, a few houseware ideas, etc. fill the pages. NOTE: The hobby horse was worth the price of the book. And I also thought the texting mittens were very cool.

There are many books on the market geared towards gift-giving, meaning the projects are easy enough to complete quickly, but maintain the quality that you want in a hand made gift. And this is a great example of gift-giving oriented patterns. Unless you don't already have a gift giving oriented book in your knitting library, I would suggest browsing this book to see if you really have a niche that this fits.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Faulks on September 27, 2009
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The title had me going - and the fact it was an Ann Budd book, but to be honest some stuff is a waste of paper. If that sounds a bit harsh it is because I was so annoyed to see felted coasters and a bunch of other things which I doubt any of my friends would appreciate! I will make the Shaadi mitts and probably the curry and spice scarf and beret. Maybe I will do the gentleman's scarf and maybe a sock pattern.....but I was hoping for a bit more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bug on December 12, 2009
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I started the His and Her Socks and when I got to the foot and followed the instructions given, it didn't come out at all like the socks in the photos. The designer Ann Budd says to work the foot section in the same pattern as the leg, but in the photos there is an accent pattern along each edge of the instep and what looks like a rib or something in the center of the instep. This element is the main appeal of the socks and the instructions for how to do it don't appear! This goes for BOTH patterns for the socks. Very frustrating after buying the yarn and working through more than half the sock. I looked on the publisher's website and there is no errata listed for this book.

I am hesitant to try any more patterns in the book because of errors. I'll probably return this book
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