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Last-Minute Knitted Gifts [Kindle Edition]

Joelle Hoverson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Today's knitters are chic, smart-and busy. Although they love to knit and enjoy making gifts for family and friends, they're constantly faced with the challenge of finding enough time to actually finish what they've started. Last-Minute Knitted Gifts solves this problem. Joelle Hoverson, owner of Purl, the hip knitting supply store in downtown Manhattan, has designed more than 30 fun, fresh, beautiful patterns, most of which can be made in less than ten hours—some in as little as two!

Known for her keen sense of color, Hoverson includes instructions for classic gifts like baby booties and bonnets, sweaters, and scarves, plus imaginative options like a cashmere tea cozy, a felted yoga mat bag, floor cushions, and a poncho—surely something for everyone on the gift list. And to make each present extra-special, Hoverson offers easy tips on how to incorporate knitting and other yarn embellishments into the gift wrap.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Hoverson was skeptical when her editor asked her to come up with projects that could be knitted in 10 hours or less, but after some research, she was delighted to find numerous simple projects that were "inspiring, challenging, and fun." Following introductory chapters that discuss color, fiber, tools, and patterns, the patterns themselves begin. Divided by the length of time it takes to complete each project (some less than 2 hours!), the book shows off a wide array of gifts. The quickest include angora baby booties, a kerchief scarf, and potholders. If the knitter is able to take a little longer, there's time to make leg warmers, hats, and scarves. Sweaters, knit toys, and a felted yoga bag take only 4 to 6 hours (provided, of course, that the knitter doesn't abandon the project for a year or so). Lush color photographs make every one of these items look like a winner, and the directions are clear and easy to follow. A list of books for further reading is a nice touch. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

About the Author

Knitwear designer Joelle Hoverson is the owner of Purl, an upscale knitting supply store in New York City's trendy SoHo neighborhood. Since opening in 2002, Purl has been featured in Oprah Winfrey's O magazine, Lucky, and Time Out, as well as on Martha Stewart's syndicated television show. From 1996 to 2000, Hoverson worked as a senior style editor for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She holds a master of fine arts degree from Yale University.

Anna Williams is a freelance photographer based in New York City. Her work appears frequently in Martha Stewart Living, Oprah Winfrey's O magazine, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Real Simple, In Style, Elle Decor, and other national publications.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4168 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HY8NOY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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157 of 163 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Gift Book November 13, 2004
This is a beautifully presented book, it was a real treat to open it up with it's eau-de-nil facing pages and quality paper. It would be a beautiful gift itself!

The book opens with the assumption that the reader already knows something about knitting but does cover such basic ground as gauge, equipment, and yarn types. It does this is in a concise but complete enough way. Then there is an extensive section on colour that manages to cover the basics in a non- condescending way and add some useful takeouts such as suggesting that we twine yarns together to see how they look rather than just hold the skeins adjacent.

...and colour really is Hoverson's thing - you can tell this even without being aware of her background as a fine arts student and stylist. The colours and photographs are stunning. Probably my favourite is some fluorescent, fuzzy, red bootees on a citrussy background - stunning combo.

The patterns are grouped into sections based on how many hours to complete the item - maximum of 10. They range from basic to interesting, nothing super challenging - it is after all, about instant gratification. There are items for the home, for children, men and women. You can sense the guiding hand of Melanie Falick in the editorial - there are echoes of Weekend Knitting throughout. Despite this, the two books complement rather than compete with each other. Hoverson has a younger, edgier aesthetic.

For my money the book is more about inspiration than a desire to get stuck in to any of the patterns. Having said this, there are a number of really useful stash busters such as fingerless gloves, some neat new takes on scarves and throws, and some cute bags - including a felted yoga mat bag.

Overall, I'm thrilled with this book, it's one I know I'll return to often for inspiration and renewal. Joelle Hoverson makes only passing references to her shop Purl, but it's enough to make me yearn for a trip to New York!
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book, beautiful results, but... January 12, 2005
I should start by saying I adore this book. The patterns are universally tasteful, unique, and gorgeous. Your friends and family would be thrilled if you made any item from this book. Another reviewer said color is Joelle's thing, and that is true. As far as color and design go, the book is truly inspiring.

That said, I can see two areas for improvement that prevented me from giving a 5-star rating: First, the photography, while beautiful, is sometimes less than helpful for the knitter. Sometimes items are shot in such isolation that it's difficult to envision them on someone, sometimes there are no shots of the whole garment laid out so that you can see the final shape. Sometimes shots are not of the whole item at all, even if they are modeled.

Second, there are quite a few mistakes in the patterns. Joelle has posted all the pattern corrections on the Purl website, though, so as long as you're aware of them it's no problem. You can find the corrections here:


All in all, a tremendous first effort by a talented designer. Highly recommended.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but flawed... December 20, 2005
Like some other readers, I found this book visually enticing--but when I went to use it, the flaws became more apparent.

There do seem to be some problems with the pattern directions--I am an intermediate knitter, and so I could catch some of them, but other patterns just left me flummoxed. I'm also not a super-fast knitter, so most of the time estimates were way too low for me--a three-hour project might take me six, for instance.

Another problem for people at all levels is that most of the patterns use luxury yarns, and some are used in quantities that are far too expensive for the sort of quick pick-up gifts this book purports to offer. Substitutions aren't always easy to make unless you are sufficiently experienced to figure out gauges and yardage--or have access to a yarn store with helpful personnel willing to figure it out for you.

That said, there are some gems in this collection: the pashmina cowl (which I made with a less expensive but still very soft alpaca/silk blend), the hats, and the handwarmers do make nice gifts. I also appreciated the streamlined, classic styling--no kitschy reindeer intarsia or riot grrl bikinis here, making this a welcome contrast to many other knitting books out there now.

In short, I recommend this book to more experienced knitters who want to make elegant gifts and don't mind splurging on some lovely high-end yarns. The rest of us might want to reconsider.
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102 of 108 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what a beautiful, enticing book! October 1, 2004
By Regina
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Joelle Hoverson is the owner of Purl, a lovely yarn shop located in downtown NYC. In addition to being beautifully photographed, this book is really well organized (by the length of time each project is estimated to take) and well written. I buy lots of knitting books and while they often contain a lot of valuable techinical and instructional info, many of them tend to be disappointing when it comes to their patterns. However, that isn't the case here: most of these patterns are things I would LOVE to make.

A lovely, unique book!
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware November 9, 2005
Knitters should beware that the first edition of this book contains many errors in many patterns. The corrections are on the Purl Soho website and I believe they are on the 4th edition of this book to correct the many, many errors. Also beware that the 2nd and 3rd editions, although they have some corrections do not contain all of them.

Although many of the patterns are beautiful, they should have been tested/edited more closely. I spent a lot of money on this book and expect the patterns to correct. It's not unusual to have 1 or 2 errors in a book of this size but this one seems to contain an inordinate amount.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
This is an awesome book with wonderful, useful and cute little patterns that knit up fairly fast and most with scrap yarn!!
Published 28 days ago by Fiber Mage
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I first knit the little gift bag shown.......very good directions, simple to follow.
Nice variety of items to make and share.
Published 1 month ago by catnana
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
Well, I think this particular book is one that everyone needs in their library of knitting books. You can make gloves with no fingers, small bags for everything, dancer leg wraps. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sita Milchev
5.0 out of 5 stars Last-Minute Knitted Gifts
Love this book and the projects it features. I am only a beginner, so the time guidelines do not reflect the time it takes me to knit, but they give you a relative idea of time... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Traut
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitted gifts
There are a lot of variety in the gifts to knit. Some require more than 'last minute' time frames, but like the variety.
Published 4 months ago by rusmilen
5.0 out of 5 stars great knit patterns
This is a great book with a variety of patterns. Lots of good choices for gifts to make and enjoy.
Published 7 months ago by Heidi and John Drum
5.0 out of 5 stars Last minute knitted gifts
Lots of varieties of lovely gifts to knit. Great pictures. Easy and fast gifts to knit . A must have!
Published 8 months ago by Virginia Junck
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
I pull this book out before I start any new knitting project. I have made the hats, the felted pot holders and scarves over and over. Read more
Published 9 months ago by louise edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book
Lovely gift items made with lovely yarns. What surprised me most was the beauty of the book itself -- it looks like a coffee table book!
Published 12 months ago by Hope H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for knitters!
What a great way to use up those left over skeins of yarn! This book is filled with thoughtful, delightful gifts that can be knitted in a few hours.
Published 14 months ago by M. Chamblee
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