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One Ball Knits Gifts: 20 Stylish Designs Made with a Single Ball, Skein, Hank, or Spool Paperback – April 20, 2010

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Fatema, Khadija, and Hajera Habibur-Rahman are accomplished knitwear designers whose work has appeared in many knitting publications. They live in Ohio.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1 edition (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823033244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823033249
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N.Sum on January 15, 2011
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I was disappointed in this offering. Of the twenty projects presented there are only a few items we would knit from this book.

Knitted baby blocks? I had four babies, and they don't play with that sort of thing, it's just decoration. Knitted coffee coasters? Hmmm. A boring-done-before 'interlocking square' pillow. ho hum. A spiral vine vase cover... a vase cover? Come on!

However there were some clever and creative projects: A cabled hot water bottle cover - we would use this. A nice looking pair of knee socks - okay not original. An attractive baby hoody, the bomber hat is clever and would probably get worn (matching personality to project of course, my adult son would think it was weird). The small pot tea cozy is a possibility (if only for it's size) and the 'Toasty toes slippers' look good, if you wear scuffs.

I need to insert that there is an how-to section at the front which includes not just knitting how-to but basic sewing and construction instructions. The patterns refer to the page number for the required instruction(s).

Something to note is that several of these projects take other sorts of materials, such as felt, leather pieces and foam for the slippers or a lined basket for one project, fur, leather, felt or lining material for others.
Note also that several projects take quite a bit of construction outside the actual knitting for the piece. The needle case requires felting the knitted fabric, ribbon and lining fabric, embroidery and quite a lot of assembly for the needle 'pockets'. It's a nice little roll up needle case, but it is quite a lot of work for your 'one skein'. Most of these are not quick projects.

I cannot tell you how well the instructions were written because I haven't made anything up yet.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Belle on May 27, 2010
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What really attracted me to this book is the cover. I thought perhaps the best project would be the slippers, but boy was I wrong. Every project in this book can be knitted for just about anyone in my family. Then the fact that each project uses only one ball was wonderful! I like that some of the projects are accented with embroidery thread and lining and others with felt. The gift projects for babies were the best!!!! Each project is accompanied with step-by-step instructions which I find were helpful and were easy to follow. The illustrated knitting techniques is a plus, since I can just flip towards the beginning of the book, instead of grabbing another book for reference. Overall, I can satisfactorily say this is a 5+ book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CandiJ on September 4, 2010
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I was impressed with the wide range of gifts I can make through this book. This book has about 20 design, all very innovative and clearly impressive. There are project I simply love that I can make for about any occasion, such as the baby sweater and blocks that I can make for a baby shower, the tea pot cover for Mother's Day and slippers for my Grandfather (or course I will have to change the lining). There are detailed and specific instructions all done step by step. Cute book with cute projects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Boyken on June 19, 2011
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Like their One Ball Knits book for Purses, this book is filled with an assortment of quick, easy patterns you can make with one ball of yarn-this time, though, the theme is gifts.

As they say in the introduction, "Our family believes that a handmade gift, because of the time and effort spent to create it, is more precious than a purchased one and that such a gift provides a lasting impression of love and friendship. Whatever the occasion, a handmade gift can bring forth a smile, a tear of gratitude, or a warm embrace from the recipient."

What kind of gifts? Here's the list: Coasters, table runner, hot-water bottle cozy, lace bowl, backpack, pillow, knitting basket, bomber hat, tea cozy, slippers, needle case, placemat/napkin ring, scarf, vase cover, driving gloves, baby hoodie, blocks and ball, afghan, knee-high socks, laptop case.

Yes, it IS a nice variety of patterns, isn't it? They're nicely thought out, too. Each one may only use one skein of yarn, but there are extra details that add a nice touch. A fabric lining to the slippers. Embroidery on the tea cozy. Foam lining for the laptop case. Appliqued letters on the baby blocks. Little details that show they were paying attention, and not just throwing together a bunch of patterns and hoping they would work. The collection is nicely varied because there really is something in here for almost everyone on your gift list.
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Not a lot of projects I want to knit. I am sure someone else would want to knit everything, but for me, this one will just sit on the shelf collecting dust.
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