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Warm Knits, Cool Gifts: Celebrate the Love of Knitting and Family with more than 35 Charming Designs [Paperback]

Sally Melville , Caddy Melville Ledbetter
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Book Description

October 5, 2010
Warm hearts this winter with handcrafted gifts designed by knitting’s favorite mother-daughter duo. 
 
With shawls to wrap up in, hats to pull over our ears, wool sweaters to keep us warm, and ornaments for the tree, autumn and winter lend themselves to knitting in a way like no other time of the year—and no one knows that better than knitting superstars Sally Melville and Caddy Melville Ledbetter. In Warm Knits, Cool Gifts, Sally and Caddy share 30 of their most inspired patterns for the seasons that are perfect for gifting. 
 
Filled with patterns from modern designs to heirloom pieces, Warm Knits, Cool Gifts offers gift inspiration for everyone on your list. The luminous photography and clear and thorough instructions make each project an irresistible must-knit, and the options for adding personal touches are endless. As you read delightful stories from Sally and Caddy’s own knitting experience and their expert gifting advice, you’ll feel as if they are knitting right beside you. Plus their signature Fit & Flatter tips and special Techniques callouts break down instructions step-by-step, making you a more informed, thoughtful, and intuitive knitter year-round.

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About the Author

SALLY MELVILLE is a widely published and highly sought after knitwear designer who teaches a dozen different workshops at over 20 venues across North America every year. Her work has appeared in magazines from Vogue Knitting to Interweave Knits, and she is the author of several books, including the best-selling Knitting Experience series. Visit Sally online at www.sallymelvilleknits.com
 
CADDY MELVILLE LEDBETTER is Sally Melville's only daughter. She currently designs knitwear and teaches knitting classes.
 
Both women reside in Ottawa, Canada.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; Original edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307408736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307408730
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Sally Melville is a wonderful designer and she does not disappoint with this book. Written in collaboration with her daughter, this book is filled with wonderful potential gifts to knit for those you love. Many of them can even be finished in time for the holiday season if you start soon.

The book is divided into the following sections: For the Wee Ones; For Family and Friends; Keeping Warm; Feeling Festive. There is also an appendix that includes a glossary, yarn weights, and a list of resources.

When I first opened the book, I fell in love with the Malabrigo Lace yarn baby blanket. It's pieced together with nine squares of luscious pastel colors. The Heirloom Jumper for the littlest of ones, is just that - something you'll want to keep in your family for generations. It is THAT adorable. In the Family and Friends section their is a neat Glasses Case that can also be used to carry change or make-up. it has a Kaffe Fassett flair to it. As an avid reader, i fell in love with the Lace Bookmarks. Anyone who knit me one of these would win my heart. Knit with linen thread, they are really fine, knit with 000 needles. I wonder if my eyes would ever be able to focus again if I knit one for myself. There are several lovely sweaters for men and women included, one nicer than the other. In the Keeping Warm section, the Add-On Afghan caught my eye. As the author describes it, she "wanted an afghan that could be started now, used in progress, and finished whenever". It has a somewhat random stripe pattern and is knit with Galway Highland Heather in beautiful hues of blue, green, yellow and wine. The Skating Coat is lusciously retro and contemporary at the same time. It is knit with Cascade Eco and has the most beautiful sleeves.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! October 11, 2010
By Tina
Format:Paperback
Sally Melville has a wonderfully creative mind and I am jealous. I am always so amazed by people who can create patterns from nothing - designing them to make beautiful items.

Warm Knits, Cool Gifts offers up 35 great knitting patters for just about anyone in the family and if you are interesting in making more personalized, homemade gifts for Christmas or birthdays, this is the book for you.

What first hit me is the high quality of the book. Loaded with beautiful color pictures that are easy to see - accompanied by knitting patterns that are clearly detailed - for everyone from the beginner to the more experienced knitter and everyone in between.

There is also a very nice selection of patterns for babies to adults and I loved the wide selection of gifts that are easily knitted up. In short, there is absolutely nothing to hate about this collection of knitting patterns.

I also liked the fact that the book is NOT hardcover, but rather a good quality softcover - making it way easier to tote around -

Love this collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great dissapointment September 11, 2012
By PJToday
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I have a large library of books related to knitting. Most of which always provide something new that will be an enjoyable project. THIS BOOK IS FILLED WITH PROBLEMS. After reknitting the pattern stitches 6 times, I wrote to the author, called her in Canada and her response , by phone, was THE EDITORS WERE INCORRECT WITH INSERTING THE DIRECTIONS. Well now I continue to knit the dress as it is an easy pattern and I have high hope for a dress that will be very nice to wear as a casual outfit. Now I must realign the decrease stitches, measure every row and seek the best professional help I can locate. Other patterns in the book have a problem in every pattern. Can the editors ignore the author prior to printing. Yes I might return the book however I am determined to use the patterns as a tool to learn more about individual design. Good luck if you believe the dress will be as the directions indicate. The decrease chapter is so wrong. Just count the stitches and be careful. It is nice to know that this is the first book , of many I have purchased from Amazon, that has presented this problem. P.J. Today
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful designs for the whole family June 19, 2011
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Unlike their first book (the wonderful, but badly-titled Mother-Daughter Knits) this book provides patterns for the whole family, starting with the wee ones. (Babies in overalls? Too cute.) There are sweaters for men, women, and children. I adore the red skating coat, and I loved the "Cardigan that Caddy Really Wanted." It's named from a cute anecdote of younger-Caddy asking for a simple, ribbed sweater and getting the "Sweater That Sally Made Instead." (Yes, those are two of the patterns, and I am charmed by the fact that those are the actual names.)

There are patterns for the usual accessories--scarves, hats, wrist-warmers-as well as an eyeglass case, some lace bookmarks, and a couple afghans. There are some home-for-the-holiday patterns, like a gorgeous log-cabin themed tree skirt, stockings, and ornaments for a Christmas tree. In this day and age it's almost unusual that this section actually focuses on Christmas rather than a more generic "winter holiday" theme, though the little 3D evergreen trees obviously would work for any holiday. I don't know if that affects your book-buying decisions, but I wouldn't let that keep me away from this book, even if it wasn't a holiday I celebrate.

Sally Melville in particular is known for thinking her way through a pattern, and that care shows here, even in the patterns that I'm not likely to knit myself any time soon. The book itself is a large-sized paperback, with good production values. The paper feels good. The Table of Contents and Index are well-stocked with detail. The photos are attractive and generally clear in detail.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 2 months ago by Patsy Ernst
1.0 out of 5 stars Okay Book of Knitted Patterns
I'm disappointed, I thought Sally Melville would have had more interesting patterns. There were few things that I saw I wanted to knit.
Pretty boring all in all.
Published 4 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
Sally Melville and Caddy Melville Ledbetter have 35 charming designs in this book and celebrate the love of knitting with shawls to wrap up in, hats to pull over our ears, wool... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Artisticpens
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Sallys designs
I love the book. I am looking forward to making several things.
Her instructions are so easy to follow, and the designs are
what I like.
Published 13 months ago by Judy Bader
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
The designs in this book are nice, but honestly, not many that I was interested in actually making. I'd say 10-20% of the patterns I was interested in, and when I buy a book, I'd... Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I love the way Sally Melville writes her knitting books. You can understand what she is saying and her instructions are great. Definitely recommend this one.
Published 23 months ago by Bobbie French
2.0 out of 5 stars warm knits, cool gifts
I was so excited about getting another Melville book. Have loved the other 3, this one is just one big disappointment.
Published on January 22, 2013 by ticonderoga, ny
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful design
Design and layout makes the book easy to use wonderful!
Have given to many friends!
Great gift idea for the Holidays!
Published on December 7, 2012 by Rita A. Sowins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selections
This resource has many appealing projects. I loved the baby's hat, architectural shawl, and arm warmers so much some ended up as Christmas gifts. Read more
Published on March 19, 2012 by Artistic soul
4.0 out of 5 stars Knitting Pleasure Again
Once again a great book by Sally Melville. The patterns are easy but special. I would definitely recommend this book to knitters looking for gifts for family
Published on January 11, 2011 by Reetz
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Sally Melville teaches knitting and is the author of Sally Melville Styles: A Unique and Elegant Approach to Your Yarn Collection and The Knitting Experience: Book 1: The Knit Stitch. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

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