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"If you're a fan of gift knitting (and crochet, sewing and cooking) that's not too difficult or time-consuming but also doesn't look like it was just thrown together at the last second (though some of these projects certainly could be), Gifted is the book for you." - About.com Knitting

"...it is the ultimate reference guide for individuals hoping to add a special something to their Christmas gifts this year." - Craft Business (UK)

"Overall, this is a beautiful and creative book..." - About.com Crochet

"If you love to knit, and enjoy giving your hand-knit items as gifts, you'll adore this book...the majority of the patterns are very usable and/or wearable." - Craft Critique

"This book is the perfect companion for the Fall season, with its beautiful patterns and treats, to help you with all of your holiday crafting." - Petite Purls

"Not often do you find a book in which you want to knit everything...I encourage you to add Gifted to your collection; it's great to have on your bedside table for that burst of inspiration." - Knit Circus

"Gifted is a book full of the charming, inviting accessory patterns that Mags Kandis is known for... None of the patterns are complicated or take much time, but the combination of stitch, yarn and color choices make them remarkable." - Knitty.com

"This beautifully done book might inspire you to knit up everything in it and keep knitted gifts on hand all the time." - Planet Purl

"This is an inspiring book by an experienced knitwear designer who really encourages crafters to develop her designs for themselves rather than replicate them exactly...This would make a lovely surprise gift." - Education Otherwise (UK)

"You'll find lots to like in Gifted...The only problem is that you might end up wanting to keep them all for yourself! And most of the projects are small - a boon when you're crafting in hot weather!" - Canadian Living

"Will inspire you to invest a little time and love creating something special for someone--even if that someone special is you!" - Knitting Machine Monthly

"...mingles quick little projects to knit or crochet with fabulously useful gifts that will not only be appreciated, but treasured by the recipient...And Kandis makes it easy to personalize each project by offering suggestions but not limiting the crafter to specific embellishment patterns." - KnitPurlGurl

"This book is perfect for any knitter's library that is filled with a unique combination of wearable handknits and knits for the home." - PeacefullyKnitting.com

"Gifted is a great book filled with lots of projects you can quickly make and give them to your friends and family as gifts. (Hence the title!) I love that there is such a great variety of projects in fantastic designs. From pretty earmuffs to a darling tea cozy, there's something you can make for everyone on your list!" - CraftZine

"Unlike most gift collections, Kandis includes different construction details and finishing techniques that urge knitters and crocheters to expand their horizons while creating items people will actually enjoy receiving." - Monsters and Critics

"...the patterns in this book are charming and straightforward...People who are fans of the 'One Skein Wonders' series will really enjoy this book" - MyCentralJersey.com

"Mags Kandis's playful approach shines through in her imaginative and thoughtful gifts." - The Knitter(UK)

"Gifted is a book full of the charming, inviting accessory patterns that Mags Kandis is known for. None of the patterns are complicated or take much time, but the combination of stitch, yarn and color choices make them remarkable." - Knitty.com August 2010

"It's full of sweet and small projects to knit for others (or for yourself!)...all thoughtful and sweet." - The Yarn Lounge August 2010

About the Author

Mags Kandis has spent the last 18 years perfecting her distinct style, both as creative director of Mission Falls and for ready-to-wear manufacturers. Her designs appear in publications including Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knitter's, and the Interweave Style book series, including as the editor of Folk Style. Mags lives in the heart of Quinte, Ontario.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596681780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596681781
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patricia R. Andersen VINE VOICE on July 24, 2010
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As always, keep in mind that "knit" comes before "crochet" in the title. And similar to frozen dinners promising "gravy and roast beef", there are more knit patterns than there are crochet patterns. How many more? There are a total of 20 more knit patterns that crochet patterns for a total amount of 34 patterns - 7 crochet, 27 knit. This is of interest to the crocheter because you have to figure out whether the 7 crochet patterns are worth buying.
The patterns for crochet are as follows: Granny Bag, Crochet Flower Brooch, Cheerful Earmuffs, Gilded Mesh Scarf, Colorful Crochet Flowers, Felted Yule Bling and Felted Trivet and Coasters. The Granny Bag is as you would expect it to be if you are a crocheter, the twist being it is felted and lined. The Cheerful Earmuffs are very cute if you're an earmuff wearer. The Gilded Mesh scarf is great looking. The crochet flowers were all right, but honestly, the Felted Yule Bling and the Felted Trivet and Coasters just left me cold. The most intriguing pattern, the one of the little felted hearts on the cover, is knitted.
Is it worth it for a crocheter to buy this book? Well, if you want to make really cool looking earmuffs, I'd say, yes, you should definitely buy this book. The mesh scarf is great and the fringe is a wonderful twist that I would never have considered. The crochet patterns are well written. But I have to admit I was really disappointed that the heart pattern was only in knit.
The knit patterns look great. The Weekend Socks look terrific, the arm cozies are lovely. Not Being a knitter, I can't say how well they are written, but I'd would presume they would be well written because of the crochet patterns.
What's the verdict? If you're a crocheter, you may want to check this book out in person to see how many patterns you would be likely to use. It does have some great ideas.The knit projects look fantastic and since there are 24 knit patterns, the knitters get more bang for their buck.
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Ok, who will like this book and who will NOT?

1. Knitters who like to felt. There are small projects like little hearts to use as pincushions, egg cozies, and other doo-dads. Also felt medallions to embroider and ornament baby wear.

2. Felters who want to do little projects. I mean, little.

3. Anyone with kids who want to try small felting projects

4. People who like fiber-related Christmas or holiday fiddle-faddle

Who will not like it? Anyone who wants bigger stuff or thinks they could figure all this out on their own and not buy a book.

I liked the pincushion idea (the hearts are cute, they could be addictive.) The baby sweater is different and quite modern-retro. The egg cozies are nice--we eat boiled eggs and the little warmers are very pretty and stylish. Other than that however...well, not my kind of thing.
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I am sure that a lot of effort went into designing the projects that went into this book. Personally I was looking for a book that offered more options for things to knit and crochet that were a bit more practical. For instance: Egg covers - for covering an egg that is served in a little wooden holder? . . . Seriously? I don't have time to knit 'stuff' like that! Would have loved to see ideas that were FUNCTIONAL as well as attractive. I realize that this is personal preferences, but this is one book that I wish I had checked out at the library before I jumped in and bought it! I just don't see myself reaching for this knitting book the next time I want to make a gift for someone! If you are looking for a pattern for gift and want to make a hat, scarf or mittens check out: 60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats*20 Scarves*20 Mittens in Cascade 220. Now that is a great knitting book!
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I was all excited to learn to make the bangles, so I ordered the book. If I had not done more research on felting, I would not have had much success doing the project. She should have dealt with shaping the bracelets (I used spray cans). It would have been helpful to have better direction about washing the bangles. I experimented using large safety pins in the center of the bangle after placing it in a mesh lingerie bag. It seemed to crunch up less. I also found that a 12" strip worked better for size.
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Love this book! So much more than just another knitting/crocheting pattern book! I even found that it has little sewed gifts that you can make with easy to read instructions. If you don't alawys have the time to work on long craft projects, this is a great book to have!
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Not many suggestions you can't find online for free. Too many things call for felting. Not as I expected, based on description. I recommend potential buyers actually inspect a copy before ordering online.
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful - book is as lovely as I hope it would be and now the challenge will be to dare to attempt to duplicate any of the gifts included in it. I may just keep looking at it - the pictures are so crisp and clear, the colors so vibrant and you can almost feel the textures. I have had the book for three days and have yet to read a word of the directions - the eye candy is so distracting.
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I borrowed this from the library before purchasing, just to be sure it contained plenty of patterns that I would be using.

This is a very nice book with some sweet, easy-to-make items of a wide variety. I think you'd be hard-pressed not to find something in here when the time comes when you need to make a nice gift for someone, with the exception of men - there is really nothing in here for a man except maybe the felted potholders/trivets/coasters for the male bachelor. (Every girl knows it's bad luck to knit sweaters for your boyfriends anyways ;), so no great loss here.) Most items lean towards females, both in accessories and household items, and there are 3 baby patterns: booties, sweater, and hat.

I was going to list the items here but you can see from Amazon's preview the Contents page of this book. There are many more knitted patterns than crocheted patterns. There are some nice felting projects as well. The designs are tasteful, not hokey or cheesy.

A nice touch included are the recipes ideas of special homemade food items that you can create easily to give along with the knitted/crocheted gift.

It's a sweet book which I know plan to purchase.
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