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Knitting New Mittens and Gloves: Warm and Adorn Your Hands in 28 Innovative Ways Paperback – February 1, 2008
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The kindle version isn't my favorite,but that doesn't reflect badly on the book itself. I just wanted a digital copy to take to knitting group etc with my iPad instead of carrying books with me. Most PDF patterns for Ravelry I can download to my iPad through KnitCompanion app via the Apple App Store. But this book is only offered in print or kindle,not through Ravelry as a PDF ebook. I'm not sorry I bought the kindle version. I knit patterns from this book a lot for mittens and gloves and I really like being able to just grab my iPad and throw it into my bag. So, print book 5 stars. Kindle version 4 stars. It's still easy enough to use and much more convenient when carrying multiple projects.
I am certainly not a beginner at knitting. I've been at it for many years, have followed instructions easily in the past, and made all sorts of things from hats and scarves to long-sleeved sweaters. I've followed charts, made cables, and done a variety of stitches, but for this book I don't feel well-prepared at all. There are a great many abbreviations that are uncommon, such as Wrp-t, wyib, wyif, M1R and M1L. If you are familiar with these, then you would probably do fine with this book. I tried to follow the simplest pattern in the book, and the abbreviations were still quite daunting. I think if I actually do make anything from it, I will write out the directions without the abbreviations (using the key that is provided at the end of the book) in order to manage more easily.
But on the good side: the variety of gloves, mittens, and fingerless gloves is superb. There are designs here that I have never seen before, and they're very cute and warm too. They would make great gifts, and many have directions for children's sizes as well as several different adult sizes (including for men). I love the idea of layering the fingerless gloves over regular ones.
I have earmarked a bunch of projects and have already made a couple. Instructions are clear and easy to follow, and I like that she has a list of the yarns used in the projects at the back of the books where they are sorted by weight - why don't more knitting books do this? There are tons of helpful hints, and copious illustrations. Gorgeous. There are a variety of fingerless gloves, gloves with short fingers, gloves, mittens, gauntlets... there's lacework, intarsia, beadwork, cabling, motifs - very original and very tempting. I am even tempted to try some of the full fingered gloves even though I know they will be fiddly....