Book Review & Giveaway: Great Little Gifts to Knit

One of the greatest pleasures of being a knitter is the ability to create gifts for the ones we love. Whether it's a hat or a shawl or even a small bootie, using our hands to create things always adds that extra special touch.

Jean Moss of Sweet Shawlettes does it again with her newest pattern book, Great Little Gifts to Knit. She has designed 30 wonderful patterns that are sure to please everyone on your gift list.

As we get into October I am reminded that there are only 85 days left to knit Christmas gifts and even less for those Hanukkah gifts! It's the perfect time to whip a book like this out and cast on.

The book is split into 4 sections: Baby, Hers, His and Home. OF course with a little guy now in my life I was really interested in the Baby section. My favorite of the patterns is the Whoopla bean bags! James loves to play with all things soft and what's better than these?


It's the perfect project for trying out intarsia for the first time as the small squares are truly forgiving!

In the Hers section, you know I love me some leg warmers! And with two balls of Rowan Big Wool these are your Dec. 24th, 11:30pm, almost forgot to make my sis something (or sis in law for me) kind of project!

Jive Legwarmers
In the His section I was all about the gutiar strap! I love that it doubles as a belt just incase you want to switch it up. It's a great piece for your favorite rocker. Which reminds me, I told my husband that we SO have to get James some guitar lessons once his fingers are up for it. Seven months, too soon? 

Hendrix_guitar_strap (1)
Lastly, in the Home section I was all about the placemats! I often think about how nice it would be to have some knitted placemats and how truly easy they are to make! I'm glad she included them here. It really is the perfect thing for stash busting and everyone could use them.


All the patterns are clearly written and easy to follow and with an appendix handy for those 'what does that SSK' mean again moments.

I am so happy to have been the final stop on the EPIC Jean Moss Great Gifts to Knit blog tour! I hope you all enjoyed visiting each blog and if you haven't here they are:

Mon 2  Sep      Wendy Knits  Wendy Johnson
Wed 4 Sep       WEBS  Kathy Elkins
Fri 6 Sep          Getting Stitched on the Farm Kristin Nicholas
Mon 9 Sep       Stolen Stitches Carol Feller
Tues 10 Sep     Knittedbliss  Julie crawford
Wed 11 Sep     Black Bunny Fibers  Carol Sulcoski
Thur 12 sep      Rhythm of the Needles  Joanne Conklin
Frid 13 Sep      Tiny Owls Knits  Stephanie Dosen
Mon 16 Sep     Just Call me Ruby  Susan Crawford
Tues 17 Sep     Zeneedle Margene Smith
Wed 18 Sep      Redshirt Knitting Erika Barcott
Thur 19 Sep     A Friend to Knit With Leslie Friend
Fri 20 Sep        Craft Sanity Jennifer Ackerman Haywood
Mon 23 Sep      Connieleneknits  Connie Lene
Tues 24 Sep     Knitsofacto  Annie Cholewa
Wed 25 Sep      Ulla Bella  Anita Tormoen
Thur 26 Sep     A Really Good Yarn  Julie Schilthuis
Fri 27 Sep        Urban Yarns  Alexa Ludeman
Sat 28 Sep        Linda Marveng  Linda Marveng
Mon 30 Sep     Yarnings  Jen
Tues 1 Oct       Tentenknits  Margaux Hufnagel (WOOT! haha)

And of course what's a Grand Finale without a giveaway! Leave me a comment about what you're looking forward to knitting as a gift this holiday season and I'll pick a winner on Thursday Oct. 3rd!

Remember you can grab a copy of Great Little Gifts to Knit for you or your favorite knitter on Amazon!

Get crakin'!



34 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Great Little Gifts to Knit

  1. Eve says:

    I’m looking forward to knitting some socks for my dad. He loves the ones I made him last year and has requested another pair.


  2. Jess in JP says:

    Holy cow, I am so behind the 8 ball on this! Luckily, we do both holidays ’round here, so maybe I can push the Chanukah gifts into December… With the time crunch, I think little kid gifties that don’t require sizing (like the beanbags you mentioned here) would be a perfect option for me – I have both my son and a wee nephew to knit for, and sweaters are just not happening this year.


  3. Stephanie says:

    I also have a little boy (11mo) so I haven’t had much time to knit this year…so for me it’s all about knitting something quick and easy… like a coffee sleeve! Perfect when paired with a Starbucks giftcard!


  4. Leslie J says:

    I love knitting hats for other people and myself. Last year I made my bandmates hats, and I always make some for my family. Thanks for the giveaway!


  5. Tracy says:

    My gift thought for this year’s holiday season is a stack of hand-knit washcloths/dishcloths with some nice soap. Hopefully my family appreciates them!


  6. Karey says:

    Crazy that the holidays are so soon. I am looking forward to knitting my nephew a Christmas stocking. I am using a pattern that my Grandmother knitted all her grandkids a stocking. Thanks for the giveaway!


  7. ann says:

    Finishing up little man vest (navy blue cotton) for my nephew Declan.
    Next project: Stocking stuffers for my 11 year old daughter and her soccer team mates: small all-cotton wash cloth squares for their seriously sweaty faces during their games. Dunk in ice cold water and cool off!


  8. Barbara T. says:

    I am thinking of knitting fingerless gloves and hats for my grandchildren. Plus a baby sweater for the newest granddaughter.
    This book looks to have some great patterns. Thanks for the
    chance to win.


  9. Suzanne Shattuck says:

    The project that I absolutely HAVE to finish is a cashmere scarf for my daughter-in-law. I was supposed to have it done last xmas. We have had alot of health and financial problems this year so I have hardly knit at all. I miss it.


  10. Cynthia says:

    I have planned so far, two giraffes for my great niece and youngest granddaughter. Also hope to make two Topsy turvey dolls for my other two granddaughters and then from there, I will see! St.Anthony’s- San Francisco also gives out scarves and hats each holiday season to those who come in for a warm meal, so I have a commitment to knit some scarves too for them. I count those as need to knit Christmas presents too!
    and it is October 1st! YIKES!!!!!!


  11. KimW says:

    Knitted napkin rings — why didn’t I think of that?! A few sets of those would be great to have around for last-minute gifts or something to go with another gift.


  12. Tricia says:

    I’ve planned socks and mittens considering there are so many fibers to work with, not to mention they both can knit up fairly quickly when I put my mind to it. I love the Wensleydale tea cozy in Jean’s book too.


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