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?

Whoopla

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.

Flavor_placemat_napkin_ring

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'!

xo

m

New Pattern: Hudson Cowl

Hudsoncowl5

I'm happy to release my latest pattern the Hudson Cowl! I don't know about you but I am pretty much done with winter! I cannot wait to see grass again and flowers and sunshine.

Hudsoncowl2

Hudson Cowl

Finished Measurements: Cowl comes in two sizes – 25"/16"length circumference for a close fitting cowl or a 52"/9.5" long cowl that can be wrapped around the next twice.
Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK (100% merino wool, 225yrds), 2 skeins needed for both sizes
Needles: US 8 (5mm) 16" or 40" circular needle

I find that the textured stitching reminds me of the 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf but is a little more challenging in that both rounds require you to either increase or decrease sts. It's a perfect cowl for an advanced beginner and even seasoned pro's as it will keep your attention throughout!

Hudsoncowl3

Get yourself a nice pop of color and cast on today!

Hudsoncowl4

New Design: Sky Blanket

Hexblanket1

My second knit for Baby H is this hexagon crib blanket which I call the Sky Blanket. When I was contemplating making him a blanket I knew I wanted it to be a bit out of the ordinary. After searching a few patterns on Ravelry and seeing some inspiring pins on Pinterest I fell in love with a hexagon style blanket.

Hexblanket3
I decided to chose one color palate and have the colors "blend" from dark to light. After the initial sketch and finished blanket I really do love how it came out!

I even like the "wrong side".

Hexblanket2

I am so happy to share the blanket love with you all

Sky Blanket

Details:

Yarn: Plymouth Encore, 4 balls (one of each color) – I used Natural, Light Grey Blue, Nautical Blue and Navy.
Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
Notions: Tapestry Needle
Notes: Each hexagon is knitted seperately and then seamed together. The edges are left "raw".

The pattern is sized for a crib blanket but once you get the hang of making the hexagons the size is up to you!  

Queue it up! or

 

Related articles

A cardigan for Baby H
New Pattern: Charlie Pullover

New Design: The Gate Sweater

 

Gate-Pullover

Photos by Nathan Rega, Harper Point Photography

 My newest design in the Winter issue of Knitscene – the Gate Sweater.

Sweater Details:
Sizes 30 (35, 40, 45, 50)" bust circumference; shown in size 35"
Yarn Valley Yarns Northfield (70% merino, 20% baby alpaca, 10% silk; 124 yd [113 m]/50 g):
• camel, 7 (7, 8, 8, 9) skeins
Gauge 20 sts and 32 rows = 4" in St st
Tools
• Size 6 (4 mm): 32" circular (cir) needle
• Size G (4 mm) crochet hook
• Markers (m)
• Stitch holders
• Yarn needle 

Knitscene-07-12-Winter-0163

Photos by Nathan Rega, Harper Point Photography

I was inspired to design this piece from an episode of Downton Abby! I remember during one of the many hours of watching that fabulous show I was taken in by something Lavinia was wearing. It was a blouse that had a lace motif that crawled across the shoulder. I loved how it looked and then began thinking of how that would translate to a knitted piece.

The answer for this piece was by knitting the sweater sideways. Being that the rest of the sweater is in stockinette it turns out to a pretty simple piece.

Knitscene-07-12-Winter-0129

Photos by Nathan Rega, Harper Point Photography

I finished off the bottom with a little seed stitch border to keep it from rolling. I hope you all enjoy knitting up one this fall! It would go perfect with a dark pair of jeans and boots!

Get your copy of Knitscene today either at your LYS or online!

WIP: Rocky “East” Coast

Rockycoast

Several months ago my friend Jess emailed me with an idea. Seeing that at the time we were both on our seperate coasts how fun would it be to do a knit along with the Rocky Coast cardigan. Our own coast to coast knit along!

Of course I loved it but soon thereafter we found out we were moving back east and the whole KAL got put on hold. But west coast/east coast – the KAL would go on! 

We all chose our favorite colors of Fibre Company Organik and got started. I ended up getting gauge on 11s, while my other KALers got gauge with US10.5s. Let that be a lesson in gauge! No matter what kind of knitter you are there may always be a project you're in need of a different needle.

Jess and Michelle, the other blogless KALers, have already finished their sweaters which means I need to step it up!  One more sleeve and the collar to knit and then we can rock our Coasts!

Hello there!

Oh hi. Miss me?

I miss you guys too! As a way to maybe make you all stick around, I give you a shot of this pie I made today.

Pecanpie

Yea, I can't wait to eat that with a gallon of ice cream, too.

Behind the blog there has been a TON of knitting going on. While mostly for other fabulous designers I do have a few projects for moi that I am looking forward to sharing. Just thought I'd crack that blog ice! 

Hope all is well where you are!

Happy Knitting!

The journey begins.

primo

Mr. H and I have begun our cross country drive to our new home state, Massachusetts. While I am so happy to be headed east it was extremely difficult to say goodbye to San Francisco. I have made so many great friendships in the short time I've lived there that it made saying "see you later" rough! Thank god for the internet or I don't know what I would do.

We saw our last sunset from the Pacific Coast highway earlier today. There is nothing like a sunset on the Pacific. What a magical sight. 

We decided to head a bit south before going west so that we could take this view in one last time. I also had this penchant to go to LA for some weird reason… cough**nonnahs**cough. Right after that we're headed to of my favorites (Hello, Vegas) and a few other cities that are brand new to me. Aside from the city stays we are camping at Grand Canyon, Zion National, and Arches National park. Nature! I am certain my voice is going to be hoarse from singing America the Beautiful everywhere we go.

And of COURSE I brought my knitting!  Would you believe my husband was concerned that I wouldn't have enough things to work on? But I brought an unfinished sweater, a pair of socks and a few other fun projects. I also made sure I brought along my trusty click set should I get some inspiration on the road. You never know what yarn shops could be a gps search away. 😉  

Glad to be back on the blog sharing and not stuck behind boxes! Thanks for your patience. 🙂

Wagons East!
m

WIP Wednesday: Knitting A Cloud

Designing

I'm working on a few new projects including this new design – an airy top-down pullover. The yarn is Giselle by Classic Elite, a wool/nylon/mohair blend. I hadn't worked with mohair in a long time and almost forgot about it's sticky nature.

It brought me back to memories of knitting Birch and having to cast something like 299 sts. Ripping Cutting twice before I finally got it right.

Despite mohair's nature, I am loving how this is coming out and knitting it with my pointy Addi lace needles is helping with the stickage. Hooray.

Stitches West is this weekend. I am going and making a full weekend of it. Knitting, drinking and hanging with good friends. I CANNOT wait! If you'll be there please say hello! I'll be the one drooling at all the fabulous yarn.

Garter Stitch

Source: no6store.com via Margaux on Pinterest

 

When I see something like this on Pinterest I think to myself – this is SO easy and yet so stylish.

(not to mention it's grey!)

Garter Stitch

So of course I feel the need to knit one of my own. A simple garter triangle shawl – yarn is Kogarashi from Noro. A fabulous blend of wool, alpaca and silk. One of the more softer Noro yarns around.

It has already become one of my go to knit night projects as well as the only thing I could work on during the Superbowl. (YAY Giants!) 

Gotta love garter.