Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, Hardback

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts Hardback

4 out of 5 (4 ratings)


A collection of thirty knitted patterns that can be completed in a minimum of time features instructions for creating such classic gifts as baby booties and bonnets, as well as newer ideas including a tea cozy, a felted yoga mat bag, and floor cushions. 15,000 first printing. Crafter's Choice Main.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 144 pages, 60 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Knitting & crochet
  • ISBN: 9781584793670



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This book has some great projects and beautiful photography.

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This books is exactly what it says on the tin, a book of knitted gifts, divided into chapters with approximate knitting times for each item this is a gem of a book and well worth adding to a knitting collection. With simple diagrams and well photographed objects along with line drawings of each item. There's also a fair variety of sizing with the garments.It loses a star for the inclusion of poppoms and tassels in the "pattern" section instead of the technique section

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This just goes to show that you can never be quite sure what I'll be reviewing here.I don't often review knitting books, but Open Road put this up on NetGalley and one should always try to review what one requests. A pretty little book, Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson delivers exactly what it promises -- a collection of patterns that take less time than you might otherwise think. The gifts that are truly short on time aren't necessarily something that serious knitters will be tempted by (and, let's face it, the "linen tassel" for a bookmark is a bit of a joke and doesn't quite belong here), but for those knitters who are just starting to stretch their legs, this might be a nice book to consult when you're looking to find something that knits up "quickly." Note that "quickly" is a somewhat relative term, as there are patterns for blankets and sweaters in here... they just happen to be somewhat simple ones. The book itself doesn't seem concerned that "last-minute" usually implies that most of these patterns should be for quickly knit items... not perhaps one-skein things, but at least things you could conceivably finish within a few days (where the entirety of that time isn't spent furiously knitting). Some of these are definitely "Oh dear, so-and-so's birthday is a month and a half away, what do I do?" kind of things, so take "last-minute" with a grain of salt. There are some particularly pleasing scarf patterns that provide some nice inspiration and there's a pretty set of hand/wrist warmers. I, for one, will be making ample use of the angora bootie pattern as I struggle to keep up with knitting some tiny-yet-heartfelt presents for pregnant co-workers.

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As a newbie knitter, I definitely appreciate patterns for things that are small and have estimated times attached. Unfortunately, the books are starting to all blur together since most contain variations on the same hats, socks, scarves, small bags, etc. The thing that makes this particular volume stand out is actually the photography and the careful use of colour (there's even a whole section about it!)