Book Review: Great Little Gifts to Knit by Jean Moss

Title:  Great Little Gifts to Knit:  30 Quick and Colorful Patterns
Author:  Jean Moss
Publication Date:  Sep 3, 2013

Price at time of review:
Kindle edition:  na
Paperback:  $16.57, list price $21.95
Book description from Amazon:  Today's knitters are avid—and busy. Although they love to knit for friends and family, and enjoy trying out new patterns and stitch techniques, they're constantly faced with the challenge of finding enough time to complete their projects. Great Little Gifts to Knit solves this problem. Jean Moss, author of Sweet Shawlettes, has designed 30 fun, fresh, beautiful patterns that incorporate traditional knitting techniques from all over the world: from Fair Isle and Aran knits to Peruvian intarsia patterns and Japanese shadow knitting techniques. Beautiful, clever, and, most of all, quick to knit, these projects offer knitters a chance to learn and experiment with new techniques—all in projects that can be made in less than a weekend.


My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Great Little Gifts to Knit provided exactly what the title implies:  30 relatively quick projects for gift giving.  While there may be nothing original about the concept, this book does a nice job presenting and organizing the projects.

The layout of the book is well thought out.  In the beginning of each chapter, Jean Moss lists the "showcased techniques" that will be used in the projects within that chapter.  She suggests that these projects can be used as mini workshops for learning new techniques which is a great idea for newer knitters.  Each project has a least one color photo (many have more than one photo), clear instructions, schematics, charts where appropriate, lists the skill level involved, and lists the approximate time needed to complete the project.  All very helpful. This book does not give basic knitting instructions, but in Appendix 1, it does describe and sometimes diagram some of the intermediate techniques and stitches used in the projects.

What I liked most about this book:  the projects are often shown with more than one color photo, and with different colors of yarn so you can really get a feel for the project.  I also loved the project index in the back of the book, with a picture of each project and page number.  I would recommend this book for beginners-intermediate knitters, although knitters of all levels will find some great gifts to knit!

*ARC courtesy of Random House, provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!*

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