Sunday, October 10, 2010

REVIEW: Vogue Knitting Mittens & Gloves

Vogue Knitting Mittens & Gloves
by Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books (October 5, 2010)

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Vogue Knitting Mittens & Gloves is a wonderful collection of designs that span more than 20 years of knitting history.  Whether you're looking for traditional, fingerless, fair isle, convertible, fancy or downright flashy, there's a pair here for you. 

Scarves are every new knitter's go-to project and hats make perfect last minute gifts, but mittens and gloves often get lost in the world of works-in-progress.  Why?  With the changing temperatures, fingerless gloves are the perfect fall weather accessory and when the snow starts to fall, you'll want something more substantial to keep those digits warm.  Mittens and gloves are a great way to add style to an outfit, and they're functional too.  They're also a great way to use up those luxurious single skeins we all have in our stash, or to try a new technique like fair isle.  So, come on knitters, let's get those DPNs clicking away on thumbs and fingers!

The editors dove into the archives of Vogue Knitting and Knit.1 magazines and came up with over 40 of their favorite patterns to present in Vogue Knitting Mittens & Gloves.  The patterns have been divided into 4 categories; Smitten with Mittens, Glove-ly & Amazing, Wristy Business and Fun & Funky.  Whether you're ready to cast on your first or fiftieth pair, there are patterns for all skill levels and interests. 

The photos throughout the book show off the mittens and gloves quite nicely and detailed close-ups shots are provided for the more complicated patterns.  Charts are large, clear and easy to read, as are the directions.  The original yarn used is given, as well as a substitue yarn for those where the original may no longer be available. 

My copy of Vogue Knitting Mittens & Gloves is already full of post-it flags, marking several pairs that I would like to knit for myself and for gifts.  Some of my favorites:
  • Alpine Mittens ~ jewel-toned yarns combine with a tree motif for a gorgeous pair of fair isle mitts
  • Fold-Over Mitten-Gloves ~ a combo of fingerless gloves and mittens come together in a happy marriage using sock yarn (which I've got plenty of in my stash!)
  • Rainy Day Fingerless Gloves ~ colorwork and duplicate stitching combine for a beautiful pair of fingerless gloves that you'll want to wear all fall long (I wish I had a pair now!)
  • Embroidered Gauntlets ~ from Nicky Epstein, these are truly showstoppers with the floral embroidery on a basic stockinette glove
If you love mittens and gloves, be sure to add Vogue Knitting Mittens & Gloves to your knitting bookshelf today!  If you get those needles clicking soon enough, you just might have several pairs complete in time for the holidays!

4 comments:

gypsyknits said...

Oh my gosh. Had no idea they were going to compile the patterns into one book. May have to put this one on my wish list :D

Grace said...

another great book for my list!!

WonderWhyGal said...

ooooh, I want! I want!

Channon said...

Neat! Not something(s) I knit much of, but maybe that should change?