Review: Handknit holidays

Apparently I am in the mood to look at knitting books….

Handknit holidays: knitting year-round for Christmas, Hanukkah and winter solstice 9781584794547 by Melanie Falick is a pretty nice book. As the subtitle indicates, a variety of holidays are included. And as the subtitle implies, the book is not full of last minutes gifts. Some of the items could be made on a deadline, but others are quite complex. The book is collection of about 50 patterns from 30 designers, including Veronik Avery, Nicky Epstein, Norah Gaughan, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Annie Modesitt and Jolene Treace. Some of the patterns are fairly standard fare, some are not at all to my liking, but there are some that have some nice elements. The Stained glass scarf looks like an easy introduction to double knitting and is probably the item I am most likely to make from the book. I may also make the snowy triangle and hat — I have been contemplating making a scarf like that and it is nice to have a hat pattern to go with the modular triangles. I enjoyed reading the short blurbs before each pattern and looking at the book, but now it can go back to the library.

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