Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Book Week Day 2: Knitted Gifts by Ann Budd

Book Title: Knitted Gifts by Ann Budd
Publisher: Interweave Press
Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59668-091-3
Craft: Knitting
Approx. Price: $21.95
Length: 143 Pages
Number of Patterns: 30
Pattern Presentation: Written and Charts
Difficulty of Patterns: Beginner - Intermediate Knitter

Knitted Gifts is a collection of patterns of smaller projects perfect for knitting as gifts. These patterns are perfect for the woman, man, child, or baby in everyone's lives. In this collborative work, editor Ann Budd brings together designers and patterns that are classic, varied, and for every skill level. Budd herself even contributes some of the patterns.

Some of the things I enjoyed most about this book:
  • There is nearly a pattern to match virtually every gift giving opporuntity
  • There are quick knits as well as more detailed knits to fit any time frame
  • The patterns are all well-written and easy to follow
  • A variety of fibers is used - not a central focus on one yarn
  • I found patterns ranging from traditional to comtemporary and everything in between - making it easy to match a pattern with my gift recipient
  • There are patterns in this book which my son can knit. I love that Budd mixes beginner patterns with intermediate patterns in this book. - Thus leaving the opportunity for everyone to knit a gift to give
I actually gushed over this book. As with most knitters, I LOVE to knit items as gifts. And with my Christmas knitting in full swing, this book came at the right time. The pattens are well thought out and gorgeous. These are not the ugly knitted scarf or chunky sweater I remember getting as gifts as a child. And honestly, I just may knit some of these patterns for myself. This book will be my go-to book for gifts. The gifts are functional and beautiful - not just items to knit. I really enjoyed reviewing this book.

My Favorite Patterns From This Book: Knitter's Duo by Mags Kandis, Texter Gloves by Kim Hamlin, and Ballet Flats by Marta McCall



  1. Thanks for the review of this book! I'm going to look for it probably toniht while I'm at the spinners gathering in a yarn shop. I've been knitting Christmas gifts all year. I'm a slow knitter.

  2. I just ordered this book from KnitPicks, it was on sale and brought me up to the $50 for free shipping, after reading your review I'm psyched to get it!


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