The lovely people at NetGalley let me have a review copy of More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson, even though it was published back in 2011 and is now quite an old book.
The premise behind this book is a simple one – a range of simple projects that can be knitted quickly to provide small gifts for others. Accordingly, they’re arranged by time-to-knit rather than by project type.
There’s a good range of patterns for all the family and for the home. Everything from mug cosies, to simple scarves to knitted lavender sachets , a unisex ribbed beanie and a women’s cardigan. They are all clean and simple in style, and tend to use chunkier yarns (though there is a sweet scrap of a keyhole scarf in laceweight). The instructions and diagrams are clear, and the yarns used are commonly available (in the USA at least) or are at least easily substitutable.
There is a lovely section in the book on wrapping and presenting knitted gifts. There are ideas for using scraps of yarn as decoration and a cute but practical gift tag that spare yarn and buttons (for repairs) can be attached to.
I think that makes this a great book for a new or beginning knitter – there’s the prospect of instant gratification from completing smaller projects, and the opportunity to scale up to bigger and more complicated ones as skills grow. But while it’s a good collection of simple staples, there’s no single project with wow factor that would make me want to rush out and buy this book.
GoodReads rating – 3*