I *just* returned this book to the library- but it had an adorable knitted kerchief/ bandanna that looked really easy. it has some nice patterns using pretty yarns.
Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson
The owner of Purl, Manhattan's hip knitting supply store, presents more than 30 fun, beautiful patterns for knitted gifts that can be made in less than ten hours. Includes instructions and easy tips on how to incorporate knitting and other yarn embellishments into the gift wrap. Full color.
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang,
Pub date: 2004.
Pages: 144 p. :
Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Hoverson, the owner of Purls, a yarn store in New York's Soho neighborhood, has collected more than 30 patterns suitable for hand-knitted gifts and has organized them by how long it takes to knit them, from fewer than two hours (e.g., felted potholders and Angora baby booties) to more than ten (e.g., a gem of a cabled bag with attached knitted lining). Readers will want to use the number of hours as rough guidelines and would be well advised, for example, not to start that beautiful superfine mohair lace scarf in the "two- to four-hours" section the night before Christmas and expect to have it done in four hours. Excellent closeup photography leaves no doubt as to how the finished piece will look, and the designs are classic enough that they will not appear dated before the items wear out. Recommended for large public libraries and knitting collections. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Appeared in: Reed Elsevier Inc. (c) Copyright 2006, Cahners Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Hoverson was skeptical when her editor asked her to come up with projects that could be knitted in 10 hours or less, but after some research, she was delighted to find numerous simple projects that were inspiring, challenging, and fun. Following introductory chapters that discuss color, fiber, tools, and patterns, the patterns themselves begin. Divided by the length of time it takes to complete each project (some less than 2 hours!), the book shows off a wide array of gifts. The quickest include angora baby booties, a kerchief scarf, and potholders. If the knitter is able to take a little longer, there's time to make leg warmers, hats, and scarves. Sweaters, knit toys, and a felted yoga bag take only 4 to 6 hours (provided, of course, that the knitter doesn't abandon the project for a year or so). Lush color photographs make every one of these items look like a winner, and the directions are clear and easy to follow. A list of books for further reading is a nice touch. IleneCooper. Appeared in: Syndetics Solutions, Inc. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
did I say one project at a time?