Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway - Knit Mitts by Kate Atherley

** We have a winner - It's Anne Westbrook, quotku on Ravelry. Congrats, Anne! **

Today I’m reviewing  Knit Mitts: Your Handy Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves by Kate Atherley. (Read on to see how you can win your own copy!)
It goes way beyond just patterns (for both mitts and gloves), it gives you a complete guide to everything you need to know to make mittens and gloves that fit perfectly and keep you warm.

From reading her other book, Custom Socks  I know that Kate’s style is meticulous and conscientious, with great attention to detail. This book is no different.

She discusses fit in great detail, providing a survey of measurements that she has collected (for a range of children’s and adult sizes), and describing how to use and adapt them. She explains how a proper fit is important to making sure the mittens keep you warm.

Kate includes a discussion of working in the round. She talks about choosing yarns;  wool, mohair, possum, and cashmere, are all recommended. Acrylic yarn is not.
She suggests using a lining, both for extra warmth, and also to help those who might be allergic to wool. This is a brilliant idea!

Also  included are discussions of swatching, double stranded knitting, and  felted mittens. Kate is super thorough, and includes tips and information on gauge, needles (DPNs and circular needles), casting on, working in the round, blocking, and finishing. 
I got as far as page 20 before I just had to jump ahead to look at the patterns that are in the last section.
Many of the patterns are written for different gauges which is awesome. Therefore you can use any yarn that you want to.  Information on various customizations is there too.

The Hannett Mittens are my favorite - they have a gorgeous cable pattern that I am dying to cast on, in spite of the fact that I live in California!

Her other patterns, which include colorwork and other fun techniques, are all enticing and charming. I really am now dying to make a pair of mittens, seriously. 

I think you will enjoy this book as much as I did.

Thanks to Interweave Press, I'm able to offer a giveaway of a copy of this book to one lucky person who comments on the blog, naming a favorite pattern or a favorite aspect of the book.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from F+W Media.

Now for the giveaway information. If you post a comment on this blog entry stating which pattern is your favorite, and sign up (or be signed up already) for my newsletter, you will be entered into a giveaway to win your own copy of this book.

Be sure to give a Ravelry ID, or an email address -- or even your Instagram handle will do -- so that if you win I have a way to contact you! Don't forget

I will select a name in one week's time, on Nov 8, 2017. 

Talk to you soon.