The mitten handbook Knitting recipes to make your own

Mary Scott Huff

Book - 2017

For years, students have asked knitting instructor Mary Scott Huff for a book on their favorite topic--knitting mittens--but one that empowers them to create their own mittens their own way. This is that book. The Mitten Handbook is much more than an instruction book--it provides a list of mitten ingredients (thumbs, cuffs, tops, edgings, and different constructions), then outlines the best tools and techniques for readers to combine them to knit their own unique creations. The book is organized into three sections. The first presents mitten elements, with a menu of choices that makes get­ting custom results easy. The second section covers the key aspects of construction, including how to measure for the perfect fit, yarn and gauge conside...rations, and which direction to knit. And the final section provides 20 complete mitten patterns.

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New York : Abrams 2017.
Main Author
Mary Scott Huff (author)
Item Description
"With 20 inspiring projects"--Cover.
Physical Description
158 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Designing your own mittens. Anatomy of a mitten ; Design theory ; Design inspiration ; Mitten design ; Worksheet
  • Components. Edges ; Cuffs ; Thumbs ; Tops
  • Techniques. Measuring ; Standard size chart ; Wearing ease ; Gauge & swatches ; Choosing yarns ; Mitten architecture
  • Patterns
  • Special techniques
  • Abbreviations.
Review by Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Lots of oohs and aahs and trips to the yarn store will be by-products of Huff's latest (following The New Stranded Colorwork, 2009, and five other books). Huff shows there are no handmade items as cute, nor as creative, as mittens. Adding to the book's versatility, she shares both DIY and follow-a-pattern methods for mitten knitting. The DIY showcases different types of cuffs (corrugated rib, for instance); thumbs (circular, Western gusset); edges (Latvian braid); and tops (pointed, yarn over), which yield together hundreds of your-choice variations. On the other hand, those preferring the standard tubular hand covering will discover 20 patterns with top-notch instructions; color photographs; and, when necessary, charts and graphs. (Level of difficulty is not indicated, though a sharp-eyed knitter will be able to discern talent needed.) After reviewing the elements of design, components, and techniques, the exclamations begin. Who could resist goldfish look-alikes for baby fingers? A unisex fingerless version in sporty stripes? Even elegant, long opera gloves? It's never too early to start those holiday 2018 gifts. Appended are special techniques, abbreviations, and resources.--Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2017 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.