When the weather turns cold, many knitters think about casting on a scarf or making a hat, but fewer probably consider knitting up some kind of warm covering for the hands. That's a shame, because there are a lot of great options for knitting for the arms and hands, including gloves, mittens, and fingerless gloves.
Vogue Knitting's editors aim to fix that oversight with Vogue Knitting Mittens & Gloves, a collection of nearly 40 patterns for all kinds of knit hand coverings from the pages of Vogue Knitting and Knit.1 magazines.
Projects in Vogue Knitting Mittens & Gloves run the gamut from bulky patterns to keep out any chill to more ethereal projects meant for show rather than keeping yourself warm.
All have been previously published in Vogue Knitting or Knit.1, meaning some of them will look familiar to devotees of those publications. Patterns made with yarns that have been discontinued have been updated with suggestions for substitutes, which should help ensure success.
Big photos make it easy to see the details, and there are a lot of details in these projects, including lots of cables, colorwork, lace and more.
Those details mean that a lot of the projects are geared toward knitters with more experience. There are just two projects rated for beginning knitters -- a Seed Stitch wrist warmer and scarf combo by Debbie Bliss and sleeves knit in ribbon yarn with buttons to attach to a T-shirt -- while 9 are rated easy, 12 for intermediate knitters and 15 for more advanced stitchers.
All of the projects primarily use knitting except for one, a crocheted muff with a knit hat that includes crocheted ear flaps.
Some of my favorite patterns in the book include the Trellis Mittens, pictured on the front cover, which feature a lovely lattice cable accented with bobbles; the intricate Multipattern Tweed Mittens, decorated with cables, bobbles and chevron stitch cuffs; the beautiful basic over-the-elbow Ribbed Opera Gloves, which almost make that style accessible for everyday; the whimsical Rainy Day fingerless Gloves, featuring a landscape of trees, flowers and sky worked in stranded knitting and duplicate stitch; and the Sporty Chevron Arm Warmers, covered in bright, fun chevrons, just the thing to brighten any cold day.
Vogue Knitting Mittens & Gloves is a great book for fans of finger coverings, which can be great accessories for yourself or gifts for others. While the best patterns here require a lot of skill, newer knitters will find a few gems and plenty to aspire to, while those with the skills will be happy to find a book with a good number of challenging projects for them.
Publication date: October 2010