The first issue of Make & Craft magazine will be available on the 12th of October and in celebration of its launch they are giving away lots of lovely craft books as part of their blog tour. It looks set to be a great magazine, which aims to cultivate an online community through craft swaps, a book club and a forum with loads of different active topics.
This is the thirteenth stop on the blog tour and my book to give away is Little Christmas Decorations to Knit & Crochet. I was really pleased to get this book for two reasons. Firstly, I rarely knit because I am always knee deep in fabric, so when I can find the time its a real treat! Secondly, I am working on a festive idea at the moment, so this has continued the Christmassy feel in my house.
The first thing that I like about this book is that it is packed with projects. There are 20 knitted designs and 20 crocheted designs, all of which are clearly indexed in the back for quick reference. I also really like the mix of traditional and quirky decorations, these range from a snowflake to a penguin! Its great as well that each and every design has been made up and photographed in two different colourways – one more traditional and one with a modern twist. This means that you can visualise how each decoration will look in your personal style. I decided to knit the sweetie cone – my tree is always laden with chocolate!
The pattern was very easy to follow and uses stocking stitch throughout, with some rows requiring you to make stitches and finishing using a picot cast off. I’ve never tried a picot edging before and I was surprised how easy and effective it was. The pattern specified 4 ply but I had some lovely flecked double knitting that I wanted to use so I just used bigger needles.
To enter this giveaway all you have to do is register on the Make & Craft website, then pop a comment at the bottom of this post and tell me what homemade presents you are planning to make for Christmas this year. I will pick a winner at random on the 18th of October…good luck!
Little Christmas Decorations to Knit & Crochet by Sue Stratford and Val Pierce is published by Search Press. If you would like to treat yourself to a copy you can call 01892 510850 (quoting Make & Craft Blog tour) to get free P&P.
The blog tour heads onto the very lovely claireabellemakes tomorrow, so be sure to head over for a read.