This book came out almost 20 years ago (in 2005).
As I flipped through it, I could remember so many of the designs. I can point to certain things and remember shopping for the yarn. And I even remember a KAL that was held for it.
Handknit Holidays By Melanie Falick
It’s listed as $27.50 on the cover, but (as of October 3, 2023) it’s only $20.80 an Amazon.
I had thought that I should wait until it was closer to the holidays to talk about this one. But then I remembered, I want to give you time to actually make things from it too.
So, here’s your early-October wake up call – the holidays are coming. And here are a few of my favorites.
This one started my obsession with Bearfoot. A sock yarn with mohair AND nylon? That was such an unusual combo back in the day.
I’m certain that this pic is responsible for my (even to this day) obsession with decorative heels.
And those little eyelets that dot the backs?
It’s made in an unusual yarn for the time – a combo of wool (65%) and linen (35%) made by Haneke Exotics.
Start of the Garter Stitch Blanket phase? And I think I see some subtle color variation there too. Can it be hand dyed?
I never gave this a second look at the time.
But now? I love it! It’s a great way to add a little handknitting to an outfit that doesn’t have it. Plus, it’s a great excuse to use lots of stitch patterns!
I think bags are similar to socks – you can use a yarn/colors/stitch patterns that you’d never use large-scale!
These pics just touch the surface. There’s got to be a good 30 different projects in here.
Give it a perusal! I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like too.
About the Reviewer: Jody Richards
Jody is the founder and lead editor of Knotions. She loves poring over stitch dictionaries and trying out new stitches.
She’s also on a mission to get everyone to embrace the blocking. And, to avoid using garter stitch edges in swatches.
And while she likes all things crafting (well ok, except that one thing), yarn crafts are her true love (and she has the stash to prove it).