September 4th, 2013

On the bookshelf this week, Great Little Gifts to Knit

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In the coming months we’re going to share some new releases and some of our older, but favorite titles, to help get you inspired to try different techniques and discover new designers or just to motivate you to get some gift projects going.

Our first book just happens to be Great Little Gifts to Knit by Jean Moss, a wonderful collection of quick gift projects that are perfect for almost every occasion and every person in your life. We’re thrilled to be the second stop on the blog tour for this book.

The book is broken down into 4 chapters with projects for the home, baby, his and hers. We’re going to share two of our favorite projects with you.

The Hugs Socks, worked in Rowan Felted Tweed Aran, feature fun stripes on the toes and heels and a simple but graphic fair isle pattern on the leg, and since they’re worked in an aran weight yarn they will fly of your needles.

We also really like the Will-o’-the-Wisp Shawlette. You can customize this one by doing a bit of stash diving for contrasting fibers or colors, as Jean suggests in the book, or by adding a beaded accent.

Leave a comment below and tell us what little projects you’re excited to knit or crochet this year and you could win a copy of Jean’s book! All comments must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Please make sure to leave us a way to contact you if you win! The winner will be drawn randomly and announced on the blog later next week.

Edited, Wednesday September 11, 2013:

And our Winner is –  Ellen who said, “I am going to do socks, scarves and maybe gloves. (okay fingerless gloves.)”

Congratulations Ellen! Keep an eye on your mailbox, your copy of Great Little Gifts to Knit will be arriving soon.

It’s never too early to get started on those holiday gift projects and with the first day of Autumn less than three weeks away the clock is ticking! Be sure to check out the project gallery to see all the projects from this book and be sure to check out the next stop on the blog tour and all those that follow.

Blog Tour Schedule
Mon 2 Sep       Wendy Knits
Wed 4 Sep       WEBS
Fri 6 Sep          Getting Stitched on the Farm
Mon 9 Sep       Stolen Stitches
Tues 10 Sep     Knittedbliss
Wed 11 Sep     Black Bunny Fibers
Thur 12 Sep     Rhythm of the Needles
Fri 13 Sep        Tiny Owl Knits   
Mon 16 Sep     Just Call Me Ruby
Tues 17 Sep     Zeneedle
Wed 18 Sep     Redshirt Knitting
Thur 19 Sep     A Friend to Knit With
Fri 20 Sep        Craft Sanity
Mon 23 Sep     Connieleneknits
Tues 24 Sep     Knitsofacto
Wed 25 Sep     Ulla Bella
Thur 26 Sep     A Really Good Yarn
Fri 27 Sep        Urban Yarns
Sat 28 Sep       Linda Marveng
Mon 30 Sep     Yarnings
Tues 1 Oct       Tentenknits



Marketing Coordinator at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
Sara learned to knit and crochet as a child and added spinning and weaving to her skills after being hired at WEBS in 2007. While crochet is her #1 love, she is also very fond of her husband and 2 daughters.

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132 Responses to “On the bookshelf this week, Great Little Gifts to Knit”

  1. katrynka Says:

    I have great ideas to knit things, but they often do not get done:(

    lee AT cockrum DOT net

  2. Kim Barlow Says:

    I’m thinking slippers might be next on my “to do” list…

  3. Hannah Says:

    I’m knitting a great retro-style blanket with dinosaurs all over it for my friend who is having a baby. This is my first time playing around with color changes, and so far it is turning out great!

  4. Kristina Says:

    Winter hats! Got a beautiful bunch of madelinetosh dk in a grab bag a few weeks ago and can’t wait to make them into some wintry accessories! (I can be reached at via the google+ account I used here!)

  5. BrendaLee Says:

    I am thinking some lovely friends need some handmade SOCKS for Christmas this year!

  6. BrittanyDeanKnits Says:

    Have plans for a few pairs of socks for gifts, my second Rock Island shawl, and a lacy sparkly scarf for my daughter, all using yarn from Stitches MidWest this year

  7. Karen Hohmann Says:

    Looking to make some hats this year and maybe try a pair of socks or 2!

  8. Ann M Says:

    It seems no matter how many pair of socks I knit and give, they are always welcomed and worn. How many “store bought” gifts are given and never seen or heard of again? I would really like to give the Hugs Socks pattern a try. They seem cheerful, don’t you think.

  9. Karen S Says:

    I am looking forward to making my first sweater!

  10. missinglynk Says:

    I’m working on a baby hat at the moment and have a few UFO’s waiting in the wings – two shawls, a pair of socks, and I’m really getting into knitting beaded bracelets.

  11. carolyn Says:

    Hats and socks. Maybe some of those mittens

  12. Grace LeCroix Says:

    Finishing a sweater (at least one, although I have promised him both a knit and a crochet one) for my husband.

  13. Mary S Says:

    socks, mostly baby socks.

  14. LynnH Says:

    Working on shawlettes — quick and popular.

  15. Alyssa Says:

    I’m looking forward to finally getting started on a gorgeous sweater pattern using Noro. I have everything I need, except time!

  16. Patty Creedon Says:

    I just learned how to knit socks in one of WEBS classes and want to make a pair for each of my kids for Christmas! My email is Patty Creedon

  17. Ellen Says:

    I am going to do socks, scarves and maybe gloves. (okay fingerless gloves.)

  18. carol Says:

    I’m planning on leg warmers and a scarf and hat.

  19. tamara Says:


  20. Patricia Beagle Says:

    I am going to do socks. I have 26 skeins of sock yarn, because it is usually on sale and it has yummy colors but…. I have yet to make a pair. It is time to make the leap!

  21. Colleen Dahl Says:


  22. MaggieAllen-Pruett Says:

    A friend just gave me a pattern for a hood and cape.

  23. brenda Says:

    i’m planning on making knitting ornaments for xmas gifts but i’m also going to work on socks and mitts

  24. Jenni Southard Says:

    Socks…they’re on my bucket list!!!

  25. susan r. Says:

    shawls–will o’ the wisp is a beauty!!

  26. BJR Says:

    Prayer shawl for my sister

  27. Hannah (The Homesteady) Says:

    So many of my friends are happily expecting new babies; I can’t wait to start knitting up some tiny socks!! Thanks for the great giveaway. :)

  28. Rooscar Says:

    I am teaching myself to knit so that I can make a hat and blanket for my first grandchild…hopefully. Happy to say it’s progressing nicely so far. :)

  29. RenCW Says:

    I love crocheting little pouches just the right side to slip a gift card into, or for a smaller gift, a square of gourmet chocolate. I’m looking forward to giving some of these to friends and family this coming Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. Darth Grrrl Says:

    I’ve been excited to knit lots of little projects this summer for my first little one due this winter. Tiny, tiny sweaters are just so much fun.

  31. Karen C. Says:

    Hats and scarves for Christmas gifts, and of course sock. After which I will be starting baby items for our 1st grandchild!!!!

  32. Kat Says:

    I just started slippers for my family today! And I always make hats and a scarf for my Grandkids to where in the snow.

  33. Crystal Says:

    Hats and mittens this year, probably.

  34. Melissa M. Says:

    I’d love to get some shawls done as christmas gifts. And baby items as well.

  35. Sheryl Oswalt Klein Says:

    I have always loved knitting. Already started on hats mittens and scarves for my grandkids

  36. Susan Slack Says:

    Love those socks!! I want to make some dog coats this year for friends and also the local shelter.

  37. ClaudiaJane Says:

    I am excited about knitting one or two of the projects from Susan B Anderson’s Topsy Turvy Inside Out Knit Toys. There are tons to choose from in this book.
    Rav ID: ClaudiaJane

  38. Barb Says:

    I’ve been working on some scarves with beading — 8 done so far; 5 to go. Such fun!!

  39. mamabean Says:

    I’m giddy to make socks and pillows. I love this craft. Thanks for the giveaway. woohoo.

  40. Bonnie Paige Pinkerton Says:

    I love to knit small projects that you can carry with you like scarves and socks. Lately I have been working on the little hexagon puffs that will go together to make the Beekeepers Quilt.

  41. Lisa Says:

    I’ve made a couple scarves and am making a shrunken head key chain for my brother in law :D. Have to think up something for Hubby and a few others on my list still

  42. Debby Says:

    Love the Will-o’-the-Wisp Shawlette & would make it for gifts (&maybe myself, also).
    Also love making any small projects as they are easy to carry around and work on when I have some waiting to do.

  43. dianaburrell Says:

    I’m excited to knit some socks since all I’ve been doing is knitting sweaters this year.

  44. Sara Gilbert Says:

    Being a new great grand mother, I have been making baby stuff. Forgot how much fun it is.

  45. Maryellen C Says:

    I designed my first crocheted scarf this summer and am looking forward to making more.

  46. Deborah Says:

    I am going to be doing an Icelandic sweater.

  47. Maggie Says:

    Just finished a second dress for my granddaughter, need to knit a second sock & have plans for scarves for Christmas :)

  48. AriesKnitWit Says:

    I love socks and shawls but have detoured into baby clothes and scarves. This fall, I look forward to mittens and color work.

  49. Sara Says:

    I am working on a feather and fan scarf at the moment….and then I am looking forward to wristers. And socks…should be fun…I haven’t knit any before.

  50. Deborah Dawson Says:

    I hope to knit some coasters and washcloths for family members. Thanks for the giveaway.

  51. Barb Says:

    Socks for EVERYONE!!!

  52. Marlene Berghout Says:

    I would love to knit some of the “his” projects in this book. Yes, I live in a man’s world: a husband and two boys in college….winter and Christmas will be here before we know it. This looks like a great book!

  53. donaldsg Says:

    I’ve been knitting little beaded cuff bracelets from the Pioneer Cuff pattern by Laura Nelkin and I’ll be making more for Christmas presents this year. They are quick and so lovely.

  54. remopl Says:

    I am super into making scarves this Fall!

  55. amy Says:

    i haven’t knit socks before, hoping to do that as we enter 2014. :)

  56. Marion Bush Says:

    Lots of stuff for the new granddaughter – and the Tall Tiger for everyone who needs him!(Includes granddaughter, husband, several friends…)

  57. MaryFran Says:

    I’m excited to knit some new hats for the kids. Bought the yarn at a wool mill in Illinois, so the kids got to meet the sheep!

  58. Sarah W. Says:

    I’m knitting hexapuffs for a “beekeeper’s quilt.” I also recently knit my first pair of socks!

  59. Sonja S. Says:

    I have been working on Christmas gifts! This book should give me new ideas!!

  60. Ellen Says:

    I love to work on small, portable projects.

  61. giaguara Says:

    I’ve got three pair of socks to knit on my queue, and then I’ll be all crochet. Lots of toys, and a scarf and a cardigan. Oh, and about to finish a crocheted rug made of old t-shirts.

  62. NancyWM Says:

    I love knitting, then felting, purses.

  63. Bonnie Westbrook Says:

    I love to make baby sweaters and hats for all the new parents that I know. They knit up quickly & don’t take much yarn. I am always looking for new patterns.

  64. Debbie Unger Says:

    I prefer to knit sweaters because they are such a lasting gift, but I’d love to try socks. There are so many interesting patterns! Thanks for the chance to win!

  65. schmom Says:

    socks, socks and socks make great gifts…. i would like to get better at sizing them and using my stash yarn

  66. Patti Parnell Hall Says:

    Socks are my favorite right now! Love the ones shown for dads.

  67. EverythingPaws Says:

    Want to do hats for the grandkids!

  68. Debbie S Says:

    I’m knitting fingerless mitts for gifts this year. I love how quickly they work up and how many different patterns there are to chose from!

  69. Yakker Says:

    Would like to make myself something, but will probably knit for the grandkids instead.

  70. labfish Says:

    Hats and socks. The most fun I had making a hat was one in Blue and Orange stripes that spiral for a UVA fan! You can see it on Ravelry. ID is labfish.

  71. Jenn M. Says:

    I want to knit more socks- and slipper socks, as gifts this year, and hats and gloves – all of those handy to have and use gifts:)

  72. Peggy D Says:

    I’ve been knitting my first sweater and knitting new scarfs for winter.

  73. Kate Says:

    Love to knit everything! Especially toys and clothes for grandkids,

  74. Linder Says:

    love the Will-o’-the-Wisp Shawlette

  75. elchra Says:

    I’m about to start knitting a scarf for my niece. I just finished crocheting 5 sets of hairbands for the younger nieces. Fast little handmade presents!

  76. Carla Says:

    I am excited about knitting a flower boa for our annual family gift exchange. Then I can’t wait to knit sleeves for bottles and flowers to stick into them. I am also making a pillow for a niece who is getting married.

  77. Marci Says:

    I’m loving the shawl pictured above. I have only been knitting for a year now, and am looking forward to “bigger” projects, such as that one. And I’d love to make the bags too.

  78. Julia Says:

    I like the Odalisque hat best

  79. sara lawson Says:

    I would love this!! Im enjoying making my five year old socks right now

  80. David Whicker Says:

    I want to knit the huge socks.

  81. AmyB Says:

    Love knitting socks!

  82. deanna Says:

    this year each of my 3 kids have picked something out they would like me to knit for them for Christmas gifts. it was fun having them look at patterns with me and go through yarns. they are 20 somethings and mostly find my knitting boring, so this was a treat for me. they don’t get to see the works in progress so there will be SOME Christmas surprise. also…they are all getting new dishcloths like last year, but this year instead of the tried and true ‘granny dishcloth’ i have found wonderful patterns on raverly for each. maybe a startrek dishcloth will excite my son? i do think the dog one will bring smiles from my girls. we shall see.

  83. Sara Denbo Says:

    I am happily knitting baby clothes for an upcoming grandson and granddaughter from two of our daughters!

  84. essiewb Says:

    I am going to knit a jacket for my arthritic dachshund.

  85. Robin Allard Says:

    I always have a pair of socks on the needles, toe up two at once.

  86. Anne Marie Says:

    socks socks socks I’ve got to catch up with the stash!

  87. Barbara McCormick Says:

    I love knitting gifts. I’m really excited about Yeti slippers for my 13 year old son and a Tiny Tea Leaves for my 11/2 year old niece. I would really enjoy this book, Tthank you!

  88. Mosaic Magpie Says:

    I love those sweet little green baby shoes on the cover! Fall and Winter are my favorite times to knit and this book would be a great inspiration!

  89. Heather HS Says:

    I love that shawlette – so cute!

  90. Becky M Says:

    I so seldom knit “little knits”. Most of what I do are prayer shawls. But our daughter and I keep saying we want to make Christmas presents, and those would have to be little knits. :)

  91. Marilyn Fenton Says:

    In addition to all the socks in my queue, most of which are Christmas presents, I’d like to finish up my WIPs.
    wahoomerryf on Rav

  92. Deb Says:

    I’m excited to knit accessories for my kids and their friends to wear to college football games. All in school colors, of course!

  93. Jennifer Says:

    95 % of what I knit and crochet are gifts. From hats, scarfs, pillows, baby blankets, sweaters, to stuffed lovies. Always looking for new gifting ideas.

  94. Megan Boyak Says:

    I’m excited to finish learning how to knit socks. My grandma gave us socks as stocking stuffers for xmas every year, but she can’t knit anymore. Hopefully I can get proficient enough to pick up the slack!

  95. LauraH Says:

    I really like the odalisque headband, but the house shoes and socks would be fun to knit too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  96. Nancy Haffner Says:

    Late to the game, but shawlettes out of handpainted yarns

  97. rivendellknitter Says:

    I would like to play with the Will of the wisp shawlette, with as many suggestions as the author has made.

  98. Amy Clymer Biddle Says:

    Shawls! I love to knit all things but love shawls and scarfs.

  99. Carol Says:

    I need to make some baby shoes.

  100. Maureen Says:

    I have the most wonderful doctor in the world! I knit something special for her every Valentine’s Day…socks, ski hats, mittens, etc. I would like to make her a thick pair of socks to wear around the house after a hard day at the hospital! Thank you for the opportunity to win a fabulous book!

  101. Andrea Says:

    Christmas stockings – it’ll be here before you know it!

  102. Serena Says:

    I’m excited about the Westknits MKAL. It’s a first for me.

  103. orangerussian on ravelry Says:

    I make crocheted mini mittens every year for Christmas. I’ve made over 100 pairs in the last seven years.

  104. Gillian Says:

    My brother is having identical twins! I’m soooo looking forward to continue using all of the fab yarn I got at the Tent Sale this summer for baby knitting. I would love this book for more baby patterns & quick holiday knits….

  105. Gayle Hay Says:

    I plan on making the ‘Wombat’ shawl as gifts along with fingerless gloves and hats.

  106. Tagati Says:

    Starting to get anxious to start making gifts, so quick projects that use my stash yarn would be great. I’m thinking shawlettes, scarves and caps.

  107. Angelique Mccoy Says:

    I’m looking forward to designing and knitting some scarves and shrugs with celtic cable motifs.

  108. Sarah Rocklin Says:

    Oh, Jean Moss…I like her designs. That shawlette looks nice. And it sure is the right time of the year to be hunting for gift ideas!

  109. Venice Smith Says:

    I have started a couple of gifts, but I’d love some more inspiration.

  110. Kathryn Says:

    Sweet little knits are so refreshing. I tend toward forever projects – the afghan, the heavily cabled sweater for my 6’4″ husband, the 58″ diameter circular shawl, but in between my monsters I love the palette cleansing little knit. My favorite little knits are fingerless mitts that I always seem to lose or give away, a hat to test out anew technique, or a pair of socks that say love in a way nothing else can.

  111. Alexis Says:

    Hats and cowls and socks!

    tktl on Ravelry

  112. Margaret Says:

    What a lovely assortment of patterns! I love the Baby Cocoon but the Will-o-the-wisp Shawl really caught my eye. I’ve been looking for a pattern like this for ages. Thanks for the opportunity to win the marvelous book!

  113. TheAlarmedOtter Says:

    Heh, I started my holiday knitting three weeks ago – two scarf and hat sets down and I’m starting to think about x-mas tree ornaments.

  114. Babs Says:

    I would love to win this to make clothing for children.

  115. Karla R Says:

    I would really love to try the socks. I think it would be a great way to try fair isle pattern. I broke my fear of socks now, I need to try fair isle knitting.

  116. Christine Says:

    I’m excited to knit my first sweater. I’m a little nervous, as I’ve never knit anything larger than a pair of socks.

  117. Linda Says:

    I do a lot of Christmas knitting (hats, shawlettes, socks, slippers, etc.). I’d love to win the book.
    lmecoll on ravelry

  118. knittingdancer on Ravelry Says:

    I have been knitting dishcloths to give to my aunts and cousins at our Christmas luncheon on the first Saturday of December.

  119. Dotti Zupko Says:

    I’m working on scarves as gifts. Also made a pile of dishcloths for giving.

  120. Needleworkjunkie on ravelry. Says:

    Scarves, purses, hats and small pieces for home decor.

  121. Maureen Says:

    It seems to be all about a nice shawl or scarf this season for me!

  122. Erin b Says:

    Love the pillows… Simple but classic

  123. Nitter Says:

    I’m going to try to knit a pair of socks this fall! And, another baby sweater for my precious granddaughter who will be one year old in a month.

  124. Christine Lima Says:

    I love that Welcome Toran – It would brighten any room and could be done in so many different color combinations!

  125. Melissa D. Hellman Says:

    Wow, socks are a little project? I always have one or more of those going. When you say little, I tend to think more in terms of, say, a stuffed ornament someone could hang in a window or on a tree.

  126. sharon jones Says:

    Would love to make the Hugs socks, thank you!

  127. Deb Pendergast Says:

    I am getting ready to make shawls for my DIL- to-be and her wedding attendants from the 8/2 Tencel I purchased from Webs.

  128. Mary Jo Martin Says:

    I would love to knit the checkers cushion for my son and daughter-in-law!

  129. Susabella Says:

    Love these little projects and I would love to own this book.

  130. Debknits2 Says:

    I’m knitting a ton of hats.

  131. Carmen N Says:

    I hope I’m not too late (It says Monday but Sept 10). I’m excited to be making a knit t-shirt for my daughter’s Halloween costume (Astrid from “How to Train Your Dragon”)

  132. Stan Alderson Says:

    Great idea for gift­­­­ giving! :)

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