Book Review: 50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit

This very attractive and useful book from Universal Yarn suggests that one can make all 50 of these patterns using only the garter stitch. For those of you who are beginning knitters, what could be better than having a book that requires only the garter stitch? Well, let’s take a look.

50 GARTER STITCH GIFTS TO KNIT

Included in this book are patterns for scarves, cowls, children’s sweaters, blankets and totes etc. And, one thing that I really appreciate is that most of these items do not take too much time to knit. With our busy schedules and the holiday season coming up, short-term projects are most welcome.

MY OPINION ON 50 GARTER STITCH GIFTS TO KNIT

In truth, the book is a very good collection of patterns that are derived from the garter stitch but looking over it carefully, there are quite a few pattern stitches that are for the more experienced knitter. I am reminded of one of my favorite knitting books called The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville. This book’s patterns are restricted to only the knit stitch. On the other hand, this is not entirely the case with the 50 Garter Stitch gifts. This book includes cables and dropped stitches along with others. There is a helpful instructional part at the end of the book to help you along.

There are now quite a few of these kinds of books put out by the various yarn companies such as Cascade, Universal, and Noro. They are almost universally filled with wonderful designs and make for inspiration and I hope to introduce you to some of them as we go along.

But back to the 50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit book. To highlight just a few designs that you might like, there is a baby Kimono pattern that is lovely. It reminds me of the Baby Pebble Jacket and Hat kit for sale on our website as it uses the same stitch but our pattern does not require that you knit a separate sleeve as it knitted in one piece.

I especially like the Stripes & Columns Hat and will probably make one – but with different color yarns as this one would not go with my winter coat.

Lastly, the Mitered Squares Baby Blanket, looks soft and cuddly. I find the use of these colors appealing and unusual and think that this would make a very special baby gift that would be appreciated for many years.

I have great admiration for these designs, and the photographs really make them look fantastic. Overall this book gives you the desire to make many of these projects.

I can tell you from personal experience that the yarn used in these projects, Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted, is an exceptional yarn. It is a wonderful quality yarn at an excellent price. We are featuring this yarn, and it’s cousin, Deluxe Worsted Superwash in a number of kits on our website over the next few weeks and months.

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Hi, I’m Jane and I’m the editor of janesknittingkits.com! I am a long-time craft and clothing design fan who has been writing about these interests for years. I have spent many hours studying knitting, weaving, sewing, embroidery, and quilting as well as learning about various brands and models of sewing gear and machines. In addition to this research, my work involves publishing information related to these topics in ways that will be informative for both amateur crafters like me and more experienced sewers!