There’s nothing quite like home-knitted woollens for warming the cockles when the wind and snow is a-blowing. Debbie Stoller does some great Stitch ‘n Bitch guides: for the beginner, there’s the Handbook: Instructions, Patterns and Advice for a New Generation of Knitters; for anyone ready to show off some fancy techniques, there’s the new Superstar: Go Beyond the Basics; and for the cleverclogs not content with just knitting, the cheekily titled Crochet: The Happy Hooker.
Is there someone in your life with a dark or mischievous side just waiting to manifest itself in knitted form? Anticraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister might do the trick. I particularly like this Creepy Cute Crochet book inspired by Japanese amigurumi – crocheted zombies, ninjas, robots and more? Truly creepy cute, and if you buy this as a gift you might get a crocheted zombie next Christmas – for just £5.03, it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Let’s stick with amigurumi but step away from the alien and skeleton patterns for a moment. Want your own little stuffed anthropomorphic family? Super Cute Crochet: Make Your Own Amigurumi Family can make that dream a reality; whilst Crocheted Toys for Me and You and Baby Too might be handy in a house where the little ones are more vocal. And there’s no escaping the title of Super Happy Crochet Cute! – you know someone who likes cute? Cute crafts? Cute Japanese crafts? You really can’t go wrong!
Altogether now: knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one…