Book Review: Hand-Picked Gloves & Mitts

Designer Karen McKenna has a new book of crochet designs: Hand-Picked Gloves & Mitts, published by Leisure Arts. The concept of this book is unusual and useful: choose if you want to make gloves or mittens, if you want them closed or fingerless, and the cuff style you want, and then mix-and-match! Plus, all of the patterns in the book are written to use Red Heart yarns.

hand picked 4There are 3 finger styles plus 8 cuff options for the mittens, and another 3 finger styles and 8 cuff options for the gloves! Half of the cuff styles are top-down, and half are bottom-up. For the mittens, you can make regular mittens, fingerless mittens without a flip top, or fingerless mittens with a flip top. For the gloves, you have regular gloves, regular gloves with touch screen slits in the index and thumb, and fingerless gloves. The cuff options are popcorn, basic rib, long rib, cabled, ruffle, long shell, faux rib, or lacy.

The sizes are color-coded, and each pattern comes in 4 sizes from toddler to large adult. The instructions are very clearly written and easy to follow.

The mittens are made with size 4 yarn, and the samples are made in Soft and Soft Baby Steps. The gloves are made with size 3 yarn, and the samples are made in Anne Geddes Baby.

If you want to make great-looking hand coverings for winter, this is the book! The patterns are great for families because you can customize each one so kids won’t be fighting over whose mittens are whose. Which option would you make?

Bonus: Karen McKenna is signing this book at the 2016 Knit & Crochet Show! She will be signing Friday, July 15, 2016 at 10:30am and Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 2:00pm in the Crochetville booth, and on Friday, July 15, 2016 from 12:30-1:15pm in booth 118 Hooked for Life.