Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Texting Mitts Book Review and Giveaway

Not quite a year ago, I fell in love with Fingerless Gloves when my dear friend Wendy, crocheted a pair for me! I love the look of them, but also appreciate them when I am out in the cold but still need my fingers free to text. I have even worn them for crocheting in the car when it is chilly!

 So today I am priviledged to be reviewing a new book for Leisure Arts called Texting Mitts, designed by fellow designer Andee Graves.
This book has a wide range of designs (eight in all) each with different patterns and skill levels. So there is something for everyone!
I especially love the fact that Andee used #1 Sock Yarn, which I think makes the mitts more soft and stretchy than they would have been in another type of yarn. Sock yarn come in such beautiful pallettes and Andee makes use of some of the best. Due to a  variety of patterns, these mitts are fun to do and because they all are crocheted with an E or F hook, they will work up fairly quickly as well!

Another added feature to this great book are Bonus Online Tutorials. Wherever you see a camera icon in the instructions, there is a video online tutorial to accompany the instructions! That is a wonderful feature for beginners or those who are just not quite sure of a particular stitch pattern or technique!
I love the fact that several of the designs are sized for Small, Medium and Large and that all the yarns used are readily available to everyone. This book has beautiful color photos, which show up the different stitch patterns very well. It is sure to be another winner for Leisure Arts and Andee!

Here are four of my favorites:
Chunky V's Lace Mitts
This dainty design has a pretty lace pattern, just like its name indicates. I love the double crochet shell design and the use of front and back hdc stitches around the cuff. The design begins at the fingers and the cuff is added last. Directions are given for three sizes and it is rated Easy.

Diamond Back Mitts

Diamond Back Mitts have a large variety of stitches, including Foundation Single Crochet, Front and Back Half Double Crochet and Treble, and Cluster Cross stitches. All the stitches are included in the video tutorials. This Mitt begins at the cuff and ends at the finger ribbing. The skill level is Intermediate and it also includes three sizes.
Cabled Shell Mitt

I love the beautiful cable shell pattern in this design. It is so pretty and looks fun to crochet! The design uses Foundation Single Crochet, Front and Back Half Double Crochet and Front Post Double Crochet. As before, all special stitches are explained in the Online Video Tutorial. This pretty mitt uses an E crochet hook and comes in one Women's size. The Mitt begins at the Finger Ribbing and concludes with the Body. It is rated Easy.
Seashell Mitts
The Seashell Mitts are also rated Easy. They come in one size and utilize a very nice Cross Stitch pattern that is included in the Online Video Tutorial. The design starts at the Cuff and concludes with the scalloped finger edge. I love the color pattern of the Patons Kroy Sock yarn used, called Aqua Fleck. It is designed in one woman's size.

Additional information and photos for each design in Texting Mitts can be seen at Ravelry HERE.

Due to the generosity of Leisure Arts, ALL readers have a chance to win a copy of this new book.
Just leave a comment on this post! As always, PLEASE leave CONTACT information,
so I can email you in case you are the winner! A random drawing will be held Thursday, February 21, 2013.

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DISCLOSURE: Leisure Arts provided Cute Crochet Chat with a free review copy of Texting Mitts and will also be providing the GIVEAWAY copy. 

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lynaeve said...

Thank you for the chance!

Bailey said...

I've been thinking about texting mitts. Not just for texting, but for a variety of fingers free activities. I know lots of crafters who have cold hands who would love a little extra warmth. I am also thinking of my MIL who always has cold hands, but sometimes has to remove her gloves to use her fingers. These would be an alternative.

I would love to enter your giveaway

sheltietimes (at) yahoo (dot) com

Ashley said...

So many uses for fingerless mitts! Love the look of the Chunky V's Lace Mitts

Debby said...

Ohhh thanks for the contest!~ Hope I win!

Denise said...

What a wonderful book! I would love to crochet some for gifts...to others AND myself!!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Stacy said...

I live in MN, so fingerless gloves are a must! thanks for the great giveaway!

Stacy Holland

Deb said...

I think Andee is Just the Greatest! How did she know I have a skein of mink yarn waiting for the Prefect set of Fingerless Gloves!
Thanks Andee!

Karissa @WOB said...

Love these mitts! Thanks! withourbest (@) gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Some of these would be nice for Victorian Gothic lovers.
Please enter me in the contest.


Julie said...

I would certainly love to win a copy of the book!

Unknown said...

I absolutely love making texting mitts. Last year I made over 20 pairs for a friend to give to her family for Christmas. I absolutely adore finding new patterns and making them for anyone that wants some.

Unknown said...

Miriam Olsen only8dragons@Gmail.com

Hapi said...

Thanks so much for providing this chance to win Andee's book. Fingerless gloves are so versatile, and Andee has deigned some real beauties!

Cathie J said...

Wow! My daughter would love it if I made these mitts for her. Just found your blog. Enjoying exploring it.

Mindy said...

These are cute patterns! Thanks for the chance to win!
justforthis917 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Rachee Fagg said...

I really like the diamond back pair.
rungirl1 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would crochet these for my daughters and daughter-in-law. Then I would crochet the lacy one for the ladies to wear at tea in our tea room. MD
the club crochet lady (at) yahoo (dot) com

Laura Dougherty said...

Ooooh, I love the seashell mitts! And I think they would be so handy. My hands are always so cold, but I'm always working. . . and working without use of my fingers is a definite no go.
I would love to be entered into the giveaway!
Laura Dougherty

Anonymous said...

These are gorgeous patterns! I'd love to make them. :)

Carol said...

I love Andee's designs. I also love texting mitts and wear them regularly. I look forward to making some of her new designs.