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Books for Gift Knitting

We all love to knit gifts for our loved ones, and with the holidays fast approaching we're looking for ideas that work up quickly. Here are a few sources for just that.

Classic Elite Quick Knits: 100 Fabulous Patterns for Wraps, Socks, Hats, and More (Taunton Press, 224 pages, $24.95)

In this pattern collection, the focus is on quick-to-make accessories. Knitters of all skill levels will love this value-packed collection of 100 patterns for socks, wraps, hats, gloves, bags, scarves and more. Knitters can indulge themselves or find something to knit for every member of the family. The 120 color photos showcase the range of high-quality yarns as well, including cotton, wool, bamboo, angora, cashmere and blended yarns. Classic Elite Quick Knits will keep knitters' hands busy for a long time to come.

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Knits to Give: 30 Knitted Gifts Made With Love by Debbie Bliss (Trafalgar Square Books, 160 pages, $24.95)

Knitters looking for quick, hand-knitted gifts for a variety of occasions will find delightful solutions in this project book from a world-renowned knitwear designer. Designed for both beginning and expert knitters, the gift ideas included within use small amounts of materials and offer fantastic ideas for every tricky gift-giving situation. From heart-shaped pillows made to celebrate Valentine's Day with a loved one to an iPod cover made to congratulate a good report card, this guide provides knitters with charming ideas for creating thoughtful, handmade gifts that are guaranteed to make recipients feel cherished.

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Northern Knits Gifts: Thoughtful Projects Inspired by Folk Traditions by Lucinda Guy (Interweave Press, 128 pages, $22.95)

Knitwear and textile designer Lucinda Guy continues her exploration of folk-knitting traditions in this colorful volume of small projects and accessories. Accompanied by notes on the history and folk culture surrounding each technique, the projects in the book embrace the Danish notion of hygge -- taking pleasure in comforting and cozy things. The 20 projects include mittens, socks, hats, scarves and bags, and are perfect for wearing and gifting.

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Knitter's Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make by Gwen W. Steege (Storey Publishing, 320 pages, $24.95)

The Knitter's Life List is a richly illustrated road map to more than 1,000 must-have experiences guaranteed to get any knitter's needles clicking faster. Veteran knitter Gwen W. Steege has canvased the knitting community to create this inspiring compilation, which includes amazing yarns to try; classic techniques to master; ground-breaking designers to know about; most-loved patterns to knit; knitting-related museums, movies and books to enjoy; and much more. These are the experiences and events no knitter will want to miss.

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