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Congrats to our winner Chantel!

This week I’ve got a two-book set to give away: Vintage Knit Hats and Vintage Knit Gloves and Mittens, both by Kathryn Fulton. (In the interest of full disclosure, these are from my publisher. But they don’t pay me to say nice things about other people’s books.)

These books are full of patterns — 21 and 25 respectively — that look back at the classic shapes and designs of these accessory staples and make them interesting for today’s knitter with textured stitches, cables, colorwork and more. Some of the patterns are for kids, though most are for adults, and mostly women, but they’re nice, wide-ranging collections that cover the basics and beyond.

And don’t worry if you’ve never knit mittens or gloves before. Basic patterns take you through the step by step and are sized from small child to large adult, so you can knit a basic pair for every member of your family and graduate to the more complicated designs when you’re comfortable.

To be eligible to win this book set, leave a comment on this post before the end of the day Sunday, Feb. 9. I’d love to know if you’re a mitten person or a glove person. I prefer to knit mittens but I wear gloves more often, I have to say.

Thanks for visiting and good luck!

By Sarah White

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95 Comments so far

  1. di on February 3, 2014 12:12 pm

    I love mittens.

  2. CathyH on February 3, 2014 12:14 pm

    I’m a glove person. This book looks awesome!!!

  3. jill siever on February 3, 2014 12:14 pm

    Mmmmm I knit mittens….love hats and shawls to knit as well!!

  4. Kim McGrath on February 3, 2014 12:16 pm

    I’d love to win. I’m a glove person, although when knitting I prefer to knit mitts.

  5. Charissa Hussey on February 3, 2014 12:17 pm

    I am a hat person…however, love mitts too! I just started knitting and would love these books!!!!

  6. Louise on February 3, 2014 12:17 pm

    They look great!! I’m a glove wearer but my little one lovvvvves mittens.

  7. ang on February 3, 2014 12:39 pm

    I want

  8. belleandrew on February 3, 2014 1:04 pm

    I’d prefer to make mittens, but wear gloves (or better yet..fingerless gloves that have the mitten flap!) :-)

  9. Lyn on February 3, 2014 1:31 pm

    LOVE these vintage designs. I have a friend who wears hats a lot due to hair lose. She would look adorable in this hat on the cover. I hope I win for her….then I will make her that hat. :)

  10. Kylie C on February 3, 2014 1:41 pm

    I’m a glove person but I think the larger color work design area that mittens make possible is the big attraction for me knitting a ridiculous number of them.

  11. Jennie on February 3, 2014 1:50 pm

    I’m like you… I knit mittens, but wear gloves more.

  12. Zil on February 3, 2014 2:04 pm

    I knit mittens for a children’s charity but wear gloves mostly. Thank you for the giveaway.

  13. KittenWithAWhiplash on February 3, 2014 2:09 pm

    Here in San Francisco neither mittens or full gloves are required very often, but many patterns can be adapated to fingerless or 1/2 fingered, which can come in handy almost nny time of year. Hats are always great, for fasion reasons, even if they are not needed for warmth. And, of course, for my frequent “bad hair days”! Thanks for another great giveaway.

  14. Kelli on February 3, 2014 2:27 pm

    I also love to knit mittens, but prefer to wear gloves. Although a good mitten for a snowball fight is the best!

  15. Siaron on February 3, 2014 3:50 pm

    Love knitting mittens for the children but I wear gloves or, more usually, fingerless gloves which keep my wrists warm but leave my fingers free for “working”.

  16. Lee on February 3, 2014 4:25 pm

    I love mittens – they keep my hands so much warmer! thanks!

  17. Rachael on February 3, 2014 5:09 pm

    Fingerless gloves for everyday, gloves for fancy!

  18. Carol on February 3, 2014 5:45 pm

    Love to knit hats and mittens. When in college, waiting in line for dinner, I’d knit mittens using 5 dp needles!

  19. TN on February 3, 2014 7:10 pm

    I love fingerless gloves. My favorite to knit and wear.

  20. Marci on February 3, 2014 7:27 pm

    Gloves, but I’ve never tried to knit my own pair of gloves :|

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  22. Shelly on February 3, 2014 8:23 pm

    I’ve never tried to knit myself either, but I wear gloves. I’ve actually never even worn mittens, but I do appreciate my dexterity and all… :)

  23. Diane r on February 3, 2014 8:28 pm


  24. Jeanie on February 3, 2014 9:17 pm

    I love mittens, and wear mittens a lot!

  25. taryn on February 3, 2014 9:23 pm

    I love both but always fingerless.

  26. Andi on February 3, 2014 11:04 pm

    I love knitting fingerless mitts and hats! I’ve made several mittens, but never gloves. That would be fun! Thank you!

  27. nancy d on February 3, 2014 11:13 pm

    I have always been a mitten person. Probably because my grandmother used to knit and crochet me lots of mittens when I was growing up. My daughter loves the fingerless and I enjoy making them for her.

  28. Donna H on February 4, 2014 12:35 am

    I like to knit mittens (or fingerless gloves), but definitely prefer to wear gloves (with fingers) when it’s really cold outside. These books look like they are filled with great patterns. Thanks, Sarah, for another wonderful giveaway!!

  29. Gina Douthit on February 4, 2014 12:36 am

    I much prefer gloves and fingerless mitts!

  30. MelodyJ on February 4, 2014 1:08 am

    I like both mittens and gloves.

  31. Judy Aiken on February 4, 2014 3:47 am

    I’m a mitten persona,

  32. Margaret Doro on February 4, 2014 4:52 am

    I wear both gloves and mittens and I also like very much fingerless mittens.

  33. Ellie on February 4, 2014 5:50 am

    I revisited knitting 15 years ago, when my son needed big-boy mittens, and he was smaller than usual so only fit into the thumbless kind. Needless to say, he is now big, and I have gone on to knit many, many items.

  34. Kim on February 4, 2014 6:05 am

    I’m really a novice knitter, but I just love knitting and figuring patterns out!

  35. Betty on February 4, 2014 6:06 am

    Definitely a mitten person! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  36. Lynn on February 4, 2014 9:09 am

    I’m a mitten knitter but a glove wearer! Its hard to drive in mittens.

  37. Cindy Gruen on February 4, 2014 9:17 am

    I’d love to have some knitting patterns.

  38. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton on February 4, 2014 9:21 am

    Love vintage patterns.
    wahoomerryf on Rav

  39. Anne Marie on February 4, 2014 9:28 am

    I’ve never knit gloves. I don’t know that I’d have the patience!

  40. Donna Booth on February 4, 2014 9:49 am

    I like to knit mittens. My grandson is always asking for a new pair of mittens. He thinks it’s pretty cool to have all these unusual mittens and beanie, in all these COOL COLORS and patterns.
    bigskycountrygirl. Rav

  41. P. A. Manders on February 4, 2014 9:56 am

    I have taken to wearing fingerless mitts over my gloves…trying to have the best of two worlds!

    From VT where there is no chance I will win the lottery but I am crossing my fingers I might get lucky here!

  42. Teresa Knittingdancer on February 4, 2014 9:58 am

    I like gloves or fingerless mitts.

  43. Susan Miller on February 4, 2014 10:07 am

    Hi, I love hats and mittens and would love to improve my skills with some vintage patterns.

  44. Andrea B on February 4, 2014 10:09 am

    I’m more of a mitten person – a lot easier to knit.

  45. Pura on February 4, 2014 10:14 am

    I like mitten, both, knit them and wear them.

  46. Lorinda on February 4, 2014 10:26 am

    I love mittens!!! There are more possibiities for designing than there are for gloves. A larger “canvas” area :)

  47. Frances on February 4, 2014 10:29 am

    Hats and mittens are my favorites to knit. But I have no imagination about changing patterns so I need specific directions. Maybe after another 50 years knitting, I’ll be able to do it!

  48. Kenna Rogers on February 4, 2014 10:37 am

    I am definitely a glove person but find it hard to find women’s gloves big enough to fit my hands.

  49. Gloria on February 4, 2014 10:54 am

    Yay, I love vintage…being “vintage” myself :)
    Sounds like my kind of books!

  50. Karey on February 4, 2014 11:01 am

    I’m a glove person! I like to hold things as best as I can while wearing gloves.

  51. Rose S. on February 4, 2014 11:07 am

    I love mittens and my son just recently asked if I could know how to knit some for him.

  52. Gail Frank on February 4, 2014 11:19 am

    I took a glove class. It has become too complicated for me to finish. They have been a WIP for 2 years now. I’d love to learn to knit mittens.

  53. Tammy K on February 4, 2014 11:33 am

    I love to knit fingerless mitts/gloves.
    I wear fingerless when it’s warmer or gloves when it is colder.

  54. Judith (from Israel) on February 4, 2014 11:37 am

    I both prefer to knit mittens and to wear mittens.

  55. Amy on February 4, 2014 11:44 am

    I prefer to wear gloves and have not tried to knit any yet….perhaps so one if I win.

  56. kim on February 4, 2014 12:11 pm

    Love mittens, especially with some buttons or other fun extras.

  57. Loree on February 4, 2014 12:14 pm

    I LOVE to wear and knit fingerless gloves, I’ve made them for many of my friends. I love that you can wear them your whole trip through the grocery store and never have to take them off. I also knit mittens but have never knit gloves.

  58. Elena T on February 4, 2014 12:21 pm

    I wear fingerless gloves more than anything because I can keep working in them :)

  59. Cindy Moore on February 4, 2014 12:25 pm

    I knit a lot of charity hats and like to make each one different so I’m always on the look out for new hat patterns.

  60. Melissa Manczuk on February 4, 2014 12:27 pm

    Mittens are the best for keeping my hands warm!

  61. Erin Aledo on February 4, 2014 1:40 pm

    Mittens are much cuter and more fun to knit, but I myself prefer to wear gloves :)

  62. Maryanne on February 4, 2014 1:55 pm

    I feel the same as you do. I like knitting mittens much morethan knitting gloves (and fingerless mitts are great, too), but I like wearing gloves better.

  63. Bonnie Blackburn on February 4, 2014 1:58 pm

    I would really like to have the Hat book. I am very interested in making hats especially since you can’t find many in the stores – where I live.


  64. Pat Casper on February 4, 2014 2:04 pm

    I love vintage, especially hats. Never not

  65. Eileen on February 4, 2014 2:18 pm

    Here is SW Florida, I wear fingerless mitts and/or gloves:) It does get cold here sometimes and we do knit hats.

  66. Charlotte Hieronymus on February 4, 2014 3:02 pm

    I love all things “vintage”! Would love to win this two book set!

  67. Brenda on February 4, 2014 3:23 pm

    I am both a glove and mitten person. Here in Maine our winters can be very cold and snowy; so wearing gloves are an every day must. And playing in the snow calls for nice warm wool mittens. But on days when Arctic winds blow through, I have been known to wear my mittens over my gloves!

  68. Mary Mac on February 4, 2014 4:45 pm

    I love my gloves.

  69. Elizabeth on February 4, 2014 7:29 pm

    I’m just delving into the world of knitting! The most challenging project I have done so far is a hat with a fair isle pattern. Fun! Now it’s time to learn how to make my own mittens.

  70. Lori on February 4, 2014 8:08 pm

    I love to knit mittens. I made 8 pair for Christmas presents this year.

  71. OHSue on February 4, 2014 8:26 pm

    Love knitting hats, instant gratification knitting.

  72. MarilynC on February 4, 2014 8:46 pm

    I like to wear mittens. I knit mittens once and the thumb gusset was equal to mitten itself. Would like to try again. lol

  73. diane brides on February 4, 2014 8:48 pm

    I love mittens tons, they are not only too cute, but they sure keep your fingers warm and toasty!!!!

  74. Robin Christofaro on February 4, 2014 9:25 pm

    I love mittens…but I wear gloves because they are easier to function in :(

  75. Navy Wifey Peters on February 4, 2014 10:04 pm

    I prefer gloves, but I love convertible gloves… the best of both worlds. :-)

  76. Linda Rumsey on February 5, 2014 2:24 am

    I knit and wear fingerless mitts. I get frustrated knitting the fingers on gloves!

  77. Margay on February 5, 2014 7:40 am

    I’m with you – love to knit mittens, but wear gloves most often.

  78. Mary Rok on February 5, 2014 7:51 am

    I find it is easier for me to use gloves.

  79. Becky PS on February 5, 2014 7:57 am

    Haven’t tried to knit gloves yet – the finger parts scare me but I adore knitting fingerless gloves and mittens!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  80. maureen murray on February 5, 2014 10:25 am

    I love to knit with vintage patterns normally I wear mitts but a wonderful hand knit glove is an absolute essential these books would be muchly treasured thanks

  81. Ginger on February 5, 2014 12:40 pm

    I’m a glove person

  82. Maddy McCarthy on February 5, 2014 1:49 pm

    Love wearing gloves but have only knitted mittens so far, need to be more daring :-)

  83. Cynthia W on February 5, 2014 5:30 pm

    I love making hats and mittens for charity!

  84. geri actor on February 5, 2014 5:47 pm

    Made gloves but right now I’m into fingerless mittens for cold mornings at the computer ;-).

  85. Linda on February 6, 2014 3:47 am

    I wear gloves, but I crochet fingerless ones. Thanks for the chance to win.

  86. Ann Devine on February 6, 2014 9:26 am

    I wear gloves, but haven’t tried knitting them yet! I’ve made one pair of mittens, and about elebenty-hundred sets of fingerless mitts. Seriously, can’t have too many of those! I do like knitting hats, but have a hard time getting them to fit well.

  87. Kirsten Ruth Rundberget on February 6, 2014 1:01 pm

    I wear gloves and I’m always looking for interesting new patterns. I must admit that knitting mittens is easier, but there is a satisfaction that comes with mastering gloves.

  88. Sheila on February 6, 2014 1:58 pm

    Gloves for me, I can’t stand having to take mittens off every time I need to do anything.

  89. Ellen on February 6, 2014 6:58 pm

    I think I am like you. I prefer gloves so I can more easily drive, but I like knitting mittens better.. probably because it seems that there are fewer steps.

  90. Stephanie on February 6, 2014 7:17 pm

    I have a pair of mittens and a pair of gloves that I knitted, and honestly I can’t decide which I like better. So I alternate wearing them. :)

    thanks for the giveaway!

  91. Jaan L on February 7, 2014 11:01 am

    I love gloves, sleek leather ones.

  92. Chantel Lee on February 7, 2014 4:36 pm

    I absolutely LOVE vintage! As for mittens vs. gloves, I’m an equal opportunity wearer.

  93. Holly on February 8, 2014 4:54 pm

    I tend to lean more toward gloves but have wanted to get around to knitting mittens forever. Thanks for the opportunity! :0)

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