Announcing: More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts!

For the last six years, one of the most frequently asked questions at Purl Soho has been, "When is Joelle coming out with another knitting book?" When Joelle Hoverson, co-owner of Purl Soho, published her first book, Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, it sparked so much enthusiasm that anticipation for another has been pretty intense. We are so happy to report that the days of waiting are over! This week the publisher STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books announces the release of More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, a spectacularly lush book of 30 patterns. We're sure you'll find that it was well worth the wait!  The book has already shipped, we'll be receiving it (hopefully) by Friday, August 13th. If you'd like to pre-order a copy of More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts you can do that right here.

Like the original Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts includes a wide range of projects, from Less-Than-Two-Hour quickies such as this Reusable Hot Coffee-Cup Sleeve and the Pointy Elf Hat (both pictured above) to more involved More-Than-Eight-Hour projects like Leah's Lovely Cardigan (pictured below).

More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts is a perfectly orchestrated mix of projects for babies, kids, women and men; projects for feet, hands, head, body, and home; projects for beginners and projects for more experienced knitters. It's the kind of book that answers every need: booties for babies, hats for fathers, blankets for grandmas.

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts started out with an in-depth discussion about color. While color continues to be a huge part of Joelle's outlook, More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts focuses on how to personalize your hand knits. From creative embellishments to detailed stitch patterns, the first chapter delves into ways to create gifts that are unique to both the giver and the receiver. Several patterns offer different takes on a theme. For example, these Soft As A Cloud Cowls are each made using variations of the mock cable stitch, resulting in beautifully subtle differences. Most importantly, you get to choose!

For me, an unexpected development with this book is the shift in visual tone. The unbelievably talented Anna Williams shot all three of Joelle's books, but this time around she and Joelle collaborated to set a totally different mood. While Last-Minute Knitted Gifts and Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts are sunny, breezy and bright, More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts has a richer, more introspective quality that feels like a weekend with old and loved friends. This photo of the Pyramid Sachets is a great example. There is a mysterious and opulent beauty that is so inspiring to take in.

It's difficult to choose favorites, but one of mine would have to be this wonderfully quirky Huggable House. I love the originality of the idea and also the charm of the execution: the flowers, the little window, the textured roof. I can imagine exactly the lady and cat who live in this little cottage! This is a project where imaginations can run wild. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with: shutters, door knockers, trellises...make it a barn, a schoolhouse, your house!

Joelle combined her trademark color wizardry with beautiful stitch details to make these Sideways Fingerless Gloves truly unique. The mixture of edgy fashion and classic simplicity make them perfect for your teenage niece and yourself.

A scarf that falls into the 2-to-4 Hour Gifts chapter! And it's beautiful! This Big Lace Scarf turns lace knitting on its head by bringing out the big needles and bulky yarn. The result is totally funky, but still somehow wonderfully elegant.

Aren't these Soft Baskets better than anything you can find at the Container Store? Joelle shows them storing notions, but also what great packages for gift giving, baskets for your baby's socks, or bowls for pistachios. I'm sure we'll hear all sorts of uses that people will find for these. I'm thinking that my mother could really use one for all her drugstore bifocals that she's always looking for!

I can't wait to make this Bright Stripes Blanket. The graphic quality is so gorgeous and the opportunity to combine beautiful hand dyed colors is just irresistible to me. The pattern itself is fascinatingly clever, most especially because there is no sewing. Love it!

Move over Placket-Neck Pullover! Every day for six years at least one customer has come into Purl Soho to buy supplies for that by-now classic baby sweater from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. I think these Easy Baby Cardigans will be at least as popular. I love their rusticity and practicality, but also their sweet details. They are amazingly simple to knit and too adorable to resist.

These are just some of my favorites. I have more: royal alpaca Toe-Up Socks, super quick cashmere Baby Socks, Ribbed Hats for the whole family. When I finished going through the advance copy of More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts I remember turning to Joelle and saying, "I actually want to make all of these projects!" This book could be dangerous, which is, of course, the best kind! --Whitney

More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts should be arriving at our warehouse by Friday, August 13th, you can preorder a copy right here!

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44 Responses to Announcing: More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts!

  1. Sharonnz says:

    This went on my wish list in the weekend;-) Great to see the project photos!

  2. Annika says:

    Hooray! LMKG remains my go-to book when I don’t want to write a pattern, just kjnit one that I know will come out great. I know I’ll love this one just as much!

  3. Sara says:

    Hurah! Gorgeous stuff, beautfully styled. Now, rather than let you rest on your laurels I’ll ask when the sequal to Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts is coming out?

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Oh I can’t tell you how much I love the Purl Bee! And I’m definitely going to buy this book.

  5. Sara says:

    Hurah! Gorgeous stuff, beautfully styled. Now, rather than let you rest on your laurels I’ll ask when the sequal to Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts is coming out?

  6. Ali says:

    That’s gone right to the top of my coverting list!

  7. Nice….I’ve never knitted before..but would love to try..These are too cute!

  8. Lori says:

    I absolutely loved the first knitting book and can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

    Thanks for the sneak peek!

  9. Marta says:

    Me encantaría comprar ambos libros de Joelle, pero lamentablemente no tengo ni un minuto libre para hacer todas las cosas que me gustaría hacer. Todavía tengo una colcha de patchwork, una muñeca Tilda y una labor de ganchillo sin terminar. Espero terminarlas pronto para empezar algún proyecto de Joelle. Son unas ideas estupendas!
    Besos desde España

  10. lea says:

    Looking forward to seeing it in person. I love the first one!

  11. Mari says:

    I love my Last Minute Knitted Gifts and now can’t wait to get this one!!! Beautiful!

  12. Bethany says:

    I want to see the Huggable House, but there’s no picture! Everything else looks stunning – can’t wait!

  13. OMG I must have this book and the first! Im so glad i saw this post!

  14. Emily says:

    I think I need to buy this book!

    I LOVE the bright stripes blanket!

  15. NATALIA says:

    I love it!!
    I need time for making every ideas you propose, you public always nice things that I have enough time :D

  16. Regina says:

    I can’t wait!! The first book help me step out of my comfort zone and this one looks just as beautiful. Thanks for the sneak peak.

  17. Terriaw says:

    So far I’m loving that scarf and those baskets! I still enjoy making things from the first book, so I’m jumping up and down that there’s another one coming out. Can’t wait till it’s available!

  18. Denise says:

    Yeah! so excited to get my hands on this book.
    Joelle you rock!

  19. knitxcore says:

    i’ve started planning christmas gifts this week, and pulled out the first ‘last minute gifts’ book, and while i love it to bits, have knitted my way through it.
    this news has made my day!!!!!
    those lil’ sachets are adorable.

  20. kat says:

    looks like another winner!

  21. peggy says:

    I love the striped blanket…
    The colours ar fantastic and I love stripes in all kinds imaginable….

    love from Amsterdam

  22. Daisy says:

    I loved the first one, and have knitted so many of the items! This one looks just as fun too!

  23. Caroline says:

    I cannot wait for this book! I have made the orange sweater from the first book about 6 times in different yarns, adjusted the gauge and I always recommend it to knitters of all skill levels in our knitting group.

    So very exciting to have a new book to recommend with total confidence. Plus, I am traveling from LA to NYC in the next couple weeks and the new Purl store is on my MUST list for sure.

    Congratulations on the book!

  24. Marta says:

    Me encantara comprar ambos libros de Joelle, pero lamentablemente no tengo ni un minuto libre para hacer todas las cosas que me gustara hacer. Todava tengo una colcha de patchwork, una mueca Tilda y una labor de ganchillo sin terminar. Espero terminarlas pronto para empezar algn proyecto de Joelle. Son unas ideas estupendas!
    Besos desde Espaa

  25. Christina says:

    Stunning. I’ll be on it once it is out!

  26. Jennifer says:

    The projects look beautiful.Congrats Joelle!

  27. Christina says:

    Stunning. I’ll be on it once it is out!

  28. Wanda Ball says:

    The projects shown as so nice and different and look easy. I think I migh have to either purchase this book myself or put it on my wish list for birthday/Christmas gifts.

  29. skrapyram says:

    Happy Day! I loved the last book and can’t wait to see this one. I am going to suggest it as a title for our library. Thanks for the heads up!

  30. Melissa Flohr says:

    Stripes blanket, heck yes! Can’t wait to see the book. Great work and congrats! I know that putting a book together is no easy task.

  31. Laura F. says:

    This book looks amazing! Thank you for the sneak peek.

  32. skrapyram says:

    Happy Day! I loved the last book and can’t wait to see this one. I am going to suggest it as a title for our library. Thanks for the heads up!

  33. karen says:

    Just pre ordered it. Happy Joyful Glad Glad. thanks.

  34. Wow! This book looks absolutely amazing! I now know what I am getting my sister for Christmas. I do not know how to knit, but I really really really want to learn! After my sister opens this book on Christmas Day, I will have to get her to teach me! I am writing down the title right now! Oh wait, maybe I should get it for her birthday in October, then she can make people Christmas gifts….excellent!

  35. tothemOOn says:

    sooooooooooooooo beautiful ! ! !

  36. Lucy says:

    The hat is definitely my favorite! It is so so cute!

  37. Stacey says:

    I've pre-ordered the book and am so excited to get it!!

    Can you share the kinds of yarn that are used to make the bright stripes blanket?


  38. purl bee says:

    Hi Stacey,
    The yarn in the bright stripes blanket is Farmhouse Yarns, Andy's Merino. It's one skein each of tangerine, poppy and hot pink, 2 of lemon drop and 9 of natural. You can find the yarn right here:

  39. Melanie says:

    Congratulations! This book looks wonderful!!!

  40. Time to sign up for a knitting class at Purl. I've put it off long enough. Such beautiful projects and I can't even make one. I have Joelle's last minute patchwork gifts and I enjoyed it so much.

    I'm sure the new book is great. The photos are fabulous and are definitely encouraging me to learn this lovely craft.

  41. Ashley says:

    Sigh. I can't tell you how much I adore this blog. I so wish I lived in NYC in order to pop in your store daily. However, as it turns out, I couldn't be further away (AR) and I have to covet the experience. Although I appreciate so very much the information, patterns and ideas you put forth on this website. Keep up the phenomenal, inspiring work. You make me so excited about knitting!

  42. Hannah says:

    This book looks amazing, but alas, I cannot knit. When will there be a Last-Minute Crocheted Gifts?!

  43. Jeanie says:

    I purchased this lovely book last week and have already completed 2 projects! Another beautiful book

  44. Kirsten says:

    Yes, in reading your description of the huggable house, it made me take a second (third, fourth) look and see another great attribute–how she left the door "imperfect"…being slightly wonky! Gives it character! So cute.

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