Are you interested in finding patterns for knitting sensational socks and mittens that are practical, unique and gift worthy? And would you be interested in knitting quirky socks or mittens featuring designs that you couldn’t find at your local big box stores like Walmart or Target – designs that are likely to elicit a smile, or perhaps even a giggle (or a raised eyebrow) from anyone who sees them?
If you’re in the market for some unusual sock or mitten knitting patterns, there is a brand new knitting book you’ll want to know about. It’s called Wild Mittens Unruly Socks 2. The author is Lumi Karmitsa, who is a Finnish knitting pattern designer with a well-established sense of style. This is the second pattern book she has written.
What You Need to Know About This Knitting Pattern Book:
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books, North Pomfret, VT
Copyright Date: This is the English language translation of the book, which has a copyright date of 2020. The book was originally published in the Finnish language with a title of Villut Vanttutt & Vallattomat Villasukat 2 and and an earlier copyright date.
ISBN 13: 978-1570769856
ISBN 10: 1570769850
Book Format: Softcover With Perfect Binding
Number of Pages: 136
Recommended Knitting Skill Level: Experienced; these designs all utilize the stranded color knitting technique, which means that you will need to know how to change colors to complete any of these patterns.
The Focus of This Book:
This book includes extraordinary and unusual multicolored knitting patterns for making socks and mittens. There are patterns for knitting 7 pairs of mittens, 7 pairs of socks, and 3 matching pairs of mittens and socks.
The book also includes a bit of helpful technical information on choosing yarns, doing stranded color knitting, steaming your work and executing duplicate stitch.
Knitting Projects Included in This Book:
Cats in the Night Mittens and Socks — Matching Set of Knitting Patterns
Knitting Pattern for Cute Mittens With Bunnies
Skull Mittens Knitting Pattern: “Always a Bridesmaid”
If I asked you to guess what the most popular pages on our website are, you’d probably never in a million years pick the skull patterns page as being one of them. (Would you?) But, surprisingly, that is actually one of our most frequently visited pages. So I’m excited to have a couple of brand new, highly creative skull patterns to add to the list.
If you’re among the knitters who enjoy creating skull-themed projects, you’re definitely going to want to pick up a copy of this book — because it includes 2 different skull designs that are both totally different from any of the other skull knitting or crochet patterns that are currently available.
One of them is a pair of mittens that also incorporates rose and rosebud motifs (pictured below). The other is a pair of laughing skull socks (not pictured). The 2 projects aren’t intended to match each other and are definitely distinct designs.
There are 2 different variations of the laughing skull socks — a short version and a long version.
“Flowing Manes” — A Knitting Pattern for Mittens With Horse Designs
This book includes 2 different patterns for horse and pony lovers. One of them, called “Flowing Manes”, is pictured here. The other is called “Frolicking Ponies”, and it features a repeating pattern that depicts multiple ponies galloping across the fronts and backs of the wearer’s hands. Both patterns are beautifully designed.
Important Note: The photos above show you a small sample of the knitting patterns included in this book. There are 20 patterns all together, and most of them are not pictured here.
Other Sock Knitting Patterns Included in This Book:
- Raccoons with “Hasta La Vista” text — This is my favorite design from the book. It is super creative; I’ve never seen another pattern quite like it. The design successfully incorporates several distinct design themes including stripes, raccoon heads, and text that says “Hasta la Vista, baby” on the backs of the calves. The raccoon is wearing a three-dimensional bow.
- “Hither and Thither” (This design incorporates arrow motifs).
- Jitterbug Flower Socks (This design matches the Jitterbug Flower Mittens mentioned below).
- Pineapple Socks (This design matches the Pineapple Mittens mentioned below).
Other Mitten Knitting Patterns Included in This Book:
- Tie-Coons — This design features a cute raccoon wearing a suit and tie. Each raccoon motif wraps around your hands, but when you put your hands together, you see one complete raccoon. This design is super cute, clever and creative.
- Gentleman Eagles
- Jitterbug Flowers
The Best Things About This Book
The items you can make from these knitting patterns are all unique and interesting, with loads of “personality”. People are likely to look twice, and comment, on the socks and mittens you make from these designs.
There’s a nice mix of pattern themes and motifs, some of which are playfully humorous, and some of which are more serious.
These are all fantastic everyday designs, but some of them could be adapted for themed holidays. For example, the Bunnies design would be wonderful to make for Easter in the areas where the weather is likely to still be cold enough for mittens on Easter weekend. The skull designs would be great for incorporating into Halloween costumes (or you could wear the skull socks if you’re just going to be hanging out at home dispensing candy to cute trick-or-treaters on Halloweeen night).
These designs are all gift worthy. If you knit gifts for your “inner circle”, this book is definitely worth taking a look at, because it has such a great range of patterns suited to different personality types — some that are just plain pretty, some that are cute, some that are quirky and offbeat, some that are silly or fun, and some that are truly spectacular. Yet, at the same time, ALL of them are totally practical — because, with the obvious exception of people living in the tropics, pretty much everyone needs warm socks and mittens.
The color choices featured in this book are all exceptionally attractive. The scans of the pictures shown on this page don’t really do them justice; the book’s pages appear brighter and livelier in person.
The photography and styling are both done well. The projects are either pictured by themselves or with outfits that enhance rather than detract from them. In most (not all) cases, you get a picture of the project laid flat plus a separate shot of it pictured on a human body. I find this presentation to be incredibly helpful for understanding how the projects are intended to look and fit.
Another fantastic thing about this book: Where it’s warranted, the team at Trafalgar Square Books has given you charts for both the left and right mitten / sock. This is so helpful! There are competing books that give you only one chart for both, with instructions to reverse the design when you make the second mitten or sock in the pair. While it admittedly isn’t difficult to reverse a chart, I do know someone who accidentally made 2 of the same mittens because she forgot she was supposed to do that reversal. OOPS. If you knit with distractions (and who doesn’t?), you are sure to appreciate the fact that all the reversed charts are present and included for you.
Things to Be Aware of Before You Buy This Book
Drops makes many, but not all, of the suggested yarns for these patterns. This is wonderful, because Drops yarns are readily available in many locations around the globe including the United States and Europe. However, if you need to substitute a yarn, the team at Trafalgar Square Books has made it super easy to do so. They’ve included the information about the exact yarn they used to make the project, PLUS they also include a recommendation for which weight of yarn on the Craft Yarn Council’s yarn standards scale you’d want to use.
You will need to be comfortable working from charts in order to make use of these patterns.
The subtitle on the front cover of the book states “22 More Outrageously Unique Knitting Patterns”, but I can’t figure out how they came up with the number 22. By my math, this book has 21 patterns in it, if you count each of the 2 variations of the laughing skulls socks as being different. Maybe they came up with 22 projects because one of the pairs of socks and mittens includes 2 different color variations? At any rate, to me it looks like there are 20 designs, plus a couple that have variations.
These are all patterns sized for adult women. There are no patterns intended for men or kids.
Each project is only graded for one size. The mitten patterns are all graded for women’s size medium. Most of the sock patterns are graded for US size 7.5 / European size 38; the Jitterbug Flower socks are graded for US size 6.5 / European size 37. Please keep these sizes in mind when you consider whether this book will meet your needs or not.
I’m delighted to recommend this book to other knitting enthusiasts, particularly to adult female knitters who wear size medium mittens or size 6.5 / 37 or 7.5 / 38 socks — or to knitters whose intended gift recipients wear any of these sizes. I think the patterns in this book have broad appeal, and many knitters are likely to want to make these projects.
Where to Buy This Book:
- Click here to shop for this book at the publisher’s website. — If you’re thinking you might enjoy this book, and you don’t need to buy other items like yarn or knitting needles right now, please consider buying the book directly from the publisher. By purchasing from them, you allow them to maximize the profit they make from your purchase, which empowers them to keep publishing great material for all of us to enjoy. But, of course, they do benefit from any purchase made at any source. Regardless, thank you so much for supporting their wonderful work.
- Click here to shop for this book at knitpicks. — Even if you’ve never heard of Knitpicks, you’ll definitely want to consider shopping here — because they offer you one-stop shopping for yarn, needles and patterns, and because they frequently offers outstanding discounts on the latest knitting books.
- Click here to shop for this book at Amazon.
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About Your Book Reviewer: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials.
This page was last updated on 9-6-2020.