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Baby Knits for Beginners


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Book Name: Baby Knits for Beginners

Author: Debbie Bliss

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing

ISBN: 1570762481

Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages: 128

Illustrations: Color Photos, B& W diagrams

Experience Required: Beginner


Book Review

As the weather gets cooler the urge to knit is getting stronger and this is the perfect book for projects to make to keep your little ones warm. Baby Knits for Beginners is a very welcome, useful informative book for the beginner knitter, especially if you want to make something cute for a special little child. I really like that Debbie draws on her personal knitting experience to help the reader have the best possible experience, from first time ever knitters to the knitter with a few projects under their belts. Photos that beautifully represent the wonderful knitted items that are plentiful in this book accompany the projects to give you an idea of what the finished product should look like.

It is a good idea to read through all the introductory information in the knitting essentials chapter because it is very educational and important. There is a handy overview of the tools and materials you need to make the projects in this book. Especially important is the section on reading pattern instructions. It includes helpful tips, abbreviations and definitions for terms used throughout the book. It may have been awhile since you’ve knitted something and you need a bit of a refresher so it is a good to read.
I particularly like that the author talks about how to buy yarn because even if you have knitted a few items, you may not be familiar with the intricacies of buying different types of yarn. And while she discusses her own wool and yarn products she first covers the different types available.

For the true beginner there are step-by-step illustrated instructions for casting on, knit and purl stitches, casting off, tension, increasing, decreasing, picking up stitches, seams, fixing mistakes. Projects start off simple with a simple garter stitch scarf, taking you through all the steps from casting on once again which may be a bit repetitive but it depends on whether you read the opening sections. In the margin of the instructions for the projects, Debbie refers back to techniques when necessary (i.e. increasing and seams for boat neck sweater). Measurement charts for different age groups are included with the patterns for the sweaters and the dress. I also like that at the beginning of each project there is an introduction that includes hints and tips about making the projects.

Favorites:

  • Garter stitch blanket
  • Simple hat
  • V-neck cardigan with contrast ribs
  • Moss stitch shoes
  • Sweater with square set sleeves
  • Dress with eyelets
  • Two needle socks

Overall Rating:

4.5/5

Available At:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca

 

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