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Kid's Easy Knitting Projects [Paperback]

Peg Blanchette , Marc Nadel
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With two additions to the Quick Starts for Kids! series, Kids' Easy Knitting Projects by Peg Blanchette, illus. by Marc Nadel, and Kids' Easy Quilting Projects by Terri Thibault, illus. by Heather Barberie, older children can learn how to knit "cozy-toe slippers" or sew a quilted "Tic-Tac-Toe on the Go!" Detailed diagrams of the stitches appear in each book as well as step-by-step instructions; patterns needed for the quilting projects are also included. ( May)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 3-6-These handy books encourage newcomers to these crafts. Knitting has instructions for making coasters, a wool scarf, slippers, stuffed animals, a purse, socks, and a hat. Quilting includes a butterfly pincushion, a tic-tac-toe board, wall nesters, a moon and stars mobile, a friendship pillow, and a doll quilt. Black-and-white line drawings clearly illustrate the step-by step directions. Measurements reflect English and metric systems. All aspects of the crafting process are addressed: fabric, batting, thread, tracing, cutting, labeling, stitching, crochet hooks, knitting needles, yarn, as well as casting on, binding off, knit/purl stitches, dropped stitches, fringe possibilities, and pom-poms. The focus in both titles is on being imaginative and creative. Lists of required supplies are provided for each project, as are patterns and handy "Quick Starts Tips." These titles will be useful supplements to titles such as Karen B. Willing and Julie B. Dock's Fabric Fun for Kids (Now & Then, 1997), Marilyn Ratner's Plenty of Patches: An Introduction to Patchwork, Quilting & Appliqu? (Crowell, 1978; o.p.), Melanie Falick's Kids Knittng (Artisan, 1998), and Susie O'Reilly's Knitting & Crochet (RSVP, 1994).
Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids, honey June 4 2002
Format:Paperback
I checked this book out of the library yesterday and now I'm here adding it to my shopping cart. That's how much I like this book.
I am a beginning knitter, and want to teach my kids how to knit. I also was looking for some easy-as-pie projects. This is the book for me. It has goofy little pictures and simple instructions that are aimed twords kids, but I get the feeling that they are directed twords adults, too. This would be a great beginner book for ANY knitter. It doesn't talk down to you like some of the adult teaching books and it doesn't leave you with patterns that are outrageously beyond your comprehension to knit.
This book, along with some knitting supplies, would be a great gift for any child. (Or adult)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this one also March 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I checked out quite a few books on knitting so I could decide what to purchase. I'm an adult but my 5 year old son decided he wanted to knit too when he saw the knitting needles as potential weapons and the beautiful colored yarns. I think this is great! I am also going to purchase "Kids Knitting" by Falick and "The Stitch and B______" (I'm not sure I can say the name for a female dog here. This last book might not be appropriate for kids. The top 2 would be great ones for a 12 year old or adult. I liked the Kids Knitting book because there were pictures of boys knitting. I'm amazed but the little guy is actually knitting...some weird looking stitches, but he's having a great time and is very proud of his little strips.
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im a 11 year old girl(birthday coming soon,and will be turning 12)whose family is going to korea soon...im afraid that in korea,i wont have anything to do. that was when my father suggested for me to start up knitting...that sure aroused me...i ended up in this web searching for knitting set, and a knitting bk cheap and teaches me the basics to the 'master skill'...this is the first bk that costs 8+....but im afraid that it is very simple. remember? i want one that teaches me from basics to 'master skills'...pls, give me ur comments by writing a 'review' to me here....hope to hear as soon as possible from you guys out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for adults too! Jan. 2 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I also ended up buying this after checking it out from the library first. I couldn't decide between this and Kids Knitting by Melanie Falick so I got both for a 10-year-old. Kids Knitting has some beautiful color pictures and more projects but Kid's Easy Knitting has the basics and is more reasonably priced for someone you're not sure will continue to knit. Each has strengths and weaknesses in how they explain techniques; if you don't understand how they're explaining it in one book, it's helpful to look at the other one. I used both when I couldn't understand the information in "adult" knitting books when I first started knitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids, honey June 4 2002
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Format:Paperback
I checked this book out of the library yesterday and now I'm here adding it to my shopping cart. That's how much I like this book.
I am a beginning knitter, and want to teach my kids how to knit. I also was looking for some easy-as-pie projects. This is the book for me. It has goofy little pictures and simple instructions that are aimed twords kids, but I get the feeling that they are directed twords adults, too. This would be a great beginner book for ANY knitter. It doesn't talk down to you like some of the adult teaching books and it doesn't leave you with patterns that are outrageously beyond your comprehension to knit.
This book, along with some knitting supplies, would be a great gift for any child. (Or adult)
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for adults too! Jan. 2 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I also ended up buying this after checking it out from the library first. I couldn't decide between this and Kids Knitting by Melanie Falick so I got both for a 10-year-old. Kids Knitting has some beautiful color pictures and more projects but Kid's Easy Knitting has the basics and is more reasonably priced for someone you're not sure will continue to knit. Each has strengths and weaknesses in how they explain techniques; if you don't understand how they're explaining it in one book, it's helpful to look at the other one. I used both when I couldn't understand the information in "adult" knitting books when I first started knitting.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as beginner-friendly as it could be Aug. 6 2005
By Kalina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I received this as my first knitting book about 9 months ago. (I was 17.) I did learn how to knit with it, but it confused me as far as the purl stitch was concerned. The projects look fun and it is probably helpful that the patterns are written in a simplified version of "real" knitting patterns, so you will be used to the format. I have found Knitting by Klutz Press to be much more helpful, however. It has step-by-step, thoroughly illustrated instructions and tips and I would recommend it for beginning knitters.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this one also March 9 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I checked out quite a few books on knitting so I could decide what to purchase. I'm an adult but my 5 year old son decided he wanted to knit too when he saw the knitting needles as potential weapons and the beautiful colored yarns. I think this is great! I am also going to purchase "Kids Knitting" by Falick and "The Stitch and B______" (I'm not sure I can say the name for a female dog here. This last book might not be appropriate for kids. The top 2 would be great ones for a 12 year old or adult. I liked the Kids Knitting book because there were pictures of boys knitting. I'm amazed but the little guy is actually knitting...some weird looking stitches, but he's having a great time and is very proud of his little strips.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The patterns look fun, but illustrations could be bette May 2 2005
By Mom's Little Bookstore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just checked this out from the library, so I haven't actually knit any of the patterns in the book; however, they look pretty fun.

I have been knitting now for about 4 months, and my children want to learn how to knit. I don't see this book as a great book to start with because I don't find the instructional illustrations to be all that helpful. It really is hard to learn to knit from drawings. However, there are some patterns in here that could be really fun to make once you get the basic stitches down. So, if you have a child that wants to learn how to knit, get them rolling by *showing* them how (or by taking them to your local yarn store), then get them this book (or the previously mentioned "Kids Knitting" by Melanie Falick -- it also has great patterns), and turn them loose!

Oh, and the one disappointment I have found with both this book & "Kids Knitting" is that it doesn't address Continental-style knitting, only English -- i.e, picking vs. throwing. Continental-style is much faster & much easier for left-handers. Also, this particular book uses drawings instead of photographs to illustrate instructions and finished projects. I'm always leary of that because you never quite know how the projects will turn out. But I do think it looks like fun, and the patterns really should knit up into something useful!!
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