- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 1 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1584790873
- ISBN-13: 978-1584790877
- Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1.9 x 24.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 907 g
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #622,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Knitting for Baby: 30 Heirloom Projects with Complete How-to-Knit Instructions Hardcover – Mar 1 2002
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From Library Journal
With a knitting renaissance well underway in the United States, many books targeted to beginners are hitting the market. Although Falick (Knitting in America), editor of Interweave Knits magazine, and prolific knitwear designer Nicholas (Knitting Today's Classics) here offer a pattern book of 25 knitwear designs for infants to two year olds, theirs is also one of the best books a public librarian could recommend for the novice knitter. It covers in detail every aspect of knitting that could possibly interest a new knitter: casting on, knitting, purling, shaping, color knitting, circular knitting, cables, binding off, and finishing. The projects, which include colorful stitch-sampler baby blocks and felted balls, as well as larger projects like sweaters, blankets, and a felted diaper bag, are presented roughly in order of difficulty. Instructions are complete, illustrations abound, and each project is illustrated in full-color photos by well-known baby photographer Ross Whitaker. For all knitting collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I rarely express negative opinions about knitting books, because I realize that taste is highly individual. There is no doubt that the two authors are capable of producing a book of designs with ingenuity, innovation and style, but this book just doesn't do it.
Having said that, I give a hearty "thumbs-up" to the clarity of the instructions for a given project. I am working on a pair of booties, and have been able to follow the instructions well enough to learn techniques for yarnovers (a method for making eyelets) as well as i-cords.
My only other disappointment was with the breadth and practicality of some of the projects. There are a number of patterns for sweaters (a little too challenging for this beginner!) and toys, but I was looking for some good "heirloom" projects for a newborn niece - I had to settle for the baby booties and hat, for which there are only two or three patterns in the book.
Overall, a good choice!
And that's what's so enchanting. The book is not just instructions and patterns but it's about creating and the reader can feel it. Because I love knitting and want my efforts to show I know this is going to be one of my favorite books.
The only complaint I have is that some of the TECHNIQUE instructions are a bit confusing even with the diagrams - instead of simply saying, "...put the right needle through the loop from front to back...", there is a whole paragraph of "...turn your hand slightly left with palm facing up and bring your index finger around and face it towards the left needle then twist your hand back around...blah blah blah..." So my solution would be to also pick up a copy of "Knitting for Dummies", for reference during those times when one explanation isn't enough.
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