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Very cute patterns, anything but "Quick"
on August 22, 2011
The patterns in this book are super cute compared to what you normally get from "baby" patterns. I was excited to get started making things.
The book has 3 main problems.
1 - The patterns are anything but "quick". The Sheep Hat pattern took me about a month to knit. For an experienced knitter, a baby hat shouldn't take more than a couple of evenings, a week for something more elaborate. The Trinity Stitch was so hard on my hands on tiny needles that I kept having to put it down for a few days and then come back to it. I thought it was never going to be done.
2 - the patterns are all done by different designers, so it can be quite difficult to get consistent gauge. one designer knits loosely, another tightly, so you have to do a gauge swatch for every pattern individually.
3 - the book uses a huge variety of colors which is really great, but good luck actually finding most of the exact colors used at your local yarn store. you will have to either special order most colors or else substitute with what's available.
The patterns are a broad range of skill levels. One of the baby blankets would be a great first lace project for someone, but overall these are for the intermediate to advanced knitter. For example, the sheep hat uses intarsia done in the round which is a fairly advanced skill. Also, for all of the patterns it's a good idea to check Ravelry for errata. A friend of mine, a very advanced knitter, made the sweater on the cover, and the underarm area was completely wrong when she followed the pattern, until she looked on Ravelry and got advice on what other people were doing to modify the pattern to make it work.
Super cute patterns, most worth the time/extra work involved. Order at your own risk.