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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; Reprint edition (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579652417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579652418
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 6-Appealing, full-color photographs and a dynamic layout will draw readers to this book, but the careful crafting of instructions will make them successful knitters. Beautiful photos show a group of young people having fun making and wearing attractive hats, socks, and sweaters. Not only are projects and skills arranged in an orderly progression of difficulty, but the directions also begin explicitly and gradually move toward the standard abbreviations used in commercial patterns (e.g., "knit 1" is written out instead of abbreviated as "k1"). Additional material sets this title above the few others available on the topic. There's good information on proper blocking and laundering of finished garments, dyeing wood with Kool-Aid, making wooden needles, felting wool, sewing knitting bags, the multicultural aspects of knitting, and (most importantly) finding other knitters to help with the inevitable confusions of acquiring a new skill. By following the clear directions, 10 year olds with a mechanical bent can learn the basics unaided. With some help from an experienced knitter, kids as young as five could have a rewarding new hobby. Only a small flaw mars this exemplary workAthere is a reversed diagram, but an errata sheet correcting this error is available. A terrific resource.
Torrie Hodgson, Burlington Public Library, WA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 4^-7. Knitting may not be the first free-time activity kids think of, but this very attractive book is just the thing to get them interested. Special care has been taken with the book's design--everything from the typeface to the layout to the bright background colors and occasional original artwork makes the book look hip and fresh. Dynamic color photos show both boys and girls knitting away at appealing projects--among them, backpacks, hats, puppets, scarfs, and a sweater. The instructions for knitting basics, such as casting on and the garter stitch, are given both in writing and visually, and are so clear that adult books on knitting could pick up some pointers. A list of yarn sources and information on caring for hand-knits round out the treatment. Not your grandmother's knitting book. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Melanie Falick is the publishing director of STC Craft / Melanie Falick Books, an imprint of Stewart, Tabori & Chang and Abrams Books.

Customer Reviews

This book is very easy to follow.
Patty S.
While it is certainly easier to learn to knit from a live person, this book is the next best thing.
Rebecca Haden
I highly recommend this book to anyone of any age who wants to learn to knit.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

162 of 162 people found the following review helpful By C. Cunningham on August 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the book my 8-year-old daughter and I used together to learn how to knit. As the subtitle says, it's a book for kids "of all ages".
When you read through this book you will not only learn how to knit, but you will have a deeper appreciation of needlework in general. The author covers what basic supplies you need to get started, how to make your own knitting needles (yes! And it is a lot easier than you may think), how to decorate your needles, why you should start using two different color needles, what to do when you don't have any needles (you can still knit with your fingers, the book shows you how!), how to make "kool-aid" yarn in super-fun colors, and where yarn comes from. The instructions were much simpler to understand than those in the traditional "adult books" and after finishing a few of the basic projects, I actually felt inspired to learn more, as did my daughter.
If you are looking for a terrific alternative to TV and video games then definitely buy this book. There are plenty of photographs of girls AND boys from all different races and creeds who seem to be enjoying their time spent knitting, and the pages are splashed with fun colors and typeface.
5 Stars. This is the very best beginners book on the market!
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I've been knitting for 40+ years and I bought this book for my personal collection. It has very clear directions, colorful photos and illustrations, and is ideal for teaching children AND adults to knit. The projects are fun and interesting to make. I had only one small problem with one of the methods the author used but, overall, I think this a great book. Put this book in a package with some needles and yarn and you've got a great gift for any kid on your list. But be sure the recipient has someone to help him/her if they have questions. Oh yes, I like the fact that they show BOYS knitting!! Good for them!
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for my 7 year old son because he wanted to learn to knit with "two needles". He is an accomplished finger knitter! The "two needle" technique proved too difficult for him at this time, but having always wanted to learn knitting myself, I decided to give it a whirl. Finally someone has written a book on how to knit that even I can follow. The projects in the book make great gifts, especially if you have appeciative kids or young friends. When I progressed to making a sample of various stitches I did need the hands on advise of an experienced knitter to guide me through the instructions but more to boost my confidence that I wasn't missing something. The instructions and illustrations throughout the book are very readable and a lot of fun. The book also concludes with a great, comprehensive glossary of common abbreviations used in commercial knitting instructions.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for beginning knitters. I myself learned to knit 4 or 5 years ago from this book when I was seven or eight years old and since then I have gone a long way. I love the patterns. I disagree with the person that said that kids would need adult help with the patterns. I don't at all (by the way, the only knitters in my family are me and my sisters.) There are patterns for scarves, bean bags, stockinette stitch sweater, hat, tube socks, an afghan and more. It covers many kinds of stitches, which can be practiced in the bean bags and swatch scarf. This book also has clear, colorful illustrative darwings and includes stuff about knitting around the world and the process of making yarn. It additionally includes information on yarn companies. The only problem I had with this book is when I was learning to knit from the illustrations. Now that I look back on it, the illustrations are actually pretty clear. A younger kid might need some adult guidance.

Now I've moved on to bigger and better books, but I still enjoy reading "Kids Knitting" for fun and sometimes doing a random project. This is an excellent book for beginners, and I highly recommend it.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
... The instructions are clear and concise - very easy for any age to understand... The photos throughout the book are very colorful. Seeing the pictures of the kids knitting motivates...
There are many projects, which are very cute. Most of the projects can be done in a short period of time, which is great for kids who can't wait. The projects in the book use the basic garter stitch then teaches how to combine knit and purl stitches into several stitch combinations. The book even teaches how to read a pattern. This was a great help to me since I knew how to knit and purl, but never combined them.
I have shown this book to many friends, and everyone has loved it. The yarns look beautiful, and the projects are do-able. We are really excited to start knitting!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on October 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought Kids Knitting to help my daughter,11, learn to knit. I looked through it and loved the format and cute patterns. I have made a hat and socks from the book. I had a little trouble with the twisted rib on the socks, but once I made one sock, it was easy to do the other. We had fun making the knitting needles from dowels and putting homemade balls(Sculpey) on the ends. The wooden needles are really nice to knit on. The book is great for "kids of all ages," as the subtitle says.
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