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Knitting for Baby: 30 Heirloom Projects with Complete How-to-Knit Instructions [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Falick , Kristin Nicholas , Ross Whitaker
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Book Description

Knitting for Baby provides knitters of all levels with everything they need to create handmade expressions of love for those special babies in their lives. Master hand-knitting designer Kristin Nicholas and bestselling author Melanie Falick offer 30 fresh, irresistible designs sized for infants to two-year-olds, step-by-step instructions and illustrations, and a comprehensive how-to-knit section for those new to the craft. From booties and blankets to toys and sweaters, the exquisite projects showcase contemporary colors and luscious natural fibers that are as soft as a baby’s skin.

Each of the patterns is clearly written and thoroughly tested and is accompanied by beautiful, hand-painted illustrations of the skills required, from casting on the first stitch to colorwork, cables, and finishing details. Engaging color photographs by acclaimed baby photographer Ross Whitaker show the finished garments and accessories being worn and enjoyed by a charming cast of babies being their naturally delightful selves.

Originally published in 2002, Knitting for Baby has sold more than 40,000 copies in hardcover. The new paperback reissue of this timeless book is sure to find an even broader audience of knitters, both novice and expert.

Editorial Reviews

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.

About the Author

Melanie Falick, publishing director of STC Craft, is the author of Weekend Knitting, Handknit Holidays, and Knit: A Personal Handbook (all STC), plus Kids Knitting and Knitting in America—with more than 400,000 books in print. She lives in Dutchess County, NY.

Kristin Nicholas is the author of Kids’ Embroidery (STC), as well as Knitting Today’s Classics, Knitting the New Classics, and Colorful Stitchery. She was named one of Vogue Knitting’s master knitters of the 1990s and is one of the foremost hand-knitting designers and colorists in the country. For 16 years, Nicholas was the creative director of Classic Elite Yarns. She lives on a sheep farm in western Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.

Ross Whitaker has specialized in photographing children for 17 years. His work regularly appears in national advertising campaigns and editorial publications. He maintains a studio in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 23946 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Publisher: STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books (September 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ZR8CAK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book got me addicted to knitting March 4, 2005
Every project in this book is attractive, tasteful, and adorable! (Well, almost -- I don't love that weird half sweater dress thing toward the end.) I have completed several of them already and can't wait to do others. So many knitting patterns are tacky and overly busy, but not so in this book.

If you are a beginner and want progressively more challenging projects that are clearly explained, this is a great book. The instructions are clear and if you were to complete the patterns in this book in order, you would emerge a very capable, skilled knitter! It starts with very basic knitted rectangles, adds purling, then shaping, then multi-color (instartia and stranded), then cables, then felting...it has a little bit of everying! Also, because these are baby projects (that is, quite small), you finish quickly and can move on to the next thing.

This is my favorite book in my knitting library.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By Becca
I work in a baby and kids, only, yarn shop. And, let me tell you, I LOVE this book for customers and students. For the advanced student, there's only a few projects in there that really challenge the knitter, but they are some of the greatest patterns out there!!! (For instance, babies go ga-ga, literally, over the felted balls. I keep some in the store for the babes to play with, and many of the little ones barely let them go. Customers tell me this is true for the balls that they've made for their own children. ALSO - that little aran is one of the best patterns out there, in my opinion. It's accessible - I taught a customer how to read and understand cable patterns using this pattern as the guide.)

As for beginners, this book is fantastic. Because I deal with a lot of moms and grandmoms, I've had many students learn to knit directly from this book, and then to continue to use the book as a reference source, and for continually challenging patterns.

I won't hide my adoration for Melanie Falick and Kristin Nicholas. In my opinion and experience, they are 2 of the most understandable and creative women out there in the textile arts publishing business. Melanie for her editting skills (she brings together some greeat designers) and her writing skills (great at clarifying things and making them fun to read). And, Kristin is a fabulous illustrator. Between this book and KIDS KNITTING, I have taught dozens of people how to knit, how to increase their skills, and then sent them off with a reference book I feel confident in; Kristin's images are easy to read and her patterns are cute and fun!!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Knitting Book I Use The Most July 23, 2005
By Anne
I have had this book for a few years and whenever I hear that a friend is pregnant I pick it up and choose a project for the new 'addition'. This book is great because it gives good instructions for beginners, starting with basic stitches, then keeps adding on with more advanced techniques. I feel that you could use this book as a beginner and learn most everything you need just by progressing through, from casting on an knit/purl to cables and felting. The best part is that all of the projects are very cute and doable. These are things you actually want to complete (unlike my first ever knitting project, a dumb old washcloth, which I did so I could learn the basics, all the while feeling like I was wasting my time).

The only negative about the book (and this is only a negative if you are a more advanced knitter) is that the patterns are too wordy! It would be nice if they kept the wordy part for those who like specific, conversational instruction but also had a 'quick' version of the pattern, showing just the stitches, so it wouldn't be so tedious for more advanced knitters to get through the instructions. That said, I would recommend this book above all others for beginners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute baby styles November 14, 2002
By A Customer
In my opinion, there are both pros and cons to this particular knitting book (as with any, I suppose).
First, this is full of several, really adorable baby styles--and even if you're a beginner, the instructions are easy to follow. For the same reason, experienced knitters might find this book a little simplistic. But, being relatively new to knitting myself, the patterns in this book were the ones with which I first tackled several techniques that had seemed daunting before: circular knitting with double-pointed needles, intarsia patterns, and fair-isle knitting.
I have made several cute things for my nieces; a little hat with ear-flaps, mittens connected by a cord, the MOST adorable (and practical) booties I have ever seen a pattern for (the "stay-on booties"), a little roll-edge sweater with a heart on the chest, a snowflake nordic pullover... There are others I still want to try, like a felted wool diaper bag, the "mommy" sweater, etc. As well as some patterns I'll likely just pass up and never use. Another good aspect is that nearly all of the patterns are written for several sizes--newborn through toddler.
That said, there are also some not-so-good things about this book. Some of the things I was VERY glad I tried first with cheap, practice yarns. I found myself modifying some aspects of the patterns to improve upon them with other techniques I had already learned (via "Knitting for Dummies"). Don't get me wrong--you can get by with ONLY this book if you want to; the patterns are simple enough that if you're looking to make a simple baby blanket for a baby shower or something (there are several patterns) and you've never knitted before, you can manage. But for extra "expert" touches, another reference is a good thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great tips with photos
Turn to this book again & again, great tips with photos. The patterns are nice.
Published 12 days ago by V. Larson
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I like to knit and the sweaters are fun and easy.
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Published 4 months ago by MollyBea
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book for beginning knitters
This is a great book for beginning knitters. I've made 3 items in the short time since I got the book.
Published 7 months ago by Carol Engstrom
4.0 out of 5 stars stylish classic patterns
Clear instructions for timeless patterns. Lots of illustrations. Primer for basic and advanced knitting techniques. Yarn information for projects provided.
Published 8 months ago by Laura Morse
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtually everything is doable and easy to understand
I absolutely love this book. It's great for any level of knitter (in my opinion) -- booties, sweaters (and instructions so you don't HAVE to do stripes if you don't want to),... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Haven't knitted out of this book yet but I'm looking forward to it.
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth R. Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars YES
Daughter loves to knit for babies
Published 10 months ago by Lorene Rowland
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners
I am a very beginning knitter and this book has very simple instructions and great pictures. I found this book to be easy to use and not overwhelming.
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