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Knitting with Gigi Hardcover – May 22, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale & Co Inc; First American Edition edition (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564777588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564777584
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Knitting with Gigi is an awesome kid's book for any child (or adult!) who wants to learn to knit. There are good instructions and wonderful illustrations to help learn the basic cast-on (starting), knit stitch, decreasing (making it a different shape), and bind-off (ending). Some knitting books are very difficult to learn how to knit from, but the instructions in Knitting with Gigi are very clear. Eight kid-friendly projects make up the second half of the book, all of them easy to follow and perfect for a beginner.

Gigi also has a website where kids can join the "Gigi's kindness corps" and knit for those in need. Her website also includes videos of instructions to get to "the next step" so to speak. The videos explain the purl stitch, different cast-on methods, and techniques of finishing. By the time a young knitter has finished the projects in the book and watched and learned the information in the videos, they will be ready to go further into the knitting world.

I want to point out a wonderful thing that Gigi (who speaks in verse) has said: "Practice makes perfect will never apply. We all make mistakes, no matter how hard we try. So be of good cheer and do not despair. With time and some care you'll have something to wear." Every young knitter should hear this--and experienced ones, too!

Recommendation: boys and girls ages 6+. Adults could learn to knit with their kids with this book too! --Haleyknitz

About the Author

About the Author/Illustrator Home: Waverly, Iowa, and Port Townsend, Washington In addition to being a knitter and a mom, Karen Thalacker is a lawyer and an adjunct professor at Wartburg College. Mindy Dwyer specializes in watercolor and is the author and illustrator of many children's books.

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I love the bamboo needles and they are now my needle of choice!
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The illustrations which demonstrate each step of the knitting process are clear and simple.
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This book is also a great match for a child and a parent who BOTH want to knit.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By daisydeadpetals on August 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I applaud the author of this book, who presents a really fun, non-intimidating way for kids to learn about knitting. I would definitely recommend this book for girls (and boys!) ages 8-12 who are interested in knitting. In the book, kids get fun little stories, how-to's of knitting techniques, and seven step-by-step projects to make.

The main character, "Gigi," is a little girl who loves to knit. There are cute poems about her throughout the book, along with adorable drawings of Gigi and her friends knitting. Gigi also writes in her own voice about how she learned how to knit, which I think really helps connect one child to another. This book is also a great match for a child and a parent who BOTH want to knit. They can learn together!

I especially like how Gigi talks about how she'll use her projects when she's done. For instance, she talks about making a bag for her brother's piano books. Her friend gets a new winter coat, so Gigi knits up a scarf and hat to match. And on the last page of the book, Gigi talks about knitting for charity. So there are lots of practical ideas to get kids inspired to knit for friends and family, and even for charitable causes.

Finally, Gigi has her own Web site, [..]. Gigi blogs about her knitting adventures there, and kids can get information on charities to knit for. There's a lot to explore there, and it all ties into the book. Really fun for those young site-surfers!

This book has the whole package for kids--techniques, projects, and the excitement of doing something creative and sharing it with the world. That's an aim I think every growing child should have. If you want to inspire creativity and charity in your kids, pick up Knitting with Gigi!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Karen Thalacker's KNITTING WITH GIGI comes in both book and pattern box kit complete with yarns which lend well to beginners ages 8 and older who are just getting started - and for many an adult newcomers to knitting. The kit holds yarn, needles, and a softcover book with poems pictures and easy step-by-step directions, making it a perfect gift choice. The hardcover book includes 8 patterns and easy step-by-step instructions which works well for lending libraries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I didn't know how to knit when I bought this kit, and I didn't learn how from it. I found myself, at age 28, completely lost while attempting to understand the basic techniques of slipknots, casting on, and the knit stitch with the diagrams in this book. I love the art and poetry, and I'm sure children will find it helpful for memorization, but for those first few tries they may need an adult on the spot. I know I did! (Thanks, Mom! ^_^)

That aside, the tools included are good quality. I love the bamboo needles and they are now my needle of choice! The yarn doesn't split or knot easily like cheaper yarns do. Overall, worth the money, but only if you have someone there to help the learner understand the diagrams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marianne Mccarthy on September 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is very good basic book on knitting. I am not a child but it was helpful to me. I look forward to sharing it with the children in my life. Good pictures, good descriptions and directions!!!
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Interesting and informative book. The poetic text has a bit of a story line which makes it more fun than just a "how-to" book. The illustrations which demonstrate each step of the knitting process are clear and simple. There are simple but fun patterns. I also like that is suggests that knitting can be a way to help other people in your community, knitting hats for babies, etc. and ways to donate those things. I bought one for my niece to help reinforce teaching her to knit, and liked it so much I ordered another.
I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn to knit.
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By J. Bradley on November 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am not a youth (far from it!) but until I read 'Knitting with Gigi' I had not mastered knitting. I love the rhymes, the easy style and the author's (Gigi's) subtle suggestions for involvement in helping others. In one evening, I was knitting away and loving it. The illustrations are a beautiful complement to a wonderful book for children and their parents to learn/share together. I'd definitely suggest this book as a great gift for the aspiring knitter!
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