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Product Details

  • Series: Minnowknits Books
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Breckling Press (September 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933308095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933308098
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

More than twenty new quick, chic creations from celebrity designer Jil Eaton provide everything a stylish bambini needs for comfort with panache

Say good-bye to time-consuming baby patterns that require fingering weight yarn, size 2 needles, and unending patience. With Minnies--a delectable collection of chic, speedy knits from internationally acclaimed designer Jil Eaton--moms, aunts, grannies, and friends can experience the joy and instant gratification of knitting for the little ones in their life. Using big needles and bulky yarn, whip up any one of these adorable projects--many in just a weekend!--for your own baby or that of a friend or relative.

Jil Eaton's fun, fresh, colorful confections are simple enough for beginners, yet allow for the personal touch and design details of the experienced knitter. Designs include a layette, party dresses, playtime rompers, hats, booties, kimono, outerwear, and more. Simple shapes enhanced by charming details like bobbles, cords, spirals, ruffles, tassels, and trims evoke the unmistakable touch of whimsy that has become Eaton's signature.

With the portability, versatility, and simplicity of these projects, even new moms can find time to make more than one. Instant gratification never looked so cute! Special features include:

  • More than twenty new designs in brilliant colors and irresistibly soft yarns sized for infants and toddlers
  • Most projects are QuickKnits®, using worsted and bulky yarns and big needles to knit up quickly and easily
  • Gorgeous color photos by award-winning photographer Nina Fuller
  • Illustrated Learn-to-Knit section great for beginners and anyone returning to the craft
  • Tips on technique, equipment, knitting to fit, finishing, and caring for garments
  • Quick, colorful confections in fluffy angora, velvety cashmere, soft cotton, and warm wools
  • Play clothes with dash and flair
  • Tradition with a twist
  • Simple silhouettes, fabulous fibers, and crisp colors
  • Baby knits with panache!
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jil Eaton is an internationally acclaimed knitwear designer whose work regularly appears in Vogue Knitting International. She publishes and distributes worldwide a collection of hand-knitting patterns, under the Minnowknits label, and is the author of After Dark and SimpleChic. She lives in Portland, Maine.

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Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on November 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
... well, most!
many of the patterns in this book are worsted weight (such as the seed stitch cardigan on the front) but many are "bulky" - 2.5-3.5 stitches per inch. normally, "quick knit" translates into "crappy" but not with Minnies - all of the designs are realtively simple yet adorable and often innovative.
nowhere does Ms. Eaton bore the reader with assertions to use "machine washable acrylic blends" as do most books for baby knitting. instead she urges knitters to use novelty, exciting and luxury fiber yarns! think Colinette, Berroco etc. these are our BABIES for heavens sake! they should have the best - even if it does have to be handwashed ;^)
the Genghis Baby hat (3.5 stitches per inch) is irresisitible, and if you make one for your baby or toddler i promise s/he'll be the only one on the playground with this adorable hat!
any Minnowknits book is a must -have on a knitter's shelf, but this is my favorite.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Carol S. VINE VOICE on November 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Jil Eaton's latest collection of patterns for babies and toddlers, Minnies, is outstanding. The collection contains Eaton's hallmarks -- fun & funky styling, relatively simple techniques, bright colors, high-quality yarns -- in a variety of patterns, including sweaters, hats, a christening gown, sundress, one-piece romper and more. Great photos of real kids wearing the finished items are supplemented by clear shots of just the garment lying flat AND by schematic diagrams with detailed measurements (both important to a serious knitter). I've zipped through three of the patterns already, and they are indeed quick to knit while yielding quite professional results. I like the fact that Eaton uses a wide variety of yarns and gauges, and that virtually all of the patterns can be completed in a short period of time (before your child grows out of the size!). I especially appreciate that Eaton's patterns manage to maintain an original and fresh feel, avoiding that recycle-too-many-old-patterns trap that some designers fall into by their third or fourth book. Now that my son is getting too big for the toddler sizes, I can only hope that more patterns for bigger kids on are the way....
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have knitted some Jil Eaton sweaters in the past, I love her quickknit patterns, elaborate looking knits that are quite easy. This book I found to be just fair, with a good portion of the knits for infants, not toddlers, which I was hoping for. A lot of the patterns were cute but nothing that really gave me the urge to pull out the needles.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love this book for making gifts for friends children. I've made the seedling sweater, the flax jax (no sewing together) and the cable-alls sweater many times and my friends love them. I did find an error on the flax jax. You don't need nearly as much yarn as the pattern calls for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. St Amand on January 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is one of my absolute favorites in my knitting library! And I have aLOT of books, all of EZ's, Sally Melville's and a slew of others. Minnies has it's own niche and of course would not have "everything you'd ever need to knit for babies" in it, but what it does have is a terrific selection of knits that are easy, up to date, fun, and well-recieved by the mom's. As far as mistakes, that is not always the designer's fault as many times it is out of her hands once it goes to editing/publishing. I have e-mailed Jil Eaton a couple of times for some help on a pattern and she's always responded quickly and graciously. I've made the "Mini Pini" and the "Flax Jax" for two different babies and the mothers absolutely loved them. I find that this book has more than some others, in that it includes schematics, which is a huge help. And she doesn't restrict you with "it has to be this yarn or it won't work" mentality. I love my book and it's a terrific and manageable price,too. I will never get rid of this book. And now that I am going to be a grandmother for the first, time I will be knitting alot more of these designs!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Y. Leventhal on December 24, 2001
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The patterns are cute and all, but the largest size is for 3 year-olds and most patterns only go up to 24 months. So if you are looking for patterns for children (who will soon grow out of their toddler stage), this is not the book for you. Sure you can resize, but other of Jil Eaton's books (Such as Big Fish Little Fish or the first two MinnowKnits books) have larger sizes, so why go through the trouble?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I think I actually like this the best of Jil Eaton's 4 books.
The christening dress is someting I would actually make for my child or a relatives. I LOVE the feltie feet pattern, which are red booties with a black and white checkered tie. I also like the cable-alls and the angora jumpsuit with matching hat. They
all seem to be quick knits, which is also a plus.
Happy Knitting,
Nanette of Fruitland, ID
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