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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307408728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307408723
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Thank you, Caddy and Sally, for creating this beautiful collection of projects I can knit for my mom—and that she can knit for me! And thank you even more for your crystal-clear explanation of how to create the most flattering knitwear for any shape. It's a must-read for any knitter!”
Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch ’n Bitch series of knitting books, and editor-in-chief of BUST Magazine

“This is an extraordinary book. It combines Sally’s flair for pairing wearability with meticulous design and Caddy’s ability to achieve exciting creations without unnecessary complexity. The mutual respect and affection that guided this joint mother-daughter venture will no doubt make the garments feel warmer.”
—Debbie New, author of Unexpected Knitting

“A loving and inspired creative dialogue between mother and daughter, this book pays tribute to the very multigenerational soul of our craft.”
— Clara Parkes, author of The Knitter’s Book of Yarn and publisher of KnittersReview.com

“Having a new Sally Melville book to page through is like being at a pajama party with a trusted friend: fun, comforting, and energizing all at the same time. This time, Sally has brought her daughter, Caddy, to the knitting party as co-author and designer, and their resulting book is full of fresh and flattering designs from two different design perspectives, plus a lot of great information on just how and where to change a pattern to fit you properly. Mother-Daughter Knits is a delight that had me reaching for my needles and digging through my yarn stash more than once.”
— Amy R. Singer, author of Big Girl Knits and More Big Girl Knits

About the Author

SALLY MELVILLE is a widely published and highly sought after knitwear designer who teaches a dozen different workshops at over 20 venues across North America every year. Her work has appeared in magazines from Vogue Knitting to Interweave Knits, and she is the author of several books, including the best-selling Knitting Experience series. Visit Sally online at www.sallymelvilleknits.com

CADDY MELVILLE LEDBETTER is Sally Melville’s only daughter. She currently designs knitwear and teaches knitting classes.

Both women reside in Ottawa, Canada.

More About the Author

Sally Melville teaches knitting and is the author of Sally Melville Styles: A Unique and Elegant Approach to Your Yarn Collection and The Knitting Experience: Book 1: The Knit Stitch. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Customer Reviews

I love Sally Melville's designs.
Amazon Customer
I liked this book so much when I had a chance to flip through it that I immediately bought a copy and made a swatch for one of the sweaters.
D. Boyken
The patterns are never ordinary but special, original and very creative.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Legal Knitter VINE VOICE on March 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'd heard a good buzz about this book at my LYS, and so was expecting it to be at least above average. However, I'd put it solidly in the "excellent" category. A very wide range of designs, even the ones that are classic have something "new" about them. Much to my surprise, some of my favorites are from the "daughter" side of the design team. (The draped tank and the side-to-side pullover are now in the queue.) The addition of the "fit" guide is a very nice bonus, and expanding it into the designs themselves with a simple line like "adjust to your ideal length here" is nice for those of us who sometimes get carried away in the knitting and forget about the fit checks. (Ahem.) I've been happily poking through my stash, assigning skeins to projects and have plenty to keep me busy, although I think that lovely gray cable cardigan is a special "must have" and will require a trip to the yarn store this fall.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lain VINE VOICE on April 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
With the proliferation of free knitting patterns and the ability to buy patterns individually on the Web, knitwear designers have to make sure that EVERY pattern in a book is a homerun -- otherwise, knitters will not shell out the $30-plus for the hard copy. And that is where this book falls short. The photographs are lovely, but most of the patterns are not.

While there are a few patterns I'd love to knit, most are just so-so or downright unattractive (the Femme Tie??? Who are they kidding?). It's not worth it for me to pay this much for a book when I'm only going to knit one or two. There are better patterns available online for free, or for $5 each.

I also don't understand why the publisher doesn't supply pictures of the projects for sites like Amazon. I would NEVER buy a knitting book online without being able to see what patterns are included.

Anyway, I still love Sally. I just don't like this book.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Terah Davis on July 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ladies, if you are buying Sally Melville's books just for the patterns you are missing the best parts. I love some of her patterns and others are YUCK!, but the most valuable parts of the books are the hints, tips, and "how to" sections. Sally is a TEACHER! The information in the books will help you move from being a pattern follower to a master knitter. In this book she helps you learn to fit your body and your style by making minor adjustments in the knitting patterns, length, color, yarn, etc.

I would give this book 5 stars, except that I want people to read my comments. Personally, I skip the 5 star ratings and check to see what bothers other people about a book. If their concerns don't bother me, then I buy the book. This book has sooooo much more to offer than patterns I would have purchased it even if I hadn't liked even one of the patterns.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcea Reid on September 27, 2009
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This book has very handy tips in the Knit To Flatter opening chapter, and was a nice read. The idea of a mother and daughter sharing ideas to bring this book together was very engaging, drawing me into their knitting world a bit.

Each pattern begins with the designer's explanation of why she designed it, what she learned, why she selected elements of the design...it really makes me think about how I can modify for myself, redesign a favorite item from my closet.

Each pattern ends with a nice interchange between mother and daughter regarding knitting, inspirational for me. If you are a mother wanting to knit for a younger person...it provides a great perspective!

The photos and layout of the hardcover book are beautiful, a joy to turn the pages.

But THE BEST of this book are the REALLY GREAT patterns! I have knit so far the Classic Shirt in Louet linen, Sophisticated Hoodie in Rowan Calmer, A Gray Cardigan in a rose color Panda Silk, and Mini-Dress in Nashua Cilantro. A few more on my list for future. Each garment turned out stunning AND FLATTERING (as per book title)! Although there were minor errors in instructions, which is really surprising since any editor attempting to knit from the instructions should have spotted them, they were things I figured out and worked around.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LRM on May 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Judging from the previous reviews, this is a book that you will either love or hate. I found the patterns in this book almost universally ugly and terribly unflattering, there would only be one or two that I might consider knitting. A geat disappointment.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Boyken on May 25, 2009
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I liked this book so much when I had a chance to flip through it that I immediately bought a copy and made a swatch for one of the sweaters. It's been a while since a knitting book and I clicked together so very quickly.

Despite the title, this book is (thankfully) NOT about cute little matchy-matchy outfits for moms to wear when they're out with their daughters. What it IS, is a book written by the brilliant Sally Melville and her daughter Caddy Melville Ledbetter.

Every pattern in this book comes from one of the brains of this mother/daughter team, and while I don't love all of them, there are a lot of them that I do. The knits are all beautifully photographed for this book, and by "beautifully" I mean that they're not only easy on the eyes, but practical representations of the knits being shown. No weird postures or props to distract you. The Table of Contents lists out every pattern, and they are also listed in the Index at the back.

I'll agree that a pattern for a necktie or a headband seems pretty pointless, but there are more than enough beautiful patterns in here to make up for a couple that are unnecessary. None of the patterns are dull. None are unwearably weird. They're creative. They're well thought out. They're stylish. Love.
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