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Product Details

  • Series: C & B Crafts
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855859262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855859265
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Knight's earlier pattern book, Comforts of Home (Martingale, 2000), emphasized knitting soft, comfortable fashion accessories for the home. In a similar tone, this book emphasizes classic designs knitted for babies in pastels and naturals using soft fibers such as bulky cottons, silk, and cashmere. Beginning knitters can complete most of the designs featured, and, although specific yarns are recommended, the author includes information on substituting yarns. Visually, this is a beautiful book, with full-page color photos of each design and detailed close-ups. Among the many designs featured are an enchanting cashmere teddy bear, a lace-edged baby blanket, and classic baby booties. Warmly recommended for public libraries of all sizes.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Erika Knight is a design consultant, with a special interest in knitwear, and she brings her considerable experience and knowledge of the market to inform the choice of projects, fabrics and textures in this book.

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Customer Reviews

This is by far my favorite knitting book so far.
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Although I was disappointed to see that the publishers website does not list any corrections for this book.
Jessica Sant
There are so many great patterns in this book, and the photography is amazing.
Roseanne Miske

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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Leslie D. Ehrlich on December 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
I agree with the reviewer who says this is a beautiful book but the patterns have not been adequately checked. I'm a good knitter, with dozens of sweaters to my credit. If I think it's not right, then it isn't.
The patterns couldn't be more darling. There are several bootie patterns, two blankets, and host of sweaters, from the challenging raglan to the simple garter stitch. All sweaters are for sizes up 1 yr. All call for Debbie Bliss yarns, but substituting is fairly easy since the gauges are given, mostly over stockinette.
The bad news is that the patterns are oddly and inconsistently written. The sweater I just knit is a cardigan with garter stitch edges lined with ribbon trim. The sweater is knit in the usual way -- back, 2 fronts, 2 sleeves, neckband knit on. For the second front, they don't say something economical, such as "work same as left front, reversing all shaping." They repeat and reverse all the instructions. Leaves you wondering what's different. But then for the sleeves, the directions are just plain strange. On most sweaters, the sleeve shaping follows the armhole shaping; on this one, it's different. Since I followed the armhole shapping method, which worked fine, I couldn't tell you whether the pattern would work as written. Second, the instructions simply say to increase one stitch each end every six rows until the sleeve measures 6.5 inches. They never tell you how many stiches you should have when you're done!
Net net -- if you're a confident knitter and you can fix the patterns, buy this book. Otherwise, stay away.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2003
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I bought this book because of all the wonderful reviews everyone gave it. The book does have beautiful pictures, and the projects look great.
Unfortunately, the instructions are somewhat incomplete and poorly edited, and some techniques (e.g. decreasing by knitting through the back of the loops) need more than a description in the back of the book. Also, the number of stitches are sometimes incorrect. One pattern omitted instructions to bind off in one section, so I had live stitches on the needle and wasn't sure if I should bind off or put them on a safety pin. In another section, the instructions didn't explicitly say to bind off in rib stitch.
I made one of the sweaters for age 6-9 months. The sweater turned out to have a very short torso (9 inches, per the pattern) and long, skinny arms (12+ inches). My husband commented that it looked like our 2-month-old baby could already wear it. She could barely fit into it. (There was plenty of arm length, though.)
A much, much better book is Melanie Falick's Knitting for Baby. The instructions are extremely clear (and they work). I also recommend the knitting books by Debbie Bliss.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Roseanne Miske VINE VOICE on July 17, 2006
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There are so many great patterns in this book, and the photography is amazing. I started with one of the bootie patterns which proved quite challenging. There was no schematic or photo of the work in progress, so understanding the pattern was difficult. I wish there was a little more detail in some of the patterns, especially on the finishing. But the projects I've made are just adorable. I don't think this would be a great book for the beginner.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Marshall on November 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend that if you are a novice knitter DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES purchase this book. You will only end up frustrated and there are so many other quality knitting books out there that you could spend your money on.

On a positive note! The knitted items in the book are exquisite! The photography and the way that they show the unfinished pieces is simply brilliant!

Thank goodness the photographs are done so superbly because you are going to need all of the pictures that you can get to complete any of the patterns. I've been knitting for a long time and if it hadn't been for the photos I would have never been able to figure out the patterns. Listen to all of the people here the patterns are flat out WRONG!!

For instance I started with the booties that are shown on the cover very clearly the instructions say to increase each alternative row IF you do this be fully prepared to undo all of your work because it should say each row. Again, were it not for spectacular and far above average photographs of the unfinished pieces I would have never figured it out.

It is truly such a pity that the company published the book; it's patterns like these that make people think that knitting is to difficult and causes them to give it up entirely.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PayTan123 on January 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
The beautiful photographs in this book caught my eye while I was in the library. What could go wrong with a baby blanket, I thought. I'm not sure how an earlier reader finished the personalized baby blanket without problems, but I've only just finished my first ball of yarn and I can see "trouble." I have no idea how the author believes that only six balls of 50g yarn will complete a 29" x 36" blanket. I can tell I will need at least nine balls of yarn to finish this project. I am using the exact same yarn as recommended (Rowan All Seasons Cotton, which is truly lovely yarn to work with), and my gauge is dead-on, too. I thought I was doing something utterly wrong until I read some of the reviews here. I can understand a [tight] knitter always using an extra ball of yarn, but for an author to publish a pattern that is off by 50% is just plain irresponsible.
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