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What to Knit When You're Expecting: Simple Mittens, Blankets, Hats & Sweaters for Baby Paperback – October 9, 2012

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Knit and Nosh blog
"Brilliant!...If you know a knitter who is, or will soon become pregnant, What to Knit When You're Expecting will be a welcome gift.”

All Free Knitting blog
“This baby book offers a nice variety of traditional and modern patterns. This is a great find for both expecting mothers and those who are searching for the perfect handmade gift to bring to a baby shower.”

The Yarniad blog
“…seriously, how cute is this?!?!?...This would be a wonderful book to have if you are indeed expecting, but I also think it would be great to have on hand…for special gifts for friends who are.”

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Nikki Van De Car spent the months before her daughter's birth knitting constantly to keep her hands busy and to help the time before her arrival pass more quickly. She knitted everything from sweaters and hats to burp cloths and stuffed animals. Over the course of the following year, she learned which items were actually useful, and which sat in a drawer, never to be worn. The 28 patterns collected in 'What to Knit When You're Expecting', for babies aged from 0 to 12 months, are the best of these, and include booties, mittens, bibs and blankets, as well as sweaters, hats and cardigans. All are relatively simple, so can be knit while your mind is elsewhere, and all are immensely practical. This title is organized according to where you are in your pregnancy, the patterns for the first trimester reflect the fact there is still plenty of time to finish a longer project; those for the second, when many women learn the sex of their baby, focus on clothes for girls and boys; and projects for the third are quick and easy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076244665X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762446650
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nikki Van De Car was born in Hawaii. Her blog, What To Knit When You're Expecting, chronicles her day-to-day life with her daughter Maile, and all the crawling, teething and knitting that goes on.

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I bought this book based on the previous two reviews and must say that I am really happy I bought it. This book contains many adorable patterns for girls and boys, and all seem fairly easy to knit. I started on a sweater, and it is really quite simple with well written instructions that are easy to comprehend. I have been knitting for about 1.5 years, so have some experience, but I had purchased another book before-"60 quick baby knits"- and trust me, none of those patterns were quick or easy. This book definitely offers a nice variety of very doable patterns that will look adorable. It is beautifully presented, too- the author tells a little story about each pattern and what was the inspiration behind it. If you are looking for cute projects that you will actually be able to finish during your pregnancy, this book is for you.
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I'm very much enjoying knitting my way through this book. The patterns are easy to follow, I would recommend this for a practiced beginner.The designs are (and look and feel) so organic and homey, which was my initial draw. The author tells you exactly what brands of yarns she uses, making it easy to get your projects perfectly matched to the pattern. This is a beautiful book, and I'm patiently waiting for a second installment ;)
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28 really cute patterns ; those to knit in the first trimester are larger scale projects (blanket, sleeping bag); the second trimester features items specific to a boy or a girl (this is when the mum-to-be may find out her child's sex). I loved the little tutu and the gathered pinafore dress. Also the little toggle jacket, which the author says made her stepdaughter look like a wood-elf! All clothes come in sizes from newborn-12 months.
The third trimester focusses on small last-minute knits - cute cushions, hats etc. I would take issue with the button bag (most unsuitable with a baby around) plus I'm not sure about knitting bibs, which in my recollection need washing in very hot water on a daily basis!
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This book is full of errors! The idea is great - knitting through the trimesters. The products are cute. The patterns are full of errors. There are corrections online, but even those are incomplete.
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This book has a ton of cute patterns, unfortunately, almost every single one of them has errors. I was able to find the corrections on a blog post by the author and spent almost an hour marking up my book with all of the changes. I feel like I should get a refund or at least a new printing of the book for free. I've never seen so many errors!
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This book has very useful, adorable patterns for babies that would delight any new Mom! Some very trendy items, like the cocoon; some very useful garments, like the layette and they are done in cool colors (not just pastels).
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There are a lot of nice patterns in this book; however, there are a lot of errors in the patterns. Make sure and look up the corrections before attempting any of the patterns. It will save you hours of frustration.
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- I spent hours and hours trying to figure out what I did wrong with the Baby Cozy. I finally realized that it was because of the errors with the pattern... I wish if the author had checked the patterns more carefully. I will read reviews and look online for errors in the future when I buy a knitting book (I will probably not buy one from this author).
- I only found a few things I actually wanted to knit in this book.
- I'm not sure if the design of the Baby Cozy is baby friendly, with so many buttons.
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