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Knitting for Baby: 30 Heirloom Projects with Complete How-to-Knit Instructions Hardcover – March 1, 2002
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With a knitting renaissance well underway in the United States, many books targeted to beginners are hitting the market. Although Falick (Knitting in America), editor of Interweave Knits magazine, and prolific knitwear designer Nicholas (Knitting Today's Classics) here offer a pattern book of 25 knitwear designs for infants to two year olds, theirs is also one of the best books a public librarian could recommend for the novice knitter. It covers in detail every aspect of knitting that could possibly interest a new knitter: casting on, knitting, purling, shaping, color knitting, circular knitting, cables, binding off, and finishing. The projects, which include colorful stitch-sampler baby blocks and felted balls, as well as larger projects like sweaters, blankets, and a felted diaper bag, are presented roughly in order of difficulty. Instructions are complete, illustrations abound, and each project is illustrated in full-color photos by well-known baby photographer Ross Whitaker. For all knitting collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Melanie Falick is the author of Weekend Knitting, Handknit Holidays, and Knit: A Personal Handbook, (all STC), plus Kids Knitting and Knitting in America—with more than 400,000 books in print. She lives in Dutchess County, NY.
Kristin Nicholas is the author of Kids’ Embroidery (STC), as well as Knitting Today’s Classics, Knitting the New Classics, and Colorful Stitchery. She was named one of Vogue Knitting’s master knitters of the 1990s and is one of the foremost hand-knitting designers and colorists in the country. For 16 years, Nicholas was the creative director of Classic Elite Yarns. She lives on a sheep farm in western Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.
Ross Whitaker has specialized in photographing children for 17 years. His work regularly appears in national advertising campaigns and editorial publications. He maintains a studio in New York City.
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Top Customer Reviews
For knitting for two years, I haven't knit many projects from this book but that's because I haven't knit many projects period. But I have knit the beginner booties several times, and the garter stitch hat, and that gorgeous eyelet blanket that I personalized with some bright delicious stripes. Funny enough my first attempt was the patchwork blanket pattern which I don't recommend as your first pattern because of how even things need to be to get it right. But here's the thing about this book, it just makes you want to TRY.
I've never knit socks, but this book made me want to try booties and I did and it was a success. Knitting the easy garter stitch hat in this book got me through an anxious 24 hours with my newborn in the hospital while I had to stay home. And when I finally decided I needed to just try a sweater, I picked up this book yet again and am currently working on the Sweetheart Pullover which has been a delight.
I think of this book as welcoming. It was a great welcome to knitting book and recently it has become a perfect welcome BACK to knitting book. The patterns are relaxed and the photos are fantastic. I've never used the exact yarns in any of these patterns and it has never ever mattered at all. Everything I've done from this book has been wonderful.
If you're new to knitting, or you're coming back to knitting, or you've been knitting and want some good quality pieces for a special baby in your life, definitely pick up this book.
I definitely hope Melanie Falick and Kristin Nicholas team up over and over again.
One neutral point: The title states "with Complete How-to-Knit-Instructions". I don't agree with this. Although it does include lots of instructions and techniques, I for one know I wouldn't have been able to teach myself to knit from this book. I was able to really teach myself how to knit mostly with Stitch n Bitch. I also occasionally used the internet. But this book did help me with refreshers in some things and did help give different perspective on techniques like increasing and decreasing or offered other methods of how to do things. In other words, I think if you are learning to knit, this should not be your one and only purchase or resource. I would at the very least combine it with a good instructional guide like Stitch n Bitch and then let the yarn fly.
I have read some of the negative reviews on here and have the following reactions. The word "heirloom" doesn't automatically translate into something complicated. It just means something treasured so much, it is passed on. And a novice can most definitely create something treasured. The thing about these patterns is they are solid. And a treasured, solid item, can definitely be handed down again and again, creating an heirloom.
Other negatives I read on the reviews are how basic the designs are. Again, this should be a plus. If you are truly of an intermediate or advanced level, I think you would this book inspiring as a building block of sorts. For instance, the eyelet blanket is such a good solid pattern, it is easily adaptable. I personally jazzed it up with bold stripes and it has a completely different feel to it. I also disagree with statements about colors used in the book being dull. There is a pretty good balance here. While some things are done in neutrals (which, by the way, are extremely helpful in creating timeless heirlooms since they are never out of taste), they do splash colors in there to get the mind whirring.
If you are looking to simply reproduce exactly as shown knit pieces and prefer the more complicated and intricate variety, I could see this book not appealing to you. But if you just want to turn out good solid projects and have enough confidence in your own creativity to build on the patterns, I think you'll find this as much a joy as I have.
Meanwhile the projects are all beautiful, as are the pictures. Indeed, when made, the projects turn out heirloom quality pieces. I have made several of the sweater patterns a total of at least a dozen times. The recipient parents tell me that they always get compliments when their children wear these garments. Besides, the patterns are fun to make!
This is the third copy of the book that I have purchased. (I keep giving away or loaning out my other copies to friends learning to knit or needing to knit for babies.) I will always buy another copy so that I have one on my shelf.