- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Sterling; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (October 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402720653
- ISBN-13: 978-1402720659
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,111,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New Knits on the Block: A Guide to Knitting What Kids Really Want Paperback – October 1, 2005
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Howell, who is the host of the TV show Knitty Gritty, offers a number of cool projects for kids. No traditional scarves or sweaters here. Instead, we have costumes (crowns, sorcerers' hats, princess dresses) as well as a guitar pillow, stuffed bowling ball and pins, a tooth-fairy pillow, and a jammie bag. Some of the projects are quite spectacular, especially the mermaid costume. But many are also difficult, with felting or chart work involved, a lot of effort for the end result in some cases. Howell gives an idea of how long each project will take by various amusing designations: a playdate, a weekend, or summer camp. The book is attractively presented, with lots of photos of cute kids, clear instructions, and breezy commentary. This definitely fills a niche in the crafts collection. Ilene Cooper
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Second, I think it's only fair to warn knitters who like to follow patterns exactly or who don't have kids to two (very small) problems with the yarn choices. As much as we all prefer to knit with wool yarns, the yarn choices tend to be relatively expensive and/or not washable. If you have kids, you know you like your stuff to be washable. If you're on a budget, you know you like to have a less-expensive option. It's time-consuming to find and swatch a cheaper yarn, and Ms. Howell could have made her book even cooler by including a "cheap mama" option for some of the pricier yarns (yes, I think $11 per ball for something that I'll need 5 or more balls for is expensive). It would save the cheap among us some time. Since the cheaper yearns tend to have some acrylic in them they are often easier in the washability department as well. Yes, they aren't as nice as the 100% wool yarns, but if you're gonna spend weeks working on something that your kid is just going to dump pasta sauce on, you want to be able to wash it.
So, if you're scared to substitute yarns, find a friend who will help you instead of being scared off. You'll learn a lot and the kids in your life will love you for all the cool stuff you can make them.
If you want to knit something for kids that they will both wear and enjoy, you want this book!
It includes clothes to wear for a mermaid, a knight, a viking a hula dancer, and much more! These are clothes that are also toys.
The positives: the patterns are nicely laid out and this book is obviously a labor of love of the authors and I write my own patterns and appreciate the hard work that goes into each and every one. And that's where my 2 stars come from.
The patterns are so ugly and random. a few of the hats are a good idea in theory but knitting them just doesn't work. Why knit a mermaid tail that you basically can't do much pretending in when you can make one out of a beach towel that looks 100 times better and will be the envy of all the girls at the pool party? What kid wants a knit pillow? Or a poorly shaped knit guitar? I sat down with my nephews and niece and asked if they'd be interested in any of these projects and they politely said that they were happy to go without. I was glad this was a gift as I didn't waste my money, but now I have no idea what to do with this book as I don't even want to give it away...
The projects are mostly beginner to intermediate. They're rated by how much time needed to complete the project. Here's some of the patterns included:
* Fireman hat
* Mermaid outfit
* Unicorn hat
* King's crown
* Tool set with pouch
* Super kid cape
* Ancient Egyptian outfit
* Knight costume
* Pirate bath set
* Alien tooth fairy pillow
* Robot jammie bag
* Hawaiian oufit
* Viking costume
* Sleeping bag
This book assumes that you can knit. The first chapter shows special techniques like felting (used in a wizard's hat) and how to knit i-cord. You may recognize the author from Knitty Gritty, a knitting show on DIY Network.
Ready to knit something unique for the kids in your life? I think you'll be pleased with this wonderful book.
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