Kids Knitting: Projects for Kids of all Ages

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In fifteen easy projects, from bouncy bean bags to a rolled-edge sweater, author and knitting expert Melanie Falick teaches kids of all ages how to knit. Through step-by-step instructions and candy-colored illustrations, beginners learn the fundamentals: knitting tools, finger-knitting, and basic stitches such as knit, purl, mattress, overcast, embroidery, and stockinette.

Kids Knitting emphasizes fun in every step of the learning process. Sunny paintings by Kristin Nicholas ...

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Overview


In fifteen easy projects, from bouncy bean bags to a rolled-edge sweater, author and knitting expert Melanie Falick teaches kids of all ages how to knit. Through step-by-step instructions and candy-colored illustrations, beginners learn the fundamentals: knitting tools, finger-knitting, and basic stitches such as knit, purl, mattress, overcast, embroidery, and stockinette.

Kids Knitting emphasizes fun in every step of the learning process. Sunny paintings by Kristin Nicholas illustrate the individual steps of each technique. Bright boxes of blues, greens, and reds explain everything from button-sewing to tassel-tying. Charming photographs by Chris Hartlove feature finished projects modeled by the creators themselves--all kids who knit.

Best of all, kids get to keep and use whatever they make: bookmarks, backpacks, bracelets, even their own set of customized knitting needles, topped with acorn caps or polka dot balls.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marti Pechnyo
The art of knitting is enjoying resurging popularity among all ages, and young knitters of both genders will find this how-to book engaging and rewarding. The knitting journey moves easily from tools and yarn, through basic casting on and stitch instruction, and on to reading patterns and abbreviations. The finished projects are well chosen for beginners and well photographed. The order in which instructional information is presented is logical and complete. Falick starts with good descriptions of the tools knitters need, including instructions to dye wool with Kool-Aid and make acorn-cap knitting needles. The section, "Where to Go For Help if No One at Home Knits," appears early in the text and provides several easily understood and very helpful suggestions. The written instructions are clear and nicely supported by the photographs and illustrations. The book layout uses attractive insets to highlight important or interesting facts and each project's needed materials. A delightful tour of knitting styles around the world illustrates the art and history of this handcraft. Following the example of experienced knitters' resource materials, Falick provides a very good listing of sources for yarn and knitting tools, and speaking to her young audience, includes a sample letter for readers to use to find local merchants. This is an excellent instructional book in all ways and is sure to create lifelong knitters. Reviewer: Marti Pechnyo
Children's Literature
In friendly prose, the author assumes nothing from the reader and explains everything you need to know to get started in knitting., such as tools, winding a skein ("rhymes with rain"), cool ways to keep track of needles, and where to buy yarn and what kinds. Finger knitting and spool knitting invite children to handle yarn easily. Preceding the many projects are directions for casting on, increasing, knitting in the round, binding off, and other skills of the experienced knitter, but these do not overwhelm the inviting beginning of the book which starts out with how to dye plain yarn bright colors with Kool-Aid packets and vinegar. Projects include the basic beanbag, an expandable afghan, a cotton bag for carrying projects, dolls and puppets, scarf, backpack, purse, wizard cap, wallet, tube socks, and, finally, "your first sweater." Along the way Falick conveys plenty of information about how wool becomes yarn, knitting around the world, and other topics. The winsome full color photographs show both boys and girls knitting and wearing their kid-made creations. Directions are clear, concise, and unfussy with drawings and a minimum of "see page x" directions. The book ends with a list of places where you can buy the fancy yarns like 3 Strand Moreno or Rowan Recycled Chunky, which the author has used in her projects. But she also specifies type, so that the knitter knows that for a specific project, any "bulky" or "worsted" weight will do. A great beginning for the novice knitter. 2003 (orig. 1998), Artisan, Ages 9 to 16.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579652418
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 156,725
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Melanie Falick is a writer and editor with a passion for the textile arts and travel. Her writings on knitting and other subjects have appeared in Travel & Leisure, Vogue Knitting, Family Circle Knitting, Piecework, Knitters, Fiberarts, Rowan Knitting Magazine, and Bon Appétit. She is the co-author of Restaurant Lover's Companion.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Getting started 9
Knitting with two needles 25
Shaping 49
The purl stitch, stockinette stitch, and ribbing 67
Knitting in the round 79
New stitch patterns 101
Your first sweater 113
Shopping for yarn 123
Index 127
Acknowledgments 128
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    Must-have!

    I recently learned to knit. I wanted to learn to purl and do other stitches as well. I hunted for a helpful book and checked this one out from the library. I was so impressed with it, I bought it! I realized how helpful it would be and wanted to keep it on-hand as a reference. The instructions, diagrams and pictures are straightforward and understandable (because it's written for kids). (If you're new to knitting and you've paged through most 'how-to-knit' books, I'm sure you'll agree that the diagrams can be difficult to comprehend.) After searching for a really good 'learn to knit book', Kids Knitting was the best I found to start with (and I'm an adult)! I read other reviewers' comments on this and agree...this book is a must-have for both children and adults who want to knit! My 6 and 9 year old girls enjoy knitting, too. This little book has given them lots of ideas for easy projects as well as imaginative ways to color their own yarn and customize needles for gifts! I'm glad I found it!

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    must have for new knitters of all ages

    This is one of my favorite tools for teaching kniting. A simple verse in this book aids in remembering the sequence for knitting. I have bought and sold many copies of this book. Janice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    A++

    Kids Knitting was the first knitting book I received, and it showed me step by step instructions. It has great knitting patterns for all ages to enjoy. It is a great beginners book, not only for kids but for adults too. If you are wanting to learn how to knit, this is a great book to start from. I would recommend to anyone for ALL ages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really wanted to learn how to knit socks and a friend of mine had this book from the libraey. I was over at her house and I said I wanted to knit socks. She showed me this book and I fell in luv with the sock pattern!!!!!!! It is really fun!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2004

    Excellent for beginners

    I learned to knit with this book. The instuctions and pictures are easy to follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004

    ONE OF THE BEST FOR BEGINNERS

    I am a completely self-taught knitter thanks to this book. I purchased 'Kids Knitting' when it was first published and all of the recipients of my handknit gifts are surely thankful that I did! I was able to master all the basics of knitting in just a few hours. Of all the knitting books I have purchased, this one has the simplest directions and the most useful pictures. (Most knitting books have 'how-to' pictures that make my head hurt...who draws those things anyway???) I suppose the 'easy-to-follow' nature of the book isn't a suprise, as the book was written for children, but even now, after graduating to more complex patterns, I still re-vist this book frequently. The Magic Spiral Socks pattern is definitely a favorite! Whenever a new knitter asks where I learned to knit I refer them to this book. A must have for any new knitter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    me

    Well i am an 11 year old girl and i got very interested into knitting when i saw my english teacher do it i really wanted to do my own scarf and hat just like her so i got this book and it almost showed me everything and i love this book very very very very very very very very very very very helpfull 2 all kids everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2000

    Great Book!

    This book is outstanding. I have not found another knitting book that teaches the subject as clearly and simply. Great for kids and adults who want to learn to knit.

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