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Posted September 18, 2013
Title: Lullaby Knits: Over 20 Knitting Patterns for 0-2 Year Olds
Author: Vibe Ulrik Sondergaard
Publisher:Anova Books/Collins & Brown
E-Book ASIN: B00EZ7EY9W
Genre: Hobbies, Crafts
I learned to knit when I was about eleven years old. I taught a neighbor lady to crochet and she taught me to knit. I must admit even today I prefer to crochet than tho knit. The exception to me is when it comes to to baby items. I was grateful to be allowed to review this book of beautiful baby sweaters, blankets and booties because of that. I come from a very large family and it seems as though someone is having a baby in the near future. So it seemed a match made in Heaven.
The patterns in Lullaby Knits provide simple, easy to follow instructions. It also provides a conversion chart to exchange Metric to US to old UK/Canadian on needle and From Metric to US measures. Making its patterns usable by most knitters. These adorable sweaters can be used for boy or girl for the most and the blankets are light and airy. There is even a delicate looking scarf for mom. There is a darling elephant prop on one page that they could have included as well, but unfortunately did not. I made the Little Dolphin Sleeping Bag and little cap (Hat with Wave) for a new niece to be born in a few months. Right now I am making the Stay-on Ribbed Boots and Lace Blanket in Marino Wool for a nephew to be born just after the new year.
There are so many different patterns you are bound to find one to meet your desires. The blessing of this book it that you can also put it on your e-reader or purchase the hard cover. so when you say I just do not have room for one more knitting book you now have a back-up storage source. Take a look at this book once and you will want to add it to your knitting books today.
Posted September 12, 2013
First Impressions: Oooh! A knitting book with baby patterns! Everything is so cute and tiny! Ooooh, the patterns aren't pages and pages long; I could actually knit these items. There is no colorwork and limited finishing required (i.e., sewing buttons). This could be promising. Look! These patterns can be used for boys and girls!
The Details: According to the book, there are "over 20 knitting patterns for 0-2 year olds." There are 7 sweaters (the Slip Stitch Sweater is cute), 7 cardigans and jackets (I love the Wide Collar Jacket), 3 vests (the vests are cute, but I am not a vest person), 6 accessories including a lace scarf for mom (the Little Dolphin Sleeping Bag is adorable...it is a mermaid tale for your baby!).
The patterns are written in metric, but there is conversion information for needles, weights, and lengths. Also, although the patterns are cable and lace heavy, there are no charts. This doesn't bother me, because I am not a chart person (heresy, I know); however, I know this is a deal breaker for some. Almost all of the patterns have a good picture of the front of the finished product (either the item flat or on a child with a clear view). Now, not all of the patterns have this (Wide Collar Jacket, I am looking at you); however, this book does a better job than other pattern books. Finally, the items are knit in Debbie Bliss, Malabrigo, MillaMia, and Rowan.
Knitter Level: Although the book is cable and lace heavy, I feel that an advanced beginner could knit these items. The designs are super simple (e.g., knit 2 sleeves, 1 front, and 1 back).
Final Thoughts: This is a cute baby pattern book with a lot of variety in types of items. The book really focuses on cables and lace, so if these are not your bag, this book won't be to your liking. At the same time, there is no colorwork and there is limited finishing required once you sew up the pieces (e.g., no sewing buttons), so many of these patterns may be the next for a newer knitter.