Review by Maggy Woodley from Red Ted Art
When my kids were babies, I delighted in knitting little hats, jackets and blankets for them. Knitting for small people is so much fun as you can get it done quickly and relatively easily and the results are so cute! As they grew older, they started to choose their own clothes more and the projects started to take longer (and cost more) to do! So I took a knitting-for-the-kids pause – simply because they were less interested and it took too much time. Then this lovely knitting book came along.
I am rather partial to cute animal things, as are my 5 and 7 years olds, so this book of patterns is simply perfect for us; they look adorable and by definition are quick-ish to make (i.e. hats and scarves and mitts are quicker projects to do than other clothing). Anything that doesn’t take ages is more likely to get done in my house, so I am very excited about this title; I am going to let the kids choose one design each and make it for Christmas! Also, I find, whilst there are loads of adorable crochet pattern books out there, there are not as many adorable knitting pattern books; yay, finally us knitters get to have a go too.
So what will you find? The book has 35 designs and they are categorised by types of animal: Country Creatures (ducks, owls, lambs, hedgehogs), Furry Friends (Fox, rabbit, tabby, dog, kittens), Water Lovers (Fish, octopus, frog) and Wild Animals (Flamingo, monkey, snake, racoon, koala). I do think the categories are a bit random, they feel slightly forced, but who cares if the patterns are nice, right?!
Looking at the patterns, they seem simple, clever and well thought out, you want owl socks? Then just add the detail! There are a mixture of textures and patterns and although I think many of the animal scraves are similar, there is a bit of variety, such as the textured bear hat and the fun fish scarf, giving you the opportunity to flex your knitting pattern muscles!
Bunnies are big in our house and I strongly suspect that this cute scarf will be one of the patterns picked. I love how so many of the patterns are contemporary enough to look fun and acceptable for older kids and grown ups too, so you aren’t restricted to just knitting for children! Although if you do have young kids to knit for then why wouldn’t you knit them an Octopus Scoodie or any of these adorable patterns?! So now I need to go and start trying out some of these patterns for the kids! The only question is which one to I make first!! Argh.
Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts, and Socks
Published by CICO Books