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April 27, 2011

60 Quick Baby Knits

Just as I was commenting on my lack of desire to knit for my little one, I get this book in the mail: 60 Quick Baby Knits: Blankets, Booties, Sweaters & More in Cascade 220 Superwash. I can't say the projects make me specifically want to knit for my baby (I don't think any book could do that, unfortunately), but they do inspire me to pick up my needles in general!

60 Quick Baby Knits follows in the footsteps of 60 Quick Knits, which was an absolute favorite of mine last year. Here is my enthusiastic review. Like its predecessor, all the projects in the book are knit using the ubiquitous, hardy, versatile, and colorful Cascade 220. In the case of 60 Quick Baby Knits, the designers all used the superwash version of the yarn.

The patterns are wonderful. There are plenty of pullovers, cardigans, and blankets, but also hats, leg warmers, mittens, booties and socks. Of course a variety of skills, skill levels, and time/yarn commitments are represented, from a simple rolled edge hat to a classic fisherman's pullover. All patterns contain clear photographs, charts, finished measurements, and explanations of special techniques, if any are required.

I was pleased to see both clean designs, and ones with whimsical touches, such as off-center cardigan openings, colorful appliqué, and sewn lace details. In the extended entry I share with some of my favorites:

  • 3 blankets (I love the hedgehog one!)
  • 3 classic cardigans
  • 3 sweaters which are a bit more fancy
  • 3 items with delicate touches, such as lace and smocking (the Sweet Pea Cardigan is absolutely perfect, down to the curly tendrils hanging off of the hood; I think this may be my most favorite pattern in the whole book)
  • 3 whimsical items (it is the sheep hat that prompted me to buy the book in the first place)

I hope you find the book as delightful as I did :). I wish it came with an extra hour or two a day!

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Posted by Kathy on April 27, 2011 09:38 PM

Comments

The patterns ARE adorable! I had missed your review on the original book, so was interested to go and read it as well. They both look like books to own.
I find it so curious you're not knitting away for your own little bundle. I wonder if it will hit you all at once, or not at all? In any case, I'm sure there will be no shortage of handknits in the little ones life.

When I was pregnant with my second, I lost all interest in knitting. Only after he was born did I see lots of patterns I wished I had knit for him! My desire to knit certainly came back though!

If this book is anything like any of their others it is phenominal(sp) I am starting to look for it locally.

Great to see lots of boy-friendly designs in there - it's usually wall-to-wall lace and frills.

I was quite superstitious about knitting or even buying anything much for my baby before he was born, I just couldn't put so much confidence in everything being alright. But he arrived fine and is now old enough to refuse to wear anything I knit for him.

I know I was pretty tired through my first pregnancy, so I spent a lot of time just resting. I did knit a few things for my daughter, but being a summer baby, she didn't really need much in the way of knits until she was older. So even the few tiny sweaters, hats, and booties didn't see much wear.

I bet your knitting mojo will come back once your baby is born. Of course, then you won't have as much time to knit...

I can relate to losing the knitting mojo while pregnant. It happened to me when I was expecting my second. You know what, though? You've got so many knitter friends I have a feeling your baby will be well-supplied!

When I picked this up at the yarn shop.. I didn't put it down again. This will be my go-to book for all the babies in my life. It really has something for everyone!!

THE SHEEP HAT. I honestly can't get over its cuteness. That little tie-and-vest sweater is killing me, too!

I wish all craft books and most fiction/nonfiction books came with extra hours in the day. How else are we supposed to get things done?

I work in a yarn store, and we can't keep this book on the shelves - we literally have to order more every week! It's a great book and I'm particularly fond of that hedgehog blanket. A friend of mine is making it for her upcoming baby! :)

Wow!

I'm relieved to hear that you're not really into knitting for your baby, either. I'm 25 weeks pregnant and really have no interest in knitting for him yet. I think it's because I don't know him, you know? Knitting for a family member is a deeply personal thing, especially when said family member has been riding kangaroo-style for nine months.

This book is already on its way to me. :) I have seen numerous items on Ravelry, and every time I look - they're in this book! Several of the ones you've highlighted are "on my list." No loss of mojo worries for me - I'm knitting for "future grandbabies"

i must have this book! everything looks so cute. thanks for the review!!

i miss you!

What a fabulous book! So many possibilities. Makes me want to start (yet another) cabled baby sweater. I know the main reason that I was turned off from knitting when I was pregnant (aside from the fact that I was having two - and hate knitting pairs of things. I can rarely finish a pair of sock or mittens.) Was the realization of how quickly they outgrow their clothes. Now I have two rapidly growing one year olds who manage to stain all of their clothes (especially their handmade ones) and I am not in the least bit deterred from knitting for them. Go figure.

I didn't knit much for my own kids either...there were already babies in the family so I knit for them, and they were both girls...and then I had a boy and it was summer, and I was like, ummmm....boring...LOL.

very cute patterns. and superwash and cascade are sure bests for babies.

I love the tuxedo top sweater! By the way, on the knitting mojo thing, there is a Jewish precept (probably originally a superstition, now hardened into custom) against making any purchases or preparations for one's own baby before it is born. I think it's kind of psychologically sound, actually. I felt the same way about pre-baby knitting, though I knew perfectly well I would never again have that extended time with both hands free!

I know you have a little way to go yet - but Happy Mother's Day!! This is a special Mother's Day for me and my daughter - my first at being a Grandmother and her first at being a Mother. Such a wonderful time of year to be so close to giving birth - I am so happy for you!!

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