I am regularly asked to review books or patterns, magazines or yarn and I don't because it is a yarn which is not easily accessible for my readers in Australasia (by not easily accessible I mean either not for sale here or not readily available for online purchase from a reputable supplier). Or it is publication which is does not marry well with my brand and the sorts of patterns my customers like to knit.
So I was happily surprised when I was asked to review "Head to Toe: Kids' Knit Accessories" by Katya Frankel. This book contains a whopping 24 patterns for knitted accessories that your kids will love. It's easy to dress a baby the way you want to, but from the age of two children tend to want to dress themselves and their taste varies wildly (with my girls they each went through the "no pants" year, then the "no dresses" year, it drove me nuts!). I know a lot of knitters have trouble finding patterns for boys, you won't have that issue here as all of the patterns are suitable for boys and girls.
Katya has addressed this nicely by providing a wide range of hats, scarves, cowls and socks which will appeal to the conservative child as well as those with broader taste. The patterns use simple stitch patterns and cables as a canvas to which you add the colour of your choice depending on the child.
I love the Breamish socks which come in five (read that again FIVE) sizes) if I'm paying for a sock pattern I expect it to come in at least three sizes, there is nothing worse than trying to size a sock pattern up or down when all you want to do is knit it! (I do not apply the same principle to free patterns as I feel that if someone is generous enough to offer a free pattern I am grateful even if I have to re-size it, because they have done a lot of the work for me). This makes the book excellent value as you can use it for years as the children grow.
The Simonside hat is already on the needles here, I'm making it for Cody for Christmas. Cody is a quiet little guy and I'm knitting this is a heathered blue/grey wool. I think it will suit him beautifully.
Katya has cleverly created a set of patterns which suit both boys and girls, with beautiful photography and styling. The size ranges are outstanding and the patterns are comprehensive and easy to follow. I'm impressed!
To win an copy of Katya's e-book "Head to Toe: Kids' Knit Accessories" go have a look at the e-book page then please leave a comment here containing the following:
- which pattern you would best like to knit and why
- your Ravelry name
I'll draw a winner using a random number generator on Monday 9 December at (around) noon my time. All duplicate entries and entries without a Ravelry name will be ineligible for the draw
(e.g. if you forget to add your Rav name in the first comment and add it in the send that is fine, but only the first comment will be eligible)
To purchase both the print and PDF versions combined, please visit the Cooperative Press website.