Kamis, 30 September 2010

adorable! I want to knit them all!

printed pencil skirt review Just Like Me Knits Matching

Just Like Me Knits Matching

Cute and adorable clothing patterns for children ages 2-12 years of age and their companions abound in this book. Author Brandy Fortune has put together a collection of nineteen patterns each for child and a 15 inch doll that would be relatively simple to knit and loved by a child. The book has patterns for ballet wraps, pinafores, boys' color work sweaters, jackets, shrugs, skirts, and even bracelets.

The patterns list yarns that are usually found in specialty yarn shops, such as Blue Sky alpaca or Lorna's Laces. The patterns do use yarns in common weights, so it will be possible to substitute if a knitter chooses to do so.

There are a few things in particular I really love about this pattern collection; the photographs, the dolls, and the customization suggestions beginning on page 8. The collection itself has enough variety that if you want to knit for children, you will probably be able to find something for almost every child in this book. The dolls that are wearing the matching pieces are all 15 inch cloth bodied dolls. the dolls are adorable, and remind me of Kathy Kruse Waldorf style dolls. The book states that many of the patterns should also fit on 18 inch dolls, like American girl, without much adjusting needed. This bring s me to the third thing I like about this book - on page 8 Fortune tells how to use actual body measurements from children or dolls to adjust the patterns to a custom fit. Since children (and their dolls) do not have bust and waist shaping, adjusting patterns for them is much easier then for adult women. With the ability to customize, this book just made itself even more worthwhile. Knitters will need not fear a poor fit in their gifts to small loved ones.

Fortune is herself a busy mother to small children. She is the editor/founder of petite purls.com, an online knitting magazine. Fortune designed the patterns to be relatively quick to knit, with interesting stitches and patterning, and also to be comfortable to the children who would wear them.

Patterns I hope to knit from the book include the ballet shrug featured on the cover, the owl sweater for a boy, the felted crown hat, and the jesse bear hat. The hats are simple and whimsical enough that kids would not fight wearing them during cold snaps, and may even want to use them in their pretend play.

If you enjoy knitting for chidden, this is a lovely addition to your home knitting library.

FCC disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my knitting website at bellaonline.com. I received no compensation from the publisher for this review. All of my reviews are of my honest opinion.

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7 komentar:

  1. I have this knit hat which matches my outfit PERFECTLY, but I'm worried it would look awkward to wear it in 60 degree weather (especially if I wear sunglasses). What would you think if you saw someone with sunglasses and a tshirt with a knit hat? Should I wear it if it totally compliments the rest of my outfit?

    BalasHapus
  2. I'm thinking of knitting curtains to match the bureau, night table, bookcase and other furniture scarves I knitted. Incidentally, they came out very pretty and colorful. Everyone says when they aren't down on the desk, they look like a scarf you wear, but they look nice and different as furniture decorations/coverings.

    BalasHapus
  3. I needle help with this one patten that I am oing. I am new to knitting so I don't quite know what it means. It says: With a dpn, k 16 stitches off the circular needle onto the dpn. How do I do this if the stitches are already on two needles??? How do I knit onto a totally different needle??? I just don't get it.

    BalasHapus
  4. I have found some online but I am looking for a matching hat and scarf pattern for solid color worsted yarn that has an interesting pattern.

    BalasHapus
  5. I know it sounds weird, but does anyone know of such a pattern. I'm looking for a stand up knitted christmas tree, any suggestions?

    BalasHapus
  6. I have brown cords and a heavy grey sweater with vertical lines on it from the knitting. Does this match?

    BalasHapus
  7. Theodore Richardson17 November 2013 09.32

    I want to knit a blanket to match my room and i was wondering what size thread i should use, what size needle should i use, and where can i get these things. Please help!! And also how tight should i make each stich? Tight, very tight, super tight, loose, really loose, super loose, or medium???

    BalasHapus