Oklahoma knitters love knitting for babies, so 60 Quick Baby Knits: Blankets, Booties, Sweaters, & More in Cascade 220 Superwash from Sixth & Spring Publishers could prove to be very popular. The book debuts May 3. Here’s a sneak peak!
Ideal target market
This book will appeal to anyone who desires to knit for babies. The projects are rated on a four-point scale. Most projects are rated “intermediate” or “experienced.” The book includes no information on how to knit, but it does include great patterns for a well-rounded collection of baby items. The book is intended for a knitter with some experience, and the book is packed with projects for little ones. There is no wasted space covering anything other than baby patterns and projects!
Description of patterns in book
The book includes patterns for hats, booties, sweaters, baby blankets, leg warmers, and more. Many patterns are unisex; color choice could make them appropriate for either a boy or girl. Likewise, there are patterns intended especially for little ladies (lacy or frilly items) and other patterns suitable only for little gents, such as a sweater with an intarsia tuxedo. Sweaters include pullovers, cardigans, and hoodies.
Many patterns are sized for the 6-month-old, but often, optional sizing is shown for 12- and 18-month sizes. Some newborn to 3-month sizes are included.
Instructions for patterns in this book
Pattern instructions are clear. In the case of the more complex items, such as sweaters, diagrams are included. Stitch charts are included for some Fair Isle designs.
Reference value of this book
This book has a high “use-again-and-again” value for those planning to knit for babies, grandchildren, children of friends, or for various charities.
Quality of photos
Photos are of excellent quality. The vivid colors come through beautifully. The textured items are photographed with appropriate lighting, so that the rich designs are clearly visible.
In most cases, there are two photographs of each item. This includes a still life shot of the item, by photographer, Jack Deutsch, and, often, an amazing shot of an adorable little model wearing the item. These photos are by photographer, Dan Howell. Both are masters!
Quality of illustration
There are few illustrations, but those included are clear and helpful.
The book specifies Cascade 220 Superwash yarn for all patterns. Oklahoma City knitters can find Cascade 220 Superwash at Gourmet Yarn Co. Debbie, a sales associate at Gourmet Yarn Co., said in a phone interview, “We have both the book and the yarn; in fact, some store employees are already planning projects from the book.” She continued, “Cascade 220 Superwash is a popular choice for knitted baby items.” Debbie went on to explain that superwash wool is soft and will not irritate babies’ skin in most cases. Another characteristic of superwash wool, sure to be popular with busy parents, is its suitability for machine washing and even machine drying on a cool setting.
Norman knitters can find Cascade 220 Superwash yarn at L&B Yarn Co. in downtown Norman.
And, for knitters on a tighter budget, other worsted weight yarns can be substituted.
This book has a nice mix of varied projects. So, for those who know they will be doing a considerable amount of knitting for little ones, this book is a good value.
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60 Quick Baby Knits: Blankets, Booties, Sweaters, & More in Cascade 200 Superwash is available in paperback from Sixth & Spring publishers for $17.95.
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