I have been holding on to this book to review for several weeks now and can I just start by saying YESSSSS!!! I love it!
Kids' Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (affiliate link) is an awesome new book that takes kids step by step, through various projects that get progressively more advanced, teaching knitting techniques. You can view all the patterns on Ravelry.
I love that the book starts with simple tips for working with new, child, knitters. I know many of us have the love of knitting and the know how, but it's often frustrating when you're not sure where to start or what to start with. Susan has written this book for both the adult teaching and the child learning. Love that!
She begins the book main part of the book with simple knitting projects such as the Tiny Hat you see above. These beginner projects are done completely in the round and include projects like a simple bracelet and a chunky cowl.
In the intermediate projects, children will learn how to purl and work with multiple colors for striping. The projects again are super fun and also very current. I am in a school daily and it seems like ALL the girls are wearing headbands instead of winter hats. And image that girl having made it herself? Oh my, how proud she'd be!
Working back and forth in your knitting isn't introduced until the advanced section which I find really thoughtful. A new knitter is able to make SO MANY projects before they have to purl an entire row (which we all know can be exhausting). Also in this section they learn about increases, cables, and yarn overs. Susan includes patterns for some darling toys in this final section. She is such a smart toy designer and these seem like no exception. They are simply constructed but still maintain those thoughtful details we all love in Susan's designs.
She also includes a final section on fixing your mistakes and caring for your knits. Something that is an important lesson for all knitters to know.
As with all her books, this one is a hard cover with spiral binding - that one feature is what initially had me reading and using her books when I was a new knitter. It makes them so much easier to manage when you're also learning to wrangle yarn and needles at the same time. My only tiny gripe with this book is that at first glance it seems like the yarn used is not listed in the patterns (and I couldn't find it on Ravelry either). However, it is listed on a page way at the back after the abbreviations used. I would have preferred it to be listed with the patterns, but that's just me and it doesn't really seem like a deal breaker. I also would have liked to see some projects for boys in this book (although of course the hats and tablet cover are unisex). The colors and styles of a lot of these projects seem more geared towards girls.
And now it gets even better, thanks to Artisan Books and Cascade Yarns we have a great giveaway for you. Leave your name and a way to contact you (Rav name is fine) in a comment below and you can win not just the book, but two skeins of Cascade Yarns Superwash in the colors Mystic Purple and Lavender (the same as used in the Stripy Legwarmers pattern from the book!). This is giveaway is open to US residents only. The giveaway will run until the end of day Friday, February 19, 2016. I will be locking comments after that and will post the winner soon after. Good luck guys!
If you get this book I'd love to hear how you use it with your kids! D is definitely far to young to be using this, but I can't wait until I get to teach him!
Comments are now closed. The winner is comment #12 - Melanie! Congrats!