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Book Review: Gansey Kids

Andrea Sanchez

Do you remember the Sleepy Fox Jumper from our Fall 2015 collection? Well get ready folks, because designer Meg Roke has just released her new ebook Gansey Kids. This book is chock full of knitted texture on some really amazing knits for kids (and you know how much I love texture). It is available as a PDF download in her Ravelry store for $18US (but stick with me to the end because I have a little surprise in store).

This book has 10 patterns (ten!) for children and features 5 accessories and 5 garments that utilize design elements and techniques from classic ganseys. Each of the accessories are sized for children and adults (I love that!), with the garments ranging from a size 1-12 year. Many of the pieces are completely unisex and would look great on boys or girls. I think Meg has done an amazing job of creating pieces that are both timeless and heirloom quality, but also something I could totally see children wearing on playdates and to school. 

Inshore Cowl 

This is probably my favorite accessory in this collection and something I would definitely love to knit for myself! This one skein wonder is knit in a worsted weight yarn (meaning: fast!) and is a great way to utilize some classic gansey stitch patterns and to try your hand at the tubular cast on (which I love for ribbing on cowls). There is also a matching set of legwarmers! 

Fisherman Mitts

These sweet mitts are perfect for fall. With a cable running up the center and some broken ribbing, these are neither too feminine or masculine. And, even better, all the sizes use less than 200 yards of sport weight yarn! I'm in a stash busting phase so this is right up my alley. 

Coastal Capelet

Ah, the piece that makes me wish I had a daughter to knit for! I love the easy seed stitch pattern and how the i-cord bow sits so sweetly on the model's shoulders. Not to mention, she uses a great hand-dyed DK weight yarn for this piece that makes it practically shine!

Whitby Vest

So here's a piece I will definitely be adding to my "Things to Knit" list! You know I love vests for their ease and versatility and this one does not disappoint. The Whitby Vest is full of gansey inspired texture at the yoke with special details like the i-cord collar and buttoned shoulder to help ease it onto squirmy littles. I'm already picking out my yarn color for this one. 

 

And that's not even half of the beautiful pieces Meg has designed. If you knit for kids and love pieces that are modern but classic at heart, you will love this ebook. Head over to Ravelry to view the entire collection and show her some love! Meg is also offering a 25% discount for Knittin' Little fans as well! Use code knittinlittle25 at checkout to get the discount. But hurry, it's only offered for the next two weeks. 

You can find Meg on her blog, Meg Roke Knits, on Ravelry, Instagram, Facebook, and of course here on Knittin' Little

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