I was really delighted to be asked to review another couple of books from the ‘Creative Makers’ series from Mitchell Beazley, because the other 2 I have reviewed (Simple Sewing with Lola Nova and Simple Crochet by Sara Sinaguglia) were excellent.
This introduction to knitting is by the hugely experienced designer and knitter Ros Badger, so we are in safe hands where the designs are concerned. There are beautiful scarves and hats galore, socks, gloves, mittens and bags, with a couple of more quirky patterns for flowers and also for a little dog’s jacket. The designs and wool choices are delicious, and the styling of the photos is lovely, as you can see.
Although the patterns are quite definitely for beginners, this does not make them dull, and the book is a great introduction to some of the basics. Although I do knit a little, and am always hoping to improve (somehow), I didn’t have time to test any of the patterns, so I asked my lovely friend Laura, whom has recently been teaching herself to knit, to check out some of the patterns.
Her response was that the designs are good, and the patterns that she tried were well written. As an enthusiastic user of circular needles I think she was quite surprised that some of the patterns that naturally lend themselves to be knitted on circs, were knitted on standard needles. But we wondered if this was felt more in keeping with the ‘beginners’ nature of the book.
She also felt that the step-by-step photos to demonstrate stitches in the introduction were also good, although there could have been more for particularly tricky skills like, for example, making seams with mattress stitch. But all in all, she was very impressed with the designs and the book and the clearly written patterns.
Each pattern has a little introduction, an idea that I really like – it’s a really nice personal touch from the other, and common to this whole series. It makes the books feel more friendly and more approachable.
Aren’t these ankle socks fab? They even got the approval of the author’s daughters!
There is a really great list of resources at the end of the book (although I was surprised, as I always am, that YouTube was missed ou,t as it is one of the best resources around for most craft skills!). But there are details of some fantastic yarn shops, inspirational blogs and more, so I will forgive them for that.
All in all I think this is another winner in this series, so you will be glad to know that I have a copy to give away.
Here are the rules:
- The giveaway is open to people in the UK only (sorry, it’s a heavy book!)
- You can enter any time between now and midnight on Monday 28th October. I will announce the winner on the 29th.
- To enter, please leave a comment telling me how you learned to knit, or why you’d like to learn.