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Kids Knitting: Projects for Kids of all Ages

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In fifteen easy projects, from bouncy bean bags to a rolled-edge sweater, author and knitting expert Melanie Falick teaches kids of all ages how to knit. Through step-by-step instructions and candy-colored illustrations, beginners learn the fundamentals: knitting tools, finger-knitting, and basic stitches such as knit, purl, mattress, overcast, embroidery, and stockinette. ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Artisan (first published 1998)
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Mar 13, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts
Books is filled with inspiring and beautiful photos ~ I purchased this book to not only teach my children how to knit, but myself as well ~ this book teaches simple knitting stitches ~ we were able to learn the basics of knitting by studying this book
Dec 29, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone learning how to knit - young or old!
Shelves: knitting, ya
When I decided I wanted to learn to knit - I had this brilliant idea to buy a kids knitting book to start out with. I had this book out all the time my first year or two knitting and I still pull it out and look at it once in awhile for reference or just to smile at the pages which are like old friends to me now. I have since bought this book for other new knitters and will probably continue to do so.
Jun 05, 2014 Leslie rated it liked it
Shelves: craft-books
Another book I discovered while volunteering with Emerson Elementary School's Knitting Club. It has some fun patterns, but it would be better for more experienced knitters. There are great photos and illustrations and the directions are explicit and detailed. My favorite part of the book was the Poem to Knit By…

Under the fence
Catch the sheep
Back we come
Off we leap

It helped my young knitting friends remember the steps too making a stitch.
Jan 12, 2008 Phoebe rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: crafttastic, ownit
One of my all-time favorite knitting book, although I wasn't a kid when I bought it! :^) This was possibly the first book I ever saw which showed photos of boys knitting. Easy to follow patterns, information about the origins of yarn, and inspirational photos to get kids excited about what they can make.

I'd recommend this book to anyone, child or adult, who shows an interest in knitting.
Aug 07, 2007 LeGrand rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people learning to knit
Shelves: knitting
i saw this author and a bunch of kids on martha stewart and decided that i too could learn to knit. The projects in this book are easy and the patterns are simple. It was an excellent book for a beginning knitter.
Feb 06, 2013 Candis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good starter for new (and slightly resistant) knitters. Great range of satisfying projects, and none of them are stereotypically feminine in form. Excellent one-pagers with explanations of abbreviations and sizing and yarn that I really appreciated as well. Useful as heck!
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Feb 12, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: child and preteen knitters and their families
Recommended to Mollie *scoutrmom* by: Bev Pilarsek
The best how-to book I've seen aimed at teaching those under the age of 16 to knit. It is also good for the parents of such young knitters, even as young as age 5, whether the parents knit or not. Waldorf School families would like it too, as would Girl Scout leaders. The target market is probably pre-teens.

This is not just a collection of patterns for kids to wear, but a comprehensive guide for kids who want to learn something about knitting, even if they never make more than the first beanbag
In friendly prose, the author assumes nothing from the reader and explains everything you need to know to get started in knitting., such as tools, winding a skein ("rhymes with rain"), cool ways to keep track of needles, and where to buy yarn and what kinds. Finger knitting and spool knitting invite children to handle yarn easily. Preceding the many projects are directions for casting on, increasing, knitting in the round, binding off, and other skills of the experienced knitter, but these do no ...more
Jul 15, 2015 Sunday rated it it was amazing
This is the book I'd buy for a kid who wants to learn to knit. Heck, I'd suggest it as the first book for an adult who wants to learn to knit too. There's a section on how to knit, and then patterns that use the skills explained.[return][return]The increase in difficulty for patterns doesn't have a big jump (knit a scarf, then knit a sweater), and the patterns are wearable/useful.[return][return]This one book would get you pretty far--meaning you could become a fairly proficient knitter using th ...more
Feb 28, 2008 Sally rated it it was amazing
My kids and I had a lot of fun with this book. We passed up most of the patterns (although they were simple and cute enough), and went straight for making knitting needles out of wooden dowels. I've had a lot of knitting experience since using this book to refresh my long-lost knowledge, and those 1/4" needles that I sharpened in the pencil sharpener and lovingly sanded and oiled are still my favorite to use.
Julie Barrett
Sep 30, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
Kids Knitting
Lots of useful information about how to start knitting. Great projects for kids to learn the craft.
Love the charity aspect of this book. Tips along the way. Liked hearing the traditional patterns used by other countries around the world.
Lots of possibilities with different patterns are included.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
Lisa Scovill
Jun 25, 2013 Lisa Scovill rated it liked it
This is the first book I used to learn to knit from. The photos are beautiful, and the projects are excellent starter projects. My only complaint has been that the yarns used throughout the book are a bit pricey for the target audience. I'm not saying you have to learn on acrylic, but some big box store wool yarns should have been mentioned.
Feb 29, 2008 Karin rated it liked it
Shelves: craft, knitting
This was actually the book that taught me how to knit. It was clear and concise and completely non-intimidating because it was a kids book. I liked that it didn't just start with the scarf and i was able to make a hat and scarf for Zeke and some cute washcloths. It's almost all flat knitting, but lots of different projects to keep you interested.
Oct 28, 2008 Camille rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to learn to knit
Shelves: knitting
After several unsuccessful attempts at knitting, this was the book that finally made it all click for me. The directions and great step by step illustrations made sense. The projects progress from simple to more challenging. And they are fun! Dying yarn with kool-aid, making beanbags and purses, even sweaters! Good for kids and adults!
Apr 25, 2008 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-again
This book helped me learn how to knit. Although I have read and looked at many knitting books since this one, this book is still my favorete when I'm attempting to teach friends how to knit. The illistrations make sense rather than the confusing ones in most "how to" books.
Nov 09, 2009 Anne rated it it was amazing
My son decided he wanted to learn to knit, so I bought this book and taught myself to knit from it in an afternoon. I showed him how to knit and he was not interested. I,on the other hand, was hooked. I passed this book on to a nine year old cousin who has loved it.
Apr 21, 2011 Quinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children and adults who wish to learn to knit
Shelves: crafts
Adults who wish to begin knitting will appreciate this book as much as kids! Great diagrams, easy and useful projects. I borrowed this from my library, but I will be buying it to make it a permanent resident of my bookshelf.
May 02, 2010 Lia added it
Shelves: library
This is the book I learned knitting from! Got it from the library for the kids, and we followed the instructions and started knitting. The kids promptly forgot, but I kept it up, and they have since learned again.
Ann Marie
Feb 12, 2009 Ann Marie rated it really liked it
Kool Aid died yarn--yay! This is a great book for beginning knitters of all ages. There are some fun hats and kitty and owl "puppets" as well as a marvelous, fat worm.
Sep 14, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: craft-and-art
I love this book I think it's great for adults too I am a novice knitter and this book REALLY appeals. I often get it out of the library and would love to own it.
Dec 03, 2012 M rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, hobbies
I thought the instructions on knitting were great. And it seems really useful as a reference once I get past the initial learning. Wasn't super interested in the projects, though.
Bee as in Bumble Designs
Aug 28, 2016 Bee as in Bumble Designs rated it it was amazing
This book was given to my by my grandmother when I was a much newer knitter, and I learned so much from it. It's a great book for learning knew things!
Jul 12, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I love the patterns in this book. They're very easy, and yet you can personalize them. For a creative child interested in knitting, that's key.
Dec 28, 2010 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
A good book for first time knitters. My daughter loves it. I love that there are photos of boys and girls inside knitting.
Jul 19, 2011 Kat rated it it was amazing
i retaught myself how to knit with this book, great visuals for seeing the process. excellent book for kids
Jun 07, 2009 Gloria rated it liked it
Good basic book, with good projects for kids. Nice diagrams for finger kintting, etc. as well as projects for felting, carding wool, etc.
Nelly Paulina
this book is getting added to the home collection. perfect for beginning knitters (kid or adult). had fun starting some projects and shall make it through the entire book's worth.
Jul 10, 2011 Siobhan rated it liked it
A little too girly for my purposes. Was heartened when the boys in my knitting club wanted to make the shoulder bags and shoelaces. Maybe I'M the one who was a little too girly.
May 09, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
I think this book is really nice for younger knitters who are just learning. My daughter is really searching through it for patterns and trying to understand what she needs to do.
K rated it it was amazing
Apr 19, 2009
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Melanie Falick is the editorial director of STC Craft. She is a prolific and popular author of knitting books.
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