The original 60 Quick Knits With a huge success because it presented such a great idea: lots of great projects they could be knit with the same basic, workhorse yarn, Cascade 220. Now a book covering nothing but knits for baby has been released, and it delivers on the same promise as the original.
60 Quick Baby Knits: Blankets, The booties, Sweaters and More in Cascade 220 Superwash offers a wide variety of choices for the little ones in your life, whether your knitting for your own new baby, a grandchild or some other special baby in your life./p>
About the Book
- Pages: 176
- Binding: paperback
- Number of patterns: 60
- Sizes: mostly from newborn to 18 or 24 months, but varies by the pattern
- Skill level: 4 patterns rated easy, 45 intermediate, 11 for experienced knitters
- Illustrations: full-color photographs
- Knitting lessons: none, but there are lists of abbreviations, information on gauge and other "things you should know"
- Publication date: May 2011
The patterns in 60 Quick Baby Knits offer a nice range of things you'd want to knit for a new little one, with a heavy emphasis on sweaters and blankets. There are only a couple of bootie patterns, which seems strange for a book with booties in the subtitle.
Some of the patterns are pretty straightforward, while others offer more embellishment (a hat with ram's horns on the sides, a sweater with a bird on it). There's lots of cutesy, girly stuff, as usual, but there are some nice things for boys, too. Of the patterns that are garments, I'd say the majority are still geared toward girls.
A few of the standout patterns to me include the adorable Flower Stitch Booties, covered in Seed Stitch and adorned with embroidered flowers; the Trinity Stitch covered Sheep Hat, which uses the Trinity Stitch as the body of a sheep whose head, tail and ears are added later; the lovely single-color Fan Stitch Blanket; and the clever Striped Leg Warmers that are gathered at the ankle so they can't be taken off easily.
The Multicolored Stripes Blanket is a riot of color and really easy to knit, while the Seed Stitch Yoke Cardigan pictured on the cover goes beyond the basic raglan (though there's one of those, too).
The Tennis Vest, with a cable down the front and narrow stripes in the edgings, is one of the patterns made for a boy but that would be cute on a girl as well. And the Mosaic Baby Blanket uses entrelac to make a stunning color-blended blankie that's surely worth all the effort put into it.
Lots of knitters love Cascade 220 for its wide range of colors, softness, ease of use and great price. The superwash version is a perfect choice for kids' clothing, especially when the parents in question can't be trusted to handwash items that would need to be.
60 Quick Baby Knits provides a nice range of basic and beyond the basic patterns that knitters are sure to enjoy. There's a few I wouldn't mind adding to my baby knitting pattern rotation, and I'm sure you'll find some you like, too.