Knitted Critters for Kids to Wear by Jean Adel is an extremely cute book full of extremely cute kids in adorable hats inspired by animals.
The hats have coordinating scarves and mittens so you can serve up a winter's gift for any child on your list. With patterns ranging to fit from about age 3 to age 7, you're sure to be knitting these creatures for all the kids you know for years to come.
A wide range of animals (all with cute names) are included among the 20 patterns: Jeremiah the frog, Henry the hippo, Quacker the duck, Rory the lion and Ringer the dog, to name a few.
There's a horse, a mouse, a pig, a panda, even a fish (called Wanda, naturally).
Patterns are arranged by difficulty level, but none of them look particularly hard. The easiest ones are very basic hats embellished with ears and purchased facial features such as eyes, buttons, pom-poms and felt noses.
More complex patterns add patches of color (as for the racoon's mask), a fuzzy mane (for the lion and horse) or a series of knit motifs (of a Scottie dog, for instance).
These patterns are sure to inspire knitters to come up with their own animal inspirations, and they'll also make kids more eager to actually wear their hats, gloves and mittens (and maybe actually try not to lose them).
My only complaint about the book is that I wish the patterns were sized a little smaller. I can easily see a baby in one of these hats and a matching onesie for his or her first Halloween costume. But of course the patterns could be pretty easily sized down to whatever size the little one you're knitting for is (just remember no buttons or baubles that could be swallowed if they fall off when knitting for very little ones).
The bottom line is that this book is a lot of fun to knit from and the projects will be great fun for your favorite kids, as well.
Publication date: April 2008