Thursday, December 4, 2008

Simple knits for little cherubs

Erika Knight's introduction to simple knits for little cherubs frames the patterns in this book perfectly with her description of the collection. Vintage. Retro feel. Nostalgic. Evocative as snapshots in a family album, treasured. Wow! And they are! for children aged two to five years, perfect silhouettes of classic sweaters, vests, fluffy bolero, mittens on a string and simple socks. Knight begins with an instruction guide on measuring! Oh so crucial before committing the time and yarn to a project made with hopes, dreams and wishes for the best childhood. Heirloom.

The Yarn...
Short-sleeved sweater pg 26
Yarn: Fine yarn (4 ply) e.g. Jaeger Matchmaker 100 percent merino wool
Gauge: 28 stitches and 36 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) measured over stockinette stitch using US 3 (3.25mm) needles

the blanket pg 100
Yarn: Medium wieght yarn e.g. Rowan wool cotton (50% merino/50% cotton)
Gauge: 22 stitches and 30 rows to 4 inches (10cm) using US 6 needles (4mm)

The Book...
Contents: introduction -- yarns and colours -- equipment & tension -- sizing -- classic sweater -- short-sleeved sweater -- denim pinafore -- firl's games sweater -- fluffy bolero -- dressing gown -- scottie dog cardigan -- fairisle border cardigan -- boy's diamond pullover -- reinbdeer zipper cardigan --- stripy hat -- stripy muffler -- mittens on strings -- simple socks -- patched blanket -- velvet rabbit -- pyjama bag -- top dog -- erika's tips -- substituting yarns -- suppliers - acknowledgments

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