For this book of 24 patterns I used:
Patterns included in book: 16 garments, three hats, four blankets and one pair of socks designed for newborns to children of 10 years old.
Metres/Yardage: This varies according to the pattern you choose to knit.
It starts at 45m/50yds for the Cringley hat up to 996m/1089yds for the Strid Blanket.
I designed the book to include patterns that make the most of your hanks of yarn. So if you have any yarn left over form making a garment you can knit a hat or a sock.
Needles: anything from 3.25mm double pointed (for socks), 3.75mm, 4mm, 4.5mm to 5mm depending on what pattern you choose.
Tension: varies according to the pattern you choose.
Skill level: From ♦ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊
Measurements: From baby up to 10 years old.
Blog Posts: Introducing Knitted With Love, The Knitted With Love Journey, Celebrating Garter Stitch, Secrets of a Hand Knit Designer, Designing Patterns – The Purl&Jane Way, Calming Cables, Design Inspiration
Interesting Exciting Fact: Winner of Best Book 2015 at the British Knitting Awards!
My Design Ideas and Advice:
There’s nothing more special in life than first milestones – your baby’s first smile or first steps are the start of a wonderful journey in the same way as the first stitch of a handmade garment is the start of a calming, joyful experience that ends with a beautiful item as unique as the little one it was created for.
Working on this book has been an absolute joy for me and I hope you love knitting these patterns as much as I loved designing them. Please share pictures of your finished items with me – one of my favourite things about being a hand knit designer is seeing the unique spins that different knitters put on my designs.
Nothing says I love you like a hand knit item knitted with that special little someone in mind. It’s perfect for wrapping up children of all ages with warmth, comfort and happiness.
When designing for this book I had lots of different knitters in mind. The first group is knitting rookies who want to make something beautiful and full of love for the new little one in their life – whether it’s their own new baby or a niece, nephew, grandson, granddaughter or great granddaughter or great grandson!
Then there’s those returning to knitting, who haven’t knitted for a while and just need a simple, easy to knit pattern to ease them back in slowly.
Lastly there are knitters like me who always need knitting; simple, easy knitting to pick up at the end of a busy day or to relax with on rainy days. For me there is nothing like relaxing in a favourite chair with the rain gently falling against the windows while you curl up with your favourite hot drink, calm and relaxed while knitting little items to give as gifts of love and joy.
I believe that knitting is as much about the journey you go on when creating the item – the joy of the rhythmic motion of beautifully soft yarns moving through your fingers and the calm that comes with making one stitch after another – as the unique finished items you make. So enjoy the process as much as your little ones will enjoy their new, special gift.