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KNITS FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS (article first published : 2001-07-6)

Making gifts and small clothes for baby is an all time favourite with knitters of all levels of expertise. Being a new mother, I enjoyed the modern and classic designs in Knits for Babies and Toddlers. There is something for every occasion and taste.

The author Fiona McTague, is a highly experienced knitter who designs patterns for Jaeger and Rowan wools, as well as women’s magazines. She has also co-written two other books: one on Country Knits and the other on Traditional Knitting from the Scottish and Irish Isles.

Knits for Babies and Toddlers is written in a simple to understand format and will appeal to beginners with its step-by-step explanation of stitches; knitters who want a quick and easy pattern, and the experienced knitter who likes a challenge in knitting a cute and cuddly Rabbit family.

Designs range from clothes that are practical, comfortable and wearable up to the age of 24 months to a special lacy shawl for the new arrival; all in a variety of colours. A lovely feature is the body warmer that has a cosy hood and ears, making baby look like a teddy bear!

Your baby will also love settling down to sleep in a cheerful patchwork blanket of hearts, stars and moons. I am certainly going to enjoy making an adorable Scandinavian jacket and matching hat with reindeers and pine trees.

The patterns can be used again and again as the author gives variations of the original designs such as the Three–in–one Guernsey’s that can be made in a stocking stitch version, a sweater and tunic, both in moss and garter stitch. Common types of knitting stitches, embroidery stitches and terms are explained well and the techniques for pressing and finishing are useful.

The photographs accompanying the 25 patterns are crisp, clear and delightful, and the illustrations drawn by the author’s sister, Moira McTague add a charming touch. A useful resource directory is provided that includes eight of the South African suppliers of the wools used in the book.

This 128 page book published by New Holland Publishers is also available in Afrikaans as Breigoed vir Kleingoed and retails at R99.95. - Penny van der Merwe




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