Reviews - What do customers think about Knitting (Kids Can Do It)?
love this book! May 29, 2007
I had been wanting to learn to knit for years. I finally broke down and ordered a kit (which came with this book, needles and yarn). I taught myself to knit using this book over one weekend. I am SO happy!! This book made it so easy to understand. The illustrations are wonderful and the directions a clear and easy to understand. I can't reccomend this book highly enough. I absolutely love it!
Good for knitting novices Feb 20, 2006
I am a new (adult) knitter and this was the first book in which I could actually understand the pattern instructions without looking up dozens of abbreviations in a "knitting shorthand" glossary. It would be great if more books just had instructions in plain english instead of shorthand.
This is also one of the few knitting books with clear illustrations for the knitting techniques. Most books contain small, confusing drawings that skip steps, but this one is clear. Definitely the best book for a beginner that I have come across.
Excellent first introduction to knitting Jan 4, 2003
Each children's knitting book has its own particular virtues. The most exciting feature of Knitting by Judy Ann Sadler is that the Double Tail cast-on method is presented in a children's knitting book. None of the other leading children's knitting books,...illustrates the single cast-on (terrible for knitting your first row!) and the knit-on cast-on (messy, in my opinion). ....
The reason that I find this exciting is that I have taught the double-tail cast-on method successfully to quite a few children, yet I never had a kids' book to recommend to them to use as a memory-jog at home. Now I do! .
The other unique feature is that Sadler recommends "marking" one of the
knitting needles with a little piece of contrasting yarn before you cast-on. This allows her to avoid terms like "wrong side row" and "right side row" for young learners. I haven't tried this yet with my knitting club, but since it is one more visual cue, I think it could be helpful.
Projects are all knit on two needles: pom-pom scarf, rolled-brim hat, ribbed scarf, slipper socks, cozy blanket, pillow, patterned headband, book bag, mini-purse, striped mittens, and boa. All of these would appeal to my elementary school knitters. In fact, I *know* I never would have thought of a boa to offer as a knitting project for my kids, but I also know that some of them would love to have one.
The color illustrations and photos are excellent. My only unfulfilled wish is that Sadler would have included one of the popular rhymes for learning the knit stitch. Kids really benefit from the rhyme because it helps them visualize the steps of the stitch and also helps them remember the steps.
All in all, Knitting by Judy Ann Sadler is an attractive, accessible, and smart first introduction to knitting for children.
My kids love to knit Dec 8, 2002
My girls are 6 and 8 years old. They both knit and knitting is becoming all the rage in their Montessori school. This is a beautiful beginning to knit book. It's has nice, easy to follow pictures and simple projects. I love all of Judy Sadler's books.