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Chic Knits for Stylish Babies: 65 Charming Patterns for the First Year [Paperback]

Patricia Wagner and Jean-Francois Chavanne
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1 July 2007
With 65 adorable patterns for jumpers, trousers, dungarees, vests, coats, jackets, scarves, booties, hats and blankets, this book will soon make Junior the envy of all the other babies! Three sections make it easy to choose a distinctive look for babies from birth to twelve months: Cross-Country Babies, with designs featuring the colours and motifs of British, Irish and French folk traditions; Bright Babies, with patterns made up of bright, bold colours and Very Wise Babies, with cool updates of classic baby wear. Get Baby into something really chic (and fun to make!) with Chic Knits for Stylish Babies.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (1 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823099954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823099955
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 20.9 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Wagner is editor-in-chief of the leading French women's magazine Modes & Travaux, which features projects and practical information on fashion, crafts, cooking, health, and beauty. She lives in Paris, France.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully different 3 Dec 2007
This book of baby knit designs completely enchanted me. The garments are helpfully arranged in "wardrobes," with each set containing some combination of trousers, overalls, pullovers, jackets, dresses, hats and boots. The photography is a treat for the eyes. The styles are definitely NOT what you see every day on babies; since the author and photographer are French, presumably the designs are too.

I found the directions clear and concise, well diagrammed, with charts where applicable. The designs are all tiny - mostly to 12 months size though a few to 18 months - so if you want to knit for a particular baby you'll need to get an early start. The book doesn't contain any knitting directions (I'm glad they filled it chock-full of adorable garments instead) and some of the patterns could be challenging for very new knitters. These are not drawbacks, as long as the buyer is aware that a certain knitting mojo may be needed to produce these eye-catching garments.

My first choice was the swing top from the "Perfect Little Girl" wardrobe. Much as I want to knit the rest of the pieces to go with it, the llama romper is claiming my attention next.

Infants probably don't care that much about looking stylish. But if you want to please yourself and some new parents or parents-to-be, there's sure to be something in this fantastic book that will send you running for your needles.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a word of warning 19 July 2008
This book contains extremely chic, very French designs, probably more for the parents' gratificaton than the baby's and I fell in love with the chenille cat set only to discover after purchase of the book that the chenille wool, essential to the pattern has been discontinued by Phildar and there is no real substitute. Using google I was able to track down the only UK supplier of this and other Phildar yarns, Strands of Lanark who very fortunately had sufficient chenille yarn in stock....but that is a bit too random for my liking.
I suppose it should have been 'buyer beware' and so that others fall not into the same trap, try and check what materials are used for these super chic designs..I suggest they should be printed on the cover of the books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a classy knit 4 April 2009
Dont fret if you cannot find the exact wool that is suggested in most of these patterns in this book. Its worth getting a opinion on which wool to use by showing the patterns to a wool department. Anyone who knows what its all about will judge what wool to use by the size if the needles req. This book has some very unusual patterns that are worth knitting
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Labour intensive but very cute 1 May 2009
These are written in what I assume is the European way and will seem unfamiliar to the English knitter, but the instructions are nonetheless very clear. Gorgeous designs with real chic, but some of the nicest patterns are in 4 ply wool which I only like to use for socks! But if you don't mind making lots of stitches (and to be fair, a 4 ply garment is generally cheaper to make than a DK one given that wool is sold by weight) then this is a really charming book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not for beginners 3 Nov 2009
By Mrs. C
I can follow most knitting patterns, but the patterns in this book were not laid out well, some were not explained very well. The items are gorgeous, which makes it all the more frustrating. On one pattern the stitch description does not fit with the number of stitches you're supposed to be using and there is no guidance - I had to look online for help.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Chic knits for babies 4 May 2009
Don.t like the book much. Think that the translation leaves a lot to be desired. Have had to change most patterns as the decrease rows on some are way out. Would not recommend for any novice knitter. Wish I had stayed with Debby Bliss books as have had no problems with any of these.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chic Knits for Stylish Babies 3 Aug 2010
By nicky
Found this a brilliant knitting book. Only down side had to work out what wool to use by the size of needles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great product 28 Mar 2010
wonderful book, I have already created a couple of outfits and look forward to making more
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
Fantastic patterns . Modern and up to date children's wear. Haven't knitted any yet but am about to start and will report back.
Published 1 month ago by JNN
4.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous
some lovely designs in this pattern book which appear to be simple to make but fun at the same time.
Published 8 months ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book
Lovely little patterns and very different. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys knitting but needs some inspirational ideas. Good to knit for gifts
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Kirsty Buchanan
4.0 out of 5 stars Original Patterns
Very original, modern patterns. Some are a bit 'whacky' but mostly fun. Easy to follow patterns with the outcome you would expect.
Published 16 months ago by Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, Imaginative and Gorgeous Knits for little ones
Being a grandmother in waiting has got my needles clicking with a vengeance, but I have generally been very disappointed by the lack of imagination and inspiration in the baby... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Helen R
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I just love the Romper suits, so cute! This is a really lovely book, easy to follow and some really lovely little knits.
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by GingerCox
4.0 out of 5 stars Fashionable knits
On a read through this offers uptodate and trendy knits for tots. Although none of the patterns and books these days make a statement as to whether they have been "three knits... Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by Jean
2.0 out of 5 stars Chic knits for kids
Not as expected and was of no use for my grandchildren i'm afraid but maybe to others As I am a classic old school type pattern knitter
Published on 5 Nov 2010 by debee
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Classy Designs!
If you are looking for knitted baby patterns a little different from the norm, then this is the book for you. The designs are really European, simply and classy. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2009 by Avid Reader
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