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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute, fun and fresh patterns, 9 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Learn to Knit, Love to Knit (Paperback)
This book is really cute and full of fun patterns for the modern knitter. The opening 'how to knit' pages have clear instructions with actual photographs of someone demonstrating step-by-step how to cast on, knit, purl etc - much clearer than the diagrams I've seen in some other books.

There are a few beginner-friendly patterns - a striped scarf and matching mittens made of quick-knitting chunky wool, both with pompoms; the bright and cheery fingerless gloves shown on the front cover; and a very on-trend, unisex, chunky bobble hat.

However, although a beginner would definitely learn the right skills from these patterns, I feel that the rest of the book is a bit too much of a leap for an absolute beginner and might be a bit too daunting, as it is made up of a range of jumpers and cardigans (which are a big task for a slow, novice knitter), and more complicated accessories such as a lace collar, a cabled hat and polka dot socks (so cute, I want to make these right away!).

I would therefore recommend this book to the more intermediate beginner (and beyond) - if you're already confident with the basics and want to develop more skills, then this would be perfect to inspire you to go further. For example, if you're ready to try changing colours but terrified by the full-on Fair Isle Rib Tanktop, then the Fair Isle Band Sweater (which is made of just two colour blocks joined by a band of Fair Isle) might do the trick.

The jumpers and cardigan are nicely up-to-date - not like the jumpers your grandma would knit for you! (Sorry grandmas). My favourite is the Simple Round-Neck Sweater with Raglan Sleeves as I struggle to find patterns this chic and basic; this one is so simple, I'm sure it will never date. There's also a cute and colourful Random Stripe Sweater, a Cropped Cable-knit Cardigan, a College Style Cardigan / varsity jacket - a lovely touch of Americana.

All in all, I'm very much looking forward to making lots of the patterns from this book!
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