Cath Kidston The Knitting Book Hardcover – Illustrated, 7 Nov 2011
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About the Author
One of Britain's leading and most loved designers, Cath Kidston is best known for her vintage-inspired, colourful prints for the home. Cath began her career as an interior designer before opening her first retail shop in London in 1993 selling vintage fabrics and antique furniture. She now has 36 shops and 5 concessions in the UK, as well as 2 shops in Ireland, 15 in Japan, and 4 in Korea. In addition to their signature cloth prints, the company has developed a wide range of products in response to a growing demand. Everything from bags, cushions, stationery, t-shirts, nightwear and babygrows are all part of the ever-expanding product range. Her popularity has increased year by year since starting a mail order catalogue and website. Cath has published four previous books - In Print, Make!, Sew! and Stitch! with Quadrille - and has a very successful stationery line.
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Instructions were okay - but could be found anywhere online for free. The yarn is acrylic, and the worst quality acrylic I've seen in a long time. I am really glad that I got to check this item out in a shop before I bought it for my friend. Instructions for learning to knit could be found online, free patterns to knit anything can be found on 'ravelry' (online) and much better quality yarn can be bought in most towns or online.
Instead of this I bought my friend Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner which gives brilliant and fool proof instructions for learning to knit and a great variety of simple knit items to make including scarves, hot water bottle covers, bags, mitts, baby cardigan etc. Then I bought some needles and some better quality but still cheap acrylic yarn.
I will be getting some more needles and perhaps a book or two with other things to knit. It's going to be a very woolly christmas for my family this year!
Thanks to Cath Kidston for another lovely craft book.
If you're a bloke and your girlfriend loves Cath Kidston, even if she's never knitted before in her life, get her this project tin!
To be fair there are some good points. The tin is nice for wool storage and the needles are reasonable quality. However the instructions are dire. They are so brief that they feel incomplete. I couldn't knit before I read them. After reading them I still couldn't knit and was very confused. they are better suited to someone who used to knit but has not for some time. they feel more like a refresher, than a proper tutorial. The real problem is the wool. it is appalling quality. It's acrylic, meaning at no point has it even seen a sheep. it unravels on the needle meaning that telling one stitch from another can become impossible, and it feels awful. I have since bought some better wool and the difference is remarkable. Knitting is so much easier if you invest in some quality wool. I bought this kit thinking it was value for money. It is not. I have bought new needles, a decent beginners knitting book, and new wool. I now only have the box left. But it is filled with quality items that are a pleasure to use.
Not a kit I can recommend.
Inside the box is a booklet with designs and yarn/wool to knit yourself a lovely cath kidston inspired scarf. Would be a lovely gift for someone else who would in turn also have it sat on a shelf for a prolonged period of time.
On the plus side, it is nicely presented and looks good as a gift. The packaging is nice and the overall look is attractive.
There are problems though. The wool is acrylic and it splits far too easily. It is poor quality. The needles are very slippery and the wool slides off easily. I also found the instructions are not really adequate. I beginner could not cope with them.
At the end of the day, if you used different needles, got some better quality wool and got instructions online, this would work. But them there would be absolutely no point in buying this set!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Poor quality products for the price, personally disappointed. I wouldn't recommend this. You can get better quality if you buy individual items and self learn on socal media... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Miss J C Portch
Put simply, the needles in this kit are too short for the number of stitches required. This has been noted by at least 8 other reviewers on here and in one case, Cath Kidston... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. Gordon B. Cummings
Another present for a beginner that I had never met - my sons new girlfriend. She was thrilled and has already knitted the scarf and was very pleased with the result.Published 13 months ago by zanylady
My daughter-in-law requested this as a birthday gift and was happy to receive it.Published 17 months ago by Nancy
I bought this because the packaging was so cute and I am a big Cath Kidston fan. I am a very experienced knitter having been knitting for over 40 years. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Galaxy Gurl