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Cath Kidston The Knitting Book Hardcover – Illustrated, 7 Nov 2011

3.5 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (7 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844009807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844009800
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 5.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
The tin is cute. The idea is lovely. Sadly that's about as good as it gets.
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.
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I do a lot of crafts but for some reason knitting has always been a bit of an achillies heal for me. I saw this and thought I would get it and have another go. To my delight it has been a brilliant re-introduction to the skill. I've almost finished the scarf which feels like the icing on the cake really as it's such lovely colours being very Cath Kidston of course.
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.
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My girlfriend is a HUGE Cath Kidston fan and this has been a massive success! Having only dabbled with knitting in the past, this kit had her up and running in no time and now she has a brand new scarf, which even I've been known to borrow for a dash to the shops.

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!
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I have enormous feet. they are so big that I am unable to find socks that fit properly. So I have decided to learn how to make my own. That is quite an advanced skill so to begin with I thought a beginners kit such as this would be ideal. How wrong I was.
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.
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I bought this whilst in one of my creative moods which had of course worn off by the next day when it was delivered. It has remained in its box on the shelf until suck a mood strikes me again.
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.
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I've just bought this as a birthday present for my teenage niece and she loves it! This is a really well thought out introduction to knitting and my niece has already made a start on the lovely scarf in the tin. She's told me how easy it is to pick up the basics of knitting from the booklet, as well as following the instructions on the leaflet for actually knitting the scarf itself. And, once she's finished the scarf, she's got a lovely, large tin she can put bits and pieces in. The perfect gift!
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By CycleRacing HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2014
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I am not entirely impressed with this set.

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!

Not recommended.
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I was really disappointed with this item. I was not a complete beginner and mainly got this for the tin. If I had been a beginner I imagine o would have quickly given up...the instructions are not clear as they should be and the quality is shockingly bad. The ends kept coming off the needles and needed to be superglued back on and the wool was the worst I have ever worked with...it kept splitting a bad falling apart in my hands as I worked. There were huge 'clumps' and knots in te wool and it was impossible to use. I binned it and replaced with my own. As a Cath Kidston fan I was appalled and disappointed by the poor quality of what could easily have been an excellent product.
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