Knitting Book Reviews

Freddies Blanket
by Joanna Johnson

Like their last book, Phoebes Sweater, this book is just adorable. (Yes, that really is the first thing you need to know.)

The first half of the book is the beautifully illustrated story of little platypus Freddie as he outgrows his baby blanket and moves up to his big boy bed" with the new blanket that his Mom makes for him. Its a sweet little story, inspired by the authors sons experience getting used to his new bed. Its sweet and charming.

And the illustrations? I adore them. Their gentle watercolors and elaborate detail are really beautiful. This is not a book to rush through just for the story. You have to savor it and really pore over the pictures. I love all the detailstitles on book covers, the jumble of goods at a yard sale, the crowd at a Christmas partyeven the recognizable knitting patterns for the slippers Freddies parents wear. I even spotted a cameo from Phoebe. Its the best kind of eye candy.

This husband-and-wife team arent done there, though. After the story is finished comes the creamthe patterns so you can make these knits for yourself. There are patterns for a Freddie doll (and his sister), his baby envelope" blanket, his new blanket, and knitted coveralls (complete with a knitted hammer) for your own little one.

Reviewed by Deb Boyken

Deb has been knitting since 1987 and has accumulated quite a collection of knitting books over the years. Her website, Knitting Scholar, can be found at .