Chic Knits for Stylish Babies
by Patricia Wagner
I think this book was originally published in French. If not, there is definitely a foreign influence from the French editor and photographer. It is different from the mass of knitting books that are published here in the US. It uses recycled paper, has an impeccable layout and the photography is gorgeous. However, it's the projects that make this book a standout - they are all outfits! Cute ones to boot!
The projects are broken into three sections - "all-weather babies", "adventurous babies" and "smart babies." Sizes are given for 3 months, 6 months and 1 year. Each outfit is given a cute name like "English Style" or "Sugared Almonds". Chicknitsstylishbabies_0_2 Then instructions are given for every piece of the the outfit which could include jackets, cardigans, pants, hats, sweaters, overalls and boots. Project write ups are detailed with the most exquisite schematics I have ever seen. Yes. I get excited over little black and white drawings but they have such character. Much better than the generic ones everyone else has.
The projects themselves are adorable for the most part. They are stylish without being over the top kitschy. Just up my alley. And I think any new mom would love to get these as a gift. This is a book I definitely will be getting.
Reviewed by Allison Linehan
Allison's blog, Neophyte Knitter, can be found at http://gumdrop.typepad.com