I love knitting baby clothes for my friends little ones and when I was offered the opportunity to review Vintage Knitting for Babies by my friend Rita Taylor, I jumped at the chance.
This book does not disappoint. It has over 30 gorgeous patterns for newborns to 18 months old and is inspired by Rita's expertise and love of vintage patterns from the Victorian era to the 1950's. There are traditional christening outfits with all over lace and long flowing skirts as well as more modern interpretations with two piece outfits and little lacy jackets. I love this cute little Christening vest top for boys.
There are some really gorgeous patterns in this book. It was really hard to choose just a few to share with you. I'm hoping to knit this little outfit (Betony Coat and Beret) for my goddaughter. Like a lot of the patterns in the book, Rita gives an insight into the history to the design and I love the use of the simple but effective stitch pattern.
My favourite pattern is probably (it is tough to choose) this Poppy Duffle Coat and Mittens. It looks warm and woolly and like all the patterns, practical for a baby too. It looks wonderful knitted up in modern soft yarns (this one is Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport Weight).
Each pattern has clear instructions to follow with the rows and new sections all given in bold print making this an easy book of patterns to follow. This is a book where every pattern demands to be knitted and cherished or given as a special gift, from the soft toys to special outfits for a first trip out.
The whole book is beautifully illustrated, from the beautiful picture on the front cover above to the gorgeous photography inside. Each pattern has several photos modelled on cute kids to see the finished garment clearly. The hardback format makes this a book that demands to be kept for all future baby knitting needs and a permanent fixture on my bookshelf. I can see me picking up this book again and again for each new baby that comes into my life.
This one is definitely a keeper!
Vintage Knits for Babies by Rita Taylor, published by Jacqui Small.
Price £20 / US$29.99 and available from the 21st May 2015, ISBN 978-1-909342