Many times knitters find themselves needing to give the perfect hand-knitted gift. This is especially true for newborn and young babies. Once word is out that you are a knitter, you gain a public reputation as someone who can make a cute and practical gift for new babies.
The reality is often that knitters may need inspiration or patterns to create these perfect little baby gifts. Sometimes we may even need to come up with fast to knit gifts. If you find yourself in need or want of cute patterns for babies, Nancy Nielsen's new book Gramma Nancy's Animal Hats may fit your needs.
This book begins by giving two basic hat patterns that then become the basis for nineteen different animal hats. The two basic hat patterns are for a rolled brim hat and a hat with ear flaps. These hats use worsted weight yarn and common needle sizes. Since these patterns use smooth common weight yarns knitters can find yarn in every budget level and in almost every store that carries yarn. The hat patterns are for infants through children about twelve years of age, so if you would like to knit for an adult or older child, you will need to know how to adapt the hat patterns yourself.
Beginners will be able to successfully knit the basic hats and then expand into the intermediate level animal pattern hats. The book also includes patterns for accompanying mittens and booties. The author Nancy Niesen created these patterns over many years while her son was serving in the military. Nielsen found herself knitting these hats as gifts for the children of the many families her son served with. Since Nielsen knitted several of each pattern, she believes that the patterns are well tested.
The nineteen different animals that the patterns are based on are familiar cute animals that children know and love - animals include chickens, elephants, lions, pigs, foxes, owls, frogs and sheep. New knitters can start by just knitting the basic hats, and then progress into the intermediate level animal hats as skills are mastered. There is a methods section showing skills that are used in the book that a new knitter would need to know,
This pattern book would be a welcome addition to your knitting library if you like to knit for children, or find yourself needing to make a lot of gifts for children. The use of the affordable and easy to find yarns with patterns for a variety of knitting levels would make this a very usable book for many knitters.
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