As my life gets more busy, I am building my big-kid skill of saying “no” more frequently. Try as I might, I just can’t resist the gorgeous knitting books that have been sent to Mom. Now that summer’s here I have a little more time to review some for her, and possibly even knit up gifts from the beautiful patterns!
I’m at a certain age where it seems the whole world is expecting, and keeping up with handmade gifts has become impossible. I was thrilled when Sterling Publishing sent Mom a copy of 60 Quick Knit Baby Essentials. The whole book features designs made from Cherub by Cascade Yarns which I know to be high-quality although inexpensive. At an Aran weight, that means even the more intricate pattern, like the Hugs and Hearts onesie, (Ravelry link) will knit up quickly.
I’m such a sucker for colorwork and cables, and I have plenty of challenging projects to choose from in this book like the Funky Fair Isle Hat (featured on the cover), the Cable and Slip Stitch Bunting, or the Fair Isle Flakes sweater. That’s not to say the book isn’t beginner-friendly, however. There are plenty of designs featuring my beloved garter stitch.
60 Quick Knit Baby Essentials is a must-purchase for your knitting library. It is an excellent value with designs that range from super-quick to intricate, and super easy to somewhat challenging.