Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Knitting for Two

I picked up the book Knitting for Two: 20 Simple Designs for Expectant and New Mommies and Babies by Erika Knight expecting to see some cute mother and child outfits. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This is a book filled with patterns for mothers and babies, but without any coordination.

There are four collections based on color: Classic comfort, daytime chic, vintage charm and night moods.The book is proud that matching mom and baby outfits are gone, but I kept hoping to see something sweet and silly.

I hate it when the pattern interest comes from embroidery in a knitting book. Baby embroidered raglan sweater is sweet but I want something I can KNIT. (At least the embroidery instructions are provided, some books fail to do this.)

Unfortunately, most of the patterns are pretty bland. There are a few with interesting beaded embellishments or embroidery, but I continue to be disappointed by this books lack of direction. The patterns include sweaters, baby pants, cardigans, blankets. The only unifying theme is that the items can be worn by a baby or by a expectant mother.

I would rather see a book that has knit garments for a woman that can be used before, during and after pregnancy. (A nursing shawl that is also a lap blanket, a cardigan that can remain unbuttoned to let the belly through...) This would be a unique take. I see this book as a collection of patterns held together by a loose theme. Oh well. They can't all be winners!