Booties, Blankets & Bears: 20 irresistible hand knits for your baby
Available on Barnesandnoble.com for $16.40
I purchased this book a few years ago and just recently dusted it off to rediscovered its cute yet extremely functional knit patterns. As stated in the title, there are 20 knit patterns included in the 144 pages of the book. I have made five of the patterns for baby #1 and am now choosing what to make for the little man on the way.
One of the things I like most about this book is that the patterns are varied. It is not a book full of one type of knitwear or toy. There are booties, big bird cushions, memory book covers, hangers, building blocks and blankets (just to name a few). This is a huge selling point for me; there seems to be something new to create every time I take a look through the book. Not only are there great knits for my own children, a lot of the projects are small and work up very quickly and would make excellent shower gifts for friends and family members. (I would particularly recommend the booties, they look very professional in a nice box and people will love the thoughtful handmade gift that looks store bought.)
There are a few things that deserve consideration with this book. First, while many of the patterns do not require much yarn, there are some that require quite a bit and could be pricey if made. A perfect example would be the Big Bird Cushion...super cute but requires 21 balls of 50g Aran weight yarn. Depending on what brand and fiber you chose, that could set you back a pretty penny. Also, pay attention to the finished blanket sizes. Some of the blankets seem quite small and perhaps would only be appropriate for a newborn baby. It would stink to take the time to make a baby blanket and have to use it for a tea towel instead.
Bottom Line: If you have small children, plan on having babies or have lots of friend popping out little ones, this would be a great book for your personal library. It will get a lot of use. However, if you just want a pattern for baby booties (or one specific baby themed project) you would be better off browsing Ravelry for a pattern. This book is definitely worth taking a look at, though, especially for the price.