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Book Review: How to Knit

Day 3 of daily blogging, and so far so good! Today is my first book review, and I’m excited to share this knitting book with you: Usborne ART ideas How to Knit by Fiona Watt and designed by Erica Harrison. The illustrations are by Stella Baggott and the photographs are by Howard Allman. This book can be purchased on Amazon for CDN$19.95 (spiral bound).


I purchased this book years ago because I fell in love with the beautiful design and layout. The pages inside have scrapbook like backgrounds with gorgeous photos of the projects that stand out on the page because the backgrounds are removed. There are illustrations included with each project to demonstrate knitting techniques. This book is geared towards kids, but it’s also perfect for a beginner knitter. Unlike many beginner books I’ve looked through, I would want to make each project in How to Knit. Here is a list of the patterns:

  • Mobile phone cover
  • Little bag
  • Handbag
  • Cushion cover
  • Ribbed scarf
  • ‘Cat’ hat
  • Stripey bag
  • Little purse
  • Beanie hat
  • Little heart cushion
  • Felted bag
  • Felted flowers
  • Shoulder wrap
  • Knitted flowers
  • Knitted leaves
  • Little monster toys

My favourite pattern is the monster toy, which I’ve knitted up today for this review. It’s such a simple but cute pattern and could be easily customized to make any type of monster.



As always, I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton to knit up this little guy. I love the feel of using simple wooden knitting needles, and these are size 3.75 mm. They are large enough for a soft fabric, but tight enough so that the stuffing doesn’t show through.

If you’re a beginner knitter like me or you have a daughter who wants to get started with knitting, be sure to check out this great book!


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