knits for boys by Kate Oates

I love knitting but have to confess that I just don’t do enough knitting for my  big kids and especially my boys. The girls patterns always seem sweeter and more enticing. But I’m going to change that. I ordered this book from amazon as I don’t have any books with just patterns for boys and this one looked like a good one. And it is. So many great patterns AND the tips and tricks and instructions were better than most.

Often you buy a knitting book and it’s got a section on how to knit and a bit vague on other things that you need to know like adding pockets or construction of the pattern or how to adjust the pattern.

This book includes that information which is a great help for the intermediate to more advanced knitters who don’t need to know how to do a knit stitch or cast off. There are lots of pictures and photos showing various angles of each project which was helpful

There are a variety of patterns that cover hats, mittens, vests, jumpers, a t-shirt, long johns and even shorts (don’t think I’ll be knitting my big boys shorts) and the patterns are things that you would really want to make. Especially the vests and jumpers. There are even patterns for a bow tie and suspenders. Something for every occasion

I was really impressed with this book and just as I was photographing it today saw that the author and designer of the patterns is a mum of 4 boys. Well that explains it. No wonder she created this book

If you’re a beginner then you’ll love the easier patterns in the book like the hats, simple raglan sleeve jumpers and vests. The more advanced knitters will really enjoy this book with a few cable projects and colourwork and instructions to help you alter your projects.

Definitely a good book for the mums and grandmums of boys or people who enjoy knitting and have trouble getting their hands on patterns for boys.

There are 27 patterns all up and sizing is from 4-12 but the sock pattern is sized from toddler up. I picked up my copy at amazon here.

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