Review: Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop

I’m so looking forward to the day when I can teach Lila to knit. She isn’t even four yet, but I’m already looking ahead and developing a little arsenal of resources that I hope will spur her interest and be valuable tools to help her learn when the time comes. Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop: The Easiest and Most Effective Way to Learn to Knit! is definitely one of those resources.

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

The book features a progressive series of patterns and knitting lessons, that hep develop skills. Starting with knitting in the round and working through knitting, purling, knitting flat, etc. so that by the end of the book a child will have developed a full range of skills. Every project includes details on how to finish it- so when there are pom poms, there is also a tutorial on making pom poms.  For an adorable knitted snowman, there are direction on how to finish him off with a properly sewn on felt carrot nose.  The concept feels really well organized and thought out- which makes sense, as Susan has actually got a lot of experience teaching kids to knit!

Who This Book is For: Girls aged 8-13 seem to be the target audience, but younger kids who are feeling determined will no doubt be inspired to take a crack at it. Its detailed enough (it really does cover everything) that you could gift this book to your nieces or the kids of close friends and not feel like you have to teach them to knit as well- toss in a few skeins of fun yarn and some needles, and it would be an amazing gift for a tween aged girl! You can check out all the bright and happy patterns included in the book here.

Three patterns that are perfect for new knitting hands (and look awesome enough that an experienced knitter would want to knit them!) are the Fox Pillow, Cowl, and Leg Warmers.

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

Things I loved: It’s spiral bound, so it stays open easily (why doesn’t every single knitting pattern book out there have this?!), the photos are beautiful and inspiring and likely will stay current for some time. Everything is explained step by step and built sequentially around lessons that advance skills in a logical fashion, so it doesn’t feel overwhelming. The patterns are really attractive and classic items, so I can see how they would be happily knit many times over, and actually used by the kids themselves.  Also for a variety of yarn quantities- there are plenty of projects that are just one skein or less.

Things I didn’t love: The book says it’s a kids knitting workshop, but it’s targeted pretty exclusively at girls. I could only find one photo with a boy in it, and he is wearing a hand puppet, not knitting. I wish the photos had been a little more inclusive- boys can knit, too! Also, the table of contents is …. unhelpful. I was looking for the page number for a certain pattern, but the patterns aren’t listed in the table of contents- you have to use the table of contents to get to a section, then the first page of that section tells you which lessons and patterns are to be found in that section.  Would have been a lot more helpful if it was all in the main table of contents.

Overall, this is a great book that any girl who is interested in knitting will likely love to have. Do you have a little girl in your life that would benefit from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop? To enter, please leave me a comment and let me know who in your life you would like to give this book to and why by midnight on Thursday, January 28th- the winner will be announced on Friday morning!