Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Ladybird Tuesday - A Ladybird book about Knitting

It has been a little while since I joined in with Ladybird Tuesday, but it's a New Year and I'm back! I'm going to be starting in January with some wonderful books that my Mum bought me for my birthday last year. She found them at the Fibre East show, and they are all lovely crafty ones that I had been hoping to add to my collection. I'm beginning with A Ladybird Book about Knitting.

The copy that I have is actually a modern reproduction, which is a great idea from Ladybird. The original was published in 1972, and this facsimile edition was published in 2012. It has a dust jacket, and I believe that it's identical inside to the original.

Ladybird book about knitting

I do love knitting, but I'm not very good at it. While I can knit away happily in garter stitch for ages, if I drop a stitch I basically have to start again, as I've no idea how to fix it. I also just can't get my head around a pattern. So my level is basically scarves. Although the knitting instructions in this book are clear with plenty of pictures, I'm not sure that I could have worked it out from the book. However I suspect that the author of the book imagined any young child that was learning to knit would have a willing mother or grandmother around to teach them (as well as a ready supply of odd balls of wool in different colours).

The book really does begin at the very beginning, but even with just the basics there are instructions for the first project, a simple hair band. It would be great motivation to be able to knit something useful almost immediately.

Ladybird book how to knit

Each new knitting technique is followed by a little project using what you have just learned, including things for yourself and little gift ideas for the rest of the family.  They all sound so simple and are so pretty! I do love the little doll's blanket, even I could probably manage this!

Vintage Ladybird book How to Knit

I'm joining in once again with Ladybird Tuesday at Being Mrs C. You can see all my previous Ladybird Tuesday posts here.


  1. This looks like a lovely book! I love old books! We have all the old Enid Blyton & Beatrix Potter books. x

    1. I love old books too, I think that it's the illustrations in the Ladybird books that particularly appeal to me.


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