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.

A 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.

A Ladybird Book About Knitting

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!

A Ladybird Book About Knitting

If you love Ladybird books, do pop over and visit Ladybird Tuesday, where Being Mrs C is assembling a really comprehensive catalogue of Ladybird books and reviews.

Below you can find links to all my Ladybird Tuesday book posts.

Snow White and Rose Red
Hansel and Gretel
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
The Three Little Pigs
The Old Woman and her Pig
Little Red Riding Hood
The Ugly Duckling
The Railway Children
A Little Princess
A First book of Aesop's Fables

A Ladybird Book about Knitting
More Things to Make - For Special Occasions
Easy to Make Puppets
Learning to Sew
Stamp Collecting
Tricks and Magic

Prehistoric Animals and Fossils
Stone Age Man in Britain
Great Civilisations - Crete
Charles Dickens
Lives of the Great Composers Book 1
Lives of the Great Composers Book 2
The Story of Music

Plants and How They Grow
The Ladybird Book of the Night Sky
Sea and Air Mammals
The Farm

The Story of Nuclear Power
The Motor Car
How it Works - The Computer
How it Works - The Rocket
The Story of Ships
The Postman and the Postal Service
People at Work - The Nurse

Understanding Numbers
Talkabout Clothes
Going to School
Teaching Reading

Stories of Special Days and Customs
Christmas Customs

Girls and Boys - A Ladybird Book of Childhood


  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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