I am horrible for writing reviews out of order, the Mochimochi books are a classic example of that. The book I am reviewing today has a predecessor called 60 Quick Baby Knits, but I doubt I am going to be buying that one anytime soon. One of my good friends is pregnant, due in May, and I anticipate the future will only hold more of my friends requiring tiny baby knits. I ended up going with the blanket book because clothing is always very dependent on taste and the style of the mother. Blankets, on the other hand, are always in demand.
I chose this particular book because I had heard really excellent reviews about it and when I went to buy it, I hardly looked inside. I am really pleased with this book and I don’t think I could have picked a better one if I had spent hours in the bookstore trying to decide.
For starters, there are 60 baby blanket patterns in this book. Chances are, you are going to like at least ONE of them. Upon flipping though, I stopped counting my favourites when I got to ten and had only looked at 12 patterns. There is something for everyone in this book. There are blankets heavy on texture, cables, patterning and even some that are just plain garter stitch. Regardless of what level you are at in your knitting career, you will be able to make these blankets.
Like the name suggests, the patterns are not overly complicated, but there is a really good range of blankets you can do without thinking. However, if you want something more complex you can find blankets that would take your attention. One of the patterns is Fair Isle and heaven knows you need to be paying attention to that! I’ve been rediscovering my Fair Isle skills with Sara’s mittens and I feel a bit rusty.
The last thing I want to mention is the sample yarn used in the book. All the samples are made from superwash and Cascade 220 or 128. It’s very clever to make them from superwash, because really, what new mother has time to hand wash a blanket. Secondly, Cascade has a billion colours and it is usually a staple of most knitting stores. Since there are so many colours to choose from, most of the blankets are made with bright and happy colours. It definitely screams cheerful nursery, even from a distance.
Overall I am really happy with this book and I feel like you are going to see quite a few of these blankets happening before May. They are going to have to be gender neutral though; I’ll make it work some how. I take this as a challenge to play with colours.