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Insta-Knits for Baby

Melissa Leapman. Stackpole, $26.95 trade paper (168p) ISBN 978-0-8117-7174-0

In this breezy guide, Leapman (The Beginner’s Guide to Mosaic Knitting) explains how to knit clothes, blankets, and toys for children ages zero to two. She prioritizes simplicity and speed, with almost half of the 30 projects requiring less than five hours to complete. These include “preppy socks” worked in the round, a “cute caterpillar” toy consisting of five stuffed balls sewn together, and a “just ducky” blanket featuring a duck’s bill on one corner and two feet stitched onto the sides opposite. Leapman also includes alternate measurements so knitters can adjust clothing sizes for different age ranges; for instance, measurements for 0–6, 6–9, 9–12, and 12–24 month-olds are provided for the “lamb hat” (which sports ears sticking out from its sides). Projects estimated to take five to 10 hours include a button-up hoodie, a bib with a rocking horse on it, and a stuffed rabbit. Even the most time-consuming pieces require only beginner-friendly techniques, such as the “giraffe blankie,” which is estimated to take 21 hours to finish and mainly consists of stockinette stitch. Leapman assumes readers will bring basic-level knitting skills, but those who need a refresher will benefit from the step-by-step illustrations of such techniques as casting on and knitting into the front and back of a stitch. Knitters pressed for time will appreciate this. (Dec.)