Friday, November 25, 2011

Purl Every Row

My daughter Leah is in 2nd grade and wants to learn the purl stitch. In order to give her practice, I have been looking for simple patterns which use the purl stitch only. Then I realized -- duh! -- that if you purl every row you STILL have garter stitch.

This means that I can show her the following simple knitting patterns in The Children's Year: Seasonal Crafts and Clothes:

Duck and ducklings p.30
Knitted Easter chicken p.31
Chicken and cockerel p.32

Knitted gnome p.93
Cat p.95

Coathanger cover p.167
Needle case p.168

And for some more complicated patterns, try
  • Pull-up: scarf and hat all in one! p.79
  • Slippers - socks - baby bootees p.80
  • "Gnome's hat" p.84
  • Mittens p.92
  • Pig p.94
  • Finger Puppets p.97
  • Baby's rainbow ball p.110
  • Knitted doll p.160
  • Knitted gnome p.161

This is a great Waldorf book for patterns -- clothes, playthings, decorations for holidays -- I recommend it highly. The main difference between The Children's Year: Seasonal Crafts and Clothesand All Year Round, I find, is that All Year Round talks more about how to celebrate holidays and create family traditions. The Children's Year: Seasonal Crafts and Clothesjumps right into patterns, and gives you plenty of them! If you are looking to turn your home into a Waldorf kindergarten or a classroom for the Lower Grades... you have come to the right place. The Children's Year: Seasonal Crafts and Clothes, don't forget, even gives complete directions for making a Waldorf doll. You don't have to buy a special book for that.

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