Labour of Love

Even though my own little girl is all grown up, I’m still attracted to lovely children’s knits (who isn’t?), so when I saw this intriguing, beautiful book, Labour of Love, I just had to have it.

[note to readers: the title in the USA is Lovely Knits For Little Girls]

It’s for little girls, aged 3 to 8 years.

The author, Vibe Sondergaard, is a Danish knitwear designer who works in London. She says that the collection is an accumulation of ideas of shape, texture and colour. Judging by this book, she is a woman of style. Everything about it is lovely, a charming combination of traditional and modern.

The designs are fashionably grown-up, but age-appropriate. They’re presented in an appealing way, like a designer look book, which shows off their dress-up potential and their practicality.

There are sweaters, cardigans, scarves and snoods, even dresses and skirts. All the the projects have quirky details of the kind you don’t see often in kids’ knits, or even adults’ for that matter. There a few simple knits for beginners, but most of them are textured and patterned, with interesting details that would keep any knitter happy. Many of them I’d wear myself. Ms Sondergaard, would you please write a book for adults next?

I adore this book and hope for a little girl to come along and point to one of it’s pages, saying, “will you please knit that for me?” because it wouldn’t matter which one, all of the designs are lovely and I would happily knit any of them.

a few of my favourites:

Clara Butterfly Sweater

Nora Wide Aran Sweater with Ribbon

Zoe Fan Stitch Jacket

Laura Frost Flower Hat and Poncho


3 Responses to “Labour of Love”

  1. kate Says:

    Once again though – I wish there was more of this for boys……. I hope you don’t mind if I do a review of your book later on this week (don’t worry, it will be a rave one). Lots of love, Kate.
    p.s. I have almost finished sewing up the first knitting pattern I have ever written…. so exciting!!!

  2. Mel Says:

    Hi Kate,
    Not at all. Please send me a link when you review.
    How exciting to have written your first knitting pattern. I look forward to seeing what you’ve made!

  3. heather Says:

    That looks like a beautiful book with adorable patterns. It’s hard to find cool knitting patterns for girls of that age. Thanks for giving us a preview.

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