Adorable alert! How to knit for kids + giveaway

Martingale's Knit & Crochet Friday

Nautical NumberI love to knit. That’s not news. I always have at least one, but more often, two or three projects on the needles at any given time. (Okay, so I have finishing issues, but who doesn’t from time to time?) To my surprise, though, I’ve recently discovered that my favorite things to knit are…well, anything for my granddaughters. Does that count as a category? Don’t get me wrong, I’ll happily knit socks and shawls and sweaters for myself and others, but the pleasure I get from them doesn’t come close to the joy I experience knitting a sweet little sweater or an adorable hat or a toothy-grinned monster. Since I’m a grammy through marriage and don’t have children of my own, I had no idea knitting for children could be so much fun.

Now that two of the girls are out of diapers, I’m often looking for knitting patterns for toddlers. One of my go-to resources is an old copy of the book Paintbox Knits, which was published in 2001 and has been out of print since 2005. I love this book, and that’s why I’m so pleased to announce that it’s now available again. Whether your forte is whipping up sundresses for little girls or knitting sweaters for boys, you’re bound to find something here to suit your needs. The book is packed with adorable designs, all stitched in wonderful, wearable cotton yarn.

Projects from Paintbox Knits
Projects from Paintbox Knits: “Puddle Jumper,” “Blue Lagoon,” and “Wave Runner”

My latest project is a version of this sweet little dress:

Hot Number! knitted dress
"Hot Number!" knitted dress

My daughter-in-law fell in love with its ruffled hem, so naturally I agreed to make it. Here’s the one I’m working on for 3-year-old Evelyn.

Mary's version of Hot Number!

I’ve just picked up the stitches for the right button band. Just two button bands, a collar, and a little finishing left to do. I bought yarn to make one for her little sister Emmy, too, in pink. Oh, and the one for their cousin, Makayla, will be in soft green. By then, I should be able to make it with my eyes closed!

Tally Ho!One thing I really like about this book is the range of sizes. These aren’t patterns for babies; this book is all about knitting for kids. While many of the designs start as small as 18 months, most go up to 4T and some even to size 6. That means you can knit a favorite pattern in different sizes and colors as a child grows, or maybe just knit your way through all 30-plus designs!

Another great feature is the section on mix-and-match necklines: five different neckline styles are described, with instructions for adapting them to the patterns.

In the words of the authors, “the mix-and-match potential of various standard necklines and stitches will give you many opportunities to be creative without taking a great deal of risk.” I’m for that! And I’m no math whiz, but doesn’t that also multiply the number of possible projects by five? Just think of the possibilities!

Mix-and-match neckline options

If you knit for your children or grandchildren, be sure to have a look at the projects in Paintbox Knits. I’m pretty sure you’ll hear a pattern or two calling your name. Better yet, show the book to the mom of the child you’d like to knit for. She’ll pick out just the right one!

See more projects from Paintbox Knits in the cute video below; learn more details about the book here.


Have you knitted items for toddlers or kids? What have you made so far—and how did your gift recipient react? Share your story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Paintbox Knits eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Kathy, who writes:

“I’ve been knitting for my grand babies. I’m lucky the three girls are just far enough apart in age to pass each item along. I tend to do more complicated things that way. The only exception was a matching set of ponchos for a photo op. My little guy just got a ‘Wallaby’ hooded pullover sweater that was really terrific and lots of fun to knit. It is so warm and a nice front pocket for his hands, or other things to keep! I wish they wouldn’t grow out of things so fast!”

Christine, we’ll email you about your free eBook. Congratulations!


Video for Paintbox Knits


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