The Knitted Nursery Collection Book Review with Excerpted Pattern: Ollie and Polly Blankets

I’m excited to share a knitting book review with a giveaway. I’ve also included an excerpted pattern, so read on for details!

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Book Review

The Knitted Nursery Collection: 14 Cuddly Toys and Colourful Accessories for Babies book review with excerpted pattern (Ollie and Polly Blankets) via Underground Crafter

The Knitted Nursery Collection: 14 Cuddly Toys and Colourful Accessories for Babies is an adorable pattern collection by Jem Weston. The book starts with an about page that introduces us to Jem, a knitting designer, author, and teacher.

The book then moves on to the table of contents, which features images of each project. The patterns section includes a full page photo introduction, a detailed materials list, and instructions with additional large (and well styled) photographs. The patterns do not include difficulty level, but all are made with garter or stockinette stitch, so they should be possible for beginners to complete. The book ends with a list of abbreviations and acknowledgements.

The Knitted Nursery Collection includes 14 knitting patterns (five toys or stuffed mobiles, three blankets, three pillows, and three decor projects). Five patterns are intarsia projects and two patterns are felted. Five patterns include a fabric portion, such as a backing. While intarsia is more challenging, those projects are also clearly marked (and include color charts). Each pattern is displayed in contemporary colors and several, such as the one excerpted below, include two versions (one each in traditionally masculine and feminine colors).

The book is a paperback and though, like most paperback books, it doesn’t lay completely flat while you’re knitting, you probably won’t mind because the photos are lovely and inspiring and most of the patterns are uncomplicated. Jem has a great sense of color and manages to be playful without resorting to the same old knitted baby gift colors. You can see all the patterns from The Knitted Nursery Collection on its Ravelry source page here. (My favorites are the Flock Pillow, Flock Wall Hanging, Ginger Blanket, and Ollie and Polly Elephant.)

If you need a knitting refresher, this book won’t be right for you (or, you’ll need to teach yourself online) since it doesn’t include any instructional information. If you’re a knitter expecting a baby, or who enjoys making gifts for babies, and you like straightforward projects with contemporary color combinations, you’ll likely enjoy this book.

Craftsy

Ollie and Polly Blankets

Knitting Pattern by Jem Weston

Published in The Knitted Nursery Collection: 14 Cuddly Toys and Colourful Accessories for Babies.

Pattern and Photo © 2015 Quail Publishing, Published by Search Press. Shared with permission from Search Press North America.

The Knitted Nursery Collection: 14 Cuddly Toys and Colourful Accessories for Babies book review with excerpted pattern (Ollie and Polly Blankets) via Underground Crafter

These very simple striped blankets are the perfect project for a complete beginner. They coordinate with Ollie and Polly Elephants and are a great size for the pram or a Moses basket.

Materials

  • Yarn: Rowan Cotton Glace
  • Ollie Blanket
    • A – Winsor 849 – 2 x 50g
    • B – Mineral 856 – 2 x 50g
    • C – Dawn Grey 831 – 2 x 50g
    • D – Shoot 814 – 2 x 50g
  • Polly Blanket
    • A – Persimmon 832 – 2 x 50g
    • B – Lipstick 865 – 2 x 50g
    • C – Dawn Grey 831 – 2 x 50g
    • D – Poppy 741 – 2 x 50g
  • Needles: 1 pair 3.75mm (no 9) (US 5) needles

Tension

  • 22 sts and 43 rows to 10cm (4in) measured over garter st using 3.75mm (US 5) needles.

Finished Size

  • Both Ollie and Polly blankets measure approx. 63cm (25in) wide and 65cm (251⁄2in) long.

Blanket

  • Using 3.75mm (US 5) needles and yarn A cast on 138 sts.
  • Rows 1 to 10 Knit.
  • Change to yarn B
  • Rows 11 to 20 Knit.
  • Change to yarn C
  • Rows 21 to 30 Knit.
  • Change to yarn D
  • Rows 31 to 40 Knit.
  • Rep these 40 rows 6 times further.
  • Cast off.


Giveaway

The Knitted Nursery Collection: 14 Cuddly Toys and Colourful Accessories for Babies book review with excerpted pattern (Ollie and Polly Blankets) via Underground Crafter

So now that you’ve read the review and checked out the sample pattern, I’m sure you’d like to get your hands on a copy of The Knitted Nursery Collection: 14 Cuddly Toys and Colourful Accessories for Babies. The nice folks at Search Press North America have set aside a copy for one lucky reader!

This giveaway is open to readers with mailing addresses in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, or other parts of Europe, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, May 29, 2017. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive 1 copy of The Knitted Nursery Collection, courtesy of Search Press North America. Good luck!

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15 Comments

  1. Vicki Lund
    May 18, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Sooo beautiful! Thanks for such a detailed review. My new grandniece has her room all done in elephants and this looks like a perfect book of patterns.

  2. Theresa
    May 20, 2017 / 9:00 am

    So many wonderful designs but I think I would like the Flock pillow first

  3. Teresa Knittingdancer
    May 20, 2017 / 9:28 am

    I would make the Flutterby Floor Cushion first.

  4. joyce hancock
    May 20, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    I would make the cute little elephant.

  5. Flo
    May 21, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    Hard to choose but I would make the butterfly motif pillow.

  6. Jessica D
    May 22, 2017 / 11:05 am

    I’m just learning to knit so I’d probably have to make the Ollie and Polly blanket first

  7. Jane
    May 22, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    I’d make the elephant first.

  8. May 23, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    I’d go for the butterfly pillow first.

  9. Caitrin Rames
    May 23, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    I really want to make the elephants, Ollie and Polly, for my toddler!!

  10. Kitten WAW
    May 23, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    I’d get right into the Flock Pillow, which is beautiful enough to fly right out of the nursery into the livingroom. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Susan
    May 24, 2017 / 9:08 am

    Lovely book, I would make Bertie and Bea Bunnies first

  12. Kate
    May 25, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    I would have to make a bunny, squirrel AND elephant along with the felted basket to hold them all for my new little 6 week old love. ❤️

  13. Connie Kline
    May 25, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    I just made new curtains for my grandson’s nursery and they have red and yellow birds (along with a lot of forest animals) so I would make the Flock Wall Hanging to hang on the wall between the windows. Cute patterns!

  14. Sarah L
    May 26, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    I would make the Flock Wall Hanging.

  15. Ashley
    May 28, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Flock pillow!

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