Who makes your favorite children’s patterns?
There’s no competition for me. I think most of their styles are delightful. They use a range of yarn weights, contents and colors in their patterns, from sport/DK to chunky, from cotton to wool, from light pastels to bright lollipop colors. Sweaters, socks, mittens, hats, vests, boleros, shrugs, layettes-they do it all. Easy stockinette to more challenging cable and lace patterns. And they are written in a clear and understandable way. I found a Sirdar book when I first began knitting that had the cutest stinkin’ baby sweater on the front with raglan sleeves (which I’d never knit before), and though I had no idea if I could knit it, threw caution to the wind and bought it. The directions were so easy to follow I had success with the pattern the very first time.
My three favorite things about Sirdar are:
1. Usually each sweater has a variation. Two different collars to choose from, or short or long sleeves, for example.
2. Each pattern is made for many sizes (and therefore ages) of children. The books I have have directions from birth through age 7 or 8.
3. They COLOR CODE their sizes. The mere brilliance of it! So their patterns will look like this: Cast on 36 (42, 48, 54, 60). The colors carry throughout.
These are my very own Sirdar books…if I only had more money…and time…and yarn…
Here’s their website:
Sit down with a cold drink and enjoy browsing.
laugh. dance. learn. create. knit.