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Top Knitting Books for Kids and Teens


If you are looking for a good knitting book to teach your son or daughter how to knit, these knitting books for kids and teens may be just what you need. All of these knitting books for kids and teens provide the basics of knitting through illustrations and clear instructions.

1. Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter

Cover art of Charmed Knits, a book of knitting patterns related to the Harry Potter series
Wiley Publishing, Inc.
Harry Potter fans of all ages who enjoy knitting will appreciate the patterns in Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter. While the book includes patterns for intermediate and advanced knitters, it also includes patterns for the beginning knitter who already knows hoe to knit and purl. From Elf Hats to a Wizard Robe to a variety of colorful scarves and other Hogwarts house-related accessories, you'll find a lot of appealing patterns. Each chapter focuses on a different theme and a color photo and detailed instructions are provided for each knitted item. Charmed Knits was published by Wiley Publishing, Inc. in 2007. The book's ISBN is 9780470067314. Read my review of Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter.
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2. Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting from Twilight to Dawn

Cover Art for Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller
Potter Craft Publishing, an imprint of Random House
If your teens love the Twilight Saga and knitting, this is the book for them. The author of the book, Genevieve Miller, features 28 knitting patterns based on vampire themes. The author's wit and enjoyment of vampire trivia make the knitting book a fun read. The detailed patterns include the skill level and specific materials needed. Most of the patterns are for accessories rather than major projects. Vampire Knits was published by Clarkson Potter in 2010. It's ISBN is 9780307586605. Read Jennifer Kendall's review of Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting from Twilight to Dawn
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3. Teen Knitting Club: Chill Out and Knit

book cover - "Teen Knitting Club"
This beautifully designed 142-page book features photographs of teenage boys and girls knitting and modeling their projects, quotations from teenagers as to why they knit, easy-to-follow illustrated knitting instructions, and more. The book is divided into three sections: All You Need to Know (knitting basics), Teen Knitting Club Projects (scarves, hats, bags, ponchos, sweaters, and more), and Start Your Own Knitting Club. (Artisan, A Division of Workman Publishing, Inc. ISBN: 9781579652449)
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4. Kids Knitting

cover art - "Kids Knitting"
This 126-page book includes directions for dyeing wool with Kool-aid, finger and French (spool) knitting and for making knitting needles, as well as information on how a sheep’s wool becomes yarn. All of the color photographs were taken on a farm, which adds to the book’s visual appeal. In addition to patterns for scarves, hats, afghans, and sweaters, there are also patterns for bean bags, dolls, socks, and bath puppets. (Artisan, A Division of Workman Publishing, Inc. ISBN: 9781885183767)
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5. Knitting: Learn to Knit Six Great Projects

This 93-page Klutz book and boxed kit comes with yarn, a yarn needle, knitting needles, a crochet hook, and two buttons. Illustrations include photographs of teens with the knitted projects, plus technical drawings that accompany the step-by-step instructions. The projects are small and will appeal to ‘tweens and teens. They include a cell phone sock, pocket purse, scarf, hat, sunglass case, and a purse. (Klutz, A Subsidiary of Scholastic, Inc., 2004. ISBN: 9781570548611)
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6. Knitgrrl

Subtitled “Learn to Knit With 15 Fun and Funky Projects,” “Knitgrrl” by Shannon Okey is an excellent book for girls twelve and older. The book combines photography with clearly written step-by-step instructions to make it easy for beginners to learn to knit. Projects include wristlets, several kinds of scarves, a faux fur stole, several hats, and leg warmers. The book also includes information on felting and several felting projects. (Watrson-Guptill Publications, 2005. ISBN: 0923026183)
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7. Kids’ Easy Knitting Projects: A Quick Start for Kids!

This 64-page book by Peg Blanchett is illustrated with Marc Nadel’s cartoon drawings and detailed step-by-step sketches of the basic knitting stitches and simple patterns for coasters, a wool scarf with beaded fringe, a toy lamb, a purse, socks with stripes, and a tassel-top hat. There are tips on dealing with problems, such as a dropped stitch, information on how to read a knitting pattern, and a four-page Illustrated Stitch & How-to Dictionary. (Thomson Learning, 2001. ISBN: 9781885593481)
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