There are some Ladybird books that I keep looking out for. Titles that I really wish I'd had as a child and dream of owning now. It's rare that I find them when searching the shelves in charity shops, but sometimes you do get lucky and today was one of those lucky days.
Series 634's Learnabout… Knitting is probably up there with Learnabout… Sewing as two of the books i most want to own in the whole Ladybird back catalogue and I was so pleased to find a copy of it on the shelves of my local charity shop for just 33p!
If you're new to knitting this really is the perfect book to use. Not only is everything compressed down into just 52 pages, but as it was originally written for children the language and instructions are very clear and easy to follow.
The illustrations, whilst a bit old fashioned in their style, are also easy to understand and copy.
They have also managed to cram a handful of projects into the 52 pages. You have to remember that this book was published back in 1972, before knitting became trendy again, so the projects have a certain old fashioned edge to them. Whilst a knitted purse is a nice idea for a child to make for themselves I pity the father who receives this knitted tie one birthday.
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I've also compiled an index of all the vintage Ladybird books I own and everyone's Ladybird Tuesday posts to date – organised by series. It satisfies my inner geek and hopefully will also be of interest to others too.