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Natural Knits For Babies And Moms Beautiful Designs Using Organic Yarns

Louisa Harding offers an inspired collection of patterns for mother and baby's first 18 months together, created with organically grown and naturally produced yarns.

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What better way to pamper mom or new baby than with a handknit expression of love? Renowned British knitwear designer Louisa Harding offers an inspired collection of patterns for mother and baby's first 18 months together, created with organically grown and naturally produced yarns.

Beautifully photographed, Harding's latest book of clothes and accessories has a modern feel with elegant, simple flair. A unique "bump" sweater gives the mother-to-be room to grow, and inventive nursing sweaters for the new mother are convenient and stylish.

From an adorable dress, chunky jacket, and kimono sweater to charming knitted toys and herb-scented pillows, this collection seamlessly combines adorable shapes, cuddly textures, and environmentally friendly materials. You'll find patterns for essential baby accessories, including hats, mittens, blankets, and booties, and the simplest pattern for knitted toys.

The projects are designed for the beginning to average knitter, so new mothers and grandparents-to-be or friends wanting to offer a nurturing gift can make exquisite finished items with ease. The cot blanket is a perfect group project - each person can knit one square, to be assembled for a special gift - and small items like mittens and booties are quickly completed and instantly cherished.

With step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations, Natural Knits for Babies and Moms is the perfect pattern book for embracing all things natural and organic as you welcome a new baby - every knitted stitch will pass on love and affection.

Reviews: "An excellent, beautiful book... Harding has outdone herself with these amazing designs." Guide to Knitting

"Lovely and imaginative.... The beautiful patterns for baby are the real heart of this fabulous book."-Anchorage Daily News

"Practical knits for nursing moms and exquisite little hats, booties and mittens."-Get Creative

"This book is great with lots of practical, easy to knit designs for new mother and baby."-Knitting News

"The book is filled with her trademark simple-yet-adorable baby designs (up to 18 months) with detail that only an actual knitting mother would think of."

This book will leave you revved to unleash those maternal instincts in a knitting frenzy."-Vogue Knitting

Table of Contents
  • Bump Sweater- Short row shaping on the front of this sweater and decorative ribbon ties allow for extra room to accommodate a growing bump.
  • Cot Blanket- This makes a great baby shower present and a fabulous way to show mother and new baby how much they are treasured. Each square is knitted separately then sewn together.
  • Textured Pillow- The squares are knitted separately and sewn together to make an envelope-style pillow. A sachet of herbs can be added to make a relaxing herbal treat.
  • Beanie Hat- This hat takes only a few hours to knit. The boy's hat has funky stripes, while the girl's features lazy daisy embroidery.
  • Boy's and Girl's Booties- Watching babies' feet move furiously is a delight - just like the delight babies show as they find their own feet, remove their booties and expose their toes.
  • Mittens- Getting a baby to keep mittens on her hand can be a real challenge. For older babies, join the pair with a twisted cord.
  • Cat, Rabbit, and Teddy Bear- Once the simple knitted rectangles are assembled and distinguishing features added, these animals become part of the family.
  • Blanket and Hat- This easy-to-knit combination is useful and practical and, when knitted in soft organic yarns, as delicate as the newborn wrapped within.
  • Fred Textured Sweater- A simple textured chevron stitch makes this lovely sweater a great baby garment - the simplicity ensures it will be a favorite to knit and wear.
  • Jo Jo Basic Crew Sweater- This simple sweater is transformed with beautiful lazy daisy embroidery around the eyelets on the girl's version and groovy stripes on the boy's.
  • Jasmine Lace Edge Cardigan- Named after the bump inside the Bump Sweater, this elegant girl's cardigan has a delightful lace border.
  • Harvey Kimono- The kimono is a great design for a baby garment - it is very practical and looks smart. A pretty picot edge has been added to the girl's version.
  • Adorable Chenille Cardigan- Knitted in soft chenille, this cardigan is perfect to snuggle a precious bundle and envelop the baby in softness and comfort.
  • Kai Cable Sweater- This contemporary sweater is easy to knit and stylish, and will become a great favorite with baby and mom.
  • Geordie Stripe Yoke Jacket- This is a very simple design to knit. Experiment with your own color combinations - add in more colors if you are feeling adventurous.
  • Milan Jacket- The toggle buttons and loops of this chunky jacket are reminders of a bygone age, but the textured stitch on the sleeves makes this a fresh, modern design.
  • Amelie Dress- This simple and versatile design is worked in two colors, and the flowers are knitted separately and sewn on.
  • Oz Vest- Vests are practical for active babies, as they provide warmth around the body but do not restrict movement.
  • Queen of Hearts Nursing Sweater- With its cute heart motifs, this garment cleverly hides its ultimate purpose as a nursing sweater. Undo the buttons on either side for discreet mother-and-baby moments.
  • Organic Cable Nursing Sweater- Practical and elegant, this sweater demonstrates the essence of this book, taking a simple idea and crafting a beautiful garment with a purpose.
  • Leafy Lace Shawl- This wonderful nursing shawl is worked in an easy lace stitch with a fabulously soft chunky yarn.
About the Author

Louisa Harding has been designing knitwear professionally for more than fifteen years. In 2005, she launched a signature line of yarns and design collection in the United States and the United Kingdom, distributed by Knitting Fever. Her designs have appeared in numerous publications, including Rowan Knitting Magazine, Vogue Knitting, and Knitting magazine. She also has worked as an in-house designer for Rowan Yarns and Jaeger Handknits. Harding lives in Holmfirth, England, with her husband Stephen Jessup, who photographed Natural Knits for Babies and Moms, and two children, Belle (Miss Bea) and Oscar, who were the inspiration for Rowan’s “Miss Bea” line of children’s patterns and Harding’s previous books, Miss Bea’s Band (Watson Guptill, 2004) and Miss Bea’s Playtime (Watson Guptil, 2003). She is a graduate of Brighton University, United Kingdom, with a BA in Textiles for Fashion. Website:

SKU: 06KN11

Author/Speaker/Editor: Louisa Harding

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680104

Number Of Pages: 128

Customer Reviews

Must like to sew seams or be willing to alter patterns Review by Susan Lauzac

I really like this book and I've completed several patterns out of it. But, and here is the big but, many of the patterns are knit flat and require sewing. I've re-written some of the patterns for either knitting in the round or using a provisional cast-on to avoid as many sewing seams as possible. If you like organic cottons and yarns and want some lovely baby items, this book is for you and is worth the extra sewing or re-writing.

(Posted on 1/23/12)