Knitting for Dogs--Picture Book Review & Knitting for Kids Round-Up


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

As the days have truly grown colder here, winter has set in. It is a time to get cozy and of course that makes me think of knitting. Today I am going to share with you a fun new picture book about knitting as well as a round-up of knitting for kids ideas. The book is Knitting for Dogs by Laurel Molk. It is recommended for ages 4 to 8.

From the Publisher:

A funny and creative look at how to turn a problem into a solution.

Max is a big dog who lives with Izzy, a medium-sized girl, who has big ideas. Izzy can build anything—a birdhouse, a wooden swing, a tent, and even a catapult that really works. So when Izzy takes up knitting, she expects to be able to knit anything. But trying to make a sweater seems impossible.

While scarves and hats knit up quickly, her sweaters always come out too big, too small, or with too many mistakes. As Izzy’s knitting nightmares pile up, it takes a trip with Max to the dog park to figure out what she can do with them. Maybe these aren’t mistakes after all!

From Me:

This is a fun book. Izzy seems very talented. She can do all sorts of crafts but struggles when it comes to knitting a sweater for herself. When Max makes a bed from her mistakes, Izzy gets a wonderful idea and changes the mistake into a sweater for Max. The dogs at the dog park and their owners are jealous and ask for their own dog sweaters. I love that Izzy learns to accept her mistakes and learns how to use them to create something new and wonderful. 

This book is a fun way to show mistakes are ok and can be learned from. It is also a great introduction to knitting. At the end of the book is a pattern for a simple scarf. It does not teach the reader how to knit but shares a pattern to learn. You would need to watch a tutorial like this one to learn the actual method of knitting. I hope you will check out this book and help young ones learn that mistakes are ok. 

To go with this book, I suggest age-appropriate knitting projects. For younger children, start with finger knitting. We reviewed a fun book on finger knitting and this one too! When kids are ready for knitting, we had fun with this book and this book. Then there is this Waldorf knitted gnomes.