Buttonbag Knitting Kit
The Buttonbag knitting kit is a very beautiful item to look at, with vintage charm and would make a very special gift, possibly for the already crafty minded child or a child who is keen to learn new crafty skills.
Buy online: Crafts 4 Kids
Initial Thoughts: Being a keen crafter myself, I couldn’t wait for my daughter to have the opportunity to review this pretty learn how to knit kit. The kit came packed in a beautiful vintage style button polka dot mini suitcase, along with a child friendly ‘Little book of knitting’ instruction booklet, where a child can learn in an easy to follow way, how to cast on, cast off and learn basic stitches and techniques. The kit contains four balls of pretty coloured double knit wool, bamboo needles, two needle kits, pins, felt squares and buttons. My daughter ( and I ) couldn’t wait to play and see how easy it would be for her to knit one of the little projects from the little book of knitting that was enclosed.
We liked: This is a very beautiful item to look at, with vintage charm and would make a very special gift, possibly for the already crafty minded child or a child who is keen to learn new crafty skills. I think the age suitability of the item at 8+ is appropriate. My 8 year old was very keen to get going and was able to follow the instructions reasonably well, though did need my help in parts. I think a younger child would possibly need alot of guidance. We loved that you could make knitted pets, a purse, a bag, and then as one gets more advanced a knitted pair of mittens and a bobble hat. The wool colours are very bright and colourful, in blue, red, pink and purple and is a very high quality, soft wool. We liked that when projects are completed, you can use the pretty button polka dot suitcase to maybe keep your projects safe in, or any other special treasures and is a lovely display item, that would look very sweet on a child’s chest of drawers.
We weren’t keen: For me, the item is a little on the pricey side at £20.00, though on reflection is money well spent if giving as a special gift for a child who maybe already has an interest in craft or who has a creative side. Although not necessarily aimed at girls, I would say that due to a couple of the projects being a purse and bag, and two of the yarns being purple and pink, that possibly a separate boy version should be considered. Although my daughter persevered quite well on her own with the instructions and she managed to make one or two of the projects, it was not without my help, so a little adult guidance may be required at some point. We thought there could have been a little more in depth information in the enclosed knitting book, for example it explains that one can make clothes for dolls and teddies with the left over yarn from the projects, and although there is a photograph of these clothes, it would be useful we thought to have some instructions also on how to make them up.
Overall: A very lovely, high quality item that would capture the imagination of any young child, beautifully presented, with a vintage feel to it and certainly has the wow factor. You get the feel a lot of love has gone into putting it together for the children’s market and is something I would go out and buy myself as a special gift for someone and would certainly prefer my daughter to unwrap a gift of this high quality handmade/homemade nature than computer games or such like any day. Thumbs up from us.
Mary [Mary Poppins]