By Stefanie Japel
Chronicle Books, $22.95, 141 pages

When knitting designer and teacher Stefanie Japel gave birth to her daughters, she had difficulty finding sweaters for young girls that were cute without being cutesy. She wanted something pretty and wearable but not necessarily frilly or pink. Could she find projects she would enjoy making and also enjoy wearing? Japel decided to write a book of her own. Her new book Mom & Me Knits: 20 Pretty Projects for Mothers and Daughters takes mother-daughter knitting patterns to the next level with a collection of appealing garments designed for little girls and their mothers, aunts, grandmothers or friends. Whether it’s a cardigan, vest, coat, top or accessory, the patterns are sized for infants through adults. Use circular needles and a top-down approach to create each of Japel’s contemporary designs. Pages include reader friendly instructions and charts. Projects range in difficulty from easy to advanced. Most require some level of knitting skill to construct and complete. This stylish but casual collection of sweet and wearable patterns will appeal to both children and adults.

Reviewed by Linda Frederiksen