Sweet Pickles – Martingale Book Review – Knitting

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Image Credit: From Sweet Pickles by Anna Enge, Heidi Gronvold, Martingale, 2015; used by permission. Photography by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

Title: Sweet Pickles
Author: Anna Enge, Heidi Gronvold
Publisher: Martingale
Photographer: Brent Kane
ISBN: 9781604687576

Sweet Pickles

“Norwegian knitwear designers and yarn aficionados Anna Enge and Heidi Grønvold showcase their sophisticated, modern patterns for babies and toddlers, fresh from their Pickles yarn shop in Oslo, Norway. Anna and Heidi’s darling creations are surprisingly easy to knit, with clean lines and minimal seaming. Turn simple techniques–like garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and colorful stripes–into a perfect baby gift or fun garment your own “Euro-cool” kid will love to wear!

  • Whether you need a quick garter-stitch cardigan for next week’s baby shower or you’re in the mood to try some colorwork knitting, you’ll find just the inspiration you’re looking for
  • Choose from 27 patterns–hats, booties, pullovers, leggings, cardigans, and more–most in sizes for newborns and toddlers, with some patterns for older kids, too
  • Adorable photographs showcase little ones at play in sturdy Pickles styles–imagine how cute yours will look!”

Book Overview From Martingale

Darling Patterns included are:

Pattern Name (Skill Level) (Age/Size) (Yarn Weight)

  • Magic Poncho with Pom-Pom Hat (Easy) (1-2, 3-5, 6-8 years) WW
  • Arrow Sweater (Easy) (Ages 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 years) DK Weight
  • Cool Kids Capris (Intermediate) (0-3, 6, 12, 24 months) DK Weight
  • Cool Kid Hooded Hat (Easy) (6-12 months, 1-2 years, 3-4 years, 5-6 years) DK Weight
  • Circle Tunic and Leggings (Intermediate) (1, 2-3, 4-5, 6, 8, 10, 12 years) Sport Weight; this design includes a yoke chart.
  • Cute Candy Cardigan (Intermediate) (1, 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 years) DK Weight
  • Kitty Hat (Intermediate) (6 months, 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 years) WW
  • Hooded Garter Cardigan (Easy) (6-12 months, 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12 years) DK Weight
  • Garland Sweater with Stripy Pants (Intermediate) (1, 2-3, 4-5, 6, 8, 10, 12 years) Sport Weight;  this design includes a yoke chart.
  • Rainbow Jumpsuit (Easy) (0-3 months, 6-12 months, 1, 2, 3-4 years) Sport Weight
  • Everyday Cardigan (Easy) (1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12, 14-16 years) WW
  • Overalls and Cardigan for Liv (Intermediate) (0-3, 3-6, 9-12 months) Fingering Weight
  • Plain Cardigan (Easy) (0-3 months, 6-12 months, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 years) WW
  • Plain Tunic (Easy) (1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 years) DK and Fingering Weight
  • Springtime Vest (Easy) (1, 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 years) DK and Fingering Weight
  • Troublemaker Sweater (Easy) ((1, 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 10, 12 years) Sport Weight
  • Sweetie-Pie Set (Easy) (0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 years) DK Weight
  • Zigzag Sweater (Intermediate) (0-3 months, 6 months, 9-12 months, 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 years) Sport Weight; Charts are included for this design.
  • Skrollan’s Kindergarten Set (Easy) (3-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 years) DK Weight
  • Ahoy Vest (Easy) (3 months, 6 months, 1, 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 years) DK Weight
  • Sailor Sweater (Easy) (1, 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 10, 12 years) DK Weight
  • Lil’ Miss Coat and Hat (Experienced) (6 months, 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 years) Sport Weight and DK Weight
  • Melker’s Summer Jumpsuit and Hat (Easy) (3 months, 6 months, 1, 2 years) DK Weight
  • Small and Clever Set (Easy) (0-3, 6-12 months) WW
  • Zzz Jumpsuit (Easy) (0-3 months, 6-12 months, 1, 2 years) DK Weight
  • Winter Baby Hat and Mittens (Easy) (0-3, 3-6 months) DK Weight
  • Plain Vest (Easy) (1, 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 years) DK and Fingering Weight

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Image Credits: From Sweet Pickles by Anna Enge, Heidi Gronvold, Martingale, 2015; used by permission. Photography by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

The instructions are provided in clearly written terms with each pattern providing the age range, as well as, finished size(s) of the project. The yarn weights used range from Fingering to Worsted Weight. The specific brand(s) of yarn have not been provided in the instructions so you will need to substitute based on the yarn weights alone and do a gauge swatch to determine if the yarn you have selected will work well with the design.

Most of the projects are Easy Skill Level Patterns; 6 are Intermediate Level Patterns and 1 is an Experienced Level Pattern. Charts have been provided where needed; the remainder of the information is provided in written format.

Knitting Basics have been provided at the end of the book. Examples of the basic stitches, with diagrams have been included. You will find instructions to explain how to do the following:

  • knit
  • purl
  • garter stitch
  • stockinette stitch
  • slip stitch
  • knit in the row below
  • decreasing, increasing and shaping
  • two colored knitting
  • finishing (Kitchener Stitch, I-cord)

The Abbreviations, Yarn Weight Information Chart and Metric Conversion Chart have also been provided.

The 27-designs included are perfect for babies and toddlers, as well as, children. I love how there are numerous sizes provided for each design and something for both girls and boys. As well as being adorable, these designs are also functional and practical for little ones to wear and play in.

You can check out their blog here: Pickles.no.  Anna and Heidi have had their knit designs published in a number of magazines and online sources – Sweet Pickles is their first collection of patterns available in English.

You can purchase your own copy of Sweet Pickles by Anna Enge and Heidi Gronvold at Martingale here:

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Or if you prefer you can purchase your copy at Amazon.

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A special thanks to Martingale for providing me with a review copy of this book!  All images used with permission from Martingale and their Photographer Brent Kane.

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