I've got 4 nephews. The oldest two are university age but my Norwegian nephews are 5 and 8 years old. I've never knitted for them (apart from one scarf for the oldest one when he was 2 yrs old). When I saw Katya's book I felt the urge to knit them something though. I keep looking through the designs and try to imagine what they may like. The problem is I don't have much time and I don't see them very often so knowing exactly what kind of clothes they like isn't easy. But the designs in this book are so wearable and I think the boys would like any of them.
I asked Katya a few questions about why she decided to write this book and how she worked on it.
Katya: Starting such a big project it was important to be organised from the beginning. At first I concentrated on the breakdown of patterns by their techniques, yoke styles and yarn weights/composition, since having a good balance of all of the above in a book is important to me.
But before diving in and finalising the designs for the book I spent a lot of time talking to my friends kids to find out about the clothes they wear. Whether they go shopping with their parents or are picking their clothes themselves? Do they like what they get? Styles, colours, pet hates, I tried to find out as much as possible. It was really interesting to get the answers directly from the boys rather than the parents and then see what the parents thought about those answers.
I think asking the kids what clothes they like is a great idea. Quite often we'll ask parents about what their kids are likely to want/like but there's nothing like asking the kids themselves.
After the interviews I sat down with a blue print of basic sketches and started adding small details, stitch patterns, finding the right yarns that would add to the look I was going for and emphasise its details and so on. I enjoyed the challenge of trying to make the parents' tastes and wants meet their kids'. And from the feedback we got so far, I think I got it right.