From Publishers Weekly
Bliss, a knitwear designer and prolific knitting-book author, here combines clear lessons in learning how to knit with appealing projects for baby sweaters and accessories. Bliss's aesthetic-a hybrid of English simplicity and the casual BabyGap style she helped to create-will be well known to experienced knitters, as well as to fashion-conscious folks itching to knit something sweet and simple for their favorite baby. Bliss carefully lays out instructions for knitting, and includes sketches illustrating needle positions and techniques for each step. She also provides handy information for beginners on choosing yarn and tools and reading patterns. The 15 adorable projects include two scarves, a blanket, seed-stitch shoes, a simple hat and several sweaters of varying degrees of difficulty, culminating in a classic V-neck sweater with pockets. Most designs are sized for newborns to 12 months, though some begin at 3-6 months or end at 36 months. This inconsistency and Bliss's near-insistence that readers buy her (expensive) line of yarns, used exclusively in this book, chafe slightly. Overlooking these snags, though, beginning knitters will be pleased with a finely photographed, straightforward instruction book. 90 color photos and illustrations.
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It's well known that the impending arrival of a baby leads many people to dream of handcrafting wonderful whimsicals. Master UK knitter and author Bliss shrewdly capitalizes on these emotions, demonstrating exactly how even rank beginners can knit simple garments for 3- to 24-month-old children. Far different from her Baby Knits Book
(2003), this concentrates on 15 projects graduated either in terms of technique or in level of difficulty. Photography is magazine-lush and close-up enough for readers to pick out individual stitches; the illustrations, too, provide easy-to-understand accompaniments to very straightforward directions. The patterns are classic silhouettes that allow for colorful interpretation or elegant monochromatic hues: a garter-stitch scarf, cushions with buttonholes, two-needle socks, a V-neck sweater with pockets. What the best-dressed tot and toddler could wear. Barbara JacobsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved