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Celtic Knits: Over 25 Designs for Babies, Children & Adults Hardcover – April, 2000

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From the Publisher

Scottish and Irish designs have long been a rich source of inspiration for knitters. Beautiful earthy colors and styles that range from simple chunky sweaters to intricate Fair Isles offer endless ideas. In this marvelous collection, Debbie Bliss presents more than 25 Celtic–inspired designs for the entire family. For adults, there are rugged fishermen’s sweaters, cardigans in delicate hues of heather and moss, a cabled tweed jacket, and a luxurious cashmere wrap. For infants and children, the adorable designs include Fair Isle jackets, socks, berets, and throws and a lace–and–cable sweater. Each project includes easy–to–use charts and instructions and an atmospheric array of color photos. Debbie Bliss is the author of many successful books, including Cotton Knits for All Seasons, Debbie Bliss Knitting Workbook, How to Knit, Classic Knits for Kids, and Family Knits. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Debbie Bliss, former designer for Baby Gap, is the best-selling author more than a dozen books, including Simply Baby, The Baby Knits Book, Debbie Bliss Knitting Workbook, How to Knit, and Classic Knits for Kids.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing; First Edition edition (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157076140X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570761409
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Bliss' book contains more sweater patterns for adults than for children. The children's sweaters lack the charm of Bliss' childrens books, which are fantastic, so if you are searching for a child's pattern, look at her other books -- particularly her books that contain Aran designs, which are quite unique and simple to knit, although all her children's books are equally wonderful. As far as designs for adults in Celtic Knits, I was both pleased and disappointed. The designs are nice and some are fairly simple to knit. One of the pullover Arans is actually quite splendid. But on the whole they aren't as Celtic as I'd expected -- there are a few fair isles (for children) that are rather plain in comparison to other Bliss designs. The sweaters on the whole are less Celtic and more English -- more like reading a Rowan knitting magazine, so they are very nice but not what you might expect. Also, if you are expecting these to be more or less adult versions of her children's designs, you'll also be disappointed. Bliss' style for adults is much less intricate and unique. The book itself is of high quality. The patterns are very detailed, although diagrams and measurements are missing, which makes it more difficult to be certain you are knitting to size or to adjust your gauge (I wish publishers would realize this -- they are giving those of us who rely on measurements user-unfriendly books).Read more ›
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This book is what my husband describes as "knitter's pornography": I flip through the pages over and over, ogling the to-die-for designs and sighing with appreciative pleasure. The production values are top notch -- beautiful photos, colored pages, innovative design -- and give this a fresh, untraditional look, especially by knitting-pattern standards. I can't wait to begin some of the designs, which, as the title suggests, are strongly influenced by the Celtic sensibility (e.g. lots of arans and cablework, tweedy yarns, sea and sky colors). My practical side must warn that this book is not for the novice knitter - most of the patterns involve textured stitching, cables and/or colorwork that I think would overwhelm a beginner. And as with Bliss's more recent works, a serious knitter wishes there were clearer pictures of the finished designs, more measurements and drawings of the pieces, and perhaps larger type (I'm only 35 so don't blame age for this!). Overall, however, a terrific and beautifully-produced book with designs in sizes for the whole family.
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As is true for all of Debbie Bliss' books, Celtic Knits contains beautiful photos and an attractive, accessible layout. Celtic Knits has a pretty good variety of patterns - mostly adults, but also a few child and baby patterns. Be warned, however, that the women's patterns seem to run on the small side; you might have to adapt if you want to make other sizes.
Unfortunately, many of the patterns seem either (a) like a great many other patterns you've seen lately, or (b) nice, but not particularly Celtic. I think the theory is that the colors used in the designs are supposed to have a Celtic 'mood,' but I just don't see it. Debbie Bliss' usual creative spark seems somewhat absent from this book.
The one pattern that really stands out is the Aran long-line tunic. This sweater, to me, at least, strikes a charming balance between traditional Aran knitting and a contemporary feel. The color, a sort of mauve-y rose, and the long shaping combine for a feminine, cuddly appeal.
With few other exceptions, the rest of the designs are unremarkable, if elegant and beautifully made. They would be perfectly at home under any title other than Celtic Knits. In sum, if you're looking for unique Aran and Fair Isle designs, there are better resources out there (e.g., Alice Starmore).
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I keep reviewing books by Debbie Bliss. And I find myself saying the same things over and over. This book is no exception. The pictures are just lovely. Debbie Bliss's knitting books can serve as coffee table books for knitters. The layout is just delightful to look at. The patterns are for classic items that can be worn for years. However, having yet to knit anything from this particular book, I can't say anything about the difficulty of the patterns themselves. I would expect that they are similar to other books by this author. I generally make sure that I go over a Debbie Bliss pattern more than once before I start knitting. Often, having an experienced knitter look at it can be useful as well. However, whether you are a novice or an experienced knitter, you will enjoy looking at this book, even if you never knit from it. We have watched Debbie Bliss's kids grow up in the pages of her books--they are two of her models for the clothing found in this book again. Which brings me to one of the other joys of a Debbie Bliss book. The knitted items are pictured being worn by real people, not fashion models. I think it really helps you to picture the finished item on a normal person in a normal pose. Not a model posed to make the sweater look as nice as possible, while the person wearing it is contorted into some very funny stance!
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