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Knitters who want to consider doing their own design work will find no easier way to begin than with baby clothes. Bliss, whose patterns always have an elegant simplicity, writes in the introduction to this collection about her philosophy of design when it comes to babies: think about practical elements and “combine style and wearability.” How to accomplish these goals is detailed in chapter introductions to her projects. Although some of the advice seems obvious (don’t make baby clothes from scratchy yarns), her use of crisp visuals of swatches and techniques brings the concepts to life. And there are many tips knitters might not have thought of (“Babies don’t have much by way of thumbs . . . thumbless mitts are all they need”) and good ideas for sprucing up an everyday item such as a hat: add animal ears. The projects themselves—simple sweaters, blankets, caps, scarves, and booties—have much appeal. Information about different shapes and sizing will help the new designer. As always, Bliss’ photographs are appealing and sharp, but more views of an item would be helpful. --Ilene Cooper

About the Author

Debbie Bliss has been designing knitwear for more than two decades. She is the best-selling author of more than 30 books on knitting design and has her own line of luxurious yarns, which are sold worldwide. She designed a line for Baby Gap and a line of little boys' wear for Marks & Spencer. She lives in London.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books; 1 Spi edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933027983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933027982
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debbie Bliss is the foremost knitwear designer for children. With a string of bestselling titles to her name, she regularly tours the US, Canada and other countries, giving lectures and doing workshops and has her own Debbie Bliss branded yarn range which is sold worldwide. Debbie lives in London with her husband and two children. Her website is www.debbiebliss.freeserve.co.uk.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Chen on January 28, 2011
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The patterns are very lovely and there's something for both boys and girls. The author also educates readers how to choose yarn for babies and toddlers, how to design cloth for babies and toddlers (such as what kind of collar and shape of the top etc.) so the little ones enjoy wearing the handknits.

All patterns are knitted separately then seam together. If you don't mind that, I think it's a great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By introvert on January 19, 2012
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Very ordinary book about knitting for babies although there are a few very nice patterns. Most of the advice in this book is obvious, such as knit large to give children room to grow. Its just common sense.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marge on October 29, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
Design It, Knit It: Babies One way to practice using stitch patterns is to work on small garments, such as baby clothes. Debbie Bliss' new book offers that opportunity. Baby projects are small enough to finish quickly, but large enough to get the idea of how a pattern will work. The Bliss book lacks charts and only relies on knitted patterns and I find that a drawback. But the patterns themselves are enchanting. The sizes offered are generous, since there is rarely a need to knit an item that does not allow a baby to grow. One of the patterns I think I might work up is the Garter-Stitch Cardigan just to have in case I need a shower gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tmd on February 15, 2012
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A nice addition to your knitting library.
Easy patterns to follow. The little boys "moose" sweater is adorable.
I haven't done alot of intarsia knitting and this book is a good start.
It gives you knitter's graph paper and starter charts for the alphabet letters.
Looking forward to using this book quite a bit.
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