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Special Knits: 22 Gorgeous Handknits for Babies and Toddlers Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books; 1ST edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157076302X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570763021
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 10 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Debbie Bliss has firmly established herself as the most stylish and accessible children’s knitwear designer working today. In Special Knits for Babies, she returns with a lovely collection of clothing and accessories for newborns. Some designs are simple to make—their special quality lies in the softness of the knit, often a cashmere mix. Others are unique for their trimming—a scattering of beads, a velvet bow, an organza ribbon. Most of the designs require little knowledge of complicated techniques: a simple garter–stitch blanket is perfect for beginners and is given a touch of luxury with an edging of satin. For those who prefer more of a challenge, there is a sampler blanket or a cross–stitch embroidered gingham cardigan. With clear step–by–step instructions, simple charts, and charming photos, this is another irresistible collection from the foremost designer of knitwear for babies and children. Debbie Bliss, former designer for Baby Gap, is the best–selling author of more than a dozen books, including Junior Knits, Baby Knits for Beginners, The Baby Knits Book, Debbie Bliss Knitting Workbook, How to Knit, and Classic Knits for Kids.

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About the Author

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

More About the Author

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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Easy to read.
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Highly recommended has simple through to more complicated deigns.
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This book has many nice patterns for babies.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Erica Wells on April 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Special Knits is aptly titled, as it is a collection of lovely knits for children up to 24 months, 36 months in a few cases. Most of the designs are knit on size 2/3 needles, so you have to be patient. I started with the cardigan on the cover, which is on 7 & 8 needles, and I am nearly done after only a week or so of evening knitting. Debbie's unique style comes through on all the designs, and I easily found 5 or 6 projects I'd like to try. Several simple designs are included, with the addition of ribbon, beads, embroidery or trim to dress them up. There is an adorable bolero, a great-looking cable sweater with room for an initial on the front, a couple of blankets, dresses and a sweet-looking rabbit.

The photography is focused more on darling pictures of babies than knitting technique, which is expected in a Bliss book. Just be sure you are confident of your knitting skills if you begin some of the more complex projects. I have been knitting for a little over a year and I am able to follow the directions without too much trouble.

I'm sure if you like Debbie Bliss, you will love this book. But I would recommend it for any semi-experienced knitter who is looking for fun, new baby designs, as I always am!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. McCollam on January 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book has some great projects in it, and I'm certainly glad that I bought it, but both of the patterns I've followed from here (hooded sweater and stuffed rabbit) have been confusing in parts. I fumbled through on both of them and they both came out very cute, but I'm pretty sure they're different from what Debbie Bliss intended, and I can't figure out if the instructions are outright wrong, or just unclear. (I've checked the errata page on her website, and neither of these patterns are referred to.)
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By SiliconVali on October 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is indeed a lovely book with beautiful photos, colors and designer-type outfits to knit. However, the title is misleading. "22 Gorgeous Handknits For Babies up to 24 months" would better describe the patterns.

There are 17 outfit patterns in this book. Only 3 of these go beyond size 24mths. The largest size is 36mths. I purchased this book online hoping to knit a sweater for my 3+ year old daughter. Alas, the patterns I love did not have measurements in her size. And since I am not an experienced knitter, twiddling the instructions is intimidating.

Still, it's a lovely book to linger over and draw inspiration to knit something beautiful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Ireson on June 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just LOVE this book. I borrowed it from the library originally and decided to buy it as it has such simple designs that are super fast to knit. My favourite completed project is a little bow-tied bolero jacket which I made in a lovely scarlett red pure wool from Australia. It looks fantastic and gets compliments everytime my daughter wears it. It is a simple stocking and garter stitch pattern which more than rewards you for the minimal time it took to make. I am off on a buying trip tomorrow to buy the yarn to make the littled beaded cardigan in pale blue cashmerino with glass sead beads embroidered on. I have chosen these designs as they were the only ones which went to a size 24-36 months. I will start on some of the newborn sized items as baby gifts next. I have found no mistakes in the instructions thus far as they are simple, clear and concise but I like that you can check on debbie's website and get a complete list of amendments for all her pattern books typos. At least she provides this as many authors dont!! Highly recommended has simple through to more complicated deigns. Happy knitting!!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on July 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I do wish more of DB's books had diagrams. Schematics are essential for gaining a quick understanding of shape and fit of a pattern. Many of her patterns feature photographs that do not adequately reveal details such as the type of sleeve join.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rose Visser on February 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Stunning, absolutely gorgeous. I bought the book for the cover jacket and found that everything else inside is also beautiful. I am teaching my daughter in law, how to knit and she just finished the jacket. She fell in love with the art and can't wait to start on the next piece. I can recommend this book to anyone who wants to relax and create a long lasting piece of art.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Becker on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Easy to read. Beautiful pictures. I recommend this book highly if you want a designer sweater to knit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cristina Sasaki on November 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a book to have in your shelter always and forever. Great pictures, good explanations and wonderfull knitting ideas
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