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Booties, Blankets and Bears: 20 Irresistible Hand Knits for Your Baby Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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“In typical Bliss fashion, you’ll find nothing twee here, only clean, beautiful, covetable heirlooms.”—Vogue Knitting

"The 20 projects in this book include not only the title items, but sweaters, a floor cushion, and toys, all appealingly photographed. A knitting-basics section, combined with the elegant simplicity of the majority of the projects, makes this an ideal book for new knitters as well as a quick-gift reference for everyone."—Creative Knitting

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The arrival of a new baby awakens your senses—there's nothing quite like the touch of her soft skin against your own, the sweet smell of her hair as you cuddle her dry after a bath, and the delightful sight of one of her radiant inaugural smiles. Now, renowned knitwear designer Debbie Bliss presents a wonderful new collection of knitting projects with all that’s warm and lovable about babies in mind.

Styled specifically around a trio of core nursery items—booties, blankets, and teddy bears—and featuring Debbie’s own special yarns that are not only gentle against newborn skin but machine-washable, these projects are perfect for every nursery and mother-to-be. Knitters are offered six blanket patterns—including reversible and hooded varieties—sure to keep little ones warm in an array of indoor and outdoor settings. Plus, you’ll find seven types of booties, socks, and sandals appropriate for both boys and girls, charming jointed stuffed teddy bears in two sizes, and a matching bear-themed blanket and slipper set.

And there’s more! Other pleasing pairings are suggested, such as a shirt and booties with picot edges, a stuffed rabbit and matching booties with blanket-stitch detail, and an adorable knit mouse and striped blanket. The projects are preceded by an illustrated primer on reading knitting patterns and charts, as well as other basics, and include helpful pointers for making toys and garments machine-washable and baby-safe.

Featuring gorgeous color photos by children’s fashion photographer Ulla Nyeman—known for her darling Gap and Burberry ads—and crystal clear step-by-step instructions that take you from choosing yarn to finishing seams and edges, Booties, Blankets and Bears is truly a delight—just like holding a new baby, and watching her grow and learn.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570764387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570764387
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Summers on January 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really love Debbie Bliss patterns. I have made a couple of things from this book now, and they are all darling. One thing keeps from giving the book 5 stars: if you do not use the Debbie Bliss yarns (recommended by the book) it can be very difficult to knit some of the patterns; although gauge is given at the beginning of each pattern, as is standard, the patterns themselves typically state things like: "knit 36 rows in st st", rather than the more common (and much easier to follow) phrasing of "knit until piece measures 5 1/2 inches in length". The novice knitter may find it very difficult to substitute yarns for these patterns. I prefer to buy local yarns, rather than mass-produced yarns, so I end up doing alot of substitutions (read: math). Debbie Bliss's patterns are among some of the harder ones for me to substitute simply because of how they are written. But they are beautiful, and so usually worth the effort...

One other thing: the title of this book says what it's all about: booties (I think there are 4-5 different bootie patterns), blankets (3-4), and bears, both as a motif in booties and blankets, and as a knitted stuffed bear. Darling, but if you are looking for sweater and hat patterns, this book is not for you; go for Debbie's Special Knits instead.
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I have been to my yarn store three times and none of the experienced knitters has been able to help me figure out the bootie pattern. The pictures in the book are the same as in her other books and are only basic things like casting on. There is not a single drawing or picture of the bootie construction. There are photos of the finished booties so I know someone finished them, but I can't figure out how. Insanely frustrating. If this book requires special skills, it should say so on the cover.
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I am a HUGE fan of Debbie Bliss' books. They are my go to pattern books for anything baby related. I also LOVE her Baby Cashmerino yarns and use it all the time!
So, it pains me to say that the one project I've tried from this book, Big and Little Bear (I'm making the Little Bear) is UNBELIEVABLY wrong. It's so miscounted, I mean HUGELY miscounted, I thought I MUST have an outdated copy... they surely have fixed such a huge amount of errors. I went to the Debbie Bliss website and looked in the revisions... sure enough they had a tab for the Booties Blankets, & Bears book, I thought... ahhh now I can get on with knitting but when I clicked on the button, imagine my disappointment to NOT see any revisions on this pattern (I can't be the first to try it).
I'm an experienced enough knitter that I was able to redo the pattern to work but it took a considerable amount of effort.
Maybe it's a one off, it is the only pattern I've tried, but either way, I'm giving this book a one star for this pattern.
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I am commenting on the bootie patterns. The directions have missing steps. If you don't pay attention to the photo of the bootie and just follow the directions (I've even isolated myself in a sound-proof room so I could give the project my complete attention!), you will end up with a bootie that doesn't look like the one in the book. The book explains how to cast on, which anyone buying this book already knows how to do, and neglects to explain more difficult techniques required to execute the pattern correctly. For example, at about Row 20 (the book doesn't bother to keep track of rows for you, so if you want your second bootie to match the first one, I suggest writing them down yourself) of the "Sandals" pattern (p. 89), the directions are as follows: "[P next st tog with corresponding st 7 rows below] to end." Come again? I'm a pretty decent knitter, but I haven't come across directions like that before and really had a time trying to figure out how to follow them. A diagram would have been very helpful here! I've ripped out work quite a few times because my bootie wasn't matching the photo. As a former English teacher who has actually written a book of knitting patterns, I consider these directions very poor. By the way, don't expect these booties to fit newborns or small babies--way too big for them.
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Needlecraft expert Debbie Bliss is justifiably considered to be one of the country's foremost designers of hand knits and is the author of several highly acclaimed needlecraft project books. "Booties, Blankets & Bears: 20 Irresistible Hand Knits For Your Baby" is her latest collection of superbly crafted projects suitable for even the most novice knitter and elegant enough for the most sophisticated needlecrafter. Each of the twenty showcased projects feature Debbie's own special machine washable yarns that are ideal for newborn skins. The six blanket patterns (including reversible and hooded varieties) are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. The seven types of booties, socks, and sandals are utterly charming. Superbly illustrated in full color throughout, the step-by-step instructions for each project are thoroughly 'user friendly', ideal for the novice and experienced knitter alike. "Booties, Blankets & Bears" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal and community library Needlecraft instructional reference collections.
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