Baby knits for beginners

Debbie Bliss

Book - 2003

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North Pomfret, Vt. : Trafalgar Square Pub 2003.
Physical Description
143 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm
Includes index.
Main Author
Debbie Bliss (-)
Review by Booklist Review

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 Babynits 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 Jacobs Copyright 2003 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Review

The author of more than a dozen books of knitwear designs and instruction, Bliss here targets the absolute beginner. The 15 designs feature classical lines, beautiful natural fibers, and comfortable garments that little ones can get in and out of easily. This book takes the reader every step of the way through each of the projects, beginning with a simple garter-stitch scarf and then on to a baby blanket, sachets, hats, sweaters, booties, and socks. Many projects appear to have been designed to teach a particular skill. A pillow with buttons, for example, teaches seed stitch and how to make a bound-off buttonhole. Garments are for newborns through 36 months. One caution: the yarns recommended are from the author's own line of yarn, not widely available throughout the United States but sold by many web-based yarn vendors as well as in a number of local yarn stores. Recommended especially for large public libraries and where demand warrants. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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