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Debbie Bliss
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Book Description

2 Oct 2003
'Knitting has replaced networking as the hippest after-hours occupation.' So says Vogue. Everyone from Julia Roberts to Russell Crowe has been spotted with knitting needles in their hands - knitting has never been trendier. Many new knitters come to the craft when they find themselves wanting to knit something for a new baby, so this is the perfect handbook. It's packed with basic instructions, from how to cast on and get the tension right to simple shaping and the key knitting stitches -all accompanied by detailed colour illustrations. Fifteen stylish, accessible knitting patterns, from designs for baby blankets and bootees to simple cardigans and sweaters, then allow you to put your new crafting skills into practice.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (2 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091889138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091889135
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debbie Bliss is one of the foremost designers and authors of hand knitting patterns in both the UK and US and increasingly in Europe and Asia. Her bestselling books have earned her a dedicated army of fans who adore her stylish, easy-to-make designs. Her most recent books, Simply Baby, Essential Baby and Essential Kids, all demonstrate her flair for creating beautiful, practical and stylish garments for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. In 2008 she launched Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine - which was a sell out; and is now published each Spring and Autumn. She has designed knitwear for Baby Gap but now concentrates on developing her own range of yarns and designs highly wearable garments with universal appeal. Renowned for its quality, Debbie's yarn range is widely available throughout the UK, US and Canada.

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"Knitting guru Debbie Bliss will take you through all you need to keep your baby or toddler snug this winter. She kicks off with the basics...then you can move on to the fun bit and learn all about those phrases your granny comes out with - like casting on, knit and purl and casting off.. The easy-to-follow instructions are accompanied by clear diagrams, with a gorgeous picture of children modelling each item." (Junior)

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In a fantastic handbag-sized format, this is a complete step-by-step beginners' guide to knitting from star designer Debbie Bliss

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Knitters DO learn from books 13 Sep 2004
I'm an entirely self-taught knitter with only books to learn from and this book was fantastic. I learned many basic skills and found the patterns a breeze to read and follow. I have used it several times as a reference guide when working from other pattern books. No other book I've found is written as clearly; no guesswork. I never thought, 'what does she MEAN by that?' when reading an instruction. I didn't have to guess and rip out, guess again and rip out, etc. Yes, it's a beginner's book, but there are a few more challenging projects for 'experienced beginners'. The thing I love about Debbie's patterns is that nearly everyone can be knit for either a girl or a boy. There always seems to be an abundance of patterns for girls and less choice for boys. Not so with this book. I have many of db's books, and this is my favourite. The only criticisms I have are that I wish there were a few more patterns and a couple of the patterns are recycled versions from her other books.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars baby knits for beginners 3 Jan 2005
This book is excellent. I only learnt to knit a year ago and have taught myself from books. The patterns are easy to follow with simple and clear instructions. Many people at work have been delighted with the baby items from this book that I have knitted. I was especially pleased with the shawl collared jacket! This book is also beautifully photographed and I definitely would recommend it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From a true beginner's perspective 3 April 2007
Being pregnant, I thought taking up knitting would be fun and started with this book knowing nothing about it (apart from very vague memories of knitting as a child, with my mum). The patterns are cute, but the explanations not as simple as it sounds. I did feel I had to guess every time I tried something news - beyond the super basic projects e.g. learn how to moss stitch, do collar on cardigan. I had to look up for more information on the internet, or in other books as Debbie's instructions were not clear enough. Claire Crompton's knitting bible for example is better explained. Saying that, the patterns on offer are quite nice - but beware, if you are a true beginner like me, you will most probably have many stop starts and make mistakes as you move on from a basic scarf to a cardigan!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 22 Dec 2006
By BetsyB
This is a great book - i wish i had bought it earlier. I have had it for a while and just keep going back to again and again (as my friends seem all to be having babies) a great buy even if you're an experience knitter but sometimes like to do quick projects just for fun....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the rusty or uninitiated knitter! 16 May 2009
By whipmeupsomecream VINE VOICE
I bought this a couple of years ago with good intentions to make all my friends' newborns something lovely. Babies were born but my knitting needles stayed in the drawer with this book. Then I decided that this year I really would try to get back into knitting and brought out this book again. I wish I had taken the time to have a proper look when I first bought it as I would have started using it straight away! It is fantastic!

I would describe myself as an 'advanced beginner' knitter. Years ago I was making sweaters and other types of clothing. But now, I feel like I'm almost back at the beginning after years of no knitting. But since rediscovering this book, in the past month I have made the garter stitch baby blanket, two simple hats and a pair of booties. All turned out really well (although my finishing is still absolutely shocking).

What I like about this book the most (and all Debbie bliss patterns) is that I find the instructions very easy to follow. Some pattern books have me running to the post office queue on pension day begging for assistance! But not this one. There are lots of wonderful patterns in here for babies and almost-toddlers.
If like me, you're a bit rusty and want to get your confidence back, this book is ideal. The projects are short and can be made up reasonably quickly and easily if you want to make a special gift for a baby.
If you're brand new to knitting (or have attempted only a scarf before) then this book is also great for you because the 'how to knit' instructions are easy to understand. It doesn't seem to get more complicated than moss stitch or a bit of ribbing.
Ideal for people who are easing into the joys of the old clickety click.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 12 Oct 2005
By A. Bown
Excellent book with classy patterns. The book is easy to follow and would suit any knitter. The book has clear concise instructions. A must for any new knitter who only wants to knit small items at first.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic For All Knitters 18 April 2006
By L. Moss
I bought this book having only ever knitted items from single patterns before and it was a revelation! The patterns in the book are lovely and so beautifully photographed. There isn't a single pattern in the book that I wouldn't knit, and I have completed several of them in no time at all. For someone who enjoyed knitting but wanted to make something a bit more modern this book was excellent. My sister's baby is now the best dressed tot on the block!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners 6 Jun 2007
I only took up knitting five months ago, when all my friends suddenly started having babies! Although I'd learnt the basics as a child, I've re-learned everything from books, and this is definitely one of the best that I own - the patterns are clear and easy to follow, and the 'how to' section is also very helpful. It's also nice to see patterns for more modern baby clothes, and so beautifully photographed, too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely for beginners
Not too happy about buying this book. It's too easy. Pictures are great but that's it. If u are a beginner and are learning to knit this is for you.
Published 2 months ago by Nilam
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple knit book
Good book for someone who is learning to knit. Patterns not up to much but teach the basic in knitting.
Published 4 months ago by June
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for beginners or if you haven't knitted for man years
This book is very good, so pleased with it, so far have knitted 3 cardigans with no problems in 3 weeks, explains everything very very well.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs M I Coley
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book of patterns and instructions.
I was browsing Amazon for books of patterns/projects that would allow me to brush up on my knitting skills. Read more
Published 12 months ago by gimmielinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I bought this book to make something for my little niece or nephew but never got started. So I gave it to my sister who absolutely loves it and has already made 2 cardigans from... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Julia Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars knitting
Not as easy as i needed it to be, i am an absolute beginner an although it was step by step i didnt feel it was very clear, maybe just me i dnt no? Read more
Published 12 months ago by katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Very happy with purchase, easy to follow & has some lovely patterns, which are just right for the beginner, with easy explanations & good pictures. Read more
Published 13 months ago by lynn maclean
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
I've been leant this book by a neighbour. It's a beautiful book full of lovely patterns. I agree with others that the wool is expensive... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lilcaz
1.0 out of 5 stars Good book but difficult to follow
Bought this book in hope I could knit lots of nice things for my baby as the book looked very attractive. Read more
Published 17 months ago by London Knitter
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby knits for beginners
Very pleased with the condition of the book and its prompt delivery the patters are exactly as advertised and now my grandson is looking smart and warm in his new hat and I didn't... Read more
Published 18 months ago by meryll
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