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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 x 1.2 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,030 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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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Laurie on 13 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
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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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By mad cat woman on 3 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By whipmeupsomecream VINE VOICE on 16 May 2009
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BetsyB on 22 Dec. 2006
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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By JulesFrench on 3 April 2007
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By babytree on 9 April 2011
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I started knitting when my middle child was about a year old. Once I had mastered the basic knitting technique and got my tension right (lots of practice squares and a rectangular 'blanket' that actually turned out to be almost a triangle!) I bought this book and started at the beginning and worked my way through. The scarf and hat are wonderfully simple but really cute and I made these for Christmas presents for a few children of family and friends. The only mistake I made to start with was not to use the right wool and a couple of things (jumpers) ended up a weird shape - wide & short, so use the recommended type! I'm still trying to get the whole buttonhole thing right but made the first cardigan and it, surprisingly, turned out really well. My 3rd child actually got to wear it and it didn't fall apart in the wash (hooray). There are instructions on all the different techniques you need in the patterns, but I did need to actually be shown by a friend too - it's quite hard to describe some things on paper! Overall - lovely patterns, simple and effective but if you're anything like me you might need an actual person for help with things like buttonholes! Have fun.
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