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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (7 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844005011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844005017
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 1.3 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,749 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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"Presenting twenty-four patterns, Bliss offers some usual suspects--but knits up some surprises too. Stash this tome for your next baby boom." --"Vogue Knitting"""

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Debbie Bliss is one of the foremost designers and authors of hand knitting patterns in both the UK and the US. Her bestselling books including How to Knit, Step-by-Step Knitting Workshop, Easy Knits and Simply Baby, have earned her a dedicated army of fans who adore her stylish easy-to-make designs that have an enduring appeal. Debbie is currently the Knitting Editor on Junior Pregnancy and Baby magazine and has previously designed knitwear for Baby Gap. Debbie has also developed her own range of yarns for hand knits which is renowned for its quality and which is widely available throughout the UK, US and Canada.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Emma Murray on 11 Dec. 2010
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As previous reviewers have pointed out, there are quite alot of mistakes in the patterns in this book so be sure to check the errata on the Debbie Bliss website before you start knitting. Also, I would recommend substituting the yarn for something cheaper as the projects work out to be very expensive for an item that a baby is going to grow out of very quickly. I knitted the pram blanket, which is beautiful; the baby beanbag which cost alot once fabric, lining and beans are included; and the bath robe, which is lovely but I don't use it for after the bath because I worry that constant dampness would cause the wool to becaome mishapen in time. As for the rest of the patterns, alot of them are old fashioned and after having 3 children, I can tell that the majority of them are not too practical either. And one or two patterns, including the 'home sweet home' picture, are a joke! Any half competant knitter could design that on their own and the finished product looks a bit simplistic. It feels like padding to flesh out a book. On the plus side, there is a very helpful section at the beginning on types of stitches and knitting techniques, including intarsia, which would be a great help for beginners.
Overall, I'm glad I bought this on amazon for such a great price as I would be sorely disappointed if I had paid full price for it - I bought two Debbie Bliss books at the same time and based on that experience, I would never buy another.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bee of Good Cheer VINE VOICE on 7 Sept. 2009
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Simple, stylish knits for any young babies you may know. A confident beginner could make most of these articles with the help of the excellent instructions at the beginning of the book.

The yarns used are - to be frank - expensive for something that's likely to get covered in baby puke or worse but most can be substituted for something cheaper and more robust - despite the claim that the yarns used are machine washable, they still need care in drying and shaping, and if you've a small baby in the house, who has the time?

If you want to make handknit clothes that don't look like 1950s throwbacks, this is a good book!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Saunders on 24 Jun. 2008
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My husband bought me this book for Christmas complete with the wool to make the tank top. Unfortunately the pattern was incorrect, and although the errata are printed on Debbie Bliss's website I was disappointed as it spoilt my enjoyment of knitting the garment. Having said that the final product is lovely! I also knitted the hearts mobile and that was also full of mistakes. Overall I wouldn't recommend this book to buy, although there are one or two decent patterns in it I think the baby cashmerino booklets are better.
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Lovely designs that are stylishly retro rather than antiquated as so many baby patterns seem to be. So far all I've knitted are the cable socks. I didn't encounter any of the problems that other reviewers have mentioned. I found the pattern clear and really easy to follow (unlike other sock patterns which have had me tearing my hair out)and the end results were great. The yarns suggested are pricey so I think it's more of a book for making something to give as a gift rather than for everyday rough and tumble baby clothes.
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By Laine on 19 Sept. 2012
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The book was in perfect condition and has some very interesting projects. It's very well illustrated and the patterns are easy to understand. Debbie Bliss patterns are excellent at the best of times, and this book is no exception. I knitted the duffle coat for my grandson and it turned out beautifully. Whether you are an experienced knitter or a novice you will find something in here that makes you want to pick up your needles and knit.
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I first found this book in my local library and renewed it so many times I decided to buy it! Although I've known how to knit for a long time I've never followed patterns, but I found this quite straight forward and easy. I have looked at other baby-knit pattern books and found the designs in this one to be the most modern and also the most unisex, and are suitable for items from birth through the baby's first year.
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Love the Debbie bliss range of patterns, however there isn't many patterns an inexperienced knitter like me could tackle without supervision (my poor mum!). Great for experienced knitters though. A nice range and good age group too from newborn - ages 2 and 3 many of them.
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