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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (19 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844009777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844009770
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 2.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,646 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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"In typical Bliss fashion, you'll find nothing twee here, only clean, beautiful, covetable heirlooms." --"Vogue Knitting" on "Booties Blankets and Bears"

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Debbie Bliss is one of the foremost hand-knit designers in the UK, the US and increasingly in Europe and Asia. She is the author of many knitting books, including Simply Baby, Essential Baby, Essential Kids and The Knitter's Year as well as having own magazine, which is published biannually. She continues to develop her own range of quality hand-knit yarns and design garments and accessories with universal appeal.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CoolCrafting on 29 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
If, this year, you are committed to a handmade Christmas, this book could be a just the inspiration you need to get started. Knits to Give is a collection of 30 gift ideas from top knitwear designer Debbie Bliss.

If, like me, you only give presents that you actually want yourself, then this book should provide you with a few solutions to what to give close family as well as friends. I particularly like the covered bangles, because they look quick and stylish. The striped pencil pot covers are fun, and there are some great projects 'For Him' - I love the skinny Moss Stitch Tie, the Rice Stitch Scarf is a refreshing change from all those stripy scarves men have had for Christmas in the last couple of years, the Fingerless Gloves are a must for our touch screen generation, and the Walking Socks are fab - I might try these just as Wellie tops rather than knitting the whole sock.

I like the fact there is a preface to each project which shows how you can flex the projects with use of different colours and yarn. This element is an important part of today's crafting movement. Projects need to morph with what you have to hand and what you need the end result to be.

As for the instructions themselves, very clear, well laid out and easy to follow. There has been no pressure to squeeze a pattern onto one page - there are a good number of photographs per project that give a very clear idea of what the end result should be.

Any niggles? I would have liked some of the 'For Her' projects to be more fun - for example, the charmingly mismatched Kids Stripey Long Socks would be fantastic as an adult pattern - I would think Johnnie Boden would be proud to have those in his range.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Hopkins on 14 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Knits to Give is full of fabulous ideas for handmade presents. Thirty project presents, all of which (so the author says) can be knitted in a week and many require only a small amount of yarn.

Thankfully there is only one cushion. Once that would have been a serious omission in any book of small craft projects but honestly, enough already! Leave us room to sit on our chairs and lie on our beds! Instead the home section includes a squiggly cabled tea cosy, a pretty pot of pansies and smart table mats. The other sections are For Him, Her, Baby and Kids

Its a scrumptious book, elegantly presented printed on thick high quality paper and skilfully photographed. And if my only criticism, apart from my knitting speed not being up to knitting the baby blanket (or the stole) in just a week, is that one or two projects use a prodigious amount of yarn (7 balls of aran for a pair of socks) I still recommend it.

You will pour over it, if you tend to dream over beautiful photographs and of being the goddess of hand made

You will use it a lot, if making your own presents is your thing

And you will love it, if you simply seek the joy of making beautiful things in delicious yarns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on 13 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was bought this book as a present and I have really enjoyed it. It's beautiful to look at and has some great ideas. I have made quite a lot of the projects as gifts, mainly the party shrug, the knitted hat and the bunny rabbit bootees for children and babies, but the cable belt inspired me to attempt cable knitting for the first time (successfully!). It made a great present for my sister in law. The one criticism I have is that I'm not all that confident that the sizes are quite right: I know I've not used Debbie Bliss yarns to knit up the items I've made, but I've used comparable materials and sometimes the size of the end result has been way off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sally tarbox TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Dec. 2012
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30 attractive projects, quite a few of which I found to be things I might knit.
'HER' gifts include some unusual knit-covered bangles; a pill box hat (not too sure on that one) and a clutch bag.
For 'HIM' there's the expected socks, scarf and gloves; an I-Pad cover; knitted tie (hmm...) and dog's jacket.
'BABY' would LOVE the gorgeous bunny bootees, garter stitch jacket and sunhat.
'KIDS' have such items as a ladybird backpack; lion-cub cravat and hairband.
Lastly for the 'HOME' there's a lovely knitted pot of pansies; stripey pencil-pot cover and table-mats.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Craftlover on 18 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was very disappointed in this book - there were no items I was inspired to knit - I am not an advanced knitter so could not tackle more elaborate patterns but the small items were not the sort of items I wouold like to give as presents. Fortunately I borrowed this from the library to see it before purchasing and so saved myself from wasting money.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maldon Essex on 11 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as because I know how prolific Debbie Bliss' work is and mistakenly equated her to be the "Delia Smith" of knitting. I really like some of the ideas in the book and would have liked to be able to knit original gifts that the recipients would treasure. For my first project, I decided to make the cabled arm warmers because the introduction states that these are a good project for those of us new to cables. Quite excited, I went of to my local wool shop and bought some beautiful Debbie Bliss wool and came home to get started on the project. I am a beginner, but everything went swimmingly until we got to the first decrease row, then everything went pear shaped. I called my sister who is probably the best knitter I know and she then spent an hour translating what the pattern meant. I then wrote out the pattern again so that I could keep track of where I should be. I re-started the work again ... and again ... and again ... and again .... I am going to knit up to the point where the pattern goes wrong and take it into the shop to see if they can show me what to do to avoid any further mistakes but am very disappointed that adequate instruction is not provided. I have even looked in other Debbie Bliss books and every other knitting books that I own to see if I can figure out what to do as presently I feel that I have wasted my money totally. However, for a knitting book where you just want to look at the pretty pictures this is fine, just don't try to make anything unless you are an extremely experienced knitter. I think the publishers should either ensure that adequate instruction is provided to make the items or alternatively provide some kind of helpline where you can go to get your questions answered. I am put off from even attempting anything else in the book now.
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