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The Knitter's Year [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Debbie Bliss
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Book Description

3 Sep 2010
Anyone who has caught the knitting bug will know that knitters never like to be without a project on the go. So what could be better than a compendium of 52 handknit designs that will take every knitter all the way through an entire year? Each of the projects in The Knitter's Year has been designed to be made in a week or less, with some being as quick to knit up as a rainy afternoon or a couple of evenings. Designs include homewares, accessories and things to wear. They range from a sumptuous yet simple chunky scarf, which takes a few balls of yarn, to the adorable Easter-bunny egg cosies, which can be made using remnants of yarn leftover from larger projects. Divided into the four seasons, the book features spring-time ideas such as a floral corsage and some fingerless gloves, plus homeware items including a shelf edging and lacy bolster cushion. Following are summery projects like a beach bag, simple tank and string shopping bag. Moving into Autumn, Debbie gives ideas for a back-to-school iPod cover and simple beret and scarf. Finally Winter, where knits really come into their own with snug socks, slippers, and even ideas for Christmas gifts and tree decorations. The collection provides a blissful year of inspiration from a leading knitter to either make for yourself or to give as a special gift.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (3 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844008428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844008421
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A full year's inspiration from the world-renowned designer -- --Image Interiors, September 2010

About the Author

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, in most good knitting stores and available to order online.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove 23 Oct 2010
By EmmaH
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Another knitting book on amazon Vine - lucky old me. And this didn't disappoint. So often I buy knitting magazines or books and only truly like a couple of patterns at most. As with the recent Erika Knight book, I found myself spoilt for choice. Loved the lace cushion, peg bag, tie on cushion, pencil case, knitting bag and the lacy scarf.

That said, there are quite a few fillers here. Flower pot covers, anyone? And, to be honest, I'm never going to knit a wash cloth - what's wrong with a flannel for those odd occasions when you need one? Nor was I quite convinced by the idea of knitting myself a bead necklace, beach flags, pan handler or a lacy shelf edging. Perhaps a bit too much striving to be innovative, but some lovely ideas and patterns overall, many suitable for using up oddments, and all displaying Bliss' usual flair for colour, texture and design.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very attractive and well presented 7 Oct 2010
I love this book but I must admit out of the 52 projects I will probably only be inspired to actually knit 5 or 6 of the patterns. I do however think all of the items are beautiful. The book is really well presented and just looking at the pictures makes me want to make something. It has a shabby chic feel to it and I like looking at the background as much as the knitted projects.

Things i like - bags, scarves, cushions, lavender bags and door stop

Things I don't like (much) - baby things and Christmas decorations

I would recommend this book to people who can knit and have loads of patterns and ideas and not to people who are beginners as there is no help or advice included, however most of the projects are quite simple and the instructions easy to follow.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Knitter's Year - Good Book 28 Sep 2010
By Jan M
I really like this book - there are a few items I feel I am unlikely to knit but far and away the largest selection of desirable small knitting projects that I have come across (I've been knitting for 45 years and own far too many knitting books)

Beautiful photos show that simple items can still look stunning, and that you don't have to have loads of spare time to create lovely things.

Bottom line - I'll need more than a year to make all the things I want to.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of projects for the year 11 Oct 2010
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The Knitter's Year is designed to give you a project every week of the year cycling through the four seasons. It consists of useful and decorative items for you to make.

I did note that because the author is trying to find 52 things for you to make that there are a few repeats in here i.e gloves and scarfs and cushions and bags appear more than once as projects.

I had a go at a couple of the quick projects and found them fairly simple and easily explained and a couple of the larger projects (bags and cushions) looked interesting and may take care of some winter evenings for me this year.

If however like my local wool shop your's doesn't stock Miss Bliss's wool any other brand of the same type will do.

A few of the projects were a bit too frou frou for me but if you enjoy making lots of decorative things for your home you will enjoy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Inspiring 1 Nov 2010
By Mr. Di Zendle VINE VOICE
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'The Knitter's Year' is a beautiful book. The wonderful colour photography and clear images of all the projects make it a really inspiring and exciting book. It is full of wonderful projects, most of which would make brilliant presents and in the 'winter' section there are lots of lovely Christmas decorations which I'm really looking forward to making come December.

I love the way the book is organised into seasons because I find that knitting seasonal things really gets me in the mood for whatever time of year is on its way. I also really like the fact that enough information about the recommended yarns is provided at the back of the book in order for you to be able to work out any substitutions you might want to use if you can't afford or can't get the Debbie Bliss yarns the patterns call for.

The only negative comment I have about the book are that some of the projects feel a bit like filler. Coat hanger covers, knitted flags and lace shelf edging are not things I would make, and they do feel as if they are included just to keep up with the one project a week concept.

However, whether you are buying this as a present or for yourself, there will be so many things in this book that you will not be able to wait to get started on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Projects 30 Oct 2010
By S. A. Broadhurst VINE VOICE
Debbie Bliss is a popular name in knitting and when I received this book I was eager to start looking at the designs included. As stated above, 52 patterns are included, 13 per season. The patterns cover a wide variety of items: scarfs, bags, socks, cushions and baby cardigans to name but a few.
The book starts with a great few pages on yarns: the types of yarn with great descriptions and also hints on when buying yarn. However, the only yarns covered are Debbie Blisses range of yarns. There is also a list of standard abbreviations used throughout the patterns.
I am an average knitter. My nan taught me when I was younger and I have knitted scarves, dolls clothes, knitted dolls and even a waistcoat. However, when I opened this book I was immediately amazed by some of the ideas included and I plan on trying some of the ideas out. The first pattern in the book is for a basket, the pattern clearly written and then is followed by a page on how to make it up. However, there were a few items in the making up stage that I feel could have had an explanation included (e.g. I do not know what buckram is and would of liked some explanation so I would know what I was looking for when shopping for it). However, I think the instructions for making the basket were very clear and precise.
The patterns include many traditional, knitted items e.g. egg cosies and wash cloths but also more modern items, e.g. floral corsages, i pod cases and bead necklaces. There is a pattern idea in the book for most people and many of the ideas would make great presents for anyone who loves giving handmade presents. There are patterns in the book where you would need to buy balls of wool to complete the project but then there are also patterns where you could use up oddments left in your work bag.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Projects for all and every occasion
This is a book I go back to frequently when looking for a small project. All the details are well thought out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. V. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars A book I return to again and again
This is a really good source book for knitters who like something different . The patterns are generally quite practical and there is a good variety. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jojoss
5.0 out of 5 stars The Knitter's Year
What a fantastic book of patterns I have made quite a few already and love the results. I have put another one of Debbie Bliss's knitting books on my Christmas wish list.
Published 10 months ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of seasonal knits
After you've master scarfs and there coming out if your ears this gives you knowledge and ideas for some a bit different in each season
Published 15 months ago by mary oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars The knitter's year
I belong to a knitting circle and some of the ladies already had the book, I was impressed by the variety of patterns. Read more
Published 20 months ago by sandra dowling
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of lovely ideas!
This book is split into four sections of knitting patterns: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each section has lots of lovely ideas which could make a gift for any age. Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by cals08
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I wanted a book with up-to-date patterns and designs i could change the colour of to make modern. I have found lots in this book from basic to elaborate and they are all really... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book.
This is my first Debbie Bliss book and it turned out to be an excellent book, with projects ranging from beginners to advanced. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by Maever
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I loved the idea of this book themed by season with 52 quick knits and it didn't disappoint. Already underway with the stylish summer scarf and the mini Xmas trees - so cute -... Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by researchmummy
3.0 out of 5 stars The Knitters Year
Great book . Lovely patterns for all abilities. Although if you use the recommended wool you will end up paying about 50 to knit a scarf!!!!
Published on 12 July 2011 by Mrs. J. A. Hafid
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