Blankets, Bears and Bootees Paperback – Illustrated, 7 Aug 2009
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About the Author
Debbie Bliss is one of the foremost knitwear designers worldwide. Her internationally bestselling books have earned her a dedicated army of fans who adore her stylish, easy-to-make designs with their enduring appeal. She has published numerous books on hand knits for all the family, but it is designing knitwear for babies that really captures her imagination. Her most recent books are Simply Baby, Essential Baby and Essential Kids. Debbie continues to develop her own range of natural yarns for hand knits and now has her own eponymous bi-annual knitting magazine with a circulation of over 100,000 copies. Author Location: London
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Top Customer Reviews
I think this is a useful book both for your own baby and for gifts.
This book contains 25 lovely patterns, and as you would guess from the title there are 7 blankets, 7 bootees, and for 'bears' there's a big and little teddy bear, a rabbit, a mouse in striped dress (so cute) and a little bird. There's also a pretty triangle edge top which matches one of the bootee patterns, a striped cardigan to match the striped bootees, Fairisle hangers, building blocks, a memory book and a big bird cushion / beanbag (amazing).
It's lovely that some of the patterns are themed with others - eg the rabbit and bootees with blanket stitch detail match one of the blankets, there's a striped blanket to match the toy mouse's striped dress, and more. The 7 bootees are all different and give you a great choice. All of these would make lovely gifts and there's a range of skills and time taken, so you can find something to whip up in a weekend or a larger project, depending on what you want. I've made the mouse in striped dress so far and it was really simple and quick, and turned out gorgeous.
Special mention goes to the teddy blanket and teddy slippers, which have a teddy bear face knitted on them! Really cute.
All in all a wonderful book, with lots of lovely patterns.
I did find an error on the pattern on page 94 2nd row of shape instep, I think should read k20 stiches and turn, once I sorted that the bootees turned out good. Frustrating but easily worked out for an experienced knitter.
Generally, although there is great play on including advice re sewing up at the beginning of the book, there is lack of specific advice per pattern. I would have welcomed more help on how to place the limbs of the bear, and what kind of stitch to use when attaching one stuffed piece to another at an awkward angle. It seems as though the patterns are devised and tested by skilled knitters who do not realise that simple omissions may cause problems for less experienced knitters.
Finally, my biggest bugbear (no pun intended) was the Building Blocks for babies. Having knitted the 30 squares required in varying patterns and with motifs, I found that I could not find a supplier of 7.5 cm square cubes of foam as required by the pattern.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous book full of scrummy baby knits!! Want to make everything.Published 2 months ago by penny-lope
A lovely book, to complicated for me but the pictures are nicePublished 14 months ago by DENISE B CLISSETT
Lovely book and exactly what you would expect from Debbie Bliss. Beautiful patterns and very clear instructions. Lots of patterns.Published on 4 Jun. 2014 by Madhum