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Knits to Give: 30 Knitted Gift Ideas Hardcover – Illustrated, 19 Sep 2011

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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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Nothing warms the heart more than a handmade gift. The thoughtful consideration and time poured into a hand knit is guaranteed to make the recipient feel cherished. Knits to Give is a collection of 30 gift ideas from top knitwear designer Debbie Bliss.
Divided into five sections For Her, For Him, For Baby, For Kids, and For the Home Knits to Give contains the solution to numerous tricky gift-giving problems. Each project is designed to give maximum enjoyment with minimum fuss; some are quick, entry-level projects that suit the beginner knitter, yet still result in an individual and enticing personal gift. It will be difficult to decide where to start with this array of charming projects: An elegant beaded clutch bag or lacy stole for her, a stylish iPad cover or seed-stitch tie for him, the ultra-cute bunny booties or sun hat for Baby, a ladybug backpack or lion cub scarf for the fun-loving kid, or the heart motif cushion or colorful table placemats for the home? Debbie Bliss has taken hand-crafted gifts to a whole new level in Knits to Give; every one is a joy to make, give, and receive." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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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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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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