Quick Baby Knits
Today I’m trying something new! I have 4 booklets that are from 80 pages (3 of them) to one at 128 pages. They all come to us from the British Designer, Debbie Bliss. She is especially known for amazing photography, classic styles and wonderful kids/baby knitting patterns.
I am lumping this group together. What do they have in common? Three are published in 1998/1999 and the longer one in 2002.
Quick Baby knits – back cover
On one of my London trips, I visited Debbie’s yarn shop and visited with Debbie.
Debbie Bliss’s shop
While I visited her shop, got one of the books signed by Debbie.
Nautical Knits for Kids
Debbie is also known her oversized kid’s knits.
The Family Collection
A nice booklet of designs for babies, kids, women and men.
Cotton Knits for all seasons
The largest of these books includes 25 projects. Cotton is versatile and as the booklet title suggest – great for many seasons.
So why am I moving these 4 booklets off my shelf? The main reason is that they ultimately are books of patterns and not patterns I would probably ever use. Sorry Debbie!
Knitted Gifts – cover
I’m conflicted about this 144 page book published by Interweave Press in 2009. It’s definitely a book of patterns – some good, some bad and some that you have to ask – why? There are a few I like, but not sure it’s worth keeping the book. The cover hat and mitts are really nice and a good selling point for the book. I do have many good things to say about Ann Budd and her editing/designing, but what was her contribution to this 37 project book?
In the end, I think I’ll move this one along. I can’t justify it’s space on what I’m hoping will be a much reduced shelf of essential knit and crochet books.
Knitted Gifts – back cover
There are some fantastic designers who contributed to the the book. Then I have to point out two projects on the back cover are in the category that I called “Why?” The knit hobby horse (really!) and the ballet-style slippers (sort of OK).
Easy Ribbed Socks
I thought I’d start off with a project I like.
Lace Scarf by Nancy Bush
Love this project. It might be one that I might even make. Nancy Bush is a real pro at traditional designs.
Felted Oven Mitts
This project is a great way to use up leftover 100% wool or rough wool that you might not want for a wearable.
Fair Isle Napkin Rings
The napkin rings are something that doesn’t seem to be a terrific project. I couldn’t quite figure out the order of the projects. Didn’t seem like the groupings were by easy, intermediate, etc or by quick, more involved, etc. Strange to be sure.
Interweave Press is really good at featuring clear illustrations of techniques. The 6-page glossary is a good addition to the book.
Learn to Knit by Penny Hill
So you might ask – what the H – – – are you doing with a “learn to knit” book? Yes, dear reader, I asked myself the same question. This UK book published in 2003 somehow landed on my book shelf – magically I’m sure!
Learn to Knit – back cover
Since it won’t be staying on my shelf much longer and is most likely destined as a library donation, I will at least give it a review here. It’s an OK learn to knit book for a novice and covers quite an array of material to be sure. The simple projects shown on the back cover go from easiest to easy with some clarification along the way. It’s actually a good book for more experienced knitters, if one might be looking to knit simple projects.
I’m not usually a fan of photo “how-to’s”, but these are fairly clear. Usually drawn illustrations are easier to follow.
How to create stitch patterns
These are clear photos of simple stitches, but the UK version of stocking stitch vs. the US stockinette might be confusing to a beginner.
photo of sweater pieces
This was a clever way to show what the finished sweater garter stitch pieces will look like and more or less how they will be stitched together.
Here’s the finished sweater nicely styled. The book uses no live models which probably keeps the book from looking dated.
How to make a set-in pocket
Towards the end of the book, this technique plus several others such as buttonholes makes the book more valuable in the long run.