by Debbie Bliss
Debbie Bliss is a legend and has published a few baby books with cute patterns for tykes. This one focuses on wee ones up to two years. It is intended for the advanced beginner with the first sections (about 40 pages) being dedicated to teaching topics like yarns (advocates the softest machine washable possible) and knitting basics. The instructions seem clear enough and the drawn illustrations are pleasing and easy to follow but as usual, I consider them unnecessary.
The 20 projects are easy but incorporate texture and color through cables, fair isle and intarsia. The instructions are heavy text with no schematics and limited charts.
The style of the book focuses on calming colors - light blues, pinks and greens. The traditional pastel and primary colors are passed over for a more "sophisticated palette." The pictures are beautiful - impeccably composed with cute babies (not all babies are) but sometimes it's hard to see the details of the project. Especially in a small baby who is wearing the garment lying down. It's my biggest gripe. Is it so hard to show the garment? Also on such small garments, wouldn't it be easier to do more in the round. Most of these projects are done in pieces and then seamed.
Debbie Bliss always has some great ideas, even if I don't always like the execution. In this book I absolutely adore this smock coat. It is freakin adorable. It makes me wish I knew a little girl stylish enough to wear it.
All in all, if you like Debbie Bliss, you are sure to appreciate this latest book. If you are ho-hum on her, you can skip it.
Reviewed by Allison Linehan
Allison's blog, Neophyte Knitter, can be found at http://gumdrop.typepad.com