My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Oh Baby

Last week I got a review copy of this new book:

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This is Design It, Knit It: Babies by Debbie Bliss. Not only does it contain adorable patterns for wee ones like this:

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And this:

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But is also a book of design how-to.

After the pattern section, there is a “design workshop” section.

Debbie goes into detail about the best shapes for garments for little ones and discusses sizing small garments. There are pages of sketches of basic designs, like this one:

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You are encouraged to photocopy the page to add your own embellishments.

There are also a couple of pages of knitter’s graph paper suitable for photocopying. There is a charted alphabet and some charts for cute motifs for babies that you can add to a plain garment for a bit of colorwork. There is even a page of very pretty gift tags that you can cut out and use on your gifted baby knits.

And in the back of the book, there is a nifty little insert. On one side, it has rulers in inches and a guide to the standard yarn weight system:

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On the other side, the ruler is marked in centimeters, and has information on needle sizes, as well as a list of abbreviations. A very clever and handy addition to the book.

Who would like my review copy?

Respond with a comment on this post (and if you don’t know how to comment on a post, read the instructions here) by noon Eastern time on Sunday, June 27. The all-knowing, all-powerful Random Number Generator will select a winner from among the comments at that time.

Lucy sez:

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“I’m pretty and I know it.”


  1. Looks like a great knitting library addition for a grandmother – please add me to the random number generating.

  2. You’ve got to love Debbie Bliss! Her Baby Knits for Beginners got me knitting in the first place!!

  3. Carol Perecman says:

    I would love to have this book; I have the adult version, which is equally good. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy, Wendy!

  4. I certainly would love a copy – and I’m sure 18 month old will appreciate it as well. 🙂
    .-= Imogen´s last blog ..So… =-.

  5. Wow, that looks great! Please add my name to the hat!

  6. The patterns look adorable, and as my friends/relatives are reaching the baby-producing stages, this would really come in handy – thanks for letting us know about it!

  7. Yes please! Lovely designs…

  8. Would be thrilled to win this book as my second grandchild is on the way & lots of knitting to be done!

  9. What a great giveaway! Thank you for doing these! I would love this book!

  10. Looks like a really nice book 🙂

  11. What a wonderful looking book! I have one little one and another on the way, and a copy of that would definitely help keep them both well clothed 🙂

    I’m loving your linen stitch project too

  12. That sounds like a perfect book. If I don’t win, I will definitely buy it.
    .-= Cina´s last blog ..Mammas Bolero =-.

  13. Debbie Wigen says:

    First grandbaby/granddaughter due in August. I would SO enjoy this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  14. seems like there are some really good ideas in that book, and Debbie Bliss´ patterns for children are always good. so, yes, I would love to get my hands on that book, so I can knit more for my two lovely grandchildren.
    best wishes from Iceland
    .-= Fríða´s last blog ..FO nr 28+29/2010 =-.

  15. Count me in again. Thanks for the reviews of the book and of course, the chance to win them.
    .-= Donna´s last blog ..FO#41 and 42 and 43 (2007) Afghans for Afghan =-.

  16. Lisa Thrasher says:

    This look like a great resource! My first grand child was born 3 mos ago – I’m still getting into the baby knits mind set!

  17. Oooh. That looks seriously tempting – way to many of my friends are expecting at the moment, I need ideas. 😉
    Hope you and Lucy are doing well and the princess is enjoying the air-conditioning.
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Next time… =-.

  18. Oh, wow. I now covet that book, more than any book I’ve coveted all year. Thanks for the chance to have it! 🙂
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Can We Build It? Yes We Can! =-.

  19. Marian Allen says:

    I LOVE Debbie Bliss’s books! And everyone i know is having babaies.
    Daffy Duck sends her best to Lucy

  20. Debbie B says:

    I would love a copy! Thank you for offering.

  21. Love it! I’ve heard so much about this book and it’s design instruction. Can’t wait to try some for my granddaughter.

  22. Of course we all want this gorgeously cute book now. And if we don’t have to pay for it, that will make us even happier. You are kind to offer us your copy, but then we knew you were lovely before this giveaway. Bribery always helps though 😉

  23. Wendy P says:

    I love the idea of designing for babies–one might actually have time to knit those ideas…

  24. I love the Debbie Bliss books for babies.

  25. Wow, sounds like a truely complete book!

  26. Too cute!

  27. Tatyana says:

    I’d love to have your copy! Thanks for these giveaways, Wendy.

  28. Need2KNow says:

    sign me up! looks like a lovely book. thanks for the opportunity.

  29. I would love your copy! With a 2-week-old baby girl in the family, I’m knitting baby and child things now and this would be great.

  30. Boniblu says:

    Lovely baby things and knitting tools besides. Wonderful. Please put my name in.

  31. This would come in handy as new babies keep arriving all around me! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  32. Sandy in NJ says:

    I love baby knitting! Makes me, Mommy and hopefully little one smile!
    There is always a baby knit on my needles here since my daughter and her friends are all in the “time to have babies” stage of their lives!

  33. carol Kumpf says:

    Thank you for the chance to win this book! It seems like 90% of my knitting is for baby showers and grandkids! I would love some new ideas!

  34. Carolina says:

    I would love a copy of this book. My coworkers are having babies and my girls dance teachers are having babies! Thanks for offering up your review copy!

  35. Man, that’s a beauty! Please put my name in the hat, and thanks for the opportunity!
    .-= Melanie J.´s last blog ..Ducklings!!! =-.

  36. Kathleen R says:

    This sounds like such a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Oooh, I would love to have that book. Lots of friends and cousins are having babies right now. Also, I’m working on a men’s size 3XLT aran pullover right now, so I’m dying for something cute and tiny. Hope I win! Thanks!

  38. With a new grandson this book would be perfect.

  39. My 17 month grandaughter needs her nana to knit more pretty things for her to wear and love Debbie Bliss. Thanks for offering her newest book, the additions make the book a need rather than a want.

  40. Val Rutterer says:

    I would absolutely love a copy. I love Debbie Bliss’ designs and with two new grandbabies, I have plenty of reason to be knitting baby and toddler items. There probably will be a few more babies in the next few years.

  41. Caty Bach says:

    I am so glad to see a little more about this book. I had heard about it and was curious. I have a giant stash and want to start working from it. One of my goals is to do things that push my brain….that means designing my own stuff a bit more. Thanks for showing us what it is all about.

    Lucy is beautiful!!!! (Don’t tell my Ivey I said so…)

  42. Wendy, I would love a copy of this book. With all the wee ones my friends and family are producing, it would be perfect for me. I’d love to be able to make some of those sweet designs for them. Thank you for offering this book.

  43. Heather M says:

    That looks like a lovely book!

  44. This book seems to include so much. Leave it to Debbie Bliss. Thanks for your info on it.

  45. Hola,
    It would be great to have a chance to get a book like this in my hands, specially coz here in Chile we dont have such a beautifull books.
    Your love is very nice one and thanks to share your patterns too.

  46. A practical book that looks to be a delight to use. I would LOVE to get this!

  47. Ruth Schoof says:

    Really nice book. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!!

  48. There is always someone having a baby when you work in Pediatrics, so I would love the book too.

  49. I’m due to give birth to my first little one any day now. I’ve already knit him a few cute things but I’d love to see the design lessons in that book and perhaps learn to design something myself for this little guy!

  50. Wendy C says:

    What a great book…………..luv your blog read it all the time

  51. Donna Tropeano says:

    I’m interested. Thank you.

  52. Christa says:

    Patterns are too cute–Debbie Bliss does Baby stuff so well.

  53. kathy perron says:

    There are lots of babies to knit for in my future; I need this book! Thanks, Wendy

  54. Melanie says:

    I have managed to avoid baby knitting like the plague for a while, but apparently everyone I know has decided this is the year to have a baby. This book looks really handy!!

  55. If I’m lucky enough to win, I’d love this book! Thanks for the review. : )

  56. That is so clever! I would love to win it.

  57. Sounds like a great book. My kids are of the ages of getting married themselves and their friends too. I think in the future this book would come in handy. Hope I win!!

  58. A second comment just to see what little monster I would get this time

  59. Would love more design info for little ones. The first dress I knit for my niece had an opening that didn’t fit over her head! Whoopsy….

  60. That book would get a lot of use in our house! I would love to be able to make things to fit my baby.

  61. Wow! That book looks really cool.

  62. Looks like a lovely book!

  63. Absolutely! All of my friends are having babies lately. I love Debbie Bliss’s Simply Baby so this has got to be good as well. Thank you!

  64. I’d love a copy
    .-= Saren Johnson´s last blog ..First Chart =-.

  65. Oh how fun! Thanks for sharing this with a lucky someone! (Hope it’s me! 😉

  66. Wow! with a new niece, this would come in quite handy! 😎
    .-= dani, the geek´s last blog ..quite an article =-.

  67. Sarah R says:

    I would love a copy of this book! It looks so cute and very thorough with all the extras at the back!

  68. Kathryn says:

    I would love to have a copy! I have twin granddaughters who are 2 years old and that dress pattern is adorable!

  69. The design section looks awesome! I’m a new knitter and have been trying to reverse engineer some ratios on kids clothing, but haven’t been willing to commit yarn and time to much experimenting with my numbers yet.

  70. Judith Smith says:

    I would love that book. It looks fun.

  71. Erica B says:

    The design aspect of this book looks very interesting. Debbie Bliss has fantastic baby designs.

  72. I NEEEEED that book!!! I just found out I’m getting my first grandbaby in January!

  73. Looks like a nice book. I’d like a chance at winning a copy! 🙂

  74. Very cute!
    .-= Janis´s last blog ..spinning on that dizzy edge =-.

  75. I’ve just discovered knitting for babies, which is highly rewarding in that something gets finished and doesn’t take forever. 🙂 Those patterns – and the design section – look great! If I don’t win, I need to look for this book.

  76. christine says:

    baby is due Sept. should have time to produce something amazing from this beautiful book.

  77. Don’t you know it Lucy! Would love to add that to my knitting library . . . here’s to hopin’!

  78. That would be a fabulous book for me since both my SIL are having babies this winter.

  79. It looks like Ms. Bliss has some nice add-on in that book. It’s always nice to have design how-tos & techniques in addition to the patterns.

  80. I love Debbie Bliss patterns. Thanks Wendy.
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Spinning and knitting =-.

  81. Laura from beautiful West Michigan says:

    I would love this book! I’m at that point where designing something myself is really intriguing and something smallish like baby things would be perfect! Thanks again for your generousity!

  82. Sounds like a fun book!
    .-= stephsk8r´s last blog ..England =-.

  83. Suzanne says:

    Would love to have that book!

  84. I would love the book. Thanks!

  85. Phyllis says:

    Have great grandchildren and NEED this book! Looks like a keeper.

  86. I read your blog every day and look forward to all your recommendations on patterns, designer, yarn, etc. Debbie Bliss is a wonderful designer and her baby book looks as if it will be a true winner. Hope I am too!

  87. adorable book

  88. I haven’t made a Debbie Bliss pattern yet, but I’ve only been knitting for babies for a couple of years 🙂 I’d love a copy of this book – thanks for the drawing!

  89. I would like a copy of that book. Despite having no kids, it seems I do a lot of knitting for babies!

  90. Lynn Bruff says:

    Thank-you for a chance! I need to knit something for a new baby and this would be a great win. Lynn

  91. Diana Hill says:

    Thank you for your generosity! Love your blog and your kitty too!

  92. Looks like a lovely book.

  93. Oh that book looks seriously wonderful! Thanks for the contest!

  94. I love Debbie’s patterns and would love to work on this new book!

  95. I guess I would call myself an advanced beginner in knitting (I’ve just learned to make cables) and I have a shop on Etsy that has nothing in it at the moment. I would love to be able to design some items to put in my shop eventually. Also, and number one reason for wanting the book, is that I have a new grandson! I would dearly love to be able to make items for him!

  96. Jan Walsh says:

    I have nieces who would look adorable in some of these creations!

  97. What a lovely book, and how generous of you to pass it on after reviewing it!
    .-= Sharen´s last blog ..Deja Vu, my shop on Etsy =-.

  98. Kristin says:

    Oooh, what an awesome book! Sign me up, please 🙂

  99. Deb Simon says:

    I would love to have a copy! I just got her other design it, knit it book, and am hoping to start designing something soon.

  100. Charlotte Kunkel says:

    I would love this book as I’m going to be a grandmother for the 1st time in Oct. I can’t wait to make her lots of pretty things to wear.