My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

Oh Baby

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

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

And this:

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:

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:

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:

“I’m pretty and I know it.”


  1. Wendy you are so very generous. I appreciate the chance to win this book. That assumes all the planets, stars and other astrological bodies are properly aligned. Wish me luck!

  2. Maureen says:

    Oh Great and Powerful Random Number Generator, I lie here prostrate at your feet (well, not really because the old back is acting up and it’s an unattractive process attempting to get up again) hoping that your finger points at my humble head. (I believed I programmed one of your older relatives, by the way, back in the early days of computers. Hope it was one you like.)

  3. AlisonL says:

    as “the cool aunt” I would love to find gifts in this book for my nieces and nephews ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. If at first you don’t succeed. Well you know.

  5. We are getting ready to adopt a 4 year old little. Oy from Haiti and I would love to. E able to make something special for him.

  6. Sharon Amara says:

    Oh Wendy,
    So many new babies to knit for…would love the book for inspiration.

  7. Mary G. says:

    oh, oh, oh!!! My sister’s first granddaughter is 7 months old. I could use this book. Random number generator, please pick me! Thanks for the give-away, Wendy!

  8. Lucy is right. She’s gorgeous!

  9. The book sounds like a wonderful resource for knitters who knit for babies and toddlers. I might have to look in to getting to knit for my baby niece.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Zombies Done =-.

  10. This would be perfect right now, it seems like everyone I know is expecting!!!

  11. Wendy has the best giveaways!

  12. I have the Adult verstion of her Design and Knit It book and it is wonderful. The baby book would give me a matched set. So, yes, please!
    .-= Wool Free and Lovin’ Knit´s last blog ..Lizard Ridge sans Noro =-.

  13. cydney yerushalmi says:

    after a number of years of not knitting, I got back into knitting with a Debbie Bliss baby pattern for a new granddaughter. I’d love to have this new book. cj

  14. Kelly S says:

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  15. Maureen L says:

    New baby patterns are always welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ And a book that helps me design my own? Bonus!

  16. Wow! great book, lots of helping for those who are new knitters. My Daisy cat says she knows she is pretty also–with the same pose.

  17. Thanks for the giveaway. If I were to win it, I’d make grandbaby things–many, many of them!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..I’m calling it the B&B diet =-.

  18. Come on, random number generator! I have too many pregnant friends not to want this book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Oh baby, this looks terrific. I’d love a chance to win it!

  20. I love Debbie Bliss. I love to knit for babies–even when I don’t have any babies to knit for!! I will need this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  21. deborah says:

    Lots of babies to knit for in this family!

  22. I’d love to have this for my “grandma dreams” as I stock up with high hopes for future babies.

  23. Lee Long says:

    What a neat book!! Please pick me!

  24. Just what I have been looking for as a proud great grandmother of a beautiful
    little girl. Thanks for all your generosity. I am on a second pair from one of
    your sock patterns!

  25. I was just looking at patterns in various sites and everytime I saw something I liked it seemed they had changed the neck, the sleeve inset and so on to make a new sweater. I need to follow the pattern. Interesting section in her book about measuring and making it your own. Always enjoy her patterns and her yarn.

  26. This looks really interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Lovely book, would love a copy. Thank you for offering it.

  28. please add me to the list of people who would like to win this book!

    Oh, Great and Mighty Random Number Generator… pick me!

  29. Deranda says:

    This is a “must-have” book for us grandmothers who knit for all our grandchildren. Thank for giving us a chance to get a copy.

  30. Crystal says:

    How precious! I’m at the age where everyone is getting married, and having kids, so a book like this sounds like a must!

  31. I would love the book! Debbie Bliss is fantastic!

  32. i would love to win the book……….i love to knit little things…socks being my favorite…
    I too am trying the clean eating…no mayo in a month…nothing from a can or box…(my trash can is only 1/2 full each week now)have lost about 5 pounds…weight loss is not my thing..being healthy is…


  33. Kathleen says:

    Thank you for the chance to win this book!

  34. Jincey08 says:

    We have a new granddaughter who would love for me to use this book to make her pretty things! It looks like a great book.

  35. Would definitely be a great addition to the library.

  36. with twins and a toddler and friends having babies all the time lately- i could use some new material to drool over…sign me up please~

  37. Yes! Debbie Bliss patterns are superb!…….count me in!!

  38. Debbie Bliss books for baby knitting are always wonderful.

  39. I need this. I have five grandsons and I SEE BLUE here!!!! (Not that I’m above turning it to a pink page and lighting a candle!)
    .-= Mary Lee´s last blog ..Taking What He Says With a Grain of Rice =-.

  40. Oh yes I’m interested. I love debbie Bliss and have grand babies to knit for!
    .-= Kathlen´s last blog ..After The Sunday Funnies… =-.

  41. Cute book! I wouldn’t know how neat it was without your review.

  42. Pick me! Pick me!

  43. I would LOVE to have this! I have two little ones of my own and several pregnant friends with wee ones on the way.

  44. I would LOVE to win this book – I am expecting my first grandchild next January, and he or she is going to be the best dressed little kid in the east.

  45. New grandson due in October…I promise to put it to good use!

  46. I’ve been waiting to get this…I have 3 little ones to knit for ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Jenn´s last blog .. =-.

  47. Baby clothes are irrisistable! Oh, and so are contests and random number generators!

  48. Patricia says:

    I love to knit baby things and I have a beautiful granddaughter to knit for. I would get a lot of use out of this book

  49. Marta Dias says:

    That does look like a very useful book! Thanks for the review and for the chance – however faint ๐Ÿ™‚ – of winning it.

  50. Mimi Fan says:

    Woohoo, would love to win this book! Thanks for all the fun blogs.

  51. Oh, that’s a really interesting book…
    Thanks, Wendy!

  52. I feel like a little kid, jumping up and down going ooh me pick me! XD

    Those are some adorable patterns, and I can think of at least three little ones I’ve already got slated to knit for. I’ll just have to go out and buy the book if nothing else. You’re really good at increasing my library (my wallet isn’t so happy, but my library, she is full ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  53. I just love Debbie’s baby patterns! Thanks for sharing with us, Wendy.

  54. Oh Random Number Generator, please pick me!

  55. The nieces and nephews have started to have kids so it would be good to have some guidelines for their knits — last pattern I made had an error and the sleeves ended up being a 1/2 inch too small in diameter.

  56. I have a new baby niece, and I would love to use this book to knit for her. Those pictures are so sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. I would love to have a copy of this book! ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. I would love that book for my collection…

  59. Please add my name to the list. I love knit for my niece and nephew and this book would greatly help.

  60. Natasha says:

    I have a little girl who is perfect for these patterns. The book looks like a lot of fun.

  61. Having 3 little nephews and 2 godsons (with another godchild on the way) I need lots of inspiration for baby and small children knits. This sounds fascinating.

  62. OMG, what a great book! Throwing my hat at the number generator in hopes that my number’s up, so to speak!!:):)

  63. technikat says:

    I’d love a copy. Lots of new babies in our family!

  64. Me! Me! Pick me! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    .-= Muriel´s last blog ..Norwegian Rose in Pictures =-.

  65. OMG my granddaughter would look adorable in that dress!

  66. We have lots of new babies and babies on the way at the school in which I teach. This would be a great help as I try to find projects for each one.

  67. BuleberryKnitSocks says:

    Ooooh … how fun! I LOVE knitting for babies – such great gifts! Can’t wait for a copy!

  68. Andrea in Tn says:

    yes please

  69. Melinda says:

    No grandchildren yet, but like the good Girl Scout I was, I want to be prepared!

  70. That looks like a cute book!
    .-= Lynn Z´s last blog ..An Urban Adventure =-.

  71. This book would be perfect (hope the random number generator hears this!) With a new great-nephew due in October I need some ideas for the yarn that will be left over from the M-D Log Cabin blanket.

  72. A beautiful book and I’m a first time grandma this year!

  73. Debbie Bliss is an amazing designer. I would love a copy.

  74. Pat Murphy says:

    I’ve got twins to knit for! Thanks!!

  75. Hi, Wendy, I would love your book copy. Baby knits are some of my favorite things to do.

  76. crazycrafter says:

    Oooh! I would LOVE to have this! Please change my luck with giveaways, Oh Great And Mighty Random Number Generator. Pick me! =)

  77. It’s never too soon to start a grandmother shelf in the bookcase.

  78. I have grand

  79. I am a new Grandma and would love to win this book!! Pick me!!

  80. I have grandchildren to knit for and would love to have a cop of this book.

  81. Kathy L. says:

    Looks like a great book with adorable patterns. Thank you so much for the opportunity and please include me in the book give away!

  82. Kathleen says:

    The book looks fabulous and I’d love to win it. Pick me please!!

  83. Lovely; I love Debbie Bliss’ designs. I love your comment icons! Thanks!

  84. debra davis says:

    that book would be wonderful to have as there is a grandbaby in our near future.

  85. I absolutely LOVE Lucy’s comment ! ! ! !
    .-= Gerry´s last blog ..Quilter’s Organizer Raffle Bag – it’s Debbie’s now ! ! ! ! ! =-.

  86. Geraldine Scott says:

    Please enter me for the giveaway…thanks!

  87. I do! I do! Looks like a wonderful baby design book.

  88. Janet Lewis says:

    Lucy is very pretty. It is good to know it too.
    Plus I’d love a copy of the book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  89. It looks like a great book. Thanks for the review.

  90. Stacy and the rugrats says:

    Woot!! Love that dress for my little one!!!

  91. Love it!

  92. Terry Gentry says:

    Glad you are doing the linen stitch and not me. Love the new book

  93. I would like it! Pick me! Pick me!

  94. Andrea R. says:

    Woot! More Debbie Bliss.

  95. Linda R says:

    as I was reading your post, I thought how lucky you were to receive this book to review and then I read……….. “who would like my copy”!!!!!! So generous!

  96. What cute babies. I love making things for babies and would like a chance to win this book.
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..Ten on Tuesday – 10 Ways To Entertain a Child =-.

  97. The work pages sounds interesting. and I would enjoy the book for a few more ideas. Thank you nannyjean
    .-= Jean´s last blog ..Knit In today =-.

  98. Random number found here.

  99. I love Debbie Bliss baby designs! But how much fun to try my hand at my own…Thank you: I’m hoping the Random Generator generates my number!

  100. Knitnance says:

    Oh baby …oh yes! This is perfect timing for me….I have a young person in my life who is the recipient of many of my design attempts – thsi book would help the cause greatly!!

    thanks for the tip Wendy – even better if I am fortunate to win the book!