My current work in progress:

Pitch by Emily Greene, knit from Elsawool Cormo worsted on a US 6 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. Melissa C says:

    I’d love your copy!

  2. I love Debbie Bliss. This looks like an awesome book. How nice of you to have a drawing for the copy you have!
    .-= Christina Bieloh´s last blog ..Playdoh Baby, Heel Flap, Puzzle, and an Elizabethan Collar =-.

  3. My best friend had a baby recently and I could really use this book to make some gifts for her and the little one. *fingers crossed* and thanks!
    .-= Claudia´s last blog ..Finished =-.

  4. Sarah Warburton says:

    so cute!

  5. I’m knitting for a lot of babies lately, would love some new inspiration
    .-= Ali´s last blog ..Focus =-.

  6. Stephanie Reynolds says:

    what a wonderful baby book. And such great, helpful additions. I would be wonderful if all knitting books had such tools. But I want to know does this book come with a baby to knit for?

  7. motherduck says:

    i would love the baby knittinkg book…crossing my fingers…thank you
    i’m a novice and entirely self taught, so you can imagine how i’m struggling…i’m currently trying to get the wrap and turn in sock heels…i’ve ripped out so many times i may need a new bit of yarn…not much progress but i’m stubborn…i’ll get it

  8. diahrensal says:

    The “Oh Baby” book looks wonderful and I would love to win a copy! I, too, have a rag doll cat I am very fond of!

  9. Wow, that looks like an awesome book! Thanks for the chance to win it!
    .-= YuLian´s last blog ..Disappeared for a While =-.

  10. motherduck says:

    ummm…i don’t know what happened, i think i already sent for a chance at the baby book…if this is a duplicate, sorry…
    thank you

  11. Love the Debbie Bliss books…would love the chance to win a copy of this one. Thanks for being so generous and passing it on.

  12. What a lovely book! I think I could put it to good use. My youngest daughter just had her first baby (my third grandchild) this past January.
    .-= SusanB-knits´s last blog ..Orange you glad I didn’t say Banana! =-.

  13. Might just be the motivation I need to catch up with my baby knitting!
    .-= leah´s last blog ..Dropping back in! =-.

  14. Oooh! I’m not usually in the market for a new knitting book, but this one looks adorable and there are two knitters in my household who would use it. We’ll avoid stuffing the comment box, though.
    .-= Carolyn in MN´s last blog ..Little Scraps of Paper =-.

  15. Thanks for the DB offer. I’ll take it .

  16. Do so love your give aways, but love your blog and books more, way more.

  17. Debbie Bliss sure knows how to do baby stuff that melts my heart. While sometimes I find her sizing a little large, I find the patterns too cute to resist!
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..Must be a record or something! =-.

  18. Very cool book. Please pick me!

  19. My first granddaughter will be born in October and I’m so excited to start knitting cute items for her.

  20. Karen K. says:

    Ah well, it’s worth a try, right? Random number generator, here I come! Thanks, Wendy.

  21. Lucy is soooooooo beautiful. Do you have to brush her a lot? I don’t know if I have ever seen such a beautiful cat – with such beautiful coloring. Am very under the weather with an awful head cold and would love to win the book!

  22. Another beautiful shot of Miss Lucy, and another book that will have to go on my Amazon wish list.

  23. ambergale says:

    What a great looking book! I’d love to enter to win it! thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Would love a chance at a copy!

  25. KathyM in SE VA says:

    As the grandma of one year old identical twin girls, you can only imagine how I could really put this book to doubly good use! D Bliss patterns are a must for knitting nannas!

  26. Linda Marshall says:

    I would love this book to add to my collection!

  27. Cool book!

  28. I love to knit for my babies, and who doesn’t love Debbie Bliss? Thanks for the chance:)

  29. Love the book — pick me, please

  30. Lynne E. says:

    Please include me in the drawing for the review copy of Debbie Bliss’s new book on designing for babies.

  31. That would be a nice addition to my library. Thanks for offering it up.
    .-= Marji´s last blog ..Happy Father’s Day =-.

  32. Elizabeth R says:

    What a cute book! Love your blog!

  33. Pick me! Please! (And Lucy you are soooo right!)
    .-= Valerie´s last blog ..Exciting day =-.

  34. How adorable. Love the patterns.

  35. Orghlaith says:

    Lucy looks so amusing. She knows she is the Queen. Great photo of her.

  36. Jenness says:

    I am sure I could find something to knit for the most beautiful granddaughter ever!

  37. Chitownknittergal says:

    OMG, her new book looks fabulous – cute patterns and packed with great information. THank you so much for this awesome opportunity!

  38. Gee, that looks like a really neat book. Count me in.
    .-= Sallie´s last blog ..Corwin and the computer =-.

  39. Thanks for sharingI I have enjoyed her adult version of design it knit it and was excited to see she has made a version for little ones.
    Love the Lucy pics, keep ’em coming.

  40. Neat book. It would be very handy as I knit for the 6 great-nephews. Still waiting for a little girl.

  41. Debbie Bliss is a wonderful designer, especially for babies and children. I would love to be ble to get a glimpse of how she goes about creating her designs. This book promises to be a big help.

  42. Oh, Random Number Generator, please pick me!

  43. Sign me up for a chance to win, and give Lucy a kiss for me!!

  44. Count me in!

  45. Since I am going to be a new grandma in Oct I would love this book.

  46. Very cute book. Hope i win!

    Sheri from Ky

  47. Elizabeth says:

    Most of my knitting benefits my five grandchildren. This pattern book would be a very welcome addition to my pattern library and I would love to win it. Thank you.

  48. oh my goodness, do I want and need this book! My youngest son just got married and they have given me the green light to start knitting baby treasures! So, yes, please, me for the book!
    .-= claire´s last blog ..Le Roi est mort =-.

  49. Courtney Neuschwander says:

    I’d love a copy of this book! I’m just finishing a project and then I’d like to move on to something for my daughter: this might be just the ticket As always, thanks for being willing to part with a book of patterns.

  50. Oh yeah! I need to start somewhere with design skills – what better way than to practice on little garments??

  51. Ellen Adrian says:

    Yes, Lucy IS beautiful!!!! She is very lucky to have such a great Mommy!!!!

  52. ALL of my friends have babies due in September. No really, ALL of them. Thanks, blizzard. So that book sure could come in handy!
    .-= RebKatz´s last blog ..Actual Knitting Content! =-.

  53. Knitsblue says:

    This book sounds charming! I’m in training for eventual Grandma-hood and would love to get to plan wee things with it.

  54. Sounds like fun – I’d love to be entered in the draw. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Myriam´s last blog ..Yum! =-.

  55. Jill S in NZ says:

    Please enter me in the draw for the book too. I have two wee nephews who would be bound to benefit!

  56. Looks like a great book! That little hoodie is precious!
    .-= Kristin´s last blog ..Chocolate Custardy Goodness =-.

  57. I would love to add my name to the list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. MaryLou says:

    Lucy sez “Luck be a lady and let MaryLou win this very helpful book. She could be the best grandma ever!’

  59. ME ME ME!!!!
    .-= Teresa Wertz´s last blog .. =-.

  60. it looks like a darling book. would love to have a copy.
    keeping my fingers crossed.

  61. Oh, wow. Looks amazing – like most Debbie Bliss endeavors. Many thanks for the review – and the chance to win the book!
    .-= Jenni´s last blog ..In the meantime… =-.

  62. Sally Eller says:

    So many babies to knit for…. and a new Debbie Bliss book would be such an inspiration!

  63. I like your description of the Debbie Bliss book–sounds like fun to use and get creative with.

  64. Marsha Sussman says:

    Just what I need for the m 2 granddaughters. Love your designs and always have oe of your socks in progress…. with everything else.

  65. Wonderful looking book! Oh, I hope it comes and lives with me!
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..Weeeeeeeee! =-.

  66. That looks great, yes please, sign me up!

  67. Wow. Those look so great. I am currently looking at about 5 Debbie Bliss books that I checked out of the library.

  68. I love Debbie Bliss, especially for babies! Thanks for the chance to win. Hi Lucy!

  69. Oh, oh, I would love this book — love to design!

  70. Would love to be able to review this awesome looking book. Would love to make something for my daughter from this book!

  71. I would love to be entered in the draw for the book – thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= CatieP´s last blog ..Rosemary (Oregano & Thyme) Crackers =-.

  72. You are so kind to offer this book. Whoever wins it will be very happy. Thanks for all the valuable info. I especially like the fact that there is a design “how-to” at the end.
    .-= Joansie´s last blog ..Hurt Book Sale =-.

  73. Cute Book!! Thanks for sharing!!

  74. Please throw my name in the hat. Baby garments are so fun and quick to make and learning how to design them would be a lot of fun!

  75. The hoodie pattern looks adorable. I’m currently knitting a baby hat with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. It’s my 1st time knitting with Debbie Bliss yarn.
    .-= Sherry´s last blog ..Don’t just throw them away! =-.

  76. You are so generous! Thank you!

  77. How kind of you to offer, Wendy. I would love this book. It sounds quite useful.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Sweetness =-.

  78. This would be perfect!! I’m expecting my second little bundle this fall and I’ve been on a baby knitting frenzy! Please count me in on the random number draw!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..How to Make a Shirred Sundress: The Instructions =-.

  79. I would love it! Baby knits are so rewarding – small, affordable, adorable.

  80. Would I be interested in your copy?
    Oh Baby!

    Thank you for the offer.

  81. Janet Patterson says:

    What a great resource! I would love to have a copy.

  82. Just learned on Father’s Day that my baby sister is expecting her third child, due in January. Would love….the book.

  83. Glenda Watts says:

    I never win anything, LOL but I did want to stop by and say I hope you are feeling better!

  84. CaroleP (ohio says:

    Need some new baby items, love Debbie Bliss. And, the extra goodies would be great!
    Tell Lucy she isn’t just pretty, she’s beautiful.

  85. I learned how to knit by knitting things for my own babies, and now I’m knitting for my grandkids. This book would be a great addition to my library. Thanks for offering it!

  86. That book would be great! All of my friends are having babies right now, it must be something in the water.

  87. A new book would be divine!

  88. What a wonderful book, I hope to win it, Thank you for making that opportunity available.

  89. I would love a copy of this book! I would imagine this is a good book for anyone without experience to start designing with. The simplicity of her patterns is the key to their beauty.

  90. Looks like a fabulous book

  91. Love Debbie Bliss!!! Tne grandbabies keep coming so knitting projects keep running off the needles.

  92. After hearing today that my husband and I may both be out of jobs by the end of summer, I’m not feeling very lucky. But I’ll throw my ‘comment’ in the hat anyway! I think this book is awesome!

  93. Great Aunt Knits says:

    Every Debbie Bliss book has great patterns and ideas, but this book with not only inspire knitters, but empower them as well to design their own garments. I look forward to holding it in my hands and seeing what I want to cast on. Thank you for a mention of it. Great Aunt Knits

  94. That looks like fun!

  95. oh i will keep my fingers crossed.

    my baby would look so cute in that hooded sweater!

  96. Definitely interested! I absolutely love knitting baby clothes! Talk about instant gratification with a very high cuteness status.
    .-= Alayna´s last blog ..Shawl Pattern Decided =-.

  97. I have been waiting for this book to come out for a while now! I would love to have an opportunity to win your copy!

  98. woolpiggy says:

    Count me in! Thanks for sharing.

  99. Pat Whatley says:

    And me with a brand new Grand Daughter!

  100. What a generous offer! I’d love that book, though it would probably make my wip-list even longer ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And yes, Lucy is pretty, and we all know it ๐Ÿ˜‰
    .-= Karen S´s last blog ..Forcedย breakโ€ฆ =-.