'Knitting has replaced networking as the hippest after-hours occupation.' So says Vogue. Everyone from Julia Roberts to Russell Crowe has been spotted with knitting needles in their hands - knitting has never been trendier. Many new knitters come to the craft when they find themselves wanting to knit something for a new baby, so this is the perfect handbook. It's packed with basic instructions, from how to cast on and get the tension right to simple shaping and the key knitting stitches -all accompanied by detailed colour illustrations. Fifteen stylish, accessible knitting patterns, from designs for baby blankets and bootees to simple cardigans and sweaters, then allow you to put your new crafting skills into practice.
Bliss, a knitwear designer and prolific knitting-book author, here combines clear lessons in learning how to knit with appealing projects for baby sweaters and accessories. Bliss's aesthetic--a hybrid of English simplicity and the casual BabyGap style she helped to create--will be well known to experienced knitters, as well as to fashion-conscious folks itching to knit something sweet and simple for their favorite baby. Bliss carefully lays out instructions for knitting, and includes sketches illustrating needle positions and techniques for each step. She also provides handy information for beginners on choosing yarn and tools and reading patterns. The 15 adorable projects include two scarves, a blanket, seed-stitch shoes, a simple hat and several sweaters of varying degrees of difficulty, culminating in a classic V-neck sweater with pockets. Most designs are sized for newborns to 12 months, though some begin at 3-6 months or end at 36 months. This inconsistency and Bliss's near-insistence that readers buy her (expensive) line of yarns, used exclusively in this book, chafe slightly. Overlooking these snags, though, beginning knitters will be pleased with a finely photographed, straightforward instruction book. 90 color photos and illustrations.