The book begins with an introduction by Ms. Bliss, and then there is a section that goes over basic skills used throughout the book. Projects using duplicate stitching, intarsia, and circular knitting are found in this book, as well as other techniques, and the baby-size projects would be great to use for practicing a new technique. Debbie's simple directions, accompanied by instructional photographs at the beginning of the book, make newer techniques easy to master (she uses the same approach in many of her books, and I have found it to be a great way to learn).
After looking over care instructions for your finished projects, you get to the fun stuff...the patterns!!! And, with 50 patterns, there is plenty to see! I wanted to share with you some projects that really blew me away, and I focused on four different types.
If you need a quick knit for a last minute gift, or something simple that you knit up in your spare moments, there are quite a few interesting projects perfect for that too. Building blocks, or cable socks are sweet little knits.
And wouldn't a mother-to-be love to unwrap a matching striped cardigan and bootie set? (And couldn't you just pinch those cute little cheeks of the baby in the photo!)
If you have more time on your hands, or want to knit up a beautiful heirloom for a grandchild, there are quite a few showstoppers. My favorite two would have to be the matinee coat, shown here in a very modern teal color...
...and a gorgeous sampler blanket that can be personalized last minute with duplicate stitching. Work on the blanket ahead of time, and then stitch on initials and a date after the little one arrives!
And last, but certainly not least, are the projects that made me look at my stash right away to see what I could cast-on for.
I love, love, love this hooded carrying bag!
And this smock coat is so precious (as is a matching beret).
The pinafore dress is so cute I almost want to knit it for myself!
And if I ever have an addition to the family, I MUST make this beautiful set! The alternating colors of garter stitch rows appear in the blanket, and the dress of the toy...and make such a sweet, yet sophisticated set. And doesn't the mouse look soft enough to cuddle!
And, the project I will turn to next time I have a baby shower to create a gift for...this beyond precious box of booties!