July 23, 2006

Upcoming Knitting Books In August 2006

Simply Baby by Debbie Bliss (publication date - August 1, 2006)

Debbie Bliss presents 20 adorable new designs for babies and toddlers—from blankets and booties to cardigans, twin sets, and coats—all using soft, snuggly yarns.

Debbie Bliss is the most stylish and accessible children’s knitwear designer working today. In Simply Baby, she returns with a cuddly collection of clothing and accessories for newborns to two-year-olds. Some designs are simple to make, such as the striped hat and the ribbon-tie booties. As novice knitters gain confidence, they, and more experienced knitters, will enjoy the designs that introduce new elements, like edging or cabling. Each project—from a lace-edged cardigan to a cashmere coat—is knitted in beautiful yarns that are not only gentle against young skin but are also easy to care for. Complete with step-by-step instructions, charts, and charming photos, this is another irresistible collection from the foremost designer of knitwear for babies and children. Debbie Bliss, former designer for Baby Gap, is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including Baby Knits for Beginners, The Baby Knits Book, Debbie Bliss Knitting Workbook, How to Knit, and Classic Knits for Kids.

Knitting Loves Crochet: 22 Stylish Designs to Hook Up Your Knitting with a Touch of Crochet by Candi Jensen (publication date - August 1, 2006)

Knit and crochet designer Candi Jensen has a mission — to show today’s trendy, young knitters just how much fun a little crochet can be. Crocheting can mimic lace. It can give a knit sweater pretty edging unachievable with knitting needles. Crocheted flowers and bobbles lend texture and interest to a flat surface. To get her message out, Jensen has written Knitting Loves Crochet, brimming with designs to make believers out of the knitting only crowd who still associate crocheting with doilies and dowdy tissue box covers.

Crochet works exceptionally well as edging or trim, and Jensen explores that match-up to its fullest, with patterns for chic knit cardigans edged with lacy crochet; a stunning, fitted tank finished with a paler shade of crochet on the top and bottom; and placemats, napkin rings, and washcloths trimmed with delicate crocheted color.

Jensen goes on to explore the creative possibilities of crocheted insets and motifs — granny squares in dog sweaters, flowers on a felted purse and fingerless gloves with beaded crochet wrist trim. The possibilities are endless when it comes to mixing these two versatile crafts. Knitting meets crochet — it’s the exciting next step for the knitting enthusiast.

About the Author
Candi Jensen has been a craft and needlepoint designer for more than 25 years. She is widely published in national magazines including Vogue Knitting and Better Homes and Gardens. She is the author of Crochet Scarves!, Crochet Bags! and Hooked on Crochet. Candi lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Jackets-For Work & Play (The Best of Knitter's Magazine series) (publication date - August 1, 2006)

After more than 20 years of quality publishing and numerous sold-out issues, Knitter's Magazine has compiled the best jacket projects designed by renowned players in the knitting field. The 25 projects cover a wide range of classic styles—from suits to coats to light-weight cover ups—that provide stylish options for both work and play. Stitches such as the slip stitch, linen stitch, and moss stitch are introduced, as well as more advanced techniques that are thoroughly illustrated with detailed instructions. Creative finishing options are also provided for the motivated knitter seeking to customize and personalize their projects.

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