Sunday, September 4, 2011

Book Review: Knits to Give by Debbie Bliss

Here she goes again! The hard working knitter extraordinaire, Debbie Bliss, adds another book to her growing catalogue of patterns. This one is just in time for you to be inspired to begin your holiday knitting projects. It's got something for everyone in your life: men, women, children, and pets!

Knits to Give 30 Knitted Gift Ideas - Debbie Bliss
Hardcover $30.47 CAD on
Release Date: Sept 5th, 2011
image:  © Penny Wincer

The book kicks off with Debbie reminding us that our hand knits deserve to beautifully wrapped. She gives nice suggestions on how you can achieve simple yet memorable gift packaging.

If you've ever been curious about knitting with beads, the "Beaded Clutch Bag" is a good place to start for a fool proof tutorial. A large chevron pattern is incorporated into the design of this elegant clutch you'll want to take with you on all of your special events at holiday time.
"Beaded Clutch Bag"
image:  © Penny Wincer

Lace and cables are prominent design features in the "Gifts for Her" section of the book including patterns for "Covered Bangles", "Lacey Stole", "Cabled Arm Warmers", and the "Ribbon Tied Belt".

Stripes and simple stitches make up the main design features in the "Gifts for Him" section. My favorites are the "Rice Stitch Scarf" and "Moss Stitch Tie".

Bunny Booties
image:  © Penny Wincer
The book is chalk full of gorgeous knits for babies and kids. "Bunny Booties" would pair nicely with the "Garter Stitch Jacket" for gifting to the latest addition of your family. A "Ladybird Backpack" is a fun knit sure to be loved and admired by young school children.
Ladybird Backpack
image:  © Penny Wincer
The last chapter, "For Home", has some practical items to knit up for anyone on your list. For instance the "Tea Cozy Wrap", "Moss Stitch Table Mats", and the "Hot Water Bottle Cover". Just for fun there is a sweet pattern for a "Pot of Pansies". 

Tea Cozy Wrap
image:  © Penny Wincer
"Knits to Give-30 Knitted Gift Ideas" by Debbie Bliss is definitely a book of patterns worth adding to your library. Now is the time to start those knitted gifts for the holidays and this book has patterns to satisfy any knitter. 

Happy Knitting!

-LadeeBee xx

Pot of Pansies
image:  © Penny Wincer


  1. Thanks for the review. I love the tea cozy and know exactly who I would make it for :)

  2. Hi Andria,
    I love that tea cozy too! Its so elegant.



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