Archive for September, 2012

Design It, Knit It

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

If you are looking to add a couple of great reference books to your library, dreaming of designing your own knitwear, or getting an early start on gift giving ideas, here are two classic books to grab your interest by well-known British designer, Debbie Bliss.  Take a peek over her shoulder and learn tricks of the trade, as Debbie guides the reader through the design process from start-to-finish, focusing on size and shape, choosing the right yarns for a project, colour and pattern technique, as well as embellishment.  These two books also include an invaluable workbook section complete with knitter’s graph paper, a handy stitch gauge, and templates for popular garment shapes.


by Debbie Bliss

Design It, Knit It, is the first book in this series, a compilation of fifteen designs by Debbie Bliss– with coats, jackets, and pullovers ranging in level of experience from beginner to advanced, all stitched with her signature style and impeccable attention to detail.  This book takes a candid look at the inspiration behind her designs, and opens the door to her work studio for an insider’s look, and relays down-to-the-basics information on how to knit a good fitting garment.  There are six sections providing a cohesive format for anyone who wishes to step outside the box and expand their creativity.

  • Designing for the body
  • Designing with color
  • Designing with texture
  • Designing for kids
  • Designing with details
  • Design workbook

Trapeze Coat

Debbie’s unique style is evident in this Trapeze Coat, featuring a trio of cables crafted as side panels that create subtle shaping.  Notice how precisely the sleeve transitions into the main body of the garment.


Bobble & Cable Sweater

With the focus on edgings and clever finishing details, this book covers the nuts and bolts of designing knitwear in an easy-to-read manner, touching on the art of embellishment as the bling factor, and how to combine several pattern stitches effortlessly.


by knitwear designer Debbie Bliss

Design It, Knit It Babies, is the second book in the best-selling series by Debbie Bliss, showcasing a wide variety of patterns sized from preemies to little tykes, and covering all levels of expertise.  Looking for a special occasion outfit or sporty pullover for a baby gift?  This book covers the bases of practicality from A-Z with caps, cardigans, legwarmers, mitts, dresses, hoodies, warm accessories, and jackets.


Shawl Collar Jacket

The Shawl Collar Jacket is just one of the irresistible designs in the Design It, Knit It Babies collection, knit in Rialto DK, a washable merino wool depicting the Bliss trademark colour range.


Striped Mitten Scarf

A heartfelt gift for someone special, the Striped Mitten Scarf will get fabulous raves, knit in Rialto Aran, in three contrasting shades of pure merino wool.


Noro Passion

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Like a bee to the blossom, and a moth to the flame, Noro yarn evokes an unequivocal passion amongst knitters, luring us in to an euphoric state with the creative possibilities spun within each colourful spectrum.  This season British designer Jane Ellison, tickles our fancy with her latest collection of designs, featuring three promising new qualities, Haniwa, Mossa, and Kirara, each one distinctive in texture and palette.

Here is a peek inside the pages of NORO PASSION by Jane Ellison-



Karma Cardigan is knit in reverse stocking stitch, highlighting the nubby texture of Mossa, a blend of wool, silk, kid mohair and viscose, available this Fall in eight tempting colourways.



Vina strikes a pose for Fall, and plays up the dramatic hues in Kirara, an earthy combo of wool, cotton, silk, and angora in a double knitting weight yarn.  Choose from one of eight options.



Prema cowl will keep you smiling and feeling cosy all winter.  This simple garter ridge pattern is knit sideways and ideally suited for beginners.  Knit in Mossa, a chunky boucle-style yarn from Noro in eight splashy colourways.



Hiba crosses the bridge between a vest and a shrug, crocheted in retro granny squares, and updated with a fun new yarn from Noro.  Look for understated colouring in Haniwa, with a striking palette to choose from.



Mercy Slouch Hat meanders in a rib pattern, creating a playful divergence from horizontal stripes to diagonal.  Knit in Noro’s newest worsted quality- Haniwa, indulge yourself with one of six subtle shadings spun from silk, wool, and nylon.



Ife Vest pays homage to the changing colours, Autumn bliss, knit in Haniwa.  An easy-to-wear here, there, and everywhere addition to your wardrobe.


Debbie Bliss Fall/Winter 2012 Knitting Magazine

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

It’s a family affair, as British designer, DEBBIE BLISS wraps everyone on her wish list in woolly warmth and heads to Poland for an enchanting photo shoot, where a snow-covered lake is the backdrop for wintry whites and a fairytale cottage sets the mood for folk-inspired knitwear.  Take your cue from Debbie and try your hand at embroidery, with her step-by-step workshop section on embellishing knitwear.  Page after page of chunky cables, delicate lace, fun little accessories, whimsical kid’s knits and novel ideas for gift giving will get your needles clicking in this latest issue out now at your LYS.


Fall/Winter 2012

Take a closer look inside at this snowflake shawl, knit from the top down with a stunning centre panel, and made with just two balls of Rialto Lace, extrafine merino superwash available in twenty shades.


Paloma Pullover

Embrace the snowy days of winter with a cosy cable pullover knit in Paloma, a super-sized alpaca/merino yarn with eight new shades offered this season- burnt orange, light pink, lilac, chestnut, mallard, sage, silver, and dusky rose.


Owl Hat and Mittens

A touch of woodland whimsy for a special boy or girl, with this owl hat and mitten duo, knit in Luxury Tweed Aran, a rustic blend of wool and angora, introducing four new shades for 2012- gold, tangerine, bronze and rose pink.


Fox Hat and Mittens

This sweet hat and mitten set looks foxy in red and will make a cute gift for tiny folk, and soft as can be, knit up in Cashmerino DK.


Duffle Bag

Debbie’s brilliant colour range in Rialto Aran, inspires this dramatic pack-all.  Check out the full colour chart for easy breezy knitting.


Riva Wrap

Debbie’s daughter, Nell, takes up the challenge to design and knit her own simple shrug in one of the mesmerizing colourways of Riva, a bulky spun wool and acrylic mixture.  Look for six new shades- forest, berry, slate, thistle, aqua, and bracken (shown above).  


Barry's Gansey Pullover

Debbie’s husband, Barry is a history buff and favors the traditional elements of a fisherman sweater, with rib detail and an easy fit.  Knit in Rialto 4 ply, a superwash merino wool in thirty-one choices including denim (shown above).


Will's Aran Cardigan

Debbie’s son, Will models his favorite grandpa-inspired cardigan, with deep pockets and turnback cuffs.  Knit in this season’s newest quality- Blue Faced Leicester, a durable aran wool in sixteen classic shades from none other than British sheep.