Posts Tagged ‘baby cashmerino’

Baby Bliss

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Leonardo da Vinci may have said it best, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and for Debbie Bliss those words ring true as she presents yet another irresistible collection of designs, focusing her attention on knitting for chubby-cheeked babes with peach fuzz hairlines all the way up to kindergarten tykes heading off for their first day of school.  It’s the mix of crisp clean silhouettes, vintage appeal, uncomplicated stitching, and of course the smooth finish of her fine quality yarns that strike a chord with all levels of knitters.  Be on the lookout for this charming little book- Baby Cashmerino 5, it might just make a nice addition to your pattern library.

 

Baby Cashmerino 5

Baby Cashmerino 5

Fifteen designs grace the pages of this pint-sized pattern book by Debbie Bliss, the fifth one in her popular series.  Eco Baby and Baby Cashmerino are featured as the two interchangeable yarns knit in a variety of styles including pullovers, cardigans, vests, and toys.  The sizing range is generous from three months to five years.

 

Fairisle Cardigan

Fairisle Cardigan

A miniature sampling of British heritage is evident in this cardigan which is knit in silky soft Baby Cashmerino.  It is highlighted with narrow strips of fairisle and solid bands of diamond patterning in between.  Take your pick from almost seventy shades in this range including six new ‘brights’ for fall.

 

Square Neck Top

Square Neck Top

Minimal stitch detail shines the spotlight on the softly gathered yoke, the crowning jewel on this adorable smock top.  A vintage style for pixie cute girls aged three months to five years.

 

Trellis Stitch Jacket

Trellis Stitch Jacket

On this petite ladylike design, the raglan sleeves and wide collar band are the connecting elements, stitched in a pretty lattice pattern.  The back and fronts both knit in stocking stitch offer a lovely contrast in texture.  Eco Baby in Duck Egg.

 

Gingham Jacket

Gingham Jacket

From the mid 18th century, gingham cloth was produced in the mills of Manchester, UK, most often in blue and white.  While this dapper design is a throwback to that era, it features a little twist on the predictable colour scheme, in charcoal, black, and cream.

 

Garter Stitch Jacket

Garter Stitch Jacket

Garter stitch may be effortless, but it is not just for beginners, as shown on this A-line jacket accentuated with a demure baby pink edging.  The softest shade of grey in Baby Cashmerino makes this style adaptable to any outfit.

 

Rosebud Crossover

Rosebud Crossover

A sweet ensemble for a baby shower, the pristine white background sets off the tiny rosebuds which are embroidered afterwards in duplicate stitch on this crossover cardigan.  It comes complete with a pattern for the matching bear.

 

Gingham Bear

Gingham Bear

 

The quintessential baby gift, this tiny gingham bear knit in Eco Baby will become a treasured keepsake.  Add embroidered eyes, nose and mouth or leave it unadorned as shown above.

A Well-Knit Home

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Let’s sneak a quick look inside the pages of the all-new visually enticing design book, Knits For You and Your Home by Debbie Bliss, featuring more than thirty projects that dare we say are….. self-indulgent.  It is a well-known fact that knitters are exceptionally generous with their time and handiwork, the tendency is to knit for others first, sharing their special gifts with family, friends, and often charities.  In this book, Debbie turns things around and puts the focus on you, and your home, as she explains in her introduction-

“Whenever I meet knitters I am reminded time and time again that they are some of the most selfless of people; so many times I hear the refrain ‘I am making this project for a friend/partner/grandchild’ or the classic phrase ‘I never have time to make anything for myself.’ So with this book of over thirty designs I hope to entice the crafter – if only for a short time – away from the projects they are planning to make for everyone else and to knit something for themselves.” 

With her incredible instinct for knowing what knitters really want- simplicity, style, a soothing palette, and a splurge of luxury now and then, Debbie divides this book into four sections, each one setting a relaxing mood with a specific colour-

 

Pamper is for the ultimate time out, so bring the spa into your home and put your feet up on a giant pouffe,

drift off with a sleep mask or make hearts containing relaxing lavender.”  D.B.

 

Lavender Heart

Lavender Heart

Beaded heart-shaped sachets are filled with dried lavender, that familiar fragrance that stirs the memory and induces a sense of well-being.  This is a simple and quick one ball project knit in Baby Cashmerino, the ultimate blend of luxury fibres.  Have fun picking a calming hue from one of more than seventy colour choices.

 

Pouffe

Pouffe

Stylish and comfortable at the same time, this knitted pouffe provides extra seating for guests, as well as a child-friendly option for the living room or a footstool for those overworked tootsies.  Knit in Cotton DK, a sturdy yarn with more than thirty colour possibilities.

 

Cocoon has knits to envelop and comfort you, from super-soft throws

and a snuggly snood to cosy chair covers.”  D.B.

 

Chair Back

Chair Back

Cables and bobbles add surface texture to an elegant chair back, in an easy one-piece construction with satin ribbons to tie.  Knit in Rialto Chunky, a superwash merino available in twenty-six shades of opulence.

 

Detox is for those who sometimes relax by pottering around. I relax by sorting out

my crayons by colour or my sketchbooks by size, rearranging my mood boards,

gently tidying (but nothing too energetic!), so in this section

I have included projects that will help you sort, stack and tuck away.”  D.B.

 

Magazine Holder

Magazine Holder

This magazine holder keeps clutter under control and conveniently transports reading material from room-to-room or to the recycle bin.  Knit in durable Cotton DK, in panels of garter stitch, a project well-suited for beginners.

 

Storage File

Storage File

Moss stitch texture and the palest shade of duck egg blue go hand-in-hand to create a well-organized space.  Versatile and pretty to look at, this storage file is ideal for stashing away favorite recipes, catalogues, knitting patterns, or incoming mail.  Knit in Cotton DK, a worsted weight yarn which gives great stitch definition.

 

Indulge has projects to make you feel that little bit extra-special,

bringing some well-deserved glamour into your life.”   D.B.

 

Chevron Pillow

Chevron Pillow

An ordinary pillow goes from drab to fab with this bargello-inspired cover knit with hours of rest and relaxation in mind.  Choose these five complimentary shades of Baby Cashmerino  or pick your own pleasing palette.