If you read my blog regularly then you may have noticed that I am a huge Debbie Bliss fan. Her designs are absolutely beautiful and her books are so gorgeous to the point where I will sit and read them at night time instead of a novel! So I always get excited when I am asked if I’d like a review copy of her latest book.
Knits to Give did not disappoint at all. It is filled with 30 ideas for knitted gifts, divided into handy five chapters with projects For Him, For Her, For Baby, For Kids and For the Home. As always, there are useful sections about choosing yarns, knitting abbreviations, stockists and even ideas for how to wrap your gifts beautifully.
In her introduction, Debbie Bliss claims that many of the projects are quick and easy to knit up (I haven’t tried any myself yet) and a few are more time consuming and complex. So it seems there is something there for everyone, from the beginner to the more advanced knitter. Each pattern is set out clearly, lists the materials you will need and has photographs of the finished project.
There are certainly gift ideas in this book that I would like to make and am already planning to knit one of the cute ladybird backpacks, either for my daughter or my niece. There are some great ideas for men, including a lovely rice stitch scarf and iPad cover, an adorable pill box hat for the ladies, a pretty little sun hat for babies and a snuggly hot water bottle cover, which would go down very well now the evenings are turning chilly.
As with all Debbie Bliss’ books, the yarn suggestions are from her own ranges and many projects do use a fair amount of yarn, making them quite pricey to knit up. Having said this, the yarns are good quality and your gift will be one that will be treasured for years to come.
Knits to Give was released by Quadrille Publishing this week and is currently priced £13.29 on Amazon (rrp £18.99). Now is the perfect time to start knitting those Christmas gifts and I’m sure this book will provide plenty of ideas for family and friends.
Disclosure: I was sent a free copy of Knits to Give for review purposes.