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Book Preview: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino 5

The snow storm this week dropped a lot of white stuff on the East Coast. It’s shoulder deep on my Golden Retrievers!

Fortunately, I haven’t  heard any reports of power outages yet. That means people are safe and warm inside with their yarn, rather than struggling to bundle up and wondering how they are going to cook dinner.

Even if you weren’t in the path of the storm, you might be dealing with the consequences of it in a few month. ::wink, wink::

snow baby yarnIt’s a good thing your local yarn store has a great selection of patterns and yarns you can use to knit and crochet baby sweaters, hats, booties, and blankets!

While you’re considering what baby garment to knit next, you’ll want to take a look at Debbie Bliss’s new book “Baby Cashmerino 5“.

Baby_Cashmerino_5.inddThis book continues her tradition of designing adorable baby garments that just melt your heart. There are patterns for both boys and girls, and some unisex ones.

Patterns range in size from 3 months to 5 years, with a few of them covering the entire range of ages. This is great for those of you who like to knit big and let the baby catch up. Or if you are knitting for a newborn and want to make the big brother or sister a matching sweater.

The patterns in this book use Baby Cashmerino and Eco Baby yarn from the Debbie Bliss line.

Here are a few of my favorite patterns from this book.

Simple Cross Over TopThe Simple Crossover Top is cute, but that Gingham Bear makes me swoon.

As soon as I saw that bear I started selecting colors to make my own! The bear is 8″ high and requires one ball each of three colors of Eco Baby yarn. I think he’ll be a fun challenge to knit.

If checks aren’t your style, you can make the Rosebud Bear instead.

The Simple Crossover Top take three to five balls of Baby Cashmerino yarn and covers ages 3 to 24 months.

Artists smockThe Artist’s Smock is a unisex garments that covers ages 9 months to 5 years. I like the pockets and the wide neckline on this one.

This pattern takes from five to nine balls of Eco Baby yarn.

Two Color Raglan SweaterDon’t let the young model fool you, the Two Colour Raglan Sweater is another one with a good sweep of sizes. This pattern covers 3 months to 5 years.

Baby Cashmerino is widely available in 41 colors. Add in the older colors your local yarn store might have available and that’s a lot of design options!

This sweater uses from two to four balls of the main color AND two to three balls of the contrasting color.

Singe Stripe sweaterThere’s another view of my beloved bear!

I like how the Single Stripe Sweater, and all of the patterns in this book, get away from pastels for babies.

This sweater is worked flat, but the book explains how to avoid cutting the yarn at the end of each row. Thank goodness! That would be a lot of ends to weave in.

The Single Stripe Sweater takes from two to four balls each of two different colors of Eco Baby, which is a 100% organic cotton yarn.

Fair Isle CardiganFor more of a challenge, check out the Fair Isle Cardigan.

This sweater, knit using Eco Baby, covers three sizes 3-6 months, 6-9 months and 9-12 months.

The textures and colors make this sweater a stand out! Since it might take longer to knit than some of the others I’ve highlighted, you’ll definitely want to get an early start on this one.

You can see the rest of the patterns from the Baby Cashmerino 5 book (15 patterns total) on our main website.

Do you stockpile baby garments by knitting them in advance, or do you wait until you receive the baby shower invitation?

1 Comment

  1. Josephine Marrero

    February 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    looking forward to knitting smaller!

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