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Debbie Bliss Milano

Milano is a wool blend, tweed yarn that is new from Debbie Bliss for the fall.

Look at all that color and texture!

Look at all that color and texture!

It has 105 yards per 50 gram ball and is available in 12 colors. The suggested gauge is 4 sts/inch on a US8 needle, so you’ll finish projects in a decent amount of time.

Milano is one of those yarns were you can knit a simple project and still have it look fabulous because the yarn has so much visual interest.

But don’t worry, you won’t be bored knitting projects from the Milano Book

Debbie Bliss Milano book Photo by Carmel King

Debbie Bliss Milano book
Photo by Carmel King

The book includes 12 patterns that will be good for knitters from beginner to experienced. Some designs are timeless, while others are spot on for fall trends so you’ll want to knit quickly!

One of the “on trend” designs, which I think you could still wear next year, is the Biker Jacket. Nouveau Punk, and the bike jacket in particular, are both hot for fall. The advantage of wearing a bike jacket you knit yourself is you might not constantly have people asking, “Where’s your Harley?”

Debbie Bliss Milano book Photo by Carmel King

Debbie Bliss Milano book
Photo by Carmel King

The Biker Jacket is sized to fit six sizes from a 32″ through a 42″ bust. The finished garment runs from 34 3/4″ through 46″.

The zippered asymmetrical opening, and a collar in black Cashmerino Aran, complete the look of the classic leather jacket.

Work yours in Charcoal Milano, as shown, or have fun with one of the bright colors, like berry. Colored coats are another fall trend.

“Menswear Fabrics” will also be showing up in women’s clothing. Think tweed, plaids and houndstooth.

Debbie Bliss Milano book Photo by Carmel King

Debbie Bliss Milano book
Photo by Carmel King

Assert your independence from the generic plaid clothing you’ll find on the racks, but knitting the Tartan Sweater.

This eye catching, modified drop shoulder garment is a combination of Milano, Rialto Aran, and Cashmerino Aran. You can mix and match to come up with your own colorway!

This oversized sweater is meant to cover a range of sizes from 32-34″ through 40-42″. The finished garment runs from a 43 1/4″ bust up to 52 3/4″.

You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when you finish this project. The plaid is charted, while the shaping is in text. You’ll use a combination of stranded knitting and intarsia to work the pattern.

Debbie Bliss Milano book Photo by Carmel King

Debbie Bliss Milano book
Photo by Carmel King

For an easier project on nights when you want to zone out with your knitting, consider the Tee Shaped Top.

This relaxed fit sweater covers four sizes from 32-42″ bust through 44-46″ bust. The finished garment ranges from 35 3/4″ to 48 1/2″.

While the front and back are worked separately and seamed, the sleeves are worked along with the body via increases, which minimizes finishing. Garter stitch cuffs and hem add texture and interest.

Debbie Bliss Milano book Photo by Carmel King

Debbie Bliss Milano book
Photo by Carmel King

Another timeless piece is the Scoop Neck Dress. As you can see, this A-line garment has pockets! How useful is that? I bet this dress would be great for running errands on the weekend. You wouldn’t have to worry about running into friends because you’d know you look fabulous.

The dress covers seven sizes from a 32″ bust to a 44″ bust, with finished garment measurements of 37″ through 51″.

If you run too hot for a long sleeved dress, it would probably be a simple matter to work short sleeves instead.

The last pattern I’ll highlight is this adorable ruffled bag!

Debbie Bliss Milano book Photo by Carmel King

Debbie Bliss Milano book
Photo by Carmel King

I mean, really, how cute is that?! The finished dimensions are 8″ x 6 1/4″ x 3 1/4″. This would make a fun project bag if you didn’t want to use it as a purse. The book includes directions on how to line the bag, too.

You can preview the rest of the Debbie Bliss Milano book on our main website.

You can locate local and online stores across the USA that stock Debbie Bliss yarns and books by using the “find a store” feature on our main website and filtering by zip code and brand.

Which pattern is your favorite? Would you go with an easy one or a complex one?



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