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Sweet Knits for Babies

By November 26, 2012

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Over the summer and fall I was completely mired in writing a book, so I got way behind on book reviews. Behinder than normal. Yes, I just made up a word. Whatever.

heirloom baby knitsHeirloom Baby Knits by Deborah Newton. Leisure Arts.

Anyway, I'm going to try to make up for that by blasting you with a new review every few days for a while. When a theme emerges, I will let it, and this week happens to be baby knits (ironic, given that's the subject of my book, too!).

Anyone who's been a reader here for long knows that I'm a huge fan of Deborah Newton, and I've been wanting to review her newest book, Heirloom Baby Knits, for a while. I finally got a copy and some time and I was not disappointed.

This collection of 24 patterns -- many of which are sets like a sweater, pants and socks or a top coordinating with a blanket -- shows that baby knits don't have to be plain and simple, and they don't have to be worked in washable wool (gasp!). She uses lots of lace and textured stitches, as well as some colorwork, to make these knits stand out without a whole lot of work. There are some things here I certainly would have knit for my little one had this book been around when she was a little one. Luckily my friends keep having babies, so I may just have a chance to make some of these cute knits.

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