A Full Year of Knitting Projects


knitters-year-52-week-projectsOnce I had kids, my knitting time decreased significantly.  I still enjoy making sweaters and larger projects, but I also make sure that I have a smaller project that I can work on as time permits.  This way I still get to enjoy knitting whenever I can, but I also get to enjoy the feeling of finishing a project.  There’s nothing more satisfying and rewarding than seeing a completed knitting project.

Do you struggle with having enough time to knit?  Try working on a few projects that you can whip-up in a short period of time.  The joy that you’ll get from your completed masterpiece will inspire you to keep knitting.  Like anything in life, the more often you do something, the better you’ll be and the more you’ll tend to continue doing it.

The Knitter’s Year Book by Debbie Bliss includes 52 projects, one for each week of the year.  All of the knitting patterns in this book are designed to be quick-knit projects that can be completed in less than a week.  Some are meant to be completed in just a couple nights, but some may take a full week.  On top of being projects that you can finish quickly, these projects are also a great way to use-up old skeins of yarn that you have left-over from other projects.

Created by world-renowned knitting designer Debbie Bliss, this book has plenty of projects that you’ll enjoy knitting for others, or keeping for yourself.  As with any knitting book, not all of the projects may be your cup of tea, but you’ll surely find dozens of fun projects that will keep you inspired to knit throughout the year.

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New Knitting Books to Make Knitted Gifts


September tends to be a busy month for me.  It’s the end of summer and the start of school.  Juggling school, sports, family and work, it’s hard to find time to knit much these days.  But I’m determined to knock out some beautiful projects this fall and I’ve found some great new knitting books to help.

Knitting Books to Consider:

Most of these are books are available in paperback, hardcover and Kindle editions.  With so many people using a Kindle, Nook, iPad or tablet these days, picking-up an electronic copy of a book can be a great way to get a new knitting book at a reduced price.  The pictures look beautiful on the iPad or color Kindle.  I love that with these kindle books you’ll always have a copy of the project with you.  So if you’re swinging by a local yarn store and find something that’s appealing, you can open up the book on your Kindle to see which project is best for the yarn you’ve found.

Weekend Knitting: 50 Unique Projects and Ideasknitting books

Add a little R&R to your weekend when you unwind with a fabulous new knitting project.  This book will give you plenty of options for different types of projects.  It’s not just hats and scarves in this book.  There’s a little bit of everything.




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More Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Don’t wait to the last minute to get your holiday gifts knit.  Start these projects today and you can enjoy your knitting without the stress of feeling under the gun.  These projects will whip-up quickly, so you can set a goal for how many projects you’d like to knit each month.  This will help you stay on track to get the gifts done in plenty of time.


Knits to Give: 30 Knitted Gifts Made with Love

You can’t go wrong with a Debbie Bliss book.  Her latest edition has fun and creative projects to knit for loved ones.  Knit these projects with a beautiful Debbie Bliss yarn, or branch out and try it with a comparable yarn you find at your local yarn store.





With so many beautiful projects, it may be hard to decide what knitted gifts you’ll make this season.  Whatever you decide, enjoy these new knitting books and Happy Knitting!


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Bolero Jacket: Debbie Bliss Knitting Patterns Simply Soft


I recently finished a bolero shrug that I’ve been working on for a while.  It wasn’t a difficult project, but just took me a while to finish because it was one of many ongoing projects.  I’m pleased to finally have it completed.

Closeup View of Bolero Jacket
Front View of Bolero Jacket
Back View of Bolero Jacket

The bolero jacket pattern is from the Simply Soft Pattern Book by Debbie Bliss.  Although the book is designed to be used with the corresponding Simply Soft yarn, I chose to use Mano del Uruguay yarn instead.  I fell in love with the deep red and burgundy colors in the yarn that I chose.  I felt that since the pattern for the jacket was essentially just stockinette stitch, I needed a yarn that provided some depth and character to it.  A solid color yarn would have been too boring.

I enjoyed knitting this jacket/sweater.  The pattern uses short rows to create a full collar that really adds so much to the design.  Additional detail includes a longer rib on the sleeves, which you could choose to roll-up if desired.  I enjoyed the pattern for the jacket, but the yarn was not my favorite.  Although Mano del Uruguay produces a beautiful yarn, my problem is with the consistency of the yarn.  There is great variance in the thickness of the yarn.  At times the yarn became so thin that it was like knitting with sport-weight yarn.  Other times the wool was so thick it felt like a chunky yarn.  The thicker sections I could tolerate, but the thinner sections really bothered me.  I feel that it weakens that section of the jacket and made the stitches not look as crisp.

Debbie Bliss Knitting Patterns Simply Soft

Debbie Bliss Knitting Patterns Simply Soft

There are several patterns in the Debbie Bliss Simply Soft book that I would try.  There is a Patterned Yoke Jacket for a baby that looks nice and there are several sweater and shrug patterns that I find appealing.  At this point I’ve started another project, but once I get it is completed I may start on another Debbie Bliss design.  I find her patterns easy to follow and her designs are always appealing.  Next time I may even choose one of her yarns to go with the pattern.  You simply can’t lose with her soft, cashmere yarn.


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