While the boxes drape cardigan continues to befuddle and beguile simultaneously, it seemed the right time to start a new project – one requiring less concentration and more gratifyingly quick results. Solution? Why, a Debbie Bliss baby sweater, of course.
Maybe it's because the very first knitting project I ever attempted was a Bliss-designed Aran sweater for a young niece, but I find that years later I continue to be impressed with her classic designs and clear instructions. This volume for babies and young children is a dog-eared favorite in my pattern book library.
I love this book, but it's not without its flaws. Debbie Bliss sizes run large and generous – something to keep in mind, but often not critical when knitting for babies or small children. This book also uses the word "quick" in the title and that is definitely misleading, especially for a beginning knitter. Most patterns call for lightweight cotton knit on size 3-4 needles. A long-sleeved sweater in moss stitch will not be particularly "quick" to knit. And, finally, the patterns do not have schematics.
Despite these criticisms, the finished results of any pattern I've made from this book have been truly beautiful. Go figure . . .
So, armed with six balls of violet-blue Rowan cotton (purchased half-price from a sale bin somewhere in the past year) I'm progressing happily on a moss stitch cardigan for my newest baby niece.
Not much progress on the sweater last night, though, – too much talking and laughing with my knitting group at our monthly get-together.
No regrets . . .