Love to Knit? We Have a Pattern (and New Book Covers) For You!
New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber has been delighting readers everywhere for years with her unforgettable characters and wonderful stories. Her Blossom Street series, following the lives, friendships and loves of different women brought together by knitting, has been a fan favorite since the series launched with Lydia Hoffman opening a yarn shop. To celebrate this series, Harlequin releasing brand new covers for these classic reads…perfect for anyone who loves knitting just as much as the characters do!
About The Shop on Blossom Street:
Come back to Blossom Street with the novel that begins the beloved series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.
Four lives knit together…
There’s a little yarn store in Seattle called A Good Yarn. It’s owned by Lydia Hoffman, and it represents her dream of a new beginning, a life free from cancer. A life that offers a chance at love…
Lydia teaches knitting to beginners, and the first class is How to Make a Baby Blanket. Three women join. Jacqueline Donovan disapproves of the woman married to her only son, but knitting a baby blanket would be a gesture of reconciliation.
For Carol Girard, the baby blanket brings a message of hope as she and her husband make a final attempt to conceive.
And tough-looking Alix Townsend (that’s Alix with an i) is learning to knit her blanket for a court-ordered community service project.
These four very different women, brought together by the age-old craft of knitting, make unexpected discoveries—about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to friendship and acceptance, to laughter and dreams. Discoveries only women can share…
Originally published in 2004
About A Good Yarn:
Come back to Blossom Street in book 2 of this beloved series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.
Lydia Hoffman owns a knitting shop on Seattle’s Blossom Street. In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived—and so has Lydia. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad’s ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness.
Three women join Lydia’s newest class. Elise Beaumont, retired and bitterly divorced, learns that her onetime husband is reentering her life. Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a much more recent divorce. And Courtney Pulanski is a depressed teenager, whose grandmother’s idea of helping her is to drag her to seniors’ swim sessions—and to the knitting class at A Good Yarn.
The shop is a place of welcome and warmth, of friends old and new. Watch three women discover how knitting can change their lives.
Originally published in 2005
Want to kick off your week with a new project? We have this adorable pattern for a baby blanket from Debbie Macomber’s website! It’s the perfect gift for the little future book lover in your life.
Finished Measurements: 33×45 inches (crib size)
Materials: 1300 yds worsted weight yarn (600 grams), 2 markers
Gauge: 5 sts = 1” on #8 needle (or size that will give you the gauge)
Needles: 26-36” circular #8
Glossary: K = knit, P = purl, rep = repeat, st(s) = stitch(es)
Stitch Note: When you see *K3, P3* or a similar stitch group, it means that you repeat whatever is enclosed within the asterisks.
Cast on 171 sts
Row 1 *K3, P3* across row ending with K3
Row 2: *P3, K3* across row ending with P3
Row 3 Rep Row 1
Row 4: Rep Row 2
Row 5: *P3, K3* across row ending P3
Row 6: *K3, P3* across row ending with K3
Row 7: Rep Row 5
Row 8: Rep Row 6
Rows 9-12: Rep Rows 1-4 once more
Row 13: P3, K3, P3, *K9, P9* across row to last 18 sts, place marker, K9, P3, K3, P3
Row 14: K3, P3, K3,* P9, K9* across row to last 18 sts, place marker, P9, K3, P3, K3
Row 15: Rep Row 13
Row 16: Rep Row 14
Row 17: K3, P3, K3, *K9, P9* across row to last 18 sts, slip marker, K9, K3, P3, K3
Row 18: P3, K3, P3, *P9, K9* across row to last 18 sts, slip marker, P9, P3, K3, P3
Row 19: Rep Row 17
Row 20: Rep Row 18
Row 21-24: Rep Rows 13-16
Row 25: K3, P3, K3, *P9, K9* across row to last 18 sts, slip marker, P9, K3, P3, K3
Row 26: P3, K3, P3, *K9, P9* across row to last 18 sts, slip marker, K9, P3, K3, P3
Row 27: Rep Row 25
Row 28: Rep Row 26
Row 29: P3, K3, P3, *P9, K9* across row to last 18 sts, slip marker, P9, P3, K3, P3
Row 30: K3, P3, K3, *K9, P9* across row to last 18 sts, slip marker, K9, K3, P3, K3
Row 31: Rep Row 29
Row 32: Rep Row 30
Rows 33-36: Rep Rows 25-28
Rep Rows 13-36 until piece measures approximately 42” and you have worked Row 36.
Rep rows 1-12. Bind off loosely and finish off ends.
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