Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Book Review: 'Easter Knits' by Arne & Carlos

'Easter Knits' by Arne & Carlos is their third book and is a lot of fun.

With Easter only ten weeks away now is the time to start looking for patterns to knit if you want to craft something for family or friends.

The basic ball and egg patterns are at the back of the book with the intarsia multi-colour patterns throughout including: six balls, sixteen eggs, one egg cozy, one hen, one bunny and one bunny sweater. The patterns are bursting with bright colour and the pictures are as usual silly and cheerful.

Arne & Carlos achieved fame with their books '55 Christmas Balls to Knit' and 'Knitted Dolls with a Designer Wardrobe' which I reviewed in July. A lot of people came round to read it which was nice!

I will put a little warning in so you don't get carried away, buy the book and then tear your hair out if you have never been able to master knitting in the round with 4 or 5 needles. All the patterns in this book require this skill so if you have it fine, but if you don't know how to do this be prepared to learn.

'Easter Knits - Eggs, Bunnies and Chicks - with a fabulous twist' by Arne & Carlos is available for £8.99 from Search press.

Thank you to Search Press for sending me this book to review.

1 comment:

Martha said...

This is a great book full of fresh Easter ideas. I am also a big fan of Arne and Carlos and got all their books. I've learnt to knit on dpns just for their Christmas balls and it was such great fun to be able to knit them, as well as their Easter eggs later on.
Much as I love Arne and Carlos' books, I am always a bit doubtful about the clarity of their instructions. Lots could be improved here. This came up especially when knitting their Easter bunny - I struggled with understanding how to knit the heel and join it with the foot and from the web and Amazon reviews I know lots of people have had the same problems. I think this should be mentioned in the book reviews. Advanced knitters will get by but beginners will struggle. The book is so colourful and thereby seems to be deceptively easy, which is not exactly the case but of course with a bit of perseverance it is possible to overcome all knitting difficulties.

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