Sunday, 23 February 2014

Book review: Cuddly Knitted Animals by Caprice Birker

'Cuddly Knitted Animals' by Caprice Birker is a fun and entertaining book for all knitters who love toys.

All the animals are knitted in the round with double pointed needles and a couple of the animals need very basic crochet skills. There are charts but the charted sections are also written.

There are 22 animal patterns in total and they all use the same torso pattern at the beginning of the book. There are extensive 'basic' patterns in the first section so you could even experiment and branch out with your own design if you wanted to.

The first section is quite exhaustive with a total of 24 pages introducing you to toy knitting such as which yarns to use and making the face, etc. Caprice has been adventurous with her choice of yarn and I particularly love the sock yarn used for the dragon, but the exact yarns she's used are not specified and you would have to try and find your own 'green and blue sock yarn 75 per cent wool' to use.

The animals range from an elephant and monkey to a unicorn and a dragon! This is a really fun book which should be accessible for the intermediate knitter or the advanced beginner.

You can buy 'Cuddly Knitted Animals' by Caprice Birker from the Search Press website.

Thanks to Search Press for sending me this book to review at my request.

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