My current work in progress:

Veronika Cardigan, designed by Shannon Cook, knit from YOTH Daughter in the Black Truffle colorway, using U.S. size 8 needles.

Creature Feature

I have another book to review:

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This is Knit a Square, Create a Cuddly Creature by Nicky Epstein, It has patterns for 29 adorable creatures, and each one starts with a knitted square. Add some further knitted pieces and embellishments and you have some really charming toys!

You can preview all these cuties on Ravelry, here.

Each pattern includes a large photo of the finished creature, as well as a photo of all the creature’s components, a graph/chart for assembling the creature, and detailed written instructions.

For example, Grayson the Squirrel:

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Here are his components:

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And here is his pattern:

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I am hard pressed to pick only a few favorites because they are all so cute, but I’ll try. Apart from Grayson, a few more of my favorites.

Starting with Yin & Yang, the Fighting Fish:

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They are knit from Crystal Palace Mini Mochi self-striping yarn — but you could use any striping sock yarn. They are so cute and so clever! This is one of the easier patterns: apart from the square, you knit three fins that look pretty simple and either sew on beads or embroider French knots for eyes.

Here is Stella the Dove:

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Her tail is knit separately in a lace pattern and — this I love — her wings (part of the square) are edged in a picot pattern. Wouldn’t she make a gorgeous Christmas tree topper?

And this is Rocky the Raccoon.

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He requires a bit of intarsia work for his face and he has a glorious striped tail!

I could go on . . .

A very cute book indeed, with lots of really fun toys that are relatively easy to make. I will, somewhat grudgingly, give away my review copy. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of Knit a Square, Create a Cuddly Creature by Nicky Epstein, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 16, 2016. I’ll wake Loki up to draw a winner.

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“Huh — what?”

 

Hey, guess what? I finished my colorwork jacket. You may have noticed that I have barely blogged about it here. There is a reason for that (she said mysteriously). All will be revealed in the fullness of time!

Comments

  1. Hoping to win this fun book.
    BRIDGET

  2. Adorable book, but not as adorable as your fluffy ball of square cat-ness!

  3. Is there a fuzzy Loki in this book? Would love to win it.

  4. I don’t have the patience for most stuffed figures but I think I can manage squares! They all look like so much fun – especially the dragon.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. Looks fun and clever. Crossing my fingers for the fates to pick me!!!

  6. Very cute animals, indeed! Loki too, of course.

    Grayson the squirrel made me smile. My family had a grey tabby with the same name years ago.

    Your current WIP list reminds me it’s time to cast on some hats!

  7. Never really been into knitting toys, but this could change my mind.

  8. Very cute idea!

  9. Pick me, me, me! Please. Is there aLoki pattern? Can’t wait for the big reveal!

  10. I love anything really simple. And these would be great to do up for our Art Association Holiday Boutique. We have visual artists, fiber artists, children’s art and any other kind of art activity we can create! Thank you.

  11. What a perfect book for a soon-to-be grandmother!

  12. ooh ooh! pick me!!!

  13. Linda G Howell says:

    The perfect book for young knitters – or any age!!

    Loki, please pick me!!

  14. Oh my gosh that is a seriously cute and clever book! Yes, pleas sign me up!

    Can’t wait to see the finished jacket…

  15. These patterns are adorable. I would love to win a copy.

  16. Monica Cortada says:

    I’m all in – I really like Nicky Epstein’s patterns. Isn’t she the author of the Tree of Life Afghan? I’m on my second one of those.

  17. Maria Beuttenmuller says:

    That Nicky is so brilliant! What fun from a square (swatch…sshh!). Very generous of you to part with it!

  18. I love to make stuffed animals, and this is a technique I’ve never used before. They all look like so much fun!

  19. I think I own all of Nicky’s books. They are great references I go to time and time again.

  20. I’ve been waiting for this book to come out! The dove is my favorite, but I would love to knit my nephew the entire menagerie.

  21. Sandra Kerr says:

    These are completely adorable! I would love to get this book.

  22. Denise Nash says:

    Oh, those are ingenious! And as someone else mentioned, it starts with…a swatch! A useful bunch of critters indeed. Hope I win it.

  23. Lucy Harrington says:

    Okay, this is offically DARNED CUTE! I have a few small people who would love one of these critters, so, please? Pick me!

  24. Sharen Warren says:

    Ooh, I hope I win this book. The creatures are adorable. Thanks, Wendy.

  25. Bluetoespinner says:

    The cridders in this book are adorable!

  26. Love these things ! Have a knitted dog guarding my porch light right now, from knitting your own dog….made the whiskey for my granddaughter, cause she had to have it , , this book goes on my wish list.

  27. husky not what auto correct said.

  28. Two baby granddaughters would love some new animals!

  29. Great book – good for new knitters to make something fun.
    congrats on finishing your colourwork jacket – looks great
    tummy rub for Loki

  30. Jackie Felix says:

    This would be a really fun book to win! Thanks for the chance!

  31. Jean Palionis says:

    You are right! Those little critters are adorable. I wouldn’t mind having a couple of them for myself.

  32. I can’t wait to see the jacket!

  33. Teresa R. Roberts says:

    Ingenious! I would love to try making animals this way. Thanks so much for the offer.

  34. Amy Schulze says:

    How fun! Those little critters are adorable!

  35. Loki says “No one can knit a fuzzy creature as adorable as I am!”

    Somehow, I think even if I slavishly followed the pattern, my squirrels would look like fuzzy-tailed sausages. I envy folks who get the stuffing in right.

  36. These look adorable! I’d love to have this bokk.

  37. So cute. Love Nicky Epstein’s work..

  38. They are great ideas to knit up for kids. Any kid would love these!

  39. Nicky Epstein does it again! I would love to have this book. These would be perfect gifts for my grandsons. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  40. “Pen-goo-ins! Pen-goo-ins is prac-tick-cally chicken!”

    and re: other creatures,
    Are the bunnies on a restricted wardrobe budget?
    How many beds does Loki have? Like, actual pet beds, not just spaces he’s commandeered.

  41. I love the squirrel and the raccoon!

    alikat2004 on Ravelry

  42. This is too too cute. One question: is there a Loki pattern in that book??

  43. I agree with the others…we need a Loki pattern….

  44. Sara Smith says:

    That’s a fab looking book, please pick me Loki! And yes, I too agree with everyone – we need a Loki pattern 🙂

  45. Love the fish and the dove and there’s a DRAGON!

  46. Wow what a great idea for a book. The new knitter can do the squares and can collaborate with an experienced one for the fiddly bits

  47. Karen Schurman says:

    My favorite are the fish – would be nice to win! Thanks!

  48. MaryEllen says:

    I love the fish!! 😀 Actually I’d love the chance to try them all!

  49. Nice book, would like the chance to try it out.

  50. Jane Page says:

    I would love this book. The patterns are adorable! Thanks, Wendy!

  51. Linda Newcomb says:

    I’don’t love to knit that squirrel!

  52. What fun. I love that they start from a square.

  53. These little varmits are really cute and I’d love to try knitting some, especially when they start with knitting a square. I can do that! Thanks for sharing the book and offering the contest to win a copy.

  54. This book really intrigues me. Would love to own this.

  55. I am excited to see the book, and hoping it would come my way from you, Wendy. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  56. Love these furry creatures, thank you

  57. abby call says:

    How fun is this book. It would be hard to know where to start. Love the fish.

  58. The book looks wonderful…..Loki, pick me!

  59. Too cute!

  60. I’d love a chance at this cute book. Thank you, Wendy!

  61. Oh man, I want to make that squirrel! And maybe the penguins, and the racoon . . .

  62. Tracy Beck says:

    I would love to try making some of these. Thank-you!

  63. They are so cute! I can see my daughter playing with some of them.

  64. Love the Fighting Fish and the Dove. Thank you for the giveaway.

  65. i need this book. I love knitted toys

  66. Elizabeth H. says:

    I love them all! I need this book1

  67. Alison Ames says:

    Here Kitty, Kitty! Wow! Looks like a great book! I’d love to win it!

  68. This book looks like so much fun! Great gifts for the grandchildren and charity.

  69. Glenda Davis says:

    Don’t wake Loki – just gimmie it! (please) Glenda

  70. Cute! Another great give-a-way.

  71. thats a lovely book but I wanted to see your work in progress I would love that book treat it with lving care

  72. Ruth Schoof says:

    OMG…these are adorable!

  73. I love this idea of a book! I have a new baby, so I can’t get much done when she’s asleep. Poor Loki. The life of a cat is so hard. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway.

  74. Looks like a toy book that I could cope with!

  75. Frances Irvin says:

    These look quick enough to make while the grandkids watch.

  76. Kristine M says:

    Grayson the Squirrel is too adorable! And I swear that Loki gets fluffier every time I see him.

  77. These toys are so cute. Thanks for the giveaway! Loki is adorable as always.

  78. I would love a chance to win this book of cuties! Have a nice nap, Loki!

  79. I would love this book. Pick me, Loki!

  80. Love the dove.

  81. Would love to knit these for the grandkids. Such cute patterns

  82. So many cute designs! These would be fun to make for and with the grandchildren. Thanks, Wendy!

  83. I have four great-grandsons that would love an animal and I think I could make them.

  84. Cute animals to knit for all the great nieces and nephews. Hi Loki!

  85. Looks like such a cute book! Fun patterns for gifts;O))

  86. Loki is adorable as usual, and that book runs a close second. What cute knitted animals!

  87. Louise Perry says:

    I would love a copy of the Nicky Epstein book! Hi, Loki!?

  88. Interesting book. I sure wish Rsvelry would play nice with your blog and put your link back so that it would sooner in the feed!

  89. Interesting book. I sure wish Rsvelry would play nice with your blog and put your link back so that it would appear in the feed!

  90. Hiya Wendy, I’m thinking about applying to federal positions in DC (and Denver too). If you’ve got any advice, you’ve got my e-mail, feel free to ping me. I’m a little daunted by the process. and don’t know any federal workers. If not, no worries. 🙂

  91. Beth Douthit says:

    This would be a great book for someone with nieces and nephews!

  92. Count me in!

  93. I love Loki, he’s beautiful. I would love the book as I have been reading some good reviews in the UK knitting magazines.

  94. Love this one, different and creative
    Thanks

  95. Heather K says:

    Love Nicky Epstein’s creativity, and these look easy enough even for me.

  96. So cute! I bet my son would love for me to make him some of those!

  97. I love it!! My (nearly) adult kids constantly point out stuffed animals and dolls that I should make for them. Thus far, I’ve resisted, but if I had this book……

  98. Teresa Monzon says:

    What a cute book!!!

  99. Those are adorable!

  100. So cute, would love to try making some of them!