My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

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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. Karla Wigley says:

    Oh, Loki, please pick me! I’d love to make these for my little girl!

  2. Wake up who?

  3. Amy Badger says:

    How cute! I love the penguins, but I’m probably board as I work at a zoo. ☺

  4. Very cute! Thank you for reviewing it.

  5. Such amazing options in this book. I can think of several recipients that would love them!

  6. so cute!