I have another book to review:
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:
Here are his components:
And here is his pattern:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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!