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Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Faux Taxidermy Knits

I have here a review copy of Faux Taxidermy Knits: 15 Wild Animal Knitting Patterns by Louise Walker (David & Charles/F+W; $22.99; Available Now).


If I had to sum up this book in one word, that word would be “quirky.” Given a paragraph, I would say that this is a collection of 15 patterns of anima-based knits. The patterns include both wearable items and home decor.

On the back cover, it states that this is a “tongue-in-cheek” collection, and that is for sure. Some of the patterns are brilliant. For example, the “tigerskin” rug is a masterpiece.


I love (and laughed out loud at) the crocodile make-up bag.


The hedgehog slippers are adorable.


As are the bear coasters.


Some of the patterns made me go “huh?’ Like the hanging pheasants:


And the badger head, suitable for wall mounting.


But I can imagine that these have their place — they are just not for me!

Who’d like my review copy of this cute, quirky book?

To be entered in a drawing to win my copy of copy of Faux Taxidermy Knits by Louise Walker, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 am Eastern Time Sunday, March 1, 2015. I’ll draw a winner at random at that time.

Loki is a little concerned about all this taxidermy . . . see how anxious he looks?



  1. How adorable! I’d totally put the badger head on my office wall!

  2. I have a knitter friend who is married to a taxidermist. Perfect gift!

  3. The hanging pheasants did get me. Artificial dead animal carcasses to hang around for decoration. the tiger rug would be a great baby blanket or photo accessory and the croc bag does look charming. Dead pheasants on the wall…… does make me wonder about the décor that they are to enhance.

  4. I think that all the items that you shared could be called “cute” and lots of fun. I looked on/in Ravelry and REALLY liked the wolf headdress , although honestly I can’t imagine to whom to give it. I just looks fun!

  5. Quirky is right. I don’t think Loki has anything to worry about though.

  6. Not my style – but my daughter would love it!
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  7. My daughter would love these!!

  8. Weird yet wonderful.

  9. I think the patterns are kinda cute. Maybe quirky should be my middle name. LOL
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  10. Some of the patterns look cute. I would like to win.

  11. Looks like fun

  12. Loki should be careful…that’s the cat dissection pose. I would not want anything to happen to him! The book looks amusing. Not sure I’d knit anything from it, but then if you have little kids or grandkids it might be just the thing. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Oh, yes please. I can’t think of anything I want to make more than those hedgehog slippers. . .
    Thanks for sharing!

  14. The bear coasters, the beaver head mount…want!!!!
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  15. Some of those ARE kinda weird, but others are kinda fun… 🙂

  16. Maura van der Linden says:

    Oh man, the badger on the wall would be hilarious in my office. I’m in tech and, of course, honey badgers are practically a mascot!

  17. These are awesome!

  18. Leslie in MA says:

    No I do NOT want the book thanks but couldn’t help but think how well the tiger rug with go with those tiger socks you knit KOARC many moons ago.

  19. I would love to make the fox wrap with faux fur.

  20. OMG, before I married my DH, he made me sell all my real, yet vintage, taxidermy! I would totally love to knit replacements! A girl can just NOT have enough animal prints!

  21. Monica Cortada says:

    I must also be quirky because I’ve had this book on my Amazon Wish List for a while. I’d like to make the fox scarf.

  22. Paulette Schirmer says:

    These are WAY too cute. I can see sending those coasters out to some of my relatives and other “big game” hunters 🙂

  23. I would like to win the book, I crocheted a small deer head for my dad many years ago and this book reminds me of that! And I love Loki!

  24. Would love that book

  25. I’d definitely make the hedgehog slippers, one of my favourite animals!
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  26. Kristine M. says:

    I have to make the hedgehog slippers for my friend Julie. She says they look just like her hedgie, Marty!

  27. I would love to have this book in my library.

  28. I would love a copy of this quirky book!!

  29. I’d LOVE to win this book. Please pick me!!! Thank you. 🙂

  30. I would definitely make the tiger rug and the hedgehog slippers! The fox stole is quirky and cute. The pheasants and the badger head,not so much.

  31. knittingquilter says:

    Okay, those do appeal to my warped sense of humor. I have to make the slippers and the coasters. I can see those coasters as a Christmas gift for a couple of people on my list. Hoping I win this book 🙂

  32. Love the tiger rug!

  33. Ginger Klein says:

    Love these! Have to make the tiger skin!

  34. Carol Brookover says:

    This sounds like it would be lots of fun to try out!!!

  35. Ruth Porter says:

    Slippers are adorable; how big is the rug?

  36. Patti, oldgoatwoman says:

    Oh, dear, my grandchildren would like some of those patterns. Thank you for the opportunity!

  37. Gina Zahra says:

    Oh I would love this!!! It looks like so much fun 🙂

  38. Barbara Fredrick says:

    Oh, I WANT to knit those pheasants! My niece’s husband is a hunter. He has a line-up of pheasants like the picture only real as his facebook picture. I think he would enjoy them. (And maybe he would kill a few less animals.)


  39. Those little bear coasters are wonderful. I definitely need to knit up a sleuth of them!
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  40. I am nothing if not quirky. lol I bet I could change the colors of yarn on the fox scarf and make it a coyote scarf. That would be terrific here in Tucson, AZ. I don’t blame Loki for being so concerned.

  41. Ann Hedington says:

    I love the hedgehog slippers! and the bear coasters too. I would love to win this. 🙂

  42. I think this book looks like a lot of fun!

  43. Oh, goodness, that book is full of adorable patterns! I want to knit them alllllll.
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  44. Margaret M says:

    I can see that it’s not for everyone, but I’d love it!

  45. Alicia Grayson says:

    I love the fox scarf! I’ve had my eye on that pattern for ages. Love it!
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  46. This knitter is going to sleep dreaming of that tiger rug!!

  47. I’ve knitted hedgehog mittens and alligator scarves. I need this book. It’d be so much better to win it.

  48. Love the fox scarf and tiger rug. Our orange cat would use it as a bed!

  49. For my granddaughter I think….

  50. I think the Owl cozy is too cute, but the hedgehog slippers run a close second. This book would be a ton of fun to knit projects for friends.

  51. OMG…these are just too cute! I think Teens would love them…

  52. My daughter would “totally” love a fox stole and a moose head for her wall

  53. How absolutely adorable!!! I hope to win it!!! Thank you!

  54. Denise Wessman says:

    I would love to own this new book. I adore the peasants. I’m REALLY Crazy about the fox stole. They are so gorgeous. What a talented designer. Loki might love one of them as a cuddle buddy

  55. Okay, I also did the head tilt over the pheasants, but those hedgehog slippers are adorable!

  56. Amy Schulze says:

    I knit some fun and unique for the annual school fundraiser. The kids look forward to my project every year and this book would be lots of fun!

  57. Lynne in Florida says:

    I don’t understand how you can abide living with such a stressed out, edgy cat! Next time he’s awake long enough, would you please scratch his ears from me? Count my vote for the fox scarf (back in my youth, I actually had a real one, lol), and the tiger rug and yes, I want the hedgie slippers.

  58. I love that tigerskin rug. Glad to see Loki doesn’t look too worried that that’s his fate.

  59. Suzie Picciano says:

    Incredible! What fun!

  60. The croc bag is just to funny! Always wanted to make a fox scarf for my great nephew who’s middle name is Fox.
    hugs to Loki!

  61. I see a lot of things I would make and wear in this book I love the pheasants and would just them in my home, But I live in Minnesota were the pheasant is the king of the birds. I would love to win your copy of this cute book

  62. That book looks outstandingly fun!

  63. Oh those are amazing 🙂

  64. I met this lady at unravel at the weekend and saw the items in real life. They are amazing! I would love to win this book and make some of the projects 🙂

  65. I would love this book , what fun!

  66. I would love this book. I would hang the pheasants in my kitchen!

  67. I would totally rock the faux fox stole!

  68. Oh – i could just see the badger on my wall!

  69. This looks like a fun book. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.

  70. Venice Smith says:

    I admit it: I’m a paradox, a complete conflict in my likes and dislikes. If it isn’t classy and conservative, well, then I guess It is quirky (at least for some applications). I would very much enjoy this book. That tiger rug is terrific!

  71. I think they are (at least some of them ) adorable. Great for kids.

  72. I want this book for the bear coasters alone! Although I think I would knit the hedgehog slippers, too…they look sooooo cozy!

  73. Finally, one I’d like to have, as I primarily knit toys to give away. My only knitting subscription is to Simply Knitting. One, because I don’t knit sweaters, which are the main content of the other magazines, but Simply Knitting has lots of fun smaller projects instead mainly, plus two, they have a wonderful new Alan Dart toy in ever issue.

  74. P.S. Now I read the comments!
    For all of you who want the bear coasters, I came across & made them a while back & just checked to verify the pattern & link are still all there complete at:
    This fox scarf isn’t the same, but it’s very similar & still nice!freestuff/c1g7f

  75. Those hedgehog slippers are adorable!

  76. This is just the sort of quirky stuff I love to hang up in my apartment!

  77. Totally up my alley. Love the fox stole, and the tiger rug and those coasters, what fun.

  78. Mary Lou Keenan says:

    If I don’t win it, I will have to buy it. Love those creative designs!

  79. I have looked at this book with the thought of buying it. The hedgie slippers are probably worth the price! Um, you’d better check Loki for a pulse — too much stress!
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  80. Gina in the SF Bay Area says:

    I already know that “someday” I will be making the tigerskin rug for my son and the hedgehog slippers for a dear neighbor.

  81. I would use this book so much. I come from a family of hunters. They have mounted heads and hides all over. I do not hunt but I knit. I could contribute to their collections.

  82. I’d like the book. My grandekids would love some hedgehog slippers or a fox scarf!
    Tell Loki not to worry – he’s much to precious for any kind of taxidermy.

  83. My grand-daughter NEEDS those hedgehog slippers! Luv!

  84. A few of my friends made the fox ‘stoles’ and wore them at Stitches West. Another of my friends would kill for those hedgehog slippers!

  85. My son is going to be a WI Badger starting in the fall. He’d love that badger head!

  86. I’ve got that on my wish list – I want to make the moose head so badly! My grandfather was very fond on moose.

  87. Those hedgehog slippers are adorable.

  88. Ooooh! Fabulous! I am all about the quirky knits

  89. Susan D Smith says:

    The hanging pheasants cracked me up! And I love the hedgehog slippers! This book would bring out the weird knitter in me…

  90. Oh I really need to knit some bear coasters for my husband! He loves bears!! Please pick me!

  91. I love all of this!

  92. They are so fun!

  93. Looks like a wonderful book! I would give that tiger rug a good home in a heartbeat lol.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  94. The book is a hoot! I’d love to give it (and the projects) a home!

  95. I must make that fox wrap for my daughter (who is 24). So cute. She would love it.

  96. Savannagal says:

    I think the fox scarf is super cute. I’d love to have your copy of the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  97. FUN! Just what I need to get me through the rest of this frigid winter!!
    And my brothers would certainly get some unique Christmas gifts this year, LOL.

  98. The pheasants remind me of Shogun, where he hangs a bird and says he’ll leave it there till the head comes off, and then he gets called away. The villagers determine who will remove it (it stinks) and then be killed for disobeying the master.

  99. My husband and bird dogs would LOVE those pheasants!!!

  100. I adore that tiger rug and would love the book!