book: Knit & Purl Pets

by KateG on 13/12/2010

in Books, knitting+crochet+yarn

Knit & Purl Pets by Claire Garland. David & Charles (2010)

Has your child, or a child you know ever begged for a pet? Pleaded so hard that their eyes nearly popped out of their head, clasped hands desperately in front of them and promised with all their heart to walk and feed the pet and clean up all the mess, every single day, I PROMISE mum! Surely it can’t just be my kids.

This book might just be the solution. Knit & Purl pets is full of great patterns for the cutest of knitted pets, including traditional pets like a kitten, puppy, guinea pig and rabbits, moving through a mouse, rat, tortoise, hen and snake, and all the way to a chameleon, pony and a stegosaurus. Who hasn’t dreamed, at least once, of having a pet dinosaur?

The patterns are presented in order of complexity, with some nice easy patterns at the start of the book that would be suitable for a beginner knitter. Many of the patterns are knitted in one piece, and some use techniques like icord and knitting in the round. I really like the way that these patterns are presented, each with a difficulty rating, a generic yarn (no need to chase down a specific brand or suitable substitute), equipment list, gauge, and notes on construction, finishing and safety for small children. I also really like that each pet has multiple photos, so that the knitter (or the child requesting the pet) can really see what the project will look like. All measurements are written in both metric and imperial, which I really appreciate. There are good, clear instructions for making up the pets and the techniques section is also clear and well illustrated. The end of the book includes a list of suppliers, including some in Australia, and I love it when international authors include suppliers in my own part of the world.

I can’t wait to make a chameleon from self striping sock yarn, and a guinea pig from eyelash yarn. And I promise to look after them every day. Honest.

Reviewed by: Kate is a busy mother of four with many craft projects on the go, including, but not limited to, crochet, knitting, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband.

[ps. did you know Claire Garland has a blog – and she has some free patterns like these cute knitted chicks and these knitted mouse finger puppets would make great stocking stuffers and these knitted christmas puddings – perfect for this time of year! .Ed.]

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