Book reviewed by Megan Enright: Megan is wife to a tolerant and encouraging husband and mother to four children ranging in age from 18 years down to 5 years. She spends her days keeping company with her 5 year old daughter and her evenings cheering on the sidelines as her older sons deal with homework, sport and other teenage issues. In her quieter moments, she likes to knit, embroider, sew and cook. She’d like to have the time and talent to crochet and quilt….maybe one day. She can be found at Notebook from home blog.
Fairy Tale Knits: 20 Enchanting Characters to Make by Fiona Goble. Andrews McMeel Publishing (September 2012).
When I brought this book home my 5 year old daughter was thrilled. She wanted everything in the book to be made instantly by me. If not instantly then definitely by the next day so that she could play with them!
Fairy Tale Knits is exactly what the title suggests – a book of patterns for pint sized characters from well known stories. Six stories are covered from “Little Red Riding Hood” through to “Beauty and the Beast”. Each chapter includes instructions for knitting the main characters (and their outfits) from a different story. For example, in the “Little Red Riding Hood” chapter you can learn how to knit Red Riding Hood herself, as well as Grandmother and the Wolf. Once completed, a young child can have a wonderful time re-enacting the story with these lovely soft toys.
The patterns are not complex and would suit a beginner with some experience with increasing and decreasing. One of the big advantages of these patterns is, however, that the projects are small and quickly completed so a sense of satisfaction is easily achieved. And if you have a little person in your life who loves fairy stories then I can’t think of a better gift. The photos and illustrations in the book made it a pleasure for both me and my daughter to look at and great fun for both of us to plan a new project.
So if you would like to bring those favourite storybooks to life, Fairy Tale Knits is for you and if you knit something from it, you may well become extremely popular with the younger people in your life.