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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (7 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844486168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844486168
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 1.1 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One glance at the cover of this book and you ll see it s filled with a menagerie of mini creatures, as well as plants, fruits and vegetables. You can knit and crochet them to give as gifts, or to use as embellishments on other woolly projects. There s a handy directory at the start of the book, where you can browse the projects and find out where to locate the patterns themselves. Our favourites are the blue tit, snail, spider (perhaps a little too lifelike for some) and the peacock butterfly. At the back are a few ideas for presenting your projects, such as brightening up an old tweed jacket with some autumn leaves and mushrooms. --Knit Today

About the Author

Lesley Stanfield is a long-time hand-knitting designer and has been the knitting editor of several women's magazines. She has produced a number of books on knitting and crochet. She lives and works in Whitstable, Kent.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By VenusSpecimen on 25 May 2011
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such a beautiful and inspiring and well put together book. super bits to make, i am going to make some to embelllish things like teacosies, cushions and hats but also some as little brooches. although only thing is, the title, 'birds...' just be mindful there are only two. a bluetit and a turtle dove, no more birds. so if you're looking for plenty of those you can forget it. the other great thing is, the yarns are generic so you can easily use whichever brand you wish rather than them stating a specific.
The instructions are comprehensive and very reliable. I'm extremely pleased with this book and the one before it that is flowers. Both are exquisite and worth every penny!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Hello on 31 Dec. 2011
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First thing to say: the patterns are often very nice, and the ones I've tried have produced pretty good results.

That said, though, I find myself using the book less than I'd hoped to. And a lot of this has to do with layout.

The knitting patterns (I don't crochet, so can't comment on those) are written in small print laid out in a rather cramped way on the page; this is particularly frustrating since they spend plenty of pages on illustrations which look nice but don't add anything information-wise, so they could have made better use of the available space. They also have an annoying habit of taking shortcuts - '2nd and 4th row' do this, '1st, 3rd and 5th rows' do that, meaning that you have to keep scanning back up the page to work out where you are in the pattern. Put together, it makes the patterns harder to decipher than they need to be, which is not helpful when you're knitting something small and fiddly; I'd like to be able to reserve my fiddly-things observation for my needles rather than having to use half of it reading the page.

The indexing is also rather poorly done. The opening pages show a lot of pictures with numbers to send you to the pattern - crochet and knit together, which is a nuisance when you want to pick a pattern and you only do one - but they're numbered by pattern rather than page, which takes longer to find. Meanwhile the 'Contents' page only lists 'Knitted designs' and 'Crochet designs', so to find a specific pattern by page you have to go to the index at the back and trawl through long lists of small print which refer you to the pictures as well as the patterns and generally need a lot of sorting through. There is nowhere you can just look for the right page to find the pattern.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Jun. 2011
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Having bought the first book, 100 Flowers to knit and crochet, I had to try this one.

I love this book! I'm not a knitter but an experienced crocheter and have really enjoyed doing all the patterns in that section. My sister is the knitter and has had an equal amount of fun doing those patterns. I bought the book for myself but relinquished it to her for a late extra birthday present when she oozed over the dove and bluetit patterns. So I bought myself a second copy.

Some of the patterns need reading through several times before commencing as, even with my 30+ years experience, I found them confusing at first glance, but the diagrams help on the crocheting side.

We do debate a lot about the fact no needle/hook sizes are given but then this adds to the fun. This way your not limited to "what it says in the book".

Maybe not a book for the those in a hurry. Best with your favourite beverage, little distractions and plenty of time.

Can't wait for the next one!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie O on 9 May 2013
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Where else would you find so many patterns for this kind of item all in the one place? In that sense, the book really fills a gap in the market. Only thing that stopped me giving more stars is that the book only has one bird pattern (which is fabulous and knits up beautifully) but from the title, I expected birds - plural (and that's what I was looking for patterns for, really). It feels a little padded out with loads of leaves - still, the patterns are detailed and clear and easy to follow. If you're after loads of leaves, a few butterflies and one bird, it's a really great buy. If it's lots of birds you want to knit, you might feel a little short changed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Artsplay on 12 Aug. 2011
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Like her first book which nudged me into taking up crochet again after years; this book is packed with lovely designs clearly explained and beautifully illustrated. I also started doodling with crochet (using some of her methods) to make birds. Despite the title there are only two birds to make in this book, so I was a bit disappointed because it was patterns for bird motifs I was after to extend my repertoire. It would be good if she included some techniques about how to attach motifs together too. Some of the butterflies and leaves are bit similar to her first book and could be worked from that, so I felt i didn't need both books. There are also fish and marine life which aren't mentioned in the title but feature more prominently than the birds.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By H. B. on 5 Mar. 2011
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There are loads of great ideas in this book. It starts with telling you the sort of needles and hooks to use, followed by an illustrated directory of all the things you can make, then how to make each item. It also has directions on how to knit and crochet.

Even someone who has never picked up a needle or hook could make these. I have been knitting for a couple of months and have yet to master crochet, but with the help of this book and its simple and small designs I will soon know how!

I can't wait to get started and add these to something special - maybe make them into some small gifts for friends and family.....
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