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Best in Show: Knit Your Own Cat [Hardcover]

Joanna Osborne , Sally Muir
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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Book Description

15 Sep 2011
Best in Show: Knit Your Own Cat offers the unique opportunity to knit yourself a cat. There are 16 different breeds included, from a charming moggy to a sleek Siamese, a precious Persian to a loving long hair. With Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne's designs you can now knit your precious pet, reproduce your favourite breed or even knit the cat you have always desperately wanted. The cats are surprisingly easy to make. It will only take a few evenings to create a covetable companion for life. Idiosyncratic descriptions of the various breeds accompany beautiful photography, making this book irresistable for both keen knitters and devoted cat-lovers.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843406624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843406624
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne run their own knitwear business, Muir and Osborne. They export their knitwear to stores in the United States, Japan and Europe as well as selling to shops in the United Kingdom. Several pieces of their knitwear are in the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. They are the authors of the bestselling Best in Show (9781843405733).

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 21 Sep 2011
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The patterns in this book are marvellous and the photographs charming; really it's a book that's worth owning for the pictures alone. As far as actually knitting the cats goes, the patterns are fairly clear, though the explanations of techniques in the back could have benefitted from some illustrations, and they produce much better toys/models than most other books I've seen, but be advised, if you don't know how to wrap and turn or pick up stitches, you won't be able to knit the cats. Fortunately there are a lot of good instructional videos on YouTube (knitpicks videos are particularly helpful, I find), so this rusty knitter was able to brush up her skills and have fun.

In terms of equipment, the patterns call for needles of 2.75mm, both ordinary and double-pointed, and use 4-ply wool - though of course, you can still follow the patterns using different materials if you want to. You're also advised to use pipe cleaners to shape the legs and tail, unless it's a gift for a small child.

If you're just starting out you should probably begin with something easier, but if you're experienced or ready to hone your techniques, this book is lovely.


Thought I'd come back and add to this review having had some more practice with the book. The more I use it, the better I like it. Having had some practice with the basic techniques of wrap and turn and picking up stitches (though there are some patterns where you only need to do the former), I'm finding the patterns are quite straightforward.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cats Kittens and Knits 27 Sep 2011
Marvellous guide to creating your own furry feline friends. Amazingly detailed instructions, but wittily and charmingly written so every page is a pleasure. Includes traditional moggies as well as more exotic and aristocratic cats - the rag doll is particularly adorable.
What a perfect gift for any knitter or cat person. A great sequel to the Best in Show DOGS which I already have.
As horse lover as well as a cat lover I hope this brilliantly creative pair will tackle a knit your own pony next.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty knitty stuff. 13 Nov 2011
I have been hoping for a Knit Your Own Cat book from these authors because I was a big fan of their lovely Knit Your Own Dog book from a couple of years ago. More of my friends are cat people than dog people and now I can spread the word about knitting your dream pet much more effectively! If you're a fan of crafty projects with a bit of tongue in cheek charm then you'll like this: Clever patterns which are just difficult enough to be rewarding without being daunting and the result is a funky little cat in sits-on-the-palm-of-your-hand size. But what makes this book really special is the very funny narrative about all the different breeds of cat they feature. Full of quirky facts and anecdotes - any cat lover will love browsing through it, even if they never knit a stitch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book 8 Nov 2011
By Sallie
This is a really good book with easy to follow instructions just wish I'd found it earlier...will keep me busy for a while yet so thank goodness Winter's here!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another delightful bit of animal magic 29 Oct 2011
Best in Show (with and for cats) is another wonderful example of extended creativity from Osborne and Muir - and for those of us who don't knit (or not yet) it is a great way of translating animals into new sculptural forms.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars witty catty delight 14 Sep 2011
I wish I could knit and can only admire all these lovely pussies all with full knitting instructions. Best of all, it's very amusing and informative. Did Isaac Newton really get so tired of letting his black cat out that he was forced to invent the cat flap? If you suffer from warts, you will be interested to know that rubbing a male tortoiseshell's tail in May will cure them. A delightful book of great use for all knitters with an abundance of left-over wool!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous 30 Jan 2012
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this book is great, in fact i took it to college and my tutor borrowed it to show all the staff, i've not put it down since and now have knitted six cats!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knit Your own Cat 27 Oct 2011
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This was bought as a gift for a friend who, like mw, is a cat lover who enjoys handicrafts. Luckily, she appreciated the joke. I don't know how the patterns have turned out, but I expect I'll hear in due course......
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute patterns
Published 1 month ago by pat eagle
5.0 out of 5 stars knitting and cats great!
Interesting book to give a break from clothes knitting and a bit of fun
Unusual cat patterns in humerous poses
Published 2 months ago by milly
5.0 out of 5 stars so cute
Use your scraps of wool and knit these cute cats. Lovely book with easy instructions. Would recommend this seller. Great service
Published 4 months ago by Amedussa
5.0 out of 5 stars knit your own cat
I liked this little book because it combined a touch of 'wackyness' with an element of reality. The cats featured were easy to knit, though a little bit fiddly at times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
Very disappointing book, the cats looked scrappy, tatty and poorly made so I sent the book back for a refund
Published 6 months ago by Muddyblackcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Gina
Beautiful Book, something for everyone's taste.
Great designs, well explained patterns, ( giving exact details ). Great illustration!!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gina
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for knitting mad mum
fantastic book bought for my Mum for Christmas who loves the content. hHopefully expecting a litter of knitted cats shortly
Published 7 months ago by Boysie
5.0 out of 5 stars Knit Book
Lovely book and well presented, exactly what I was looking for.
It was a present and it was a great hit.
Published 7 months ago by Caroline Prout
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Kept us laughing for days! What a hoot! Such funny cats and a strange idea. I'm sure that some people are very serious about knitting cats.
Published 7 months ago by Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for knitters!
My sister is a super duper knitter and I hope she will love this book - hope she makes me one!
Published 8 months ago by mousiemcp
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