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Best in Show: Knit Your Own Cat Hardcover – 15 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843406624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843406624
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.8 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,625 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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Hello on 21 Sept. 2011
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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.

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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Claude12 on 27 Sept. 2011
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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 By S. Lancaster on 13 Nov. 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scancat on 14 Feb. 2013
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As a lover of cats but a very rusty knitter (who had only ever mastered the basics) I can triumphantly report that my first cat has been completed successfully and really doesn't look too bad, if a little long necked. I reckon if I can produce a cat that actually looks like one from the instructions then anyone can.
The book itself is charming and the patterns seem to me to be reasonably easy to follow. I would agree with previous reviewers that clearer instructions/illustrations could have been included in regard to various methods such as "wrap and turn" but there are many excellent videos out there that cover these very clearly which should see you through.
If anything it is the sewing up and the stuffing that is more time consuming and difficult, especially the fitting of the "tummy" section which has resulted in a sitting cat with slightly saggy front legs that are a bit, well, wonky. I think that it is this sort of thing that gives your cat its own unique personality so I am looking forward to my next attempt at a standy up on all four legs one which with a bit of luck will not keel over.
Oh yes, the french knots for the eyes- don't bother even attempting to master this, far too fiddly, I just hand knotted a length of yarn and sewed it in which looks just the same.
Overall, a really nicely produced book which would make a lovely present for a cat loving knitter and I would have given it five stars if only there had been a few more illustrations of techniques used.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By jamrolls on 14 Sept. 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alexander R. Nairne on 29 Oct. 2011
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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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