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Best in Show [Hardcover]

Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne
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6 Sep 2010
Best in Show is packed with knitting patterns patterns for adorable dog breeds from a pretty Poodle to a burly Bulldog, a perky Pekinese to a dotty Dalmation. With Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne's designs you can now knit your precious pet, reproduce your favourite breed or knit the dog you have always desperately wanted. As well as patterns for pedigree pooches Sally and Joanna include brief accounts of the characteristics of each breed. There is also a section offering tips and advice on sewing up the dogs. With lavish full-size photography and easy to use patterns you'll soon be knitting yourself a covetable cuddly companion for life.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown; 1st ed edition (6 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843405733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843405733
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keen on canines and a sucker for stitching? A new collection of patterns shows you how to combine your passions and knit your own pooch. The knitwear designers Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne share two great loves: knitting and dogs. And their latest project, Best in Show: Knit Your Own Dog, is the love child. This wryly photographed book contains the knitting patterns for 25 dogs, from the fairly straightforward dachshund to the more challenging old English sheepdog and Afghan hound. You can knit your very own royal corgi, Lassie or even Bo, the Obamas' super-trendy Portuguese water dog. --The Saturday Telegraph, 11th September 2010

They might just be the perfect pet... fluffy and cute, but with no vet's bills, feeding or pooper-scooping required. A new knitter's guide lets you make your own man's best friend from wool - or to put it another way, "stitch your own bitch". The book of doggy knitting patterns shows you how, with simple knit, purl and loopy stitches, to conjure up your own canine companion. You can choose a pedigree pooch or mix and match breeds and design your own mongrel from a selection of canine components. Knit the legs and tail of a poodle on a labrador and, hey presto, you have your very own labradoodle. Just don't expect it to fetch your slippers... --The Sunday Mirror, 12th September 2010

STOCKING FILLER TO SAVE THE DAY This is a quirkily charming book and the results look brilliant. --The Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2010

Best in Show shows you - really it does - how to knit your own pack of pooches, from dalmations to poodles --The Sunday Telegraph, 28th November 2010

For all those needle-clacking members of 'stitch and bitch' knitting groups around the country, a selection of patterns for the cutest toy dogs in the world. Mad but absolutely brilliant. --Reviewed in Bella magazine, 4th January 2011

Best in Show shows you - really it does - how to knit your own pack of pooches, from dalmations to poodles --The Sunday Telegraph, 28th November 2010

About the Author

Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne run their own knitwear business, Muir and Osborne. They have a shop in London and export their knitwear to stores in the US, Japan and Europe including Barneys, Saks, Liberty and The Cross. Their previous book, Pet Heaven, was featured on the Martha Stewart Show.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
This is a charming little book which celebrates the wonderful diversity of dogs in a series of deft patterns which conjure up grumpy bulldogs, chic poodles and alert fox terriers from a few scraps of wool and some strategic stuffing. There are 25 breeds featured here, each of which will be instantly recognised by doting owners, and the funny and well researched text tells you a little of the history and features of every one.
It is crisply edited and photographed to make it a thoroughly grown-up pleasure - I found my copy being admired and chuckled over by friends who hadn't the slightest interest in knitting - but it will also appeal to any animal-loving child.
The patterns, though mercifully short, are tricky enough to be a satisfying challenge for anyone who enjoys combining knitting with a bit of crafty flair. The real secret is in the final assembly, when you tweak the limbs and tail into place and suddenly find that your cuddly toy has a proper dog stance and an attitude out of all proportion to its size.
It isn't all snooty pedigree pooches either, devoted mongrel owners are catered for with a section on how to assemble your very own unique "57 varieties" dog.
Fun - and weirdly practical too. Love it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fiddly and Frustrating 23 Feb 2011
By bookmad
Have only tried a couple of the designs so far - the Dachshund was really fiddly to knit and the instructions for sewing the body pieces together I thought were poor - and I am not a novice knitter. Am going to give it another go using double knit and see how it turns out.

Will persevere with some more of the breeds, but maybe adapt them a bit and I do agree with one of the other reviewers that the facial features are bland, but will make my own up to give them a bit of character.

Have just started the bulldog so hope it turns out ok!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but has LOTS of mistakes in it. 18 April 2011
By Nymph
I've only used 2 of there patterns so far, and already I've come across MAJOR errors in the patterns, which if you followed, you'd end up with a lumpy, deformed dog!

Border collie, RS of body, row 2 SHOULD read:
P8cr, p4bl, p3cr

This is just one error. they should have CHECKED before publishing such an expensive book!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 17 Mar 2012
By beccalikesbooks TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I was really excited about this book but after trying the pug pattern, I won't be bothering again.

I found the pattern disappointingly crude - as others have mentioned, the legs are sewn on separately leaving a visible ugly seam (also the seams along the back and sides are like this as well, and the shoulder shaping looks clumsy) and look like an afterthought. My pug face doesn't even look like a pug, because the instructions are so inept - after you have knitted basically two squares for the head, you are simply told to 'fold nose up ad curl it in on itself, this will take a bit of trial and error to make it look pug-like'. No kidding - no amount of trial and error seemed to work, I have simply no idea what they want me to do.

So all in all - the finished product is a weird size and I'm not really sure what the point is - it's too crude and rubbish-looking to give to an adult to display with any sort of pride, yet not cute or cuddly enough to be a toy to give to a child. A bit useless really!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make 1 purchase you will not regret ! 5 Oct 2010
This is such a lovely and amusing book. All the dogs featured are simply adorable and and every pattern made me smile. From a practical point of view; the instructions are clear and easy to follow. This is a wonderfully written book with superb photographs and a charming feel. I'd say that that it's a must for all dog lovers even if they don't knit and if they do it's a must even if they don't love dogs ! Treat yourself either way.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Funny, Knitty and Nutty 11 Sep 2010
Got dragged to I-Knit (knitting show) with my wife. I had my radio listening to the football. Then I saw this, found a little corner to sit in. Chuckled away all afternoon. Brilliant.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the curate's egg 12 Aug 2011
After attempting to knit two of the dogs I came to the conclusion that the book was compiled in a hurry without adequate proofreading as there are several mistakes. In a criticism of the page layouts, the use of Uppercase or Bold on yarn description would have made it easier to follow knitting instructions, as the font size and line spacing is hard to follow. The methods for the different loopy stitches could be clearer and dogs knitted using these stitches bear scant resemblance to the photos when made up, especially the Old English Sheepdog. Assembly instruction of all the dogs is minimal and confusing. The yarn to complete the poodle and Portuguese water dogs is now not obtainable as website is now defunct and some of the other yarns are now discontinued and thus hard to find. Despite all the above, I have knitted some of the dogs using substituted yarns and adapted the instructions to remedy the errors and the results haven't been too bad. This is not a book for the inexperienced knitter.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 14 Sep 2010
An absolutely beautiful book. I have seen a number of the dogs knitted up, and they are gorgeous, a must for all dog lovers and knitters and very realistic. Mostly knitted with 4 ply. An original book and highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars woof woof
Fantastic book with lots of inspiring patterns for cute dogs, many breeds. Use up those scraps of wool. Would recommend this seller
Published 1 day ago by Amedussa
5.0 out of 5 stars Where temperature collection
I have not recived the Shirley timple caliction must be lost it was a prisant for my grandchildren. I am very sore in my heart
Published 22 days ago by ray
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay if you are an experienced knitter
I borrowed this book from my local library and found the patterns were very fiddly to work with, so if you are a beginer or have problems in knitting small items, don't buy this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SharonHollie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great craft book
Got this for a friend who loved my copy. B rilliant little projects which knit up quickly...bit more fiddly when it comes yo sewing up and stuffing though
Published 1 month ago by A. Chamberlain
5.0 out of 5 stars small dogs
I have now knitted most of the dogs in the book so well explained would recommend it to all of my friends
Published 2 months ago by hazelramsay
4.0 out of 5 stars nice little book
Bought as a stocking filler for my wifes chrismas present,what a nice little book of dog patterns,she loves it,would recomend to any knitter
Published 2 months ago by H
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for knitting mad Auntie
Bought as a present for my Auntie for Christmas who loves it. Hope to have a litter of knitted dogs shortly!
Published 3 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 3 months ago by Caroline Prout
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book
Some great patterns in this lovely little book, very real looking dogs nearly every breed you can think of have not done any yet but can not wait .
Published 4 months ago by hendy
5.0 out of 5 stars best in show
well written and good detail of all pictures. clear and easy to follow instructions.would not necessarily use rowan wool as it is quite expensive.
Published 5 months ago by bobbydazler
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