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Knit & Purl Pets [Kindle Edition]

Claire Garland
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Knitting continues to be the No.1 needlecrafts hobby, with knitted animals a perennial favorite

Knitting patterns for pets include a menagerie of animals readers have always wanted to create. Many of the projects include knitting instructions for accessories such as a dog bed and yummy carrots for the rabbits. The patterns make ideal knitting for beginners and the more advanced, with knitting techniques ranging from easy knit and purl to sock knitting styles on double pointed needles.

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[...] make great toys and are quite cleverly done [...] --Katy Evans, Kat Pricot

the ideal gift for anyone who ever wished they lived in a menagerie --unknown author

[...] fun book […] highy enjoyable to work from […] quirky yet clear […] good tips about how to customise the animals --Simply Knitting

the ideal gift for anyone who ever wished they lived in a menagerie --unknown author

[...] fun book […] highy enjoyable to work from […] quirky yet clear […] good tips about how to customise the animals --Simply Knitting

About the Author

Claire Garland is a designer, illustrator, and runs her own mail order business,, selling knitted doll kits. She will be launching a lifestyle and craft blog to promote her business and books. Claire has featured in Selvedge, Junior, Pregnancy and Baby, Marie Claire, Woman's Own and Women's Weekly, and appeared on the Crafts Beautiful expert panel 9. Claire lives in Penzance, Cornwall.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4152 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 1 edition (6 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GXQXG6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hello readers, my name is Claire Garland and I am an author of knitting books and knitting patterns.
I have written several bestselling knitting books with publishers including FW Media, Avova Books Group, Octopus Publishing & MQ Publications.
I live with my husband and three children in a pretty stone cottage in rural Cornwall where I knit and crochet and sell and showcase my patterns worldwide via my blog, Etsy and Ravelry - I also find time (perhaps too much time!) to be inspired by my favourite site Pinterest, other folks' blogs and the many glorious books available today. - My vice - book buying - my latest as I write this; Sibella Court's Gypsy and What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davies.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely patterns, errata is available. 5 Jan. 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was initially disappointed with this book - in my copy the pattern for the little birds goes from row 1 - 33 on page 12, then on page 15 these rows are repeated but the pattern then stops halfway through the first wing. This was particularly disappointing as it was the first pattern in the book and I had really wanted to knit it.

The first pattern I attempted was the chameleon where I found a few minor typos, but then an error in row 44 gave me 2 more sts than I ought to have then after 2 rows knit plain a further typo in rnd 47 (K10, [M1, k1] 4 times, k19. 27sts) confused me - obviously if you count the sts written in the pattern the k19 at the end of the row ought to have been k9, but I had 11 sts due to the rnd 44 error. To complete the piece I had to fudge this by decreasing 2 sts over the next rnd and to be fair it hasn't spoiled the look of the completed chameleon but it was annoying at the time.

As I really wanted to make the little bird pattern I contacted the publishers, David & Charles via their website and they have sent me a pdf of the missing instructions (apparently this particular error did not occur in the first print run of the book) and they have offered to post or e-mail me a further correction for the greyhound pattern and a chart error.

I have completed the snake and hen patterns and have found no errors there, I'm on my second hen at the moment.

So - 4 stars because I really love the look of the finished toys. The shaping is very clever and the toys whilst being quite small (many small enough to fit in a child's pocket) are full of personality. They use minimal amounts of yarn, mostly 4ply and dk so if you have ball ends to use up they're ideal.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adorable but error problem with cat 15 Mar. 2011
By C. Fink
Love the book, love the layout, and love the adorable animals. Bought to make "Biscuit the Cat," but came to some issues after about 10 rows. I am an advanced knitter and have no issues with knitting in the round, went back and rechecked my work, but still encountered the error. I know enough about knitting, think I can work around it, but what good is a pattern that doesn't work? Not very enjoyable!!! With other comments on errors, I am reluctant to try the other animals. Although the format of the book makes it look appealing, I would have rather had better edited patterns and less of a picture book! Am going to try to contact the publisher to see if I can get revised patterns so I can enjoy knitting these adorable pets without getting frustrated!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Printing errors galore 10 May 2011
By Kitty
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book looked so promising. Unfortunately it was so full of printing errors that it was useless. I received two copies, both with the same faults. Amazon refunded my money immediately, but the publisher did not show the same level of concern for customer relations. I contacted them twice by e mail and was ignored both times. I would be happy to own this book if it was re printed correctly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful toys but I too have found mistakes! 12 Jan. 2011
I bought this book after falling in love with the images and was looking forward to learning some new skills and to create some amazingly intricate animals. I have begun with the ginger cat and found mistakes almost instantly! The first being that the pattern requires you to M1 several times but there is no description in the abbreviations at the back of the book as to which method of making a stitch the writer uses. There does not seem to be any consistency in terminology as you work through the pattern either. I found myself having to read back through the pattern several times to try and understand what I was aiming to achieve in the next few rows and to make sure I had done the right thing and had the correct number of stitches on my needles (there are not enough checks at the end of row instructions). The changes between normal knitting and knitting in the round can also get quite confusing!

But, all that said, my little cat does seem to be taking shape well and I can't wait to see what she looks like when stuffed and finished. I have still given this book a very good rating because the designs are so different from any other toy knitting book and the book itself is extremely beautiful. A bit of description as to how the designer attempts to create such intricate patterns would be very interesting but on the whole I think there is a lot to be learnt from this book and I would recommend it but only to experienced knitters who could decipher the patterns!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many mistakes 16 April 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Potentially this could have been a great book but there are several mistakes (and I haven't tried knitting everything yet). Initially I used a library copy, then bought my own from amazon and found more mistakes in this slightly newer edition. Contacted the publisher for the erratum but even that wasn't correct. Ten out ten for amazon shame about the poor editorial work done by the author/publisher.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too complicated if you are a beginner 20 Feb. 2011
I fell in love with the kitten when I first looked at the book and thought that even as I beginner I should be able to follow the pattern.
I'd say you would need to be a fairly experienced knitter to follow it, there are just too many points at which it could all go wrong, but these are not hightlighted in the pattern or included in a close up picture.
Unfortunately I have now started again for the third time and I'm thinking of giving up. Out of stubborness I'll finish it, even if it looks a bit odd, but I doubt I'll be starting another project from this book soon.

If you are a beginner, I would go for Sandra Polleys knitted toys, lots of achievable projects (I have knitted the little dog and it looks as cute as in the book!).
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