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Knitted Cakes (Twenty to Make) [Paperback]

Susan Penny
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17 Nov 2008 Twenty to Make
This book presents twenty hand-knitted cakes to make and keep; and twenty more to make and give away!Knitters and textile artists alike will have great fun knitting this mouth-watering selection of muffins, fairy cakes, carrot cake, scrumptious gateaux and more.Using simple, easy-to-follow instructions, no-one will be able to resist knitting at least one of the cakes in this book, if not the entire collection, making a wonderful project for anyone interested in contemporary knitting design.


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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (17 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844483614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844483617
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.2 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

From her family home on the cliff-top overlooking the North Devon coast, Susan Penny has become one of Britain's best-loved craft writers. She has already written more than 50 books and introduced tens of thousands of readers to new craft skills and hundreds of memorable projects. Many of her books, like 'Knitted Cakes', have become international best sellers. For free patterns and latest news you can follow Susan Penny Handmade Home on Facebook or at www.susanpenny.co.uk.
Susan's background is as an arts graduate who turned her love of making beautiful things into a career. After launching and editing some of the biggest and best craft magazines in the UK, she is now one of the most respected designers, writers and editors in the contemporary British craft scene.
Susan is just as happy working with a needle and thread as a crochet hook. For her latest book Quick Knits - small and pretty, she reaches for the knitting needles and comes up with a collection of over 20 charming small projects, all presented in her typically easy-to-follow way.


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Lela Nargi News: Start simple and sweet in the knitted food department, with a new book called Knitted Cakes by Susan Penny. There are, as the subtitle promises, 20 sweets to make. And, relievingly, there are also 20 accompanying well-written sets of instructions, which appear right alongside the photo of the sweet in question rather than at the end of the book. The latter circumstance I always find slightly uninspiring - prefer to have the finished item in plain site as I am grappling with knitting it. Most alluring of the sweets in the slender volume: a slice of double-layer chocolate cake with a fuzzy cream filling. A little square of pink birthday cake topped with a knitted candle. A fruit tart festooned with cherries and grapes and strawberries. Lemon meringue pie. A poof of a Viennese Whirl. And a Raspberry Heart Cake (note to self: a small, easy project to keep in mind for Valentine's Day). Those of you with sweets-loving children are advised to keep this book under wraps unless you are prepared to knit up the contents of an entire bakery shelf. Machine Knitting Monthly: Susan Penny brings up 20 hand-knitted cakes to make and keep and 20 more to make and give away! You'll have great fun knitting this mouth-watering selection of muffins, fairy cakes, carrot cake and scrumptious gateaux. Using simple, easy-to-follow instructions, no-one will be able to resist knitting at least one of the cakes in this book, if not the entire collection. It's a wonderful project for anyone interested in contemporary knitting design. If you don't feel like picking up a pair of knitting pins, many of the ideas can be transferred to a machine. Cakes & Sugarcraft: If you have some knitting skills and fancy making a low-calorie cake, then you may like to try your hand at one of these contemporary textile creations. A hand-knitted cake would make a fun present for a cake making - or simply a cake loving! - friend. The 20 designs look almost good enough to eat, from fairy cakes and iced doughnuts to a slice of chocolate gateau and a brilliant fruit tart. "It's a dream come true - delicious looking bakes without the calories! The truly scrumptious designs in Twenty Make Knitted Cakes by Susan penny really do look good enough to eat. Whether you prefer a chocolate gateau, Swiss roll or a fruit tart, you'll be sure to find at least one that's totally irresisitble." Crafts Beautiful An incredible novel 'cake' book but the cakes are not to be eaten, though they would make wonderful knitted keepsakes for the happy couple and their guests. With humorous iced doughnuts, crazy cupcakes, carrot cake (complete with a mini carrot), swiss rolls to an individual birthday cake and a gorgeous slice of sparkly wedding cake. There are plenty of small designs here to use up those leftover bits of wool and give someone a lovely surprise.-Cake Craft & Decoration This book presents twenty hand-knitted cakes to make and keep; and twenty more to make and give away!Knitters and textile artists alike will have great fun knitting this mouth-watering selection of muffins, fairy cakes, carrot cake, scrumptious gateaux and more.Using simple, easy-to-follow instructions, no-one will be able to resist knitting at least one of the cakes in this book, if not the entire collection, making a wonderful project for anyone interested in contemporary knitting design.-meterstricken.me.funpic.de Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, you'll have trouble resisting these truly scrumptious knits. A generous slice of chocolate gateau, delicious doughnuts, Viennese whirls, swiss rolls and fruit tarts... they're all on offer and they all look good enough to eat! The patterns are relatively simple to knit and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Plus, as they're small, they're also quick to knit, so you could work up enough to fill a bakery if you put your mind and needles to it. Lots of the tempting projects are embellished with beads, so beginners will get to learn new skills as they work their way through the book. The mouth-watering projects make great gifts for kids' birthdays or for friends on a diet - better to have a slice of cake with zero calories than none at all, surely? If you know someone who's getting married there's even a slice of wedding cake that will make a wonderful keepsake.-Knit Today At the start of every year resolutions are made and at the top of many lists is the determination to lose a bit of weight. What nicer treat to keep yourself and a friend on track than knit a cake. The book includes 20 hand-knitted cakes to make and keep plus another 20 to give away. You'll have great fun knitting this mouth-watering selection of muffins, fairy cakes, carrot cake and scrumptious gateaux. Using simple easy to follow instructions, no-one will be able to resist knitting at least one of the cakes - if not the entire selection.-Machine Knitting Monthly It's fun, it's pretty, and it's British - just like author Susan Penny. Knitted Cakes is the perfect snack: no calories and lots of fiber, and, with its 6" x 81/2" format, easy to consume in one sitting. At least, in the initial read-through. Then it is time to assemble supplies and get knitting. The twenty projects (get it? 20 to Make?) are visually delicious, requiring just enough yarn to use up those odds and ends one may have stashed, yarn too good to throw away but not quite adequate for large undertakings. The author says "Knitting is a craft that has simmered away on my creative back burner for years, without me ever having the time to turn up the heat - that is, until now."-Spool Part of the Twenty to Make Series from Search Press Publishers, it's a really cute little book with 20 designs by Susan Perry. All quick and relatively easy, but also very effective. I didn't know where to begin, but went for a chocolate donut, stick with what you know. It's a great book for using up your bits bag as you don't need very much wool for each project. At under a fiver you can't go wrong for entertainment even if it's just the awwwww factor!-siponepurlone.co.uk

About the Author

Susan Penny works from her studio in Devon taking inspiration from the sea and the countryside around her. She graduated from Salisbury College of Art, and has turned her love of textiles and crafts into a career. Susan was the creative editor behind the UK's leading stitching magazines, launching and editing Needlecraft, Cross Stitcher and Cross Stitch Collection. Over the next few years she edited several more stitching and craft titles before moving to freelance work. Susan now uses her creative skills to write and edit craft, knitting and stitching books, and recently she has worked for the Embroiderers' Guild as publisher of their two stitching magazines.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to eat! 14 April 2009
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This little book of cakes is mouthwateringly delicious and no calories!! Patterns are easy but I would say aren't for a new starter at knitting. I only bought the book last week and I've made the wedding cake, chocolate cake, doughnuts and fairy cakes and when presented on a cake stand look just like the real thing. I would recommend this book to all knitters with a little experience. Enjoy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let them eat cake 11 Nov 2009
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Hi all,

this book is a super little gem.

It's great for beginners as these are small projects, quick to make and they make use of lots of basic skills, casting on (obviously) increasing, decreasing, knit, purl, stocking stitch....
They also introduce and suggest lots of different types of yearns.

This is also fab if you just want to have a little knit...

The only thing is I have noticed are several typing errors in the instructions which mean that on a couple of the wedge cakes the instructions make no sense so knit carfully on these...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitted cakes 22 Jan 2010
By Jules
Format:Paperback
My sister bought this for me after I was so amazed by the birthday cake she had made. It's so pretty. We both have re started knitting having learnt the basics as children. This book is great and has rekindled our passion - there are patterns for beginners and the more advanced, but each item doesn't take too long and is very satisfying.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why? 3 Sep 2009
By Sue
Format:Paperback
Why? was my husband's comment as to what I was knitting! I think this book is superb and I have knitted several of the cakes and displayed them on a cake stand! Instructions are clear and you can adapt patterns to the scraps of wool you have. Very good value.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars yum yum! 31 Mar 2009
By Reeny
Format:Paperback
This book is good but not for a beginner. Some of the cakes require using double pointed needles. I have not yet finished knitting any of the cakes but am in the middle of my first one, chocolate of course! The pattern is easy to follow and I have not spotted any mistakes, yet. I don't know what uses people could make for the cakes but my young daughter can't wait to have a tea party with hers!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pointless, but fun! 19 Oct 2009
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I love this book, but as yet haven't started to make any of the cakes. They all seem so fantastic, but completely pointless - what would you do with a knitted cake?!! I will make them at some point, and give them as gifts - I just hope the person receiving them realises what effort has gone into it!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great litte book 30 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
I have not done any knitting for many years but found these to be simple easy to follow patters which can be adapted for your own designs. Some patterns advise using 4 double-ended needles to create a seamless circular finish, but if you don't feel confident with that you can cast on the same amount of stitches on 2 ordinary needles and sew up the seam. My grand-daughters adore these cakes and I very much enjoyed making them. I would certainly recommend this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars scrumptious! 17 July 2011
By sally tarbox TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Absolutely gorgeous little book to inspire any knitter. Make a slice of wedding cake, cherry pie, viennese whirl, carrot cake, lemon meringue pie,, muffin, swiss roll, cup cake, fruit tart, and a gorgeous birthday cake complete with candle! (and more). My favourite is the iced doughnut with multicolour bugle beads for hundreds & thousands. Altho some designs are for knitting on 4 needles, I have made a couple on normal needles and just sewn them up after, and the result is almost as good
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5.0 out of 5 stars knitted cakes
I have only just started to make one of these cakes some of them might be a bit of a challenge but will have a go.

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I have knitted a lot of quirky items, including a gargoyle! so I am happy with the fiddly bits and appreciate that the stuffing and finishing is a big part of the process, but the... Read more
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Fun easy patterns to knit your own afternoon tea , and personally I think you could adapt patterns easily to make sandwiches x
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