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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd; New edition edition (Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844482170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844482177
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 1 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What a delightful book! Anybody who knits would not be able to resist this one." --"Journal for Weavers Spinners & Dyers"

About the Author

Hannelore Wernhard is a knitting designer and the German author of "Como"" Hacer Ositos."""

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lybia on 10 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was reluctant to buy this book after the poor review from one customer but the photographs of the knitted animals, buildings and people persuaded me to go ahead: and we love it. This is one of five 'knitting toys/animals' books that my children have. And their favourite. Lovely animals, good explanations, plenty of interest and play value with houses, people.... A great book!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Mahon on 23 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a really disappointing book. I was expecting it to give alot more detail but it concentrates on how to make the knitted animals and not the actual base, some of which has no instruction AT ALL on how to make it. There is only 2 pages on the rug with instuctions and a diagram which you are required to scale up and transpose onto the canvas.
The rug is mostly tufted and knotted and not knitted at all, the flowers and details are crocheted but it doesn't tell you how to do that either. I am not happy with this book at all and wish I hadn't bought it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. E. Mitchell on 3 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
I thought some of you might like to know that there is another book called 'knit a fantasy story' by Jan Messent which includes the entire text/pictures from this book as well as 2 others 'knitted gnomes and fairies' and 'knit and enchanted castle'. I bought an old version (1989) of 'knit a fantasy story'

Knit a Fantasy Story

and it was only a few pounds more than this book so well worth it for the extra content and this part of the reason why I've not given 5 stars for this book.

As for this book, you should be aware that the patterns for the animals are not all actually for those pictured (for example the pigs and cows pictured are knitted as a single piece whereas the pattern has separate body and legs which I suppose makes it easier to make) also the dog is crocheted in the pictures but knitted in the pattern. I've made the chickens, the dog and the sheep with good results. The pig seemed a little small and I made up my own legs as the ones in the pattern were no good but it was quite cute. The horse looked very odd. All the pictures are from the top and side for good reason! It lookes a bit like a sheep with a mane. The cow is okay but a bit small and again the legs didn't work that well. There are no patterns for certain things like the beaks and tails (they are there for some animals though) and also no patterns for baby animals. This is another reason why this book has lost stars for me.

The mat itself (the main reason I got the book) doesn't have a lot of instruction (just a double spread, most of which is pictures) but it looks simple enough and I'm looking forward to making it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sally tarbox TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 May 2011
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This is a small (32 page) book with really cute instructions for animals, knitted pipe cleaner people and buildings. As mentioned by another reviewer, the details for the base are sketchy and i would recommend you also get Jan Messent's 'Knitted Gardens' which DOES give more info on a base, together with other features you could incorporate into your farm (hedges, beehives etc). Incidentally, Jan Messent edited & illustrated 'Knitted Farmyard' so the two books have a lot in common
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosalind on 6 Aug. 2010
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This book is a tremendous inspiration and I am in the middle of making the farm. But some instructions are sparse or missing- the pig's ears have no mention, for example, and it shows lambs and a piglet but no intstructions for these, either. There are no instructions for finishng the rug; I plan to back it with hessian and sew tape round the edges. Be warned that pope cleaners are used for some bodies, which some may think would be dangerous for young children. On the theme of pipe cleaners, English craft ones are about double the length of those used originally!
I made up some of the farmyard (as I wanted a pig stye and wider paths), and think that some of the instructions are odd- 20 cm lengths of wool for corn, for example makes it rather high compared with the people. However, I loved making the animals and am mixing up greens for the meadow with a few yellow bits for buttercups. I found crewel wool very useful- there's a shop in Thame that sells it, the only place I know that does. 40p a hank meant that I bought a lot of different colours for features, hair and clothes.
If you have done some knitting and crochet before and can improvise a bit, you will enjoy making the farm.The photos are lovely
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bird on 3 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The illustrations were terrific and the whole farm would be a great project. I was looking for a knitted chicken pattern and this book looked suitable. The instructions were clear so far as they went, but vague in parts, like not telling you how some parts (beaks for example) were to be made.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Wickenden on 19 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. I bought it when I was pregnant and had a lot of time where I had to be sitting down resting. I have made most of the things in the book It took some getting used to the fact that the instructions are to be interpreted to your own taste and adapted to what materials you have, once I got used to that I let my imagination do the rest and my children are very happy with the result.

If you want a book that shows you exactly what to do all the time, then this book is not for you. So I have dropped a star for that reason. Other than that one of the best craft books I've ever bought.

I even wrote a blog around making the rug showing photos of the different stages of making it!
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