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Olympknits: Knit Your Own Team of Medal-Winning Athletes [Paperback]

Laura Long
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30 Mar 2012
Knit your own team of Olympic athletes and be a part of the blockbusting sporting event of 2012! Includes full instructions for how to knit the athletes alongside hilarious photos of them in action and how to customize them for your own team. Featuring 18 knitting patterns for athletes including Fiona the Fencer and Wayne the Weightlifter, The Olympknits is guaranteed to get you giggling while your needles are clicking. Step instructions mean that even novice knitters can get in on the action and create their very own team of woolly athletes. It includes full sized templates for the outfits which can be created from scraps of fabric and old clothes. Olympknits is a quirky take on the biggest global event of 2012. It includes full instructions for how to knit together with hilarious photos of the finished athletes in action and how to customise them for your own team. Bonus projects for making medals, podium and creating your very own awards ceremony are available online. Contents include: Introduction; Knitting basics; 1 Bill and Bob the Boxers; 2 Cindy the Cyclist; 3 Reg the Runner; 4 Edward the Equestrian; 5 Fiona the Fencer; 6 Grace and Gloria the gymnasts; 7 Kato the Karatekat; 8 Su, Sal, Sim, Sam and Sven the Swimmers; 9 Rod, Rich, Rick and Ron the Rowers; 10 Wayne the weightlifter.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (30 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446302326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446302323
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 17.3 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Laura Long has a knitted textiles degree from Central St Martins and works out of her central London studio. She teaches knitting workshops as well as designing, making and selling her knitted creations to boutiques and galleries all over the world. Laura also contributes regularly to knitting magazines including Simply Knitting Magazine and Knit Today. Laura lives in South London.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 11 Aug 2012
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I ordered this for my 9 year old daughter who has basically taught herself knitting and is growing bored of knitting scarves for her teddies! This book is so cute and really well put together, the ideas are so cute and seem easy enough to understand - though my daughter has had to go on YouTube a couple of times to learn a new stitch or two! She is really enjoying knitting the cyclist for me (a Bradley Wiggins Fan) and is even going to put some sideburns on him when she has finished.

I like the layout of the book and my daughter thinks it is fun and easy to use, so for that it gets 5 stars!
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3.0 out of 5 stars easy pattern for quick knit dollies 26 July 2012
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I have always enjoyed crafts, everything from crotchet to embroidery, and I have a number of these knitted toy and dolly books. I admit that I was disappointed when I started to go through the patterns.

The athletes are basically the same doll just with different outfits. These outfits are not knitted like other character knit books, but to be made of separate material, and they are extremely basic; therefore, the patterns for the knitted dollies and the sewn outfits should be good for the beginner as well as the experienced knitter.

But what happens when the games are over? Well you can always change their clothes and make them into your favourite sports team, soldiers, dancers, TV/movie character, etc, or just general dollies for the children to play with.

The book contains colour pictures for easy pattern dollies (and horse) which help you visualise what your quick to make athletes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Team GB with a difference! 8 May 2012
By sally tarbox TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Cute and topical book based around a very simple figure- the face has embroidered eyes and a cast-on stitch for a shaped nose.
There are then instructions given for outfits to make a runner, boxers, weight lifter, fencer, karate expert and synchronised swimmers plus a showjumper complete with horse among others. The clothes are fabric and the general appearance is quite basic.
I think it would be a great project book for any teenagers just starting to knit.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is AWESOME 26 Mar 2012
By Anni
I actually found this book online at the olympknits com website. I bought the book and love it! I will be entering my own doll in the competition online as the prizes are great. The quality of the dolls are a lot better than some of the other books that I have seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good. 13 Aug 2013
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I bought this book for my 85 year old mother who loves knitting, and sports. she made all of them and displayed in the entrance to her flat for all to see. she was pleased with it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars knitting ok 6 Feb 2013
By bun
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Knitting patterns ok but not very stylish and the final make up using fabric scraps gave the overall appearance of "Tatty"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute idea, not so cutely executed 16 Aug 2012
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The idea of making your own team of knitted Olympic athletes, either for your children to play with or to display in your home is very cute, especially with Britain going sport-crazy and craft-crazy at the minute. However this book did not quite live up to my expectations.

The knitting patterns inside the book were clear enough, although there's no explanations included - it's not a book for beginners, so you need to already know the basics. There are lots of pictures of the finished athlete dolls, so you know exactly what you're aiming for, but I did find that a lot of the dolls just were not attractive. They had quite empty, depressing-looking faces and I'm not sure that kids would particularly like them. The women look better than the men in general, due to better hairstyles, but even so they are among the uglier-looking toys around. The horse, however, is quite sweet looking!

Bear in mind that there is a good deal of sewing involved too as all the outfits (ie. everything that turns them from a normal doll into an OlympKnit) are not in fact knitted but are sewed together from scraps of fabric. I found this a bit misleading, although some of the outfits do look OK. By far the best-looking outfit belongs to Edward the Equestrian with his top hat and boots.

This is a nice idea for a book, but in practice I'm not sure how many people will want to sit and knit 18 very similar and not particularly pretty dolls. I wouldn't really recommend the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Go for gold! 5 Aug 2012
By Jackiesmackie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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My mum is a keen knitter. I think she has knitted everything Jean Greenhowe ever put out. It's a struggle finding her something to knit that she likes and that isn't Jean Greenhowe! She has knitted little fellas already out of this book and they don't take her long, she enjoys them and is going to make one of everything she says, although by the time she has finished the Olympics may be over lol! The colours you can use are adaptable and you can use the sports people for other things and events further down the line.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gold, Silver and Wool
If knitting were an Olympic Sport, rest assure that my Nan would be a multiple Gold Medallist. For decades she has been knitting dolls for charity and must have made 1000s. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2012 by Sam Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Knits
Great way to teach a child to knit especially just now with the Olympics being staged in London. Capture the imagination & give a child a lifetime hobby by mastering these easy to... Read more
Published on 26 July 2012 by Mrs. D. A. Bremner
4.0 out of 5 stars Knitting Notion
Having failed with my applications for 2012 Olympics tickets this book provides an opportunity to fabricate my own dream team. Read more
Published on 24 July 2012 by D. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy patterns for dolls and clothes.....
The patterns in this book are easy to use. They are also really fun....

They are different types of Olympians from swimmers to fencers and also give the patterns to make... Read more
Published on 23 July 2012 by mandynolan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Nice little book full of patterns to knit Olympic toys, various sports, they look similar to each other - basic shapes (not especially basic to do! Read more
Published on 23 July 2012 by Thinker
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and topical pattern book
This is a fabulous and inexpensive book with a nice variety of good quality patterns. It certainly has a lot of mileage in it with the number of dolls there are to knit, and to top... Read more
Published on 22 July 2012 by southcoastreviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the characters but a little limited
I was so excited about this book that I decided I was going to knit for the first time in 25 years. I chose the pattern for the athlete and then decided on the swimmer and halfway... Read more
Published on 22 July 2012 by rachelcreative
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