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Stitch London: 20 kooky ways to knit the city and more [Kindle Edition]

Lauren O'Farrel
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Book Description

Stitch London: a city of people pigeons, puddles and purly kings and queens.

Want to whip up your own Royal couple to add a bit of majesty to your manterpiece? Need to knit some little London landmarks to show off your travels? Whether you love London, or haven’t made it there yet, Stitch London will show you a whole new side of the city and its people and places.

And if you can’t knit? Fear not! Author Lauren O’Farrell (fearless leader of the knitting community Stitch London) will show you how to get clicking with your sticks and string in no time at all. From cute London characters and critters, to practical accessories for every walk of life, these projects are simple enough for beginners, yet bonkers enough to inspire more seasoned knitters who love to knit, but don't like rules. It even comes with a everything you need (from needles to thread) to knit your own Cooey the proud London pigeon!

So hop on, mind the gap and Stitch London like you mean it. Go on!



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''irresistible [...] fabulously crazy'' --Jan Moir, The Daily Mail

''These are just divine! The queen and the corgis!'' --Alan Titchmarsh, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, October 5th 2011

''... provides a quirky selection of knitting patterns with which not even the most hardened of Londoners could be uncheered. [...] The book also holds true to the spirit of Stitch London, the woolly monster of a knitting group that has grown under O'Farrell's guidance over the past five years: a guide to the basics of knitting is included, and the book even comes with the yarn, needles and other gubbins needed to make your very own pigeon called Cooey.'' --Londonist.com

''These are just divine! The queen and the corgis!'' --Alan Titchmarsh, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, October 5th 2011

''... provides a quirky selection of knitting patterns with which not even the most hardened of Londoners could be uncheered. [...] The book also holds true to the spirit of Stitch London, the woolly monster of a knitting group that has grown under O'Farrell's guidance over the past five years: a guide to the basics of knitting is included, and the book even comes with the yarn, needles and other gubbins needed to make your very own pigeon called Cooey.'' --Londonist.com

About the Author

Lauren O'Farrell is the founder and leader of Stitch London; a feisty knitting group, now the largest in the UK, which has won awards and acclaim for its fresh, contemporary approach to knitting. Lauren's off-shoot project, Knit the City, aims to guerrilla-knit its way through London, and eventually the world! Lauren lives in London.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2717 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (2 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I5EL9I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #279,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author, traveller and giant squid wrestler, Lauren began her plans for world domination through a weaving of words and wool during a rather nasty three-year battle with cancer. She emerged from treatment victorious, slightly radioactive and unsettlingly ambitious.

In December 2005 she co-founded the UK's woolly Godzilla of a knitting group, Stitch London, which she turned into a full-time job and still runs today as Head Woolly Godzilla Wrangler (official title).

She is also rumoured to be sneaky stitching graffiti knitter Deadly Knitshade, though she will neither confirm or deny this if you ask.

In 2009 she is said to have gathered London's first graffiti yarnstorming collective, Knit The City. A sneaky stitching collective famous for the Parliament Square Phonebox Cosy and various crazed graffiti knits.

Her personal knitting accomplishments include a corset for a week-old piglet, a single sock knit at both the Taj Mahal and 3500-metres up the Himalayas, and Plarchie, an 8-metre giant squid for London's Natural History Museum made from 160 plastic carrier bags.

Lauren makes her mischief at The Fleece Station, a woolly studio in Deptford's Old Police Station.

She lives in Surrey with five cats and her giant knitted squid.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and great for beginners! 18 Sept. 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is fantastic! It has the craziest, but funniest creations, from knitting your own Big Ben to crafting the Queen herself, complete with cute little corgis. There's plenty of easy patterns for a learner knitter like me to get started on, including a brilliantly useful scarf for keeping your oyster card in. Lauren's witty writing style blows away the musty cobwebs of your usual knitting book, and the bright and cartoony layouts make for a great fun read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 14 Oct. 2011
By Laura
Format:Paperback
This is such an amazing book. Since I don't knit I can't say anything about the knitting aspects but it has so many great ideas. I love how funny and yet somehow practical it is. My grandma knits items to get money for charity and I was sure that there would be something in there for her. I almost wish I could knit now. The best knitting book I've ever seen. Also, just as a side note, the postage was brilliant. I had it sent standard class, it was estimated on the 10th of October but turned up the next day, probably the 5th of October. I'm just generally really impressed.
Also I noticed that the 'See Inside' does not do the book any justice. There a cup warmers, book covers and all sorts of brilliant things that are not shown. So I just thought I'd say if someone sees the 'See Inside' and isn't impressed don't judge the book based on that small snippet.
I hope this helps someone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun! 14 Sept. 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I thought this was a lovely, entertaining book! I think the pigeon kit which came with the book was a lovely touch! I made the fox & I thought the way the pattern was constructed was very clever, he turned out really well. However I am an experienced knitter & I found the instructions quite hard, I don't feel this is a book for beginners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By sally tarbox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Written by an American, I was quite taken with this little book. It includes the raw materials to get you started knitting a pigeon, then there's patterns for London landmarks (Big Ben, Tower Bridge and a phone box) and 'Little Londoners' (the Queen plus corgis, a policeman and a soldier in his bearskin.)
Things then started to get a little bit more tenuous in their links with London- a stripey scarf in the colours used on Underground maps; book-covers for when you're reading on the Tube (I rather liked the idea of a cover in the old orange Penguin colourway!); a lap-top sock with skull & crossbones which seemed irrelevant as did the 'mug huggers' (links given were that Londoners drink lots of tea. And use rhyming slang so the frog shaped one actually represents 'frog & toad'= road.
There are some cute little London critters- a raven, Underground mouse (think that should be rat!) and fox.
Also some little pendants to fix to your necessary umbrella- I liked the little raindrops, one on end of each spoke.
This might have more novelty for foreigners to whom London is somewhere exotic. But I really liked it too and it would be great for a teenager just starting out knitting.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic ideas and a really entertaining read 21 Sept. 2011
By F. Lee
Format:Paperback
The patterns in this book are very clever and cute. My favourites are the mug cosies - very cute and a great idea. My grandmother, however, particularly loved the Queen and her Corgies.

The patterns are mostly aimed at the beginners end of the spectrum (the reviewer who found the fox hard had picked probably the hardest pattern in the book) - however Lauren gives lots of great ideas to customise them, which makes this much more interesting than your usual knitting pattern book and allows you to up the difficulty if you wanted.

Her text is written in a really engaging and entertaining style, which had me giggling away while reading it. The knit your own pigeon kit is a great idea, and is of a high quality (wooden needles no less!)- I am enjoying knitting mine very much!

This book has been a great hit in my house, with my mother and grandmother both liking it as well as me - so I would say it has wide-ranging appeal. Absolutely love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely gorgeous book! 27 Feb. 2012
By dudey21
Format:Paperback
This is the book that has finally got me knitting - after many false starts and failed attempts I am now merrily knitting a London Tube Scarf, thanks to this book! The ideas are fab and there are both practical and decorative items. The London theme extends to landmarks, London characters, amimals such as Ravens and Pigeons and I Love London designs for laptop cases and book covers. I thoroughly recommend this book....it is more for the advanced knitter as some projects are complex but that said, I am finding the Tube scarf a perfect project for a beginner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bobs review 2 Jun. 2013
By bob
Format:Kindle Edition
great book i love it, some great ideas and love the way to knit at the back helped me alot and am now better at knitting. funny ideas of what to knit but my kids love them and want to learn to knit like me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, easy to follow patterns 5 Feb. 2012
By E. Toft
Format:Paperback
This book is so cool! It's jam packed with 20 different patterns all connected with London and it's fantastic city. Lauren's brilliantly written instructions guide you through each step so that even beginners can pick up some needles and get knitting. And you even get a pigeon kit included! What more could you ask for from a knitting book?!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great little knitting book with good instructions.
Published 2 months ago by kathleen bassett
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the patriotic
I was lucky enough to win this in a Let’s Knit giveaway for World Book Day. There are some great patterns, including Big Ben, telephone boxes, corgis, and my personal favourite -... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute little book great gift for a visitor or expat
This book has some really neat little designs for keen knitters. It would make a really nice easily delivered gift for a homesick expat or a visitor to London as a leaving... Read more
Published 14 months ago by James Chandler
4.0 out of 5 stars Stitch London : 20 Kooky Ways to Knit the City and More
It was a gift...well received size as I don't knit that's all I can say...That is all can say thanks.
Published 16 months ago by Roger
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal fun book for Xmas present
would recommend to anyone who wants to knit unusual things- liked the figures and hope theperson I gave it to likes it as welll
Published 17 months ago by Kaye Kerridge
1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it was just me????!!!
I bought this book and had read all the other reviews and really wanted to try my hand at knitting some of the projects which looked really good. Read more
Published on 30 May 2013 by Rex1
3.0 out of 5 stars stitch london...from amazon
Stich london was a good book for knitters liking quirky items...not as expected for me ..so I sent it to an american pen pal who is very pro london and who would like it for the... Read more
Published on 28 Dec. 2012 by peggoty
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
This book is what you get when you put knitting awesomeness and London in a room together and leave them to it. Read more
Published on 31 May 2012 by Heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and funny
This book is very well written and the patterns are easy to follow. I really like how the writer portrays life in London, and the various items for commuters, picnics in city... Read more
Published on 31 May 2012 by Sophie Bug
5.0 out of 5 stars STITCH LONDON
EXCELLENT BOOK- I HAD NOT KNITTED FOR 15 YEARS- REVIVED MY INTEREST AND I NOW CANNOT STOP DESIGNING 3D ANIMALS AND KNITTING THEM !! I CANNOT PUT IT DOWN ! Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by LOOPYKNIT
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