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Toys to Knit [Paperback]

Tracy Chapman
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Book Description

6 May 2008
Adorable, soft and colourful - and just the right size for little hands - knitted toys are the ideal gift for children of all ages. The collection of wonderful knitted toys in this book - many of them complete with their own alternative outfits or additional accessories - will be a welcome addition to any child's cuddly collection. As well as imaginative dolls, traditional animals and a cute teddy, Tracy Chapman has included a selection of nursery toys for the very young child - a ball, blocks with intarsia lettering and a rattle with a bell, for example. The projects range from the simple to more complex, and utilize a wide variety of knitting skills. Each pattern is carefully explained, with clear charts and detailed instructions, so even the less-experienced knitter will find them easy to follow. Whether you want an easily-made gift or a more complex knitting project to really get into, Tracy Chapman's exciting new patterns will inspire you to pick up your needles and get started. Toys to Knit is the companion volume to the forthcoming Toys to Sew, which includes a range of desirable projects to stitch from author Claire Garland. (25,000 words.)

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Anova; Reprinted Ed edition (6 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843404702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843404705
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tracy Chapman is an exciting new knitting designer, who has worked with Rowan yarns for several years. She has been a Rowan design consultant and taught workshops, and now runs her own business designing items for children and toddlers. Her work has been featured in several magazines, but this is her first book. Tracy lives in Gosport, Hampshire.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Lovely, attractive designs but I am finishing the basic doll and already I have spotted two errors / sloppy pattern-writing. As long as you are not an absolute beginner, you should be able to work around these but not what you expect from such a simple pattern - if it was a more complicated pattern I could forgive the errors.

The decreases for the feet have been badly calculated so that when you follow the pattern you do NOT get the number of stitches Tracy says you should have. The decreases for the tops of the arms are also a bit messy. For these, just decrease the stipulated 4 stitches for the first 2 decrease rows and then simply cast off the remaining 8 stitches (instead of 4 for the next 2 rows). This will give you a neater, easier to match together look.

It looks like this book has been re-printed with another publisher, or at least some of the patterns have under the same title - I would hope that Tracy has re-checked and corrected the errors and would suggest that you try that book in the hope that they have! I am also hoping the rest of the patterns in this book have been written correctly. All in all, a good, attractively presented book but as I was buying for the patterns and not the pictures alone, I didn't want to have to make any changes/corrections at all - I was after mindless therapeutic knitting with a fabulous result. Having said that, a little concentration and you should be ok.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant designs but not for beginners 7 Jan 2006
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I loved the design for this book, gorgeous full colour pictures and innovative designs for toys for babies and older children.
My daughter has a list of things she wants me to make and it only came today! However it assumes you know how to knit and crochet already as there are no instructions for beginners on how to do these, Also some of the designs rely on you paying attention to the illustartions as the making up sections aren't that specific.Not one for beginners but delightful all the same.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice dolls, shame about the mistakes. 15 Sep 2008
Format:Paperback
I think that the dolls in this book are really lovely, and the assortment of clothes for them is very good. I am less keen on the sections on animals and nursery ideas. The latter is just not very interesting, there is nothing that stands out as being different from other books. As for the animals, I have a few quibbles, which may just be me being picky. Why have the mouse and the rabbit got loops for feet, but not the kangaroo? Why has the bee got black wings? And WHY is the Arctic mentioned in connection with the penguin!!! I also thought that the mouse was a dog until I saw the tail.
In the dolls section there are rather a lot of mistakes or is it just sloppy editng? There is no indication how to fasten the wrap top;the ballerina doll clearly does not have the hair from the basic instructions, though the text says she does;the Japanese kimono has instructions for sewing up the sides, but the photo looks different; and I don't think that a traditional Japanese outfit has a 'back pillow' - I think you'll find it's a sash, called an obi.
In conclusion, I think this book has promise, but you need to take care, so I would recommend it to confident knitters. And DON'T tell your children that penguins come from the Arctic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars beware! 15 Aug 2010
By alison
Format:Paperback
Like most of the other reviewers, I found it difficult to make sense of all the instructions in this book. Although I was knitting to the recommended tension, I found that the doll took more than the one ball of cotton glace specified (more like one and a half). Tracy may be "an exciting new knitting designer", as it says in the blurb, but she certainly can't count! There are several places where you don't have the number of stitches she tells you you have, such when you are decreasing to shape the doll's legs, on the front of the ballet top and at the waistband of the skirt. The pattern for the knickers was hopeless as they turned out much too small. It ought to have been possible for Tracy to work out that if the width of the body is 28 stitches, 24 stitches for the knickers is not going to be enough, especially once the body has been stuffed. I had to make up my own pattern. The instructions for the front of the ballet top seem to have been written on the basis that you have 19 stitches after the first row (as stated in the pattern), when in fact you have 10. In the end, I managed to make it work but only by knitting the fronts first and using needles three sizes bigger than specified but to be honest if I had wanted to design my own doll and clothes from scratch I wouldn't have bought a book. I can't believe anyone else had road tested these patterns or even typechecked the text (in the instructions for the rag doll clothes, it specifies a crochet hook UK size ??).

I am pleased with the final doll but it was difficult to achieve a good result so I would say buy this book only if you are an experienced knitter who likes a challenge!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Title For Old Book? 13 Sep 2008
Format:Paperback
I thought I had ordered this book, but when it arrived it had the cover of 'Toys to Knit', published by Collins and Brown in 2008. However, if you open the front cover the photo there (and the toys displayed) is identical to the cover of 'Toys to Knit: Dozens of Patterns for Heirloom Dolls, Animals,Doll Clothes and Accessories', so I can only conclude that this is the same book. Anyone know if it is not? If it is the same, the different titles and covers are misleading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
The book was everything I expected, and more
Published 10 days ago by keencook
4.0 out of 5 stars knitter
I am always looking for quick and easy ideas for knitting a project for my grandchildren or for charity the stalls,
Published 7 months ago by barbara vines
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Most small child would love the soft toys in this book.
I would segest to mums who can knit to buy this book and have a go.
Published 9 months ago by Beabea
5.0 out of 5 stars book
it is a fantastic book to make lovley toys and gifts for family and friends. I would strongly recommend it to people
Published 10 months ago by amanda thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
Thrived on time bought for my mum she loves it so must be good, not for me at all but she likes it so all happy
Published 13 months ago by Babypink
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I bought this as a gift for my wife as she had been in Hospital and at the moment she is knitting a Teddy Bear from it and she is enjoying it immensely, great book!!
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacked detail for anyone trying toy knitting in the early stages
Even though I am a knitter and have made a few toys from other patterns, I thought the instructions could have been made clearer so therefore I was a little disappointed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by geoff worrall
5.0 out of 5 stars Good selection of items for all levels of ability
Nice book with some good ideas, and possiblities for customising, especially the dolls with their various outfits. Teddy sweaters also useful.
Published 16 months ago by Jan M
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
gift for friend she loves it - she says she cant wait to start knitting all the toys for christmas presents
Published 17 months ago by dawn guthrie
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK
I MADE SEVERAL OF THE TOYS FROM THIS BOOK AND WON PRIZES IN OUR ANNUAL SHOW WITH THEM. THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE EASY TO FOLLOW AND VERY CUTE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Published 17 months ago by shopaholic
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