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World of Knitted Toys [Paperback]

Kath Dalmeny
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Book Description

31 May 2001
Knitted in two sizes 'clutch', perfect for a child's hand to hold, and 'cuddle', big enough to be hugged these cheerful, cuddly animals are just waiting to become someone's best friend. Each of the seven chapters takes you to a different part of the world. Choose from a colourful parrot, a friendly dolphin or a prowling tiger in the jungle, or stay closer to home with a cat, ducks and chickens from the farmland scene. As well as the animals, you can make the people who live with them from an Australian sheep farmer to a Canadian mountie. Each knitted person comes with a collection of clothes and accessories to provide hours of make believe play for your child. Beautifully illustrated in colour photography, every design is easy to knit. With plenty of helpful guidance, easy-to-read patterns and advice on creating just the right expression on each face, even newcomers to this popular and rewarding craft will find it simple to produce a toy that is sure to become a firm favourite.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; New edition edition (31 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715312243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715312247
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 10.3 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kath Dalmeny's flair for design has resulted in several of her charming knitted toys being featured in well known magazines such as Creative Ideas. Her highly original approach has made her a winner both with knitting enthusiasts with a sense of fun and with the children who receive her toy animals and gifts. Kath lives in Devon and works for Schumacher College, an international centre for ecological studies based in Dartington.

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant 23 Jun 2005
There are quite a lot of knitted toy patterns out there, and with many, you end up with a knitted thing that happens to be animal shaped. This book thankfully turns that around, and you find yourself creating animals that just happen to be knitted. The range is astounding: presented in themed sets, you're taken from the jungle via the farmyard and ocean to the arctic and beyond, with patterns for lions, tigers and bears, cats, dogs, pigs, wombats, penguins, a horse and rider, dolphins, whales, an amazing sea turtle with patterned shell, monkeys, orang utangs and people too. Most patterns have a large and small version, and there's a list at the front of which are the easier and which the more challenging patterns, though none of them are too difficult for an advanced beginner, and you can always knit stripey creatures in one colour, or just make the littlest version to begin with. The designs are easy to follow and make up into lovely toys that will delight kids and older folk alike; this should keep you happily knitting for several years with the range of designs, the only problem is trying to pick just one at a time to work on.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great and inspiring book 20 Nov 2005
When I ordered this book I just couldn't wait until it arrived...and when the mailman finally delivered it I was thrilled! The patterns are great and already I've finished a turtle for my niece (and she loves to play with it). The patterns are easy to follow and I can warmly recommend it.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Wonderful Book 3 May 2008
This is the most fun knitting book I've ever seen. I was over the moon when I saw it and thrilled to bits with the clear patterns and my own finished results.

My own knitting skills don't extend much beyond scarves, but these gorgeous, happy knitted animals are so easy to make even I can enjoy knitting them and have good results.

Not only perfect for knitted toy fans, but brilliant for beginners who are sick of knitting squares!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful toys 15 Nov 2002
I bought this book a couple of years ago, and it's almost worn out! I haven't made all the designs, because the book contains so much. I've usually made one model for my kids, and when it's finished all their friends start ordering the same animals, so it will take some time to work through the whole book.
The descriptions are very accurate, and there are patterns both for beginners and experts. The animals turn out very lively and natural, and the kids have great fun playing with them, almost as much as I had knitting them. I can really recomend this book for all playful knitters. Now I'm about to start my third kangaroo... Have fun knitting!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitted toys - knitting joys!! 2 Jan 2009
In a nutshell - a real delight!! Its beautifully produced - light enough to be handled whilst knitting to the patters; large enough to provide large, glossy, fun photos of the animals; range is varied enough to provide interest for years to come, with animals from every continent!! A pleasure to have and hold - and one to dive into with needles at the ready!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting Pattern Book 5 July 2010
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My wife has been knitting animals recently so we sent off for this book. This book is recommended reading for needle enthusiasts - patterns straightforward and plentiful. There is an animal knitting pattern in this book to suit every taste !!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars World of Knitted Toys 26 Sep 2008
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This is a super book for the experienced knitter/toymaker, who will find the toys easy to make and so much more lifelike than other knitted animals and dolls. For a beginner, though, the instructions need to be more fully interpreted, they are not clear enough and don't always create what you see in the excellent photos. I am lucky enough to be able to change the instruction so that I can make the ears, hands etc at least as good as the pictures, but my mum had difficulty understanding the instructions. The author is obviously a nature lover and has written paragraphs about each of the animals which is nice but it's all stuff you would be familiar with, and the space would have been better used with more detailed knitting instructions. Having said that I'm sure I'll use this book again and again. It's a good buy for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 31 May 2011
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This is a really good book with lots of lovely patterns. I am crocheting at the moment but Iam looking forward to having a go at one of the animals.It is awell written book with lots of animals and one knitted girl. I particularly like the koala bear and baby.Lovely pictures and good instructions. If you love to knit have a go with this book. It is charming!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars book of knitted toys
Bought for my friend as a present and she absolutely loves it thanks would recommend it to budding knitters Sue
Published 3 months ago by M D PLAYFORTH
4.0 out of 5 stars really great
bought as a present for my sister in law, she loved it. We also have a copy we love it
Published 4 months ago by colin lagor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent toy patterns
Part now of a collection of wide ranging animals etc this one specifically for the Parrot which turns out to be 15 inches, should scare the cat ! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. M. Stagg
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Muriel
I bought this for a friend who very kindly made my grandson some knitted toys, she is delighted with it, she said the range and variety of animals and level of skills was... Read more
Published 6 months ago by larraine eastwood
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
I was looking for a parrot pattern and I got that plus lots more. Some cute and diferent toy animal patterns. Read more
Published 10 months ago by CHRISTINE HASLAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great assortment of toys to knit
Knitted some of these which are quite easy - sold them on our carnival day for charity - with a request to make more.
Published 11 months ago by Barney
5.0 out of 5 stars has to be seen to realise the good.
I thought I was going to get a pattern for just the one animal; instead I got a book of many pattern's. I got more than I had bargained for. I love it...
Published 13 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
Chose this rating because I was impressed with the range of toys available to knit. There is something for everyone.
Published 14 months ago by Hellbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Novice Knitter But I Can Do It!
Wow! I was sceptical that I would actually be able to do any of these projects justice, but I was very pleasantly surprised! This book is great and the toys are really cute. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Devonishie
5.0 out of 5 stars world of knitted toys
love the book,grandchildren and big kids alike have all put their orders in for knitted animals, i'm now kept very busy knitting.

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