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Good outcomes, patterns sometimes need tweaking
on 31 August 2010
I bought this book in an American shop along with some cheap plastic aeroplane-friendly needles and less-fancy wool, as I was spending some time volunteering in the States and wanted an odd-moment occupation. I could be encountering cultural differences with the difficulties I found, as the patterns are for the most part functional and attractive and many of the ones I don't like at all appealed greatly to my American friends, and it's a simple enough job to leave out any potentially dangerous adornments. I'll be rewriting several of the patterns for my own future use, as there are some redundant instructions and some overlooked ones; for example the pattern for the very sweet toy elephant explicitly told me on separate lines to 'knit' Row 2, Row 4, Row 6, etc, rather than just saying 'next and following alternate rows: knit', but then I was left on my own to work out which end of the body seam I should attach to the trunk (not as obvious as it sounds, unless I was having an entire day off from rational thought), ending up with me undoing the last row of knitting on the body piece and fixing it that way (although that came out looking neat and not foreshortened, so if you have problems there that's my recommendation).
The book uses a wonderful variety of stitches, some of which are new favourites of mine, and the patterns don't absolutely require the expensive yarns, many of which seem to be only widely available in America. An international weight/needle size conversion chart (worsted = double knitting, etc) printed off the internet and tucked inside the front cover makes shopping for projects from US patterns a lot easier. All in all I'm very glad I bought this book and my friends with children will be inundated with clothing, accessories and toys from it :)