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Adorable and witty patterns for knitters aged 8 to 80,
This review is from: Best in Show (Hardcover)
This is a charming little book which celebrates the wonderful diversity of dogs in a series of deft patterns which conjure up grumpy bulldogs, chic poodles and alert fox terriers from a few scraps of wool and some strategic stuffing. There are 25 breeds featured here, each of which will be instantly recognised by doting owners, and the funny and well researched text tells you a little of the history and features of every one.
It is crisply edited and photographed to make it a thoroughly grown-up pleasure - I found my copy being admired and chuckled over by friends who hadn't the slightest interest in knitting - but it will also appeal to any animal-loving child.
The patterns, though mercifully short, are tricky enough to be a satisfying challenge for anyone who enjoys combining knitting with a bit of crafty flair. The real secret is in the final assembly, when you tweak the limbs and tail into place and suddenly find that your cuddly toy has a proper dog stance and an attitude out of all proportion to its size.
It isn't all snooty pedigree pooches either, devoted mongrel owners are catered for with a section on how to assemble your very own unique "57 varieties" dog.
Fun - and weirdly practical too. Love it.