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Toys in the round,
This review is from: Itty Bitty Toys: Reversibles, Dolls, and Other Hand-Knit Playthings for Kids (Spiral-bound)Most of the patterns in this book knit 'in the round', only the Nesting Boxes and the Penguin are knitted 'back and forth' in the traditional style. However, the Techniques section was good enough for me to want to experiment with this new technique straight away! It does take some getting used to, and the squishiees project is the perfect place to practice. Once mastered, this became my preferred knitting technique and I can now slighly alter a pattern to knit in the round. I do not have a lot of prior knitting experience, but I have found this fairly easy to pick up.
The other main issue with the book is the yarns and needle sizes specified. The needle sizes are American, and can be converted fairly easily. The yarns that are used are quite specific and the main problem is that it does not specify the yarn weight, with the exception of the projects in the 'Sock Yarn Toys' section. The trick to finding the right yarn is to work it out from the needle size to get the right gauge - I have found that most use size 5 (3.75mm) or size 3 (3.25mm) needles and knit up quite well with ordinary DK wool.
The book is well put together with an excellent section on techniques. The photographs of each item are taken from several angles to assist when putting them together and it is also nice enough to sit on your coffee table!
I have enjoyed making toys from this book (2x squishies, monkey, cat and mouse reversible and a hippo in progress) and hope to make many more. All in all, a great book!