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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (30 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446302326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446302323
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.9 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,114,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Laura Long has a knitted textiles degree from Central St Martins and works out of her central London studio. She teaches knitting workshops as well as designing, making and selling her knitted creations to boutiques and galleries all over the world. Laura also contributes regularly to knitting magazines including Simply Knitting Magazine and Knit Today. Laura lives in South London.


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By Su TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 July 2012
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I have always enjoyed crafts, everything from crotchet to embroidery, and I have a number of these knitted toy and dolly books. I admit that I was disappointed when I started to go through the patterns.

The athletes are basically the same doll just with different outfits. These outfits are not knitted like other character knit books, but to be made of separate material, and they are extremely basic; therefore, the patterns for the knitted dollies and the sewn outfits should be good for the beginner as well as the experienced knitter.

But what happens when the games are over? Well you can always change their clothes and make them into your favourite sports team, soldiers, dancers, TV/movie character, etc, or just general dollies for the children to play with.

The book contains colour pictures for easy pattern dollies (and horse) which help you visualise what your quick to make athletes.
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By FLB TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2012
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I ordered this for my 9 year old daughter who has basically taught herself knitting and is growing bored of knitting scarves for her teddies! This book is so cute and really well put together, the ideas are so cute and seem easy enough to understand - though my daughter has had to go on YouTube a couple of times to learn a new stitch or two! She is really enjoying knitting the cyclist for me (a Bradley Wiggins Fan) and is even going to put some sideburns on him when she has finished.

I like the layout of the book and my daughter thinks it is fun and easy to use, so for that it gets 5 stars!
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Cute and topical book based around a very simple figure- the face has embroidered eyes and a cast-on stitch for a shaped nose.
There are then instructions given for outfits to make a runner, boxers, weight lifter, fencer, karate expert and synchronised swimmers plus a showjumper complete with horse among others. The clothes are fabric and the general appearance is quite basic.
I think it would be a great project book for any teenagers just starting to knit.
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I actually found this book online at the olympknits com website. I bought the book and love it! I will be entering my own doll in the competition online as the prizes are great. The quality of the dolls are a lot better than some of the other books that I have seen.
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The idea of making your own team of knitted Olympic athletes, either for your children to play with or to display in your home is very cute, especially with Britain going sport-crazy and craft-crazy at the minute. However this book did not quite live up to my expectations.

The knitting patterns inside the book were clear enough, although there's no explanations included - it's not a book for beginners, so you need to already know the basics. There are lots of pictures of the finished athlete dolls, so you know exactly what you're aiming for, but I did find that a lot of the dolls just were not attractive. They had quite empty, depressing-looking faces and I'm not sure that kids would particularly like them. The women look better than the men in general, due to better hairstyles, but even so they are among the uglier-looking toys around. The horse, however, is quite sweet looking!

Bear in mind that there is a good deal of sewing involved too as all the outfits (ie. everything that turns them from a normal doll into an OlympKnit) are not in fact knitted but are sewed together from scraps of fabric. I found this a bit misleading, although some of the outfits do look OK. By far the best-looking outfit belongs to Edward the Equestrian with his top hat and boots.

This is a nice idea for a book, but in practice I'm not sure how many people will want to sit and knit 18 very similar and not particularly pretty dolls. I wouldn't really recommend the book.
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By A John VINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2012
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As both a knitter, and a fan of the Olympics, the idea of a set of knitting patterns based on the Olympics was really appealing to me. The book is pocket sized, with 18 athletes, and a horse. The athletes vary from a runner, weightlifter, gymnast, boxers, cyclist, fencer, equestrain, karate person, rowers and swimmers. There are, however, no paralympic athletes included in the set.

The patterns are designed to be knitted in DK. This, I feel, is a mistake. The patterns have a home-made look. While this is charming, I think a better effect would have been achieved using a finer wool. I've sold knitted dolls at a couple of craft fairs, and I just don't feel that these would make the grade. Kids either want more detail than these offer, or a bigger, more "homely" doll. The dolls all have costumes to go with them - but none are with flags. In a book on Olympic knits, I would have liked to have seen some flags - even if only as a backdrop decoration.

So, in conclusion, this is a charming book, and it will appeal to those who are keen to celebrate the Olympics. With Britain's heritage in the wool industry - knitting is a fantastic way to celebrate. But I do feel that this book could have been better. It feels a bit amateurish. Perhaps that is just me, but with the skills I see in knitters, I'd have liked to have seen more professional looking products, and a wider selection of Olympic themed patterns.
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