- 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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Olympknits: Knit Your Own Team of Medal-Winning Athletes Paperback – 30 Mar 2012
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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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book for my 85 year old mother who loves knitting, and sports. she made all of them and displayed in the entrance to her flat for all to see. she was pleased with it.Published on 13 Aug. 2013 by sandra carole
Knitting patterns ok but not very stylish and the final make up using fabric scraps gave the overall appearance of "Tatty"Published on 6 Feb. 2013 by bun
If knitting were an Olympic Sport, rest assure that my Nan would be a multiple Gold Medallist. For decades she has been knitting dolls for charity and must have made 1000s. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2012 by Sam Tyler
Great way to teach a child to knit especially just now with the Olympics being staged in London. Capture the imagination & give a child a lifetime hobby by mastering these easy to... Read morePublished on 26 July 2012 by Mrs. D. A. Bremner
Having failed with my applications for 2012 Olympics tickets this book provides an opportunity to fabricate my own dream team. Read morePublished on 24 July 2012 by D. Elliott
The patterns in this book are easy to use. They are also really fun....
They are different types of Olympians from swimmers to fencers and also give the patterns to make... Read more
Nice little book full of patterns to knit Olympic toys, various sports, they look similar to each other - basic shapes (not especially basic to do! Read morePublished on 23 July 2012 by Thinker
This is a fabulous and inexpensive book with a nice variety of good quality patterns. It certainly has a lot of mileage in it with the number of dolls there are to knit, and to top... Read morePublished on 22 July 2012 by writeallthereviews
I was so excited about this book that I decided I was going to knit for the first time in 25 years. I chose the pattern for the athlete and then decided on the swimmer and halfway... Read morePublished on 22 July 2012 by rachelcreative