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Lovely patterns, errata is available.
on 5 January 2011
I was initially disappointed with this book - in my copy the pattern for the little birds goes from row 1 - 33 on page 12, then on page 15 these rows are repeated but the pattern then stops halfway through the first wing. This was particularly disappointing as it was the first pattern in the book and I had really wanted to knit it.
The first pattern I attempted was the chameleon where I found a few minor typos, but then an error in row 44 gave me 2 more sts than I ought to have then after 2 rows knit plain a further typo in rnd 47 (K10, [M1, k1] 4 times, k19. 27sts) confused me - obviously if you count the sts written in the pattern the k19 at the end of the row ought to have been k9, but I had 11 sts due to the rnd 44 error. To complete the piece I had to fudge this by decreasing 2 sts over the next rnd and to be fair it hasn't spoiled the look of the completed chameleon but it was annoying at the time.
As I really wanted to make the little bird pattern I contacted the publishers, David & Charles via their website and they have sent me a pdf of the missing instructions (apparently this particular error did not occur in the first print run of the book) and they have offered to post or e-mail me a further correction for the greyhound pattern and a chart error.
I have completed the snake and hen patterns and have found no errors there, I'm on my second hen at the moment.
So - 4 stars because I really love the look of the finished toys. The shaping is very clever and the toys whilst being quite small (many small enough to fit in a child's pocket) are full of personality. They use minimal amounts of yarn, mostly 4ply and dk so if you have ball ends to use up they're ideal.
The 1 star I've docked is because there is an amount of slightly fiddly finishing to do on the chameleon and hen - shaping the legs and toes in i-cord on small gauge needles was a bit fineckety - and the hen with it's wattle, comb and tail had a lot of sewing-up and yarn ends to hide.
As I have had such a prompt and courteous reply from the publishers, I have not taken the printing errors into account with my scoring of this book but I would encourage anyone who has come across errors in their copies of the book to follow my lead and let the publishers know. Perhaps their next print runs will be more successful!