Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Knitted Toys by Jody Long

Knitted Toys: 20 Cute and Colorful ProjectsKnitted Toys: 20 Cute and Colorful Projects by Jody Long
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As an avid knitter, knitted toys are some of my least favorite patterns to knit. They are often difficult to follow, and produce awkward toys that don’t look much like what they are supposed to be. Often they aren’t meant to be toys at all, and require buttons and fasteners that can be choking hazards for children under 3. Flipping through Knitted Toys by Jody Long may have me changing my mind, however. Inside this book are 20 adorable knitted projects. There is even a duck with his own inner tube, ready to enjoy a swim! The toys in this book are all made out of one weight (DK or 8-ply) which makes is easy for knitters to substitute yarn. Some toys are more vignettes, such as Henry the Hedgehog, who is adorable by himself, but can also be knitted with a toadstool, ladybug, flowers, and a grass scene to accompany him. Other toys come dressed in their own clothes, such as Marvin the Mouse who is sharply dressed in a striped sweater and overalls. Percy the Pig not only come fully dressed, but includes a bib and spoon for eating his tiny knitted cake with cherries on top. There are several patterns that involve animals and objects that I have never seen translated into knitting before. Ollie the Octopus and Sebastian the Starfish were two toys that I have never seen knitted before. The best and most unique pattern presented in the book has to be Ruby the Russian Doll, who is lovely and huggable with knitted flowers attached to her body. Overall, I think this is a great book for any experienced knitter who wants a wide variety of toy patterns. If you are on Ravelry, here is a link to the book so you can check out each pattern for yourself, before deciding to purchase:

I received this book from NetGalley for this review, but all opinions are my own.

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