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Creature Feature: Animal Knits

A collection of knitting books for animal lovers of all types from feline fanciers to budding palaeontologists

Knitted Wild Animals

This title offers clearly presented, easy-to-follow knitting patterns for 15 fun and colorful wild animals. A comprehensive, illustrated techniques section will guide less experienced knitters. Projects have an adorable and humorous quality, which will amuse both adults and children alike. Delight children and adults alike with a fabulous range of cuddly knitted wild animals. Inside this fun, colorful book there are 15 wild creatures to choose from, each with a very distinct personality, including: Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Giant Panda, Monkey, Koala, Penguin and many more. A colorful gallery showcases the animals, featuring both front and back views. The clearly presented knitting patterns are easy-to-follow and an illustrated techniques section makes these accessible to all level of ability.

Knit Your Own Cat

Cat lovers, rejoice! It's the highly anticipated follow-up book to Knit Your Own Dog. With easy-to-follow instructions for 16 distinct felines, Knit Your Own Cat is the irresistible guide to knitting the pet you've always wanted. Cats and knitters are perfect companions. What's better together than a kitten curled up in a basket of wool or a frisky feline chasing a skein of yarn down a hallway? Since the instant success of Knit Your Own Dog, cat lovers have been clamoring for a book of their own. That time has come. Knit Your Own Cat is packed with knitting patterns for 16 different fanciful felines, from a pretty Persian to a sleek Siamese, from a cuddly kitten to a traditional tabby. The cats are surprisingly easy to make: With a few evenings of work, you can have a covetable companion for life. Each cat includes clear, step-by-step instructions for both knitting and assembling the parts. The cats can be knit into various positions such as standing, sitting, crouching, and curled up for a nap. You can add details like collars, bells, and bows. Photographs throughout show the finished cat from various angles, and each cat is accompanied by a description of its real-life temperament and physical characteristics. Cats include: Abyssinian, Bengal, Black Cat, Black & White, British Shorthair, Burmese, Devon Rex, Kitten, Maine Coon, Orange, Persian, Ragdoll, Siamese, Tabby, Tortoiseshell, and Turkish Van.

Best in Show: Knit Your Own Dinosaur

Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne are back with a new title in the Best in Show series. This time they have turned back time and delved into the fascinating prehistoric world with a collection of new patterns for dinosaurs and other creatures. There are twelve realistic knitting patterns for all the favourites, with a terrifying T-rex, a soaring Pterodactyl and a towering Woolly Mammoth. More obscure creatures include the turtle-like Archelon, and the tiny (but vicious) Velociraptor. Informative fact files and idiosyncratic descriptions of the various species accompany beautiful photography, making this book irresistible for both keen knitters and dinosaur enthusiasts. Word count: 20,000

Knit Your Own Dog

The perfect gift for dog-lovers who knit! From a spotted Dalmatian to a wrinkly Bulldog, the step-by-step patterns in Knit Your Own Dog let you knit the dog you've always wanted. The knitted dog is indeed the ideal companion: There's no feeding, barking, shedding, or vet's bills, and he'll live forever! Knit Your OwnDog is the irresistible guide to knitting the perfect pup. With patterns for 25 different pedigree pooches, Knit YourOwn Dog lets you choose the dog you want, whether it's a pretty Poodle or a loyal Labrador. Or knit them all for a pack of canine fun! The patterns are easy-to-follow for both new and veteran knitters. It should take only a few evenings to create a covetable companion for life. And yet each pattern is extremely detailed and includes all of the distinguishing features of each breed, from the startling blue eyes of the Siberian Husky and the long, woolly curls of the Old English Sheepdog to the lolling tongue of the German Shepherd. Accompanying the patterns are a brief description of each breed, as well as expert tips on choosing yarns, stuffing and sewing the dogs, and adding personality to your creation. Beautiful color photographs of the finished dogs, as well as detail shots, both inspire and instruct. Knit Your Own Dog is the perfect book for knitters and devoted dog lovers. Breeds include: Afghan Hound, Basset Hound, Border Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Corgi, Dachshund, Dalmatian, English Bulldog, English Bull Terrier, French Bulldog, German Shepherd, Jack Russell, Labrador, Miniature Schnauzer, Old English Sheepdog, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Pug, Red Setter, Rough Collie, Scottish Terrier, Siberian Husky, West Highland Terrier, Whippet, Wire-haired Fox Terrier.

Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi

This title is suitable for advanced beginner to intermediate-level knitters who want fun, witty, irresistibly tiny patterns to make as gifts for friends, cute accessories and decorative items. In "Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi", toy knits designer Anna Hrachovec presents more than 30 super-cute, humorous patterns for miniature toys, plus techniques for tiny knitting; ideas for using the tiny knits as wearables, decorations and gifts; and instructions on how to convert a pattern for a tiny project into a bigger toy.

Animal Hats to Knit

This title features 20 projects that will appeal to the young and the young at heart. Each project is clearly set out with easy-to-follow patterns and concise instructions, providing you with all the know-how you need. Sizes are included for children and adults so every member of the family can have their own hat. Liven up your dark winter days and spread a little seasonal cheer with these fun and fabulous animal hats. Adults and children alike will love this collection of absolutely adorable knitted hats, including a funky monkey and a buzzing bee. There's a whole range of delightful designs - from the amusing to the cute and the scary - just choose what's most appropriate to express your animal instincts. Animal Hats to Knit features 20 projects that will appeal to the young and the young at heart. Each project is clearly set out with easy-to-follow patterns and concise instructions, providing you with all the know-how you need. Sizes are included for children and adults so every member of the family can have their own hat. Projects include: Armadillo, Elephant, Zebra, Cat, Dog, Ladybird, Shark and Eagle.

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