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'Twas the Knits Before Christmas Hardcover – September 1, 2011

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"'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house . . .

. . . Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." Clement Clarke Moore's evocative 1823 poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas helped to define the story of St. Nicholas, from children tucked up in bed, waiting for the big day, to the sleigh being pulled across the sky by eight reindeer.

'Twas the Knits Before Christmas features the poem, accompanied by beautiful color illustrations. Interspersed are patterns for creating a knitted scene that includes mom and dad, the children, Santa, eight reindeer, the moon, stockings, and toys.

Your children can play with the knitted dolls as you read the poem aloud, and you can use the miniature knits and a pattern for a full-size wreath as part of your Christmas decorations.

Fiona Goble has published half a dozen books on knitting, embroidery, and making soft toys, and has contributed to a number of craft magazines. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Fiona Goble has published previous books that instruct on making soft toys. She contributes to many crafts magazines and teaches sewing.

Clemency Bunn earned a degree in fine art of Aberystwyth University in Wales. She has worked as a science illustrator and has designed and illustrated stage scenery for the theater.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764164597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764164590
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lynne E. TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 13, 2011
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If you love 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (by Clement Clarke Moore), and also love to knit, then you'll probably love this book as much as I do. The classic poem is reprinted and illustrated by full-color, cartoon-style drawings; and full-color photographs of the knitted figures (in poses) are superimposed on the drawings to help tell the story. The book is delightful to look at, even if you never actually knit the projects.

Patterns are included for ten three-dimensional toy projects: (1) Santa; (2) Santa's reindeer; (3) Santa's bag of toys and gifts (including a candy cane, wrapped presents, a tiny doll, a tiny teddy bear); (4) the crescent moon wrapped in a scarf; (5) a father in nightcap and striped nightshirt; (6)-(7) a mother and daughter in pink nightdresses; (8) a baby in a knitted-in turquoise body suit; (9) red Christmas stockings (one life-size, one miniature); and (10) a charming 10-1/2" diameter Christmas wreath (decorated with attached flowers and an attached simple dove ornament). The book's cover photo, which shows Santa and his reindeer, gives you an idea of what the projects look like.

There are basic, easy-to-follow instructions for knitting, shaping, joining, and embroidering the figures. The figures are stuffed with ordinary fiberfill; the wreath calls for a base ring fashioned from foamboard. The patterns are written for DK yarn, and are mostly knit on size 2/3 needles. The author recommends using yarn that contains at least 20 percent wool, because cotton and acrylic yarns aren't stretchy enough to produce the best results. The figures use small amounts of yarn. For example, Santa needs 1 oz. (90 yards) of red yarn; 1/2 oz. (44 yards) each of cream yarn and beige yarn; and small amounts of black, mauve, fluffy white, white mohair, and green yarn (for, respectively, Santa's belt, boots, "fur" trim on jacket and hat, beard, and mittens).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penny Thoughtful on October 19, 2011
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I have never picked up a knitting needle IN MY LIFE and somehow I doubt I will be able to learn to knit well enough to do this before Christmas, but this is the cutest thing I think I have ever seen. The mother with her "feminine charms!" The father whose home is his castle! The herd of reindeer! The toys! I love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Detert-moriarty on December 8, 2011
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'Twas the Knits Before Christmas is loads of wonderful, quick knitting patterns amid a classic holiday story with illustrations that are lovely and fun for all ages.
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By Helen Lowe on January 26, 2014
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Great gift for my daughter to knit for her friends children to celebrate Christmas. It wil make a wonderful gift and a life long family tradition to put the scene together each Christmas.
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Delightful, charming characters to create for a Christmas legacy for your family, based on a Christmas classic story that everyone knows and loves!
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By Tetlow962007 on November 22, 2012
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Cute easy to follow patterns. Already knitted Santa and his sack with a cute little present and teddy to pop inside. Make great gifts.
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