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With Christmas just a matter of days away, everyone's scrambling to find those last-minute gifts--and crafters are scrambling to finish the last of their handcrafted projects. But for knitters with a few minutes--and some scrap yarn--to spare, there's still plenty of time to knit up a cute handmade gift or two, thanks to Meg Leach's book, Knitted Finger Puppets: 34 Easy-to-Make Toys.

The patterns in the book are divided into three collections. There's "Christmas at the North Pole," featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus and some other holiday favorites like an elf, a snowman, a reindeer, and even some gifts for Santa's bag. There's "Under the Big Top," with patterns for a ringleader, clowns, and all kinds of circus animals. And there's "The Enchanted Forest," with everybody's fairy tale favorites--from Hansel and Gretel to the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. In the book's final section, Leach gives instructions for a few extras. She teaches you how to design and personalize your own puppets, too--so you'll be able to make a brown-haired fisherman puppet for your favorite brown-haired fisherman or a blonde ballerina puppet for your favorite blonde ballerina.

And the adorable little projects in this book won't break the bank, either. For many of the projects, all you need is a set of size 1 double-pointed needles and a few yards of worsted weight yarn. And if you're anything like me, you've already got a whole bunch of seemingly worthless little balls of worsted weight yarn lying around your crafting area, just waiting for that perfect project.

For the most part, the patterns are pretty basic, too. You'll need to knit in the round and occasionally increase or decrease--and, for arms and legs, you'll either need to make a crochet chain or knit an I-cord. Then you need to sew some things together, do some super-simple embroidery (for things like eyes and hair), and maybe tie on a bow or stitch on some felt--and then your project is finished and ready for wrapping.

Though it might take some practice to get used to working with worsted weight yarn on such tiny needles, the projects in Knitted Finger Puppets are refreshingly simple and easy to improvise. And, when you're done, they'll make perfect gifts for kids of all ages. Small children will love to play with them (and moms will love that they're small enough to fit in their purse), but they make great whimsical gifts for grown-ups, too.

So if you've got some holiday travel time ahead of you, be sure to pick up a copy of Meg Leach's Knitted Finger Puppets before you go. Then pack some DPNs and a bag of scraps from your stash, and you'll have a great gift or two finished by the time you reach your destination. --From Kristin Dreyer Kramer, nightsandweekends blog

About the Author

Meg Leach has been enjoying her passion for knitting for over 35 years and has knitted more than 250 finger puppets. Currently Meg is an organization development consultant for a private practice in Minneapolis.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale; 1St Edition edition (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564778878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564778871
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Great variety of characters.
Barbara Yerke
Cute and fun patterns for knitting finger puppets.
Paradocs
Can't wait for them to open it at Christmas.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has patterns for finger puppets in the following themes: Christmas, the circus, and fairy tales. Each pattern is rated for its level of difficulty, and at the beginning of each pattern, there is a list of all supplies necessary to make the particular puppet. There are easy to follow instructions for any finishing techniques used, like adding hair, making clothing, and making faces.

All of the patterns are really cute, and very creative. At the very end of the book, there is a several page section where the author gives clear detail on desigining and making your own finger puppets.

It's a really great book, well worth the money.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rhoades VINE VOICE on December 30, 2008
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I am beginning to knit again after many years away from it. I thought I would try my hand at finger puppets for my grandchildren. Boy was I wrong. These puppets are too tiny for my beginning status. I was thinking they would be something simple but they have several color changes and are worked in the "round" with double pointed needles.

This would be a good book for a very advanced knitter. If you have made socks or done any other work in the "round" with double pointed needles, then you will have a grasp of what is needed to create these cute puppets.

The directions are not overly complicated to read IF you know the abbreviations and how to work each type of stitch. Do you know what ssk means? It is a left slant: slip, slip, knit. Even reading the directions, I didn't get how to do this stitch. There is a section on "how-to" but most of it goes over my head. The patterns are also skill rated but even the ones marked as easy are still worked in the round, rather than worked flat and sewn together.

There are over 30 different puppets to knit and they would make great gifts for children. These are especially nice when a child needs to be entertained quietly and without electrical power! Just make sure your skills match the difficulty level.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Hirt on November 13, 2008
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Recently, my husband went on a trip to Antarctica and he would tell our daughter about all the penguins he met on his trip. A friend gave us 4 penguin finger puppets that she made from the book. We've named these finger puppets and they each have their own personality. The puppets are just delightful and everyone loves to play with them (underline and bold everyone). They are easily packed in my handbag for my daughter. If you are looking for a unique gift, this book is it. We've had people who have never knit before creating these puppets (including me). What is best about the book is that it also shows you how to create your own. AMAZING.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Sharp on November 13, 2008
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I received this book as a gift and what a surprisingly smart and thoughtful gift it has been. As a busy working mom I travel a good deal of the time and making Meg's finger puppets is the perfect in flight activity! Trust me I am not a crafty mom but I can manage making these puppets. Small enough to pack away plus a great present to give to my daughters when I arrive home. I will be gifting my mom friends with this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tmtrvlr on July 13, 2011
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Knitted Finger Puppets by Meg Leach contains 34 quick projects for finger puppets. This is a good way to use up leftover yarns, and these wonderful portable toys can provide hours of play in public places when you have to wait. Whether your child is in church, in a doctors office, or going for a car ride these will provide fun, imaginative, and quiet playtime.

The instructions are clear and there are good photographs of each puppet. All skill levels are represented here, with most being easy.

There are basic knitting instructions, instructions for using DPNs (double pointed needles), and increasing/decreasing. Using DPNs takes practice , but once you catch on, they are fun to use. There are also instructions for very basic crochet stitches. You can make individual animals and characters or make a complete themed group. The themes are a North Pole Christmas, circus, and fairy tales. This is a nice book to make some quick toys for family or charities. These are popular in some charities, especially for children in hospitals or dialysis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 15, 2009
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Over thirty easy-to-make finger puppet toy projects are offered in a fine guide of easy patterns modeled on popular kids' characters and everyday figures, and will be perfect for beginning knitters with small friends to knit for. Three theme 'collections' are included in this outstanding resource.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Newman on May 2, 2009
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I have found this book has wonderfully designed finger puppets for me to knit for friends and family, young and old. A very professional approach in design to much loved "friends" of nursery rhymes and nursery tales. Thank you for sharing your skills with me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Yerke on April 15, 2010
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I have searched for knitted or crocheted finger puppet patterns and was thrilled when I found this book. Great variety of characters. Great directions. Great photos.
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