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Little Knitted Creatures (Leisure Arts #5144) Paperback – Bargain Price, August 1, 2010

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Leisure Arts is a leading publisher and distributor of “how-to” and lifestyle publications with emphasis on creative crafts, needlework, decorating, and entertaining.  Leisure Arts is located in Little Rock, AR.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc. (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609000145
  • ASIN: B0057D9KC4
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,049,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Carter on July 28, 2012
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I was excited to find a book of knit animal patterns that did NOT use DPNs! All of these patterns are knit using a pair of size 4 (US) needles and worsted weight yarn (a couple patterns also call for bulky novelty yarn). Sometimes the knitting gets tight and difficult when the pattern calls for a lot of quick increases, but it's still do-able. I've been making my creatures more kid/baby friendly by stitching eyes rather than using doll eyes and avoiding using felt (doesn't wash well). I do not care for the "invisible increase" the author wants us to use (and which I was unable to make work at all if it was called for on the first stitch in a row) so I just knit in the front and back of a stitch to make an increase and remember to count the second part of that increase as the next stitch called for in the pattern. So far I've made the octopus (SO cute!), a "gold"fish in a blue/white variegated yarn, the pig (without the shirt, I like it better that way), and the sheep. I am currently working on the angel fish and looking forward to a turtle next!
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I bought this because another gal in my knitting group has this book and had knitted an adorable bunny 2x the pattern size and I wanted to to make one for my granddaughter. This book is full of adorable knitted critter patterns that are super easy to follow. You can knit as per pattern or double or triple the patter to make bigger ones. Example: the bunny pattern on pg.27-29 is really small when finished, so knitting it by doubling the amount of stitches in each row makes it the perfect size. All the critters are varying in sizes - each one has a finished size in the instructions so you know what it will be. ie: the Cinda Squirrel's finished size is 5 3/4" and the Boyce Bruin ( brown bear on the cover) is 10 1/2 " tall).
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I've been a fan of Amy Gaines for years. This book is really top notch. So many adorable designs, and with personality! Standard needle size makes buying supplies easy, and if you run across stitches or terms you're not familiar with, there is a guide to help you out. I absolutely cannot gush enough about how much I love this book!
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Amy does wonderful work! You can count on her pattern directions and these are made with easily found materials! This is not a thick book. Don't let that scare you though or feel like you're getting ripped off because it's a great value! This is complete with directions and photos. No other filler stuff. Very well done!!! (If you're familiar with Annie's publications, this one is just like the others.) And frankly, these designs are so cute that it was enough to push me over the edge to learn to knit! :0)
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**Disclaimer**
This review written by wife of account holder. Sorry, no man knitters here.

I wouldn't say I'm an advanced knitter, nor would I say I'm a beginning knitter. I fall somewhere right in the happy middle. The patterns in this book are plenty easy to understand, but what makes them truly difficult, are the rapid increases as someone else mentioned. I'm currently working on the cute little owl pattern. You cast on 6, and within 7 rows you have multiplied those 6 into 48. Basically, you increase every stitch on every even row. The result is that by row 8 I have to hold the loops on the needles at the veeeeeery tip of the needles (resulting in a variety of curse words as the loops kept slipping off no matter how hard I tried to hold them on) because the length of the stitches ON the needles, are 3x's the length of the cast on end. The loops also end up VERY tight so that they are difficult to slide on the needle. No joke, I'm writing this review because my hands and fingers are sore from pulling so hard on the yarn to knit and they need a break. Now, maybe there's a method I haven't figured out yet on how to do this, I dunno. If someone DOES know, please feel free to share. I've tried starting loose cast on loops but that doesn't seem to help at all. My next attempt in this book, I'll probably try using dpn's maybe. As these increases are in pretty much EVERY pattern in the book, there's no getting away from them.

Overall, if you can figure out a way to make the rapid increases easy, I would definitely recommend this book. All the plushies are just adorable and I'm hoping to find a way to make them all. I would say each one is easily only a days' work, if that even, for a moderate knitter. Some are bit trickier than others but pretty much if you just take your time, they're do-able.
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By Viro81 on January 16, 2013
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I bought this book on a day when I was feeling a little more ambitious than a beginning scarf-knitter should feel. The animals were so darn cute, and I just couldn't help myself! I got home expecting to be disappointed, frustrated, and covered in ripped out yarn within minutes. Instead I found that I could follow the patterns and instructions quite well! It has been so much fun making these little knitted animals and my one year old little boy can hardly wait for me to finish each one. Cute animals, easy instructions, and simple enough that the beginning knitter can wade through with a little patience and determination.
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I've bought individual Amy Gaines patterns in the past, so this book was a MUST for me. I've made more then half of the patterns in this book - all are easy to follow, clearly written and they are all so great.
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