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The Big Book of Knitted Monsters: Mischievous, Lovable Toys Paperback – January 18, 2011
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About the Author
Rebecca Danger of Bothell, Washington, is a knitting-pattern designer who believes knitting is a lifestyle, not just a hobby. She's got a great blog at www.rebeccadanger.typepad.com and a monster of a website at www.dangercrafts.com. She also feels quite proud that all of the knitting she did in high school and college has led to something more than just frowns and disgruntled looks from teachers.
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The 20 monsters (22 if you count the babies) in this book all share the personality and style I've come to associate with Rebecca's work, yet each one is unique and irresistible in their own right. When you consider the variations possible with yarn weight and color, as well as the possibility of combining different pieces from each design, this book alone could provide with years of knitting enjoyment.
As with her individual patterns, the instructions for each monster are clearly and concisely written, and well illustrated with photos of important steps in the process. Patterns also contain a list of materials (yarn, needles, and notions) for each of the two example pieces of every design. Of course with Rebecca's excellent introductory talk about yarn/needle types and the included standard yarn-weight system chart, you can use your knowledge to create a monster in whatever size and color you desire.
Several important techniques to these designs are illustrated in the beginning of the book, including one of the better demonstrations of magic-loop that I've seen. She does assume working knowledge of basic knitting and certain other techniques including kitchener stitch and 3-needle bind-off; but if you are a beginner she directs you to great free resources online to help learn the needed methods.
I've already started on a monster for my home, and I'm sure there will be many more in the future. I suggest you pick up your needles today and get knitting, I say we should make Rebecca's monsters take over the world!
Well, ok, the first monster was not like anything I've done before, and I think it would be something some of the guys would like. The background story was adorable and funny. The second seemed a lot like the first, with minor changes, and a different story. The third was very similar to it's cousins. And so on throughout the book. Basically, if you do one, you're pretty much done. The patterns are very repetitive. They are just a lump with arms and legs. Really!
A better plan would be to let your child draw a picture. Then cut out a front and back, arms and legs, from felt and sew them together. Easy, simple,faster, cheaper, and I'm sad to say, more creative.
I recommend buying some of Rebecca Danger's patterns from Etsy. There are much better ones from her than these.
If you're not a confident knitter yet, this is a good buy. The monsters make quick, great gifts for people of all ages and she's got wonderful photos and lists web pages that will help you learn standard knitting techniques. I suspect there's many a person in an office job that would enjoy having a monster to personalize their space. One in a care package to a college student would also be appreciated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Many people love this form of knitted monster, I just don't. I have no objection to how they look, I just think there are easier ways to construct them.Published 28 days ago by Cynthia Kester
Cute, cute knitted monsters! I'm a little disappointed that instructions for knitting these on circular needles, without having to learn the "magic loop" technique, are not... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marianne Harms
Love this book and easy to mix and match pieces to make your own individual creation.Published 4 months ago by Punkachew
Loved this book!!!
A friend showed it to me when I started knitting...The instructions are clear and simple and the monsters are lovely.
I haven't made anything from it yet, but had a good look through and the book is great! A lot of pictures, instructions seem clear, and a lot of good information!Published 7 months ago by Jaime
Love these monsters to create. If you use the magic loop method of knitting (using Addis turbo circular needles)suggested by the author the monsters as relatively easy to knit. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Karen