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Itty-Bitty Toys: How to Knit Animals, Dolls, and Other Playthings for Kids
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About the Author
Susan B. Anderson is the author of Itty-Bitty Hats, Itty-Bitty Nursery, Itty-Bitty Toys, Spud & Chloë at the Farm, Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys, and the forthcoming Kids’ Knitting Workshop. She writes her popular knitting blog at susanbanderson.blogspot.com and teaches award-winning courses on Craftsy.com and at workshops throughout the country. Susan also has a YouTube channel with dozens of instructional knitting videos that can be found under SusanBAnderson. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and four children.
Top Customer Reviews
Original review (October 2009): I love this book! I load up on knitting books because I start projects in rapid succession and also because I like to dream about what I'll make someday, and this book is easily one of my favorite knitting books ever. The toys are fun, and I think they'd be appreciated by kids of any age (and even by the young-at-heart). The toys also seem original and fresh to me. The patterns are well-written and easy to follow. And the first toy that I started (New Sock Monkey) has been knitting up quickly this week, so I may actually finish one of the toys I've started for my 9-month-old! Overall, this is an excellent book and a really amazing price for the collection of toys you get. Oh, and there are five "reversible" toys that are really unique, at least among knitting patterns that I've seen.
The book itself has lots of color pictures and like the author's prior books has a spiral binding that lets the pages lay flat. Since I haven't started a project yet, I can't comment on errata.
You will absolutely love this book!
Whether you knit the toys for kids or for decoration around the house, Itty Bitty Toys is a great book to add to your bookshelf.
When it comes to sewing the final pieces together the author says to use the photos as a guide but the pictures are really not clear in many places. For example! I am currently making the reversible bird and there isn't a clear photo to help placing the wings. The only picture that even shows the wings is taken from an odd angle and the wings are completely obscured by sunlight and blur. I'm going to have to check ravelry to see how other people placed their wings before I sew mine together. This has happened with every project I have made so far.
My second complaint is a lack of alternate yarn suggestions for the projects. Actually just telling the reader what weight of yarn the example is made from would be helpful. As an example I have never heard of O-wool Balance so it's impossible to substitute something from my stash without, once again, heading to ravelry and looking up the particular yarn. Yes, she does give a guage but that isn't nearly as helpful as having a basic weight or a few substitutions listed.
The last issue I have is the patterns are written with the assumption that everyone uses dpns. I prefer to use long cables to knit in the round, it works perfectly fine for everything I have ever attempted. It really is irritating to read these patterns written specifically for 3 needles. Every pattern is written this way. It isn't the end of the world or anything, but I find it annoying to mentally divide my stitches, and worry about needle 1 being different from needle 2, which is different from needle 3.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book! Great patterns with beautiful pictures and easy-to-follow instructions. There are patterns for every skill level, and all of the stuffed animals have a lot more... Read morePublished 13 days ago by AmazonAddict
I love the book. I'm almost through with the giraffe. Instructions were easy to follow. Will make other items out of this book.Published 20 days ago by D
The book is really well made. It has simple to more complex toys to make. It has a great segment in the beginning for tips and the instructions seem pretty clear so far.Published 2 months ago by Fireash
Good book, love the feel. Pattern easy to follow. And the knitted animals are like no otherPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer