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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.

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; Spi edition (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579653766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653767
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Legal Knitter VINE VOICE on October 8, 2009
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If you like to knit toys, you need this book in your knitting library, plain and simple. There is a huge variety of yarn weight, toy and pattern types in this book, and the adorability factor is off the charts. The section on knitting toys with sock yarn is one of my favorites, not only because of how cute the toys are, but because sock yarn is such a rich canvas for a knitter. (And for those of us who don't like to knit socks, how wonderful to have a fresh excuse to plunge into the sock yarn section!) The two patterns jockeying for top spot in my queue are the Hippo (in sock yarn!) and the Giraffe pictured on the cover, but there are plenty of others tugging at my needles too. One of the best toy knitting books out there.
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By M. Boyd on October 16, 2009
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June 25, 2010 Update: It's been several months since I first reviewed this book, and I wanted update my review to show that I'm still incredibly enthusiastic about this book! I've now made several toys from the book, and there are more on my summer knitting list. The patterns have all been well-written and so much fun to finish. I just really like Susan B. Anderson's aesthetic and instructions. The instructions are clear but concise, and they encourage confidence. This is the longest I've kept any knitting book on my "always handy" shelf or in my knitting bag, and I've made more patterns from it than from any other book. It's also fun because the finished toys always get rave reviews and amazed reactions when others see them. This is definitely money well-spent!

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.
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Concur with prior reviewer on the chance to use the sock yarn on something that isn't a sock. I received the book this weekend and I still haven't decided which project to start with. I love the hippo and the giraffe but what really intrigues me is the section on reversible toys. The Lion that flips over and becomes an elephant looks like so much fun.

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.
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This book is great! Really fun projects and easy to follow patterns. I have only been knitting for 5 months and easily completed some of the "more advanced" animals in this book. The patterns are not only simply written, but the author makes things very clear, breaking down patterns into smaller sections. Though she suggests stitching parts together as you go, I only did that with the first animal.... I found it easier to do all the knitting and then stitch together all at once. The ONLY down side to this book is that as someone brand new to making stuffed animals I needed more guidance around putting the pieces together ("use the photo as a guide" wasn't enough in my opinion. I wanted more specific instructions on how and where to whipstitch). Otherwise, this book rocks!
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I have the entire collection of Susan B Anderson books and this one is just as wonderful as the others. All the toys in the book seem simple enough to knit even for beginners. The book gives clear instructions on how to knit with double pointed needles, explains knitting abbreviations with images for the visual learners, and it even gives you toy knitting tips. The toys are separated into chapters. There's the "Quick and Easy" chapter, "Sock-yarn toys" chapter, "Take-action Toys" chapter which incluldes toys that you bounce, toss, pull and push. There's also "Classic Toys Revisited" chapter which takes you back in time to the original toys, such as princess and the pea, and nesting dolls. And the last chapter which is my favorite the "Reversibles" toys.
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.
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Overall I do like this book, the toys are cute and easy to make. I especially like the reversible toy section, lots of clever patterns to choose from. However, there are several things that I find irksome as I work through some of these patterns.

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.
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