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The Knitted Farmyard (Search Press Classics) Hardcover – September 28, 2007
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I would recommend this only for people who can't get the Messent book. The latter has significantly more content relative to the price.
Overall, I'm very dissatisfied with the patterns in this book but still in love with the photos. I intend on giving away the failed animals I made following the patterns in this book and then design my own critters to more closely match those in the photographs.
1. Yes, American's can read British English, but it is difficult when dealing with measurements and certain terminology. Also, it read like a literal translation of the German text, so some references are awkward and the reader left wondering what was really meant.
2. This is NOT a book for a beginner crafter or knitter. There are precious few diagrams and casual references at best to stitches used. I had to pull out my own stitch dictionary to figure out what some of the stitches looked like much less how to apply them. Very few measurements are given. At best, this is a casual guideline to build your own ideas from but far from any instruction booklet on how to recreate one exactly yourself. The instructions that are given are unnecessarily complicated to create such simple shapes. (For simple and easy directions of almost identical looking animals try "Knitted Animals (Education S.)" by Anne-dorthe Grigaff and Bjarni B. Jacobsen).
3. A final note is the images and printing quality. The cover is a blurred image that smacks of poor print-on-demand quality. Thankfully the images of the finished products inside are crisp, clear and close-up. However, many of the given patterns don't create what animals are in the pictures! There is an author's note at the beginning warning about the changes. But my point is this: I want to make what I see in the photos, that's why I bought the book! If you are going to change the patterns, then make a sample and include that photo instead of the original pictures! It's even more frustrating because when you study the pictures, the way the animals were originally created in the German version are more logically constructed than the adapted pattern given. But if you were not a moderate to advanced knitter you would not know this.
In the end, while the idea IS a great starting point, try to find this in a library, buy second hand or borrow from a friend to flip through once or twice. But in my POV not worth the $10 or space to keep on my bookshelf.