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Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys: Magical Two-in-One Reversible Projects [Spiral-bound]

Susan B. Anderson
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Book Description

April 9 2013

Susan B. Anderson's fifth book--her most enchanting yet--turns the spotlight on "reversibles": knitted projects that are two toys in one. This collection of a dozen delightful toys features a dog in a doghouse, a chrysalis with a fluttery surprise inside, a tiny hidden fairy, a vintage toy with a fabled theme to boot, pigs in a blanket, and much more.

The adorable photographic sequences and the playful and energetic line drawings show how each finished reversible can be turned inside out to reveal its companion toy. Projects are arranged in order from simplest (fine for a beginner) to the most challenging. Finally, the book features tutorials from the author (a great knitting teacher), explaining special techniques: how to apply any applique, how to do the stem stitch, how to embroider "eyes" on the Bunny and Lamb, and 14 more. It all adds up to the best knitting book of the season.

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About the Author

Susan B. Anderson writes her popular knitting blog at Her projects have appeared in Knit Simple, Interweave Knits, Parents, Crafts Beautiful, and elsewhere. The author of Spud & Chloë at the Farm, Itty-Bitty Toys, Itty-Bitty Nursery, and Itty-Bitty Hats, she lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and four children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book Jan. 9 2014
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I am very impressed with this book. It includes a lot of patterns, with clear, easy to understand instructions. I would highly reccomend it to anyone interested in knitting fun toys for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great patterns Dec 4 2013
By Kyuuki
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wanted some idea to make toy for a newborn baby yet to be born :P I would say there are for all sort of age, they are like plushies. A baby cant switch to the other toy, but parent can while they grow up to be able to. The patterns are easy to follow, well written and very cute! Great price for what it include.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable designs, fantastic photography, great photo tutorials April 4 2013
By B. - Published on
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I preordered this book and was thrilled when it was finally released. It arrived today, and I can't wait to knit something from this. The problem is that I love all the designs so much that I really have no idea which to knit first. Susan comes through once again with clever, adorable designs with instructions that are easy to follow. Acknowledging that most knitters dread the finishing work that toys require, Susan has thought through each design to alleviate as much finishing as possible. Clear step-by-step photos show tutorials for many techniques that are useful beyond the scope of the toys in this book, or beyond toys in general. Some of the tutorials include casting on a small number of stitches for working in the round, picking up stitches on a stuffed toy, working duplicate stitch and stem stitch, embroidering faces, stitching on an appliqué, attaching doll hair, and more.

The basics of the book are great, too. The hard cover protects the pattern pages, but the covered spiral binding allows the book to lie flat while you're knitting. The cover also features a "pull and smile" tab, a nod to children's books, that reveals the reversible nature of the toys inside. The table of contents features small photos of each project next to the respective chapters--a nice touch. The narrative of the introduction to the book and to each pattern reveals the down-to-earth nature of the designer and gives a more personal connection to the designs.

The photography by Liz Banfield is excellent. There is a great balance of close-up stitches-on-the-needle shots, pictures of the toys in transformation, detail shots of each toy, and kids actually playing with the toys. I love that the kids are oftentimes slightly out of focus but the toys are showcased in the forefront. Cute illustrations by Mariko Jesse fill in the white space and add to the whimsy of the book.

This isn't a learn-to-knit book, and Susan doesn't waste expensive pages teaching you to knit and purl. She assumes you know the basics, but even a beginner could handle a good number of these patterns.

Bottom line: If you are a toy knitter or a knitter who wants to learn to knit toys, buy this book. Just don't let your kids look at it. You might be hounded to knit every toy in the book for them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A slightly different take on making knitted toys April 28 2013
By Rosiel - Published on
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I have made knitted toys before, and it's not fun. Small pieces, and you have to do a fair amount of sewing. And it's frequently in DK. This book uses worsted weight, mainly. One project has a bit of buiky, and two projects are sock weight. but most are worsted.
The author has you picking up stitches from the main piece for attachments, which really cuts down on sewing.
These toys are different, and very ingenious. Not just a soft toy, but something you can play with like action figures, making up your own story, using both characters. That is really cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delight to own ..the toys are just adorable April 8 2013
By j - Published on
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I own Ms. Anderson's 4 other books...and all of them are a treat for the young or the young at heart. They are imaginative and delightful...this is a wonderful addition to one's collection...I totally recommend this new one. I own a lot of knitting and crochet books...and it bothers me to buy books that are totally unimaginative...and just resell old , boring ideas...these are wonderfully fresh and imaginative..and totally worth buying...thank you ...and we want more!!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys Magical Two-in-One Reversible Projects April 14 2013
By Jbarr5 (julie Barrett) - Published on
Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys Magical Two-in-One Reversible Projects by Susan B. Anderson
Such a cute and useful idea. This book gives you the details and instructions on how to make a stuffed animal with a surprise.
My favorite is the egg that turns into a penguin.
Easy to understand knit directions that explain how to sew the item together so one side will show one face expression and the other side with different arm/leg colors show a different face expression.
Stitch abbreviations are also explained.
Shows some of the more difficult techniques with step by step detailed sections.
12 projects, another favorite would be the snowman that turns into a Christmas tree, then again I like the dog in the doghouse and the butterfly one...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a steal! Dec 11 2013
By Emma - Published on
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I absolutely love the way Susan thinks--her toys are so cute and practical. Everyone I've made them for has been amazed with how ingenious they are! I can't wait to start a few projects out of this book. I would like to get it in a hard copy as soon as I have the money for it, but for now I ordered the Kindle edition which is a STEAL. I honestly want to make a donation to Susan because I cannot believe that there are so many patterns and tutorials available for just 2.50. It's incredible and I couldn't be happier with the value of this purchase.
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