- Spiral-bound: 167 pages
- Publisher: Artisan; Spi edition (Nov. 3 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579653766
- ISBN-13: 978-1579653767
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.1 x 24.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 794 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Itty-Bitty Toys: How to Knit Animals, Dolls, and Other Playthings for Kids Spiral-bound – Nov 3 2009
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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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What did surprise me and I thought was a good idea was the little stuffed fruit the author has in the "finger food" pattern. There is a pear, an apple, and a bunch of grapes, still pretty generic in design, but the idea itself was new to me and I do think this is something that kids would play a lot with. Other than that, the reversible toys (there are 5) are cute, but it's not really a new idea (Jean Greenhowe books for instance) and the results' charm owes more to the concept (for instance, one of the toys is a cat that turns into a mouse) than to the beauty of the designs themselves.
On the subject of the look of the designs, there are a few standouts. For me the hippo, the baby doll set and the giraffe (the one you see on the book cover) are the better looking designs. A lot of the other designs don't really stand out either in construction or in looks to some of the better toy books out there (some amigurumi books have more detail). The matrioshka design comes to mind as an example of a design that really makes the book a hard sell for me, the concept is interesting but the result is frankly disappointing.
Though there is a long technical section for basic techniques like knitting in the round, making I-cord, decreasing, increasing, (again, I stand in doubt this helps anyone; beginners would have trouble learning from what's there and intermediate already know or know how to find this information in a better presentation) there isn't special attention to help make this especially friendly to toy beginners. An illustrated section on how to assemble the critters would have helped, especially since this book probably won't attract assiduous toy knitters, but this is sadly lacking. The patterns themselves are clear, line by line, but do not have schematics to help.
It's not necessarily a bad book, especially if you like the style of the toys, but it doesn't set out to reinvent anything.
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