This gorgeous book brings you more than 40 irresistible mini knits for knitters of all abilities. The fun, simple knitting patterns include a whole range of cute little farmyard animals, as well as fields for them to live in, a barn to shelter in, and some farmers to look after them with their own country cottage!
Choose from all your farmyard favourites such as cows, sheep, pigs, donkeys and horses along with chickens, ducks, pheasants and crows. Many of the patterns require only small amounts of readily available yarn, so they are ideal for using up scraps from your stash. The book also contains a useful techniques section, with step-by-step instructions on stuffing and sewing up, creating tails and manes, and the embroidery stitches needed to create the facial features and details.
With a handy foldout template sheet stored in the back of the book, this is all you need to make your very own knitted farmyard.
Table of Contents
Intro Materials and tools Basic knitting Abbreviations Step-by-step, basic animal, pony Step-by-step, basic doll with dungaree Step-by-step, doll variation, green grocer legs Key techniques (animals’ tail, mane, dolls’ hair variations) Basic embroidery Projects: Pig & piglets Bull Cow Donkey Goat Pony Sheepdog Sheep Alpaca Dog Cat Turkey Pheasant Chicken & chicks Turkey Duck Magpie & crow Pigeon Farmer - man Farmer woman Girl with basket Children Baby Shepherd Shepherd child with sheep Scarecrow Pumpkin Greengrocer Vegetable patch Vegetables Vegetable cart Thatched cottage Cottage variation Barn Fields with pond
About the Author
Sachiyo Ishii was born and raised in Japan. She was a money broker on Wall Street and in London before discovering the joy of handicraft after her second son was born. She learned dressmaking and Waldorf doll making and has been designing and creating dolls and toys ever since. She teaches knitting, doll making, wet and dry felting, sewing, crochet and spinning, among other crafts. She has authored a number of best-selling titles for Search Press and her work regularly appears in knitting magazines. Sachiyo lives in Sussex, UK with her husband and two sons. Visit her website at www.knitsbysachi.com