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Knitted Aliens : 20 To Make - Fiona McDonald

Knitted Aliens

20 To Make

Paperback Published: 3rd June 2010
ISBN: 9781844485369
Number Of Pages: 47

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From the far corners of the galaxy, this interplanetary reference delivers 20 brilliant, knitted alien designs. Perfect as gifts for children and adults or simply as conversation pieces, these adorable extraterrestrials are outlined with full knitting patterns and explained through simple and clear instructions.

The finished aliens are shown in beautifully styled photographs, accompanied by additional notes. Conveniently sized and perfect for being stowed away in knitting bags, this entertaining handbook provides a variety of unique gifts or stocking fillers, guaranteed to inspire knitters of all levels to develop their own imaginative creations.

I have knitted two of these alien whilst on holiday and Mum made another two. The patterns include only basic knit, purl and basic increasing and decreasing. They would make them a brilliant project for a new knitter with some help making up. Will (6) particularly enjoyed adding the decorations to the knitted bodies, and both he and Anna chose the wool. It was a great way to use up little ends and some of the novelty wool I can't resist but wouldn't necessarily want to wear! Sometimes the fancy wool made bits come up bigger then expected but I think that's definitely the fun of these, each one comes out with their own personality. As the name suggest there are twenty patterns in this book, giving lots of potential for a whole planet of daft aliens. Due to the size of the book it was sometimes difficult to knit and keep the pages open, especially if you need to keep a count of the short rows, which you would need to do with the fluffier wool. I can see this book coming out over and over again as the kids grow up and are able to complete more of the stages themselves. I can also see no reason why these aliens couldn't be stuffed with lavender and live in an underwear drawer or be threaded onto a bag dangle. One nice thing is that the models in the photos are not so perfect that you feel your own efforts would be a poor comparison, they give you a very reasonable expectation that every single alien you make will come out totally bonkers!-Jennyflowerblue.blogspot.com Have you ever seen a Fragmolite? How about a Welpmina or a Helipop? Inside this book are knitting patterns for twenty aliens, together with twenty ideas for variations on them. They are out of this world! Just the thing for people who have learned to knit and are up to tackling a small pattern, or anybody else who is looking for some wee creatures for whatever purpose and wants to use up some spare yarn. These aliens all come with a few lines about where they come from and what they are like, just the sort of thing to get children's imaginations working in overdrive. They would make great party favors, prizes, gifts to hang on a Christmas tree or charity bazaar items. Each project has a double page spread with a whole page format photograph of the alien and its variation, plus details about what you need (mainly 8-ply yarn), size of needles, written (not charted) instructions and how to make them up. The instructions are easy to follow, laid out in sections for different body parts and with each new instruction on a separate line. You won't find knitting instructions in here, but there are some hints as to safety, what to use as filling etc and in truth everything you need to know for everybody but the most inexperienced knitter.-Myshelf.com If you are a knitter, or if you just like to smile, this is the book for you. It is dedicated to the designer's son, Gabriel, who apparently knows everything there is to know about aliens. He must have lent his knowledge to these designs because they are delightfully alien to the world of traditional knitting. Each pattern is complete on one page (faced with a colour photo opposite), the pages being 6"x9", which makes it a perfect size for travel knitting. While not designed for the under-three crowd, these toy designs may be adjusted for younger children by replacing beads with embroidery and leaving off little antennae and choke-y bits. The designer used 3mm needles and a combination of wool and fancy (stash) fibres, but larger needles may be used since these are not garments with a required gauge. Have fun, for aliens are watching. Twenty designs, twenty colour alternatives, and 100% original.-Spool

Twenty designs and twenty alternatives Perfect as gifts

ISBN: 9781844485369
ISBN-10: 1844485366
Series: Twenty to Make
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 47
Published: 3rd June 2010
Publisher: Search Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 15.7  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.135

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