Knitting little animals is a lot of fun, whether you knit them for kids or for a grown-up who happens to love pigs or cows or what have you. Sarah Keen's Knitted Farm Animals: 15 Irresistible Easy-to-Knit Friends offers lots of cute options to knit a barnyard full of adorable friends, or just a couple of cuties for someone who loves animals.
About the Book
- Pages: 128
- Format: paperback
- Number of patterns: 15
- Skill level: none given, but most are fine for beginners to advanced beginners
- Illustrations: full-color photographs
- Knitting lessons: a 13-page "getting started" section covers the basics of casting on, knitting, purling and finishing the animals
- Publication date: December 2012
Knitted Farm Animals opens with a project gallery that shows all the little critters off in full-page glory. This section is sure to draw you in and make you want to knit a bunch of these cuties. It's also great if you're knitting for a kid because they can easily see all the different projects and pick the one they want (my daughter chose a llama; good girl!).
Most of the animals represented in this book are pretty common barnyard creatures -- chickens, ducks, sheep, a cow, a horse, a cat -- but a few are less expected, such as the turkey, highland bull and llama.
All of the animals call for lightweight yarn, though you could substitute with medium weight and you'd just end up with larger animals. The animals are worked flat in pieces and are all either in Garter Stitch or Stockinette. Though some of the animals have a lot of pieces, they aren't too difficult to knit, but assembly could take some time.
That work will be worth it when you see these cute creatures in all their wooly glory.
If you have an animal-loving child or just like having cute things around you in your home or office, the animals in Knitted Farm Animals will be a lot of fun to knit and to admire when they're finished. Some of these would be really cute as seasonal decorations, too. Knit up some chicks and eggs for springtime and a turkey for Thanksgiving.
The book is also interspersed with fun facts about the animals that make the book a little more interesting to read beyond the patterns. I didn't know, for instance, that pigs can't look up or that Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat flap!