Knitted Teddy Bears by Sandra Polley is a charming book with lots of wonderfully cute knitting patterns for teddies and their clothes.
You will find a very nice mix of patterns including some traditional-style heirloom bears,full wardrobes, tiny bears for miniature enthusiasts and plenty of tips and hints on making up, doing faces etc. An altogether delightful book for anyone interested in the fun hobby of knitting teddy bears.
"This book is quite delightful and the ah factor is very strong! The
bears are traditional in style and quite small, using relatively fine
needles (size 3.5 mm and down). A couple of the bears are made in
worsted weight/DK yarn but most use fingering/four ply weights. There
are well over a dozen different patterns, mainly in garter stitch and
stocking stitch, for not only the bears but suitable clothing as well.
The bears are sympathetically photographed with close-ups and full
drawings of how to shape the bodies and attach arms and legs to body;
some are even fully jointed.
The patterns are written for the American market but throughout the book suitable metric alternatives are given. There are many hints and tips throughout the book on personalizing your bears and once you have it in your collection you are likely to pull it out many times. I already have two potential recipients on my list"
"I have had this book for a while and have tried most of the patterns now. Some are bigger and more complex but most of them can be knitted and made up in a few evenings. They make much appreciated gifts. The patterns have clear instructions and knit up beautifully - you will need some basic skills (knit, pearl, increase, decrease etc) but they are not very difficult. You can make endless variations by trying out different yarns and many need only small amounts of wool, so the book is a great stash buster too. The shaping on the patterns makes them look like proper teddy bears and gives them great character. Just don't let anyone look through the book or you will have a long list of requests!"
"Absolutely Brilliant book. A must for any toy knitter. Easy to use and simple instructions. Even great for first time knitters."
"This book is absolutely fantastic!The instructions and small diagrams are easy to understand. I have knitted Rosie bear and Oliver and they are adorable. I am using left over wool,embroidery thread for features and paws and black beads for the eyes.They would make lovely gifts for special friends.A very affordable book and I didn't even have to pay postage! bonus."The Knitting Wool Store
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