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Knit The Nativity
Jan Messent

Search Press
18 July 2012 / ISBN-13: 9781844488728
How-To Books/Knitting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Knit your own nativity scene! Get your whole family, club, class or group involved and make one to display at home or somewhere you all meet. This book was originally published back in 1987, and here is a well-timed reissue for a new generation of yarncrafters to enjoy.

There is more than just knitting in here, and knitters of all levels can get involved. Figures have a cardboard interior that can be made up by non-knitters, and even young children can carefully wind wool around board to make the stable. As it says on the cover, this is the original text; but the types of yarn used have been updated, as have all the figures, not wearing modern clothes but re-knitted in the new yarns! As this is a UK title and the text is not new, there are just written instructions, not charts, but both metric and imperial measurements are used and both UK and US sizes given. The set itself is timeless and lovely with all the main characters present, bar the camels (those thin legs) and is sure to be treasured for years, unbreakable as it is. There are diagrams for the card supports, quotations from the Bible to put you in the mood, and lots of colored photographs of the finished pieces. This is not a book that teaches knitting, but a project book so beginners need to go elsewhere to learn. Or how about getting involved by helping to make the stable first??

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2012