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500 Toys To Knit, Crochet, Felt and Sew
Nguyen Le

Search Press
15 February 2013 / ISBN-13: 9781844489312
How-To Books/Mixed crafts
Amazon US - UK

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

This is a small format but tubby book filled with toys, 500 of them to be exact. As the title explains there are several ways of making them and a toy for all occasions and ages, as well as plenty of attractive and eye-catching ornaments to appeal to the adults. If the word toys makes you imagine just soft toys then think again, for in here are all kinds of decorations, playthings and even garments to make. The book starts by giving a helpful list of what you need for a basic kit to make the projects and why you need each item. There is a short refresher course too for those wanting to brush up on essential skills, whether casting on or the stitches you need to know for knitting, crochet basics, needle felting in one page and simple stitches. Find out how to read the patterns, tips on stuffing and age suitability as well as abbreviations. Then it is on with the patterns themselves which take up the bulk of this book. These are divided into sections not on how they are made, but on themes such as first toys (for babies), animals, play food, dolls, costumes, toy versions of everyday items and things to use for sports and fitness. Each section also has a useful part at the end giving variations on the items and at the end of the book the index indicates which project is made using which of the four methods, a nice touch. Projects are all laid out in the same manner with a full page photograph of the finished item on one side and instructions the other. Skill level would be improvers upwards, although most of the projects are delightfully simple. Choose from finger puppets, dinosaurs, a pirate, cuddly cupcake, knitted car, felt crown and more. Not sure about a favorite but the knitted donut makes a wonderful bun ring!

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 2013