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Adorable Teddy Bears To Knit
Rachel Borello

Search Press
7 July 2015 / ISBN-13: 9781782212720
How-To Books/Knitting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Knit a bevy of bears and dress them up with this fun book. There are ten to choose from, plus a range of cute outfits to dress them in, all great as starting points to get children's imagination racing.

Choose from classic bears, a koala, panda, baby bear and more, and dress them up in a variety of costumes including a superhero and Scandinavian Christmas outfit. There are accessories too, such as a sleeping bag for baby tiny bear, a Christmas stocking and backpack. Many of the clothes are mix and match so you can dress your bear in a variety of ways, and use up lots of yarn oddments as you do so. Some knitting know-how is required to use this book, particularly as many of the bears and items are knitted in the round on four or five needles. Knowing how to do this is a given here, although there are some projects knitted on just two and most of the stitches used are plain and purl. At the back are some basic core techniques, including casting on, plain, purl and finishing, as well as a handy list of abbreviations. More about the multi needle method of knitting would have been useful as it is used so much.

The book is well laid out, with all the bears at the front and then the clothes. Each bear has more than one large photograph showing it both dressed and naked, with more pictures of all the items that go with it. My own favorite has to be Olaf the Christmas bear who purposely knits up quickly and would make a great decoration as well as a toy. This will be a popular book with any confident knitter who knows how to manage more than two needles and knows more than the basics.

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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 2015