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Knit and Crochet Garden
Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison

Search Press
5 November 2013/ ISBN 9781782210474
How-To Books/Knitting and Crochet

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


This is the third of Arne and Carlos’sumptuously illustrated and imaginative books on creating with yarn. After Christmas and Easter, it is the turn of summer and the garden, in this case, a special garden created by the pair where there was nothing. Now there is a beautiful place and it needs filling with more than flowers, so here is a book of garden inspired projects.

The projects in here are delightfully unexpected and unusual which is wonderful; there are already so many books on this subject on the market after all. There are dolls, throws, bags and household items galore but with a twist. Knit a hippy, a scarecrow, a beelike character and a gardening mouse and dress them. Instead of granny squares, make a blanket for those cool evenings outside from crocheted flowers. Use yarn for cross-stitch too and make pansy inspired mats and pillows, or make 70s inspired mats from curlicue bands shaped like flowers and butterflies, for many uses. There are many other projects among the pages, lushly illustrated with Victorian scraps, flowers, and photos of their wonderful garden. The projects themselves are aimed at the improver upwards, in a written style with no charts and nicely spaced out. All the yarns mentioned are available in Norway but maybe not elsewhere; a list of websites is given for readers to try to obtain the originals, otherwise use something of the same variety. The authors state that most of the projects are about using up leftover yarns (surely a garden themed book needs to be about being green) and this is the best method. A gorgeous book with a lot to recommend it.


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
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