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Mini Knitted Christmas
Sue Stratford

Search Press
17 July 2015 / ISBN 9781782211563
How-To Books/Knitting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Surround yourself with knitted decorations this Christmas and put the homemade back into the holidays. If you liked the Twenty to Make book Mini Christmas Knits (also reviewed on this site) by the same author then here is another batch of festive projects.

There are twenty-six items to make in here, as well as a larger format which will open flat after a bit of use (always a good thing). None of the projects uses much yarn so this is a good opportunity to use up oddments in your stash as well as having fun with sparkly lurex yarns. You can knit a Nativity scene to start with, complete with hanging star and a stable to put everybody in. The rest of the book has Santa, elf, penguins in jumpers, a sleigh with reindeer, hanging decorations like a turkey, mistletoe, baubles and even a wee paper chain not made of paper to name a few. Each project has a full page photograph plus written instructions, what you need and how to make up. This is not a book that teaches knitting from scratch, and is aimed at the intermediate knitter who can cope with tiny detailed work and has a few projects under their belt. There is an impressive section showing how to make up the reindeer, make the heads, do a few common embroidery stitches, make an i-cord and do three-needle castoff with staged photographs. Sadly there is nothing like this for the rather complex words-only description of Kitchener stitch, blanket stitch and wrap and turn; this would have been really useful. Apart from this I was pleased with this lovely book of projects that are sure to make any Christmas decorating look special and handmade.

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Reviews of other titles by this author

Little Christmas Decorations to Knit and Crochet - Sue Stratford and Val Pierce
Knitted Cats and Kittens - Sue Stratford
Knitted Meerkats

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