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Field Guide To Knitted Birds
Over 40 Handmade Projects to Liven Up Your Roost
Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison

Search Press
23 March 2017/ ISBN 9781782215394
How-To Books/Knitting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Those knitting maestros are at it again, this time with birds. Knit yourself an aviary of fun, colorful feathered friends from all over the world and use them to decorate your home year-round, or adorn your Christmas tree.

You can expect a more beautiful than average book when you buy an Arne and Carlos one. This is no exception, with not only lots of gorgeous birds but also shots of the duo’s home and stash of wonderful, inspiring objects. For an unusual twist, flip open the first two pages and see thumbnail (actually larger than that) images of all the birds, making it easy to select one. Do the same with the final two pages and see a basic blank chart and written instructions so you can design your own bird, or make anything in the book. There is more about this in the first chapter where you can discover how to make up the basic bird and what materials you need to buy. You won’t have to try and source Scandinavian yarns either, as the birds can be made up using a variety of different ones. This is not a book for beginners and you need to be able to read charts, but as long as you know how to knit these small projects won’t be too taxing. There are many different patterns in here from birds based on the authors complete with wire glasses to birds with embroidery inspired by traditional Mexican patterns or Scandinavian sweaters, European garden birds and exotic birds of paradise. Some birds look extra festive as they are adorned with real feathers, beads and sequins, while others sport hats or have their patterns incorporated into them as they are knitted. This is an excellent way of decorating your home in an attractive and unusual way and using up lots of oddments of yarn. Beautiful and a lot of fun.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and Craftsuprint.
Reviewed 2017