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Curious Creatures
Dr Knit
Arturo Arcona

Search Press
20 April 2015 / ISBN 9780992792329
Juvenile/ Non Fiction / Knitting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Who does Snowflake the rabbit turn to when she has trouble leaving the magician’s hat, or Dotty the ladybird with no spots? Dr Knit of course, who will sort out their problems with some therapy or maybe the sort of operation only knitting needles can manage. Then there are the Ring brothers who need separating, the narwhal who has encountered rather too much rubbish and…

…fifteen creatures in all, each with their own story and of course their own pattern. The collection started life as an art exhibition and has to be the most refreshingly different book of knitting patterns I have ever seen! You don’t need a doctor to tell you that knitting is a therapy in itself, and having fun making such a collection of imaginative toys is good for you. I can imagine children being enthralled by the stories and this will generate all sorts of imaginative play. The front of the book features the stories, illustrated with whole page photos of the finished pieces. The Knitting Laboratory mentions basic techniques such as casting on, plain and purl etc as well as basic crochet but unfortunately the illustrations run out here and everything is reduced to words. I don’t think this is a suitable book for total beginners and it does not profess to be so; the patterns are simple and only use basic stitches so I would class it an improver’s book. Maybe the written instructions might be of help to jog memories of people who have forgotten the basics but it is the least impressive part of the book. The final section consists of the patterns themselves, these also come in written form but should not pose too much of a problem to anybody who can do the basics. A few staged photos would be useful, but these are small projects that are quick to make up and there is more than one photo of each finished piece for comparison. A fun book that is bursting with imagination.

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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