Adorable Knitted Animals: Cute Stuffed Toys To Knit the Japanese Way

Tuttle. Mar. 2021. 112p. ISBN 9780804854023. pap. $15.99. CRAFTS
Knitting designer Ibuki presents her collection of 25 hand-crafted animals. Pattern instructions explain how to knit the component parts of each animal, sew them together, and stuff and felt the animal. As the book’s numerous colorful photos indicate, these toys are very detailed with realistic attributes; they’re based on Ibuki’s careful research. All measurements are given in both metric and imperial units. These animals would make lovely gifts for babies and children; the menagerie includes zoo animals, pets, and other domestic critters. Ibuki gives each one a name and an accompanying story to enhance its personality. Dimensions range from palm-sized, like Mimi the Japanese Dormouse, to Mikey the Lar Gibbon, who is 16 inches tall.
VERDICT This book is appropriate for knitters experienced in making various types of stitches and following charts, and for crafters with good fine motor skills for assembling the animals. Each creature is a work of art and would be well worth the effort to create.
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