Author(s): Sachiyo Ishii
Let your imagination run wild with the latest title from innovative knitter, Sachiyo Ishii. This charming book contains over 30 fun, simple knitting patterns for a range of cute and cuddly toys. Create simple playthings such as animals, cars, trains, fairies and cupcakes, and then try your hand at larger toy sets, including a castle under siege, an alien invasion, a prehistoric play-scene and a fairytale cottage complete with magical characters! The book is suitable for knitters of all skill levels, and all the patterns require only small amounts of readily available yarn. The book also contains a useful techniques section containing step-by-step instructions for the necessary techniques, including stuffing and sewing up figures, creating knitted eyes and i-cords, and all the embroidery stitches needed to create the facial features and details.
Sachiyo Ishii was a money broker in Wall Street and London, but discovered the joy of handcraft after her second son was born, and was very much influenced by the Steiner education system. She has been involved in many different creative activities, and her Waldort inspired dolls and knitted toys are well known and loved by many. Her work has appeared in knitting and parenting magazines. She lives and works freelance in West Sussex, England.
Introduction 8 Materials and tools 10 Basic knitting 14 Abbreviations 15 Sewing up and stuffing 16 Key techniques 20 Basic embroidery 22 The Toys Teddy buddies 26 Cosy snowmen 28 Awesome aeroplane 30 Colourful chameleon 32 Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf 34 Three little pigs 36 Snuggly panda 38 Bouncing balls 40 Scrumptious cupcakes 42 Choo-choo train 44 Cute cats and marvellous mice 46 Balancing baby clown 48 Doggy buddies 50 Cheeky monkey 52 Yellow submarine 54 Nuts about squirrels 56 Beach bunnies 58 Fun finger puppets 60 Deadly dinosaurs 64 Perfect penguins 70 Alien invasion! 72 Mousey mates 78 Pretty parrot 80 Dressing-up time! 82 Cuddly kangaroos 84 Playful puppies 86 Curious cats 88 Fabulous fairies 90 Up-and-away! 92 Prehistoric playtime 96 Castle under siege! 100 Snow White and the seven dwarves 108