Sue Stratford owns and runs The Knitting Hut, a yarn and needle supplier, and she finds the yarns she stocks there and her customers a constant source of inspiration. She teaches knitting and crochet workshops as well as offering advice to customers, and loves sharing her skills with others. She always has countless knitting projects on the go. Sue lives in Milton Keynes with her husband and five children.
Are you getting ready for Christmas? I know we are at my house. I was so excited to see the patterns in Mini Knitted Christmas by Sue Stratford. This book has patterns for an entire Nativity set including the stable. The instructions are easy to follow and very clear. I love the variety of the projects. There are all the religious ones and then the non-religious ones like Santa and his entire sleigh and reindeer, gingerbread people, animals and mistletoe. I love this book and highly recommend it!!
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'Tis the season to deck the halls with miniature magic. Sue Stratford is a knitting and crochet designer and teacher and over the years she's become known for her knitted toys and characters. She's done them all from stripy legged cats to punk rocker meerkats. Her latest book is filled with just that sense of fun. It's also filled with the wonder of the season. Small scale, of course. There are patterns for a neat nativity, for a Santa in a sleigh pulled by Dasher, Dancer Prancer and Rudolph, for polar bears and angels and shooting stars. They can be used to decorate your tree or your hearth or given as stocking fillers. And because of their size and the clarity of Sue's instructions , they're quick objects that are perfect for the run up to Christmas.* Knitting & Crochet *
Festivity, nativity yes it's Christmas. Crackers, elves, sleighs and more adorn the pages of this book. If you love Christmas and mini, you'll adore this book. I love the polar bears, donkey and reindeers. Projects are under 10cm (4") tall. Use up your scraps of yarn to knit the 26 designs, which have wide appeal. Use as tree decorations and table decorations. Great photos and clear instructions. You can see all the projects at a glance on a double page spread and easily see techniques and stitches with the step-by-step photos too. It could be a Christmas Number One, there's plenty of time to knit all the projects.* Karen Platt Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts *
features 26 pocket sized christmas knitting projects such as cute little penguins in wooly jumpers as well as characters from the nativity. It will have wide appeal with beginners as well as advanced knitters. It retails at GBP9.99 so is an excellent gift idea too.* Craft Focus *
Christmas is fast approaching so it's time to get those Christmas pattern books out and start making. If you are looking for beautiful small projects that can make Christmas super special
then this book is ideal. The projects are amazing. The patterns are for everything from a full
nativity set to Santa and his sleigh. You can use the projects in multiple ways. You can hang the cute little presents on your tree. Decorate you mantelpiece with them or place them in Santa's sleigh. Each of the projects are super cute and small so don't take up much yarn. Wouldn't all the reindeer's with the sleigh and Santa look good decorating your house. Or how about making them for someone special. Included in the book are patterns for everything for a nativity set.
Mary, Joseph, Jesus, Angel, Star, A Stable (which can be closed and holds everything),
a shepherd, sheep, donkey and the three wisemen. I think this book would also make a special gift
for someone. The patterns are in written format and at the start of the book is clear and easy to understand instructions. These instructions cover everything you will need to do to get your projects looking just as special as Sue's. There are clear and easy to follow pictures and everything is made easy to follow to make the designs easier to follow. I would highly recommend this book.
If you love to knit and you love Christmas then this book is perfect for you.
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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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