Category Archives: toys

Books for Doll & Animal Lovers

Knit Your Own Dog is the irresistible guide to knitting the perfect pup. With patterns for 25 different pedigree pooches, Knit Your Own Dog lets you choose the dog you want, whether it’s a pretty Poodle or a loyal Labrador. Or knit them all for your own little dog park! Each pattern is extremely detailed and includes all of the distinguishing features of each breed, from the startling blue eyes of the Siberian Husky and the long, woolly curls of the Old English Sheepdog to the lolling tongue of the German Shepherd. Accompanying the patterns are a brief description of each breed, as well as expert tips on choosing yarns, stuffing and sewing the dogs, and adding personality to your creation. Breeds include: Afghan Hound, Basset Hound, Border Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Corgi, Dachshund, Dalmatian, English Bulldog, English Bull Terrier, French Bulldog, German Shepherd, Jack Russell, Labrador, Miniature Schnauzer, Old English Sheepdog, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Pug, Red Setter, Rough Collie, Scottish Terrier, Siberian Husky, West Highland Terrier, Whippet, Wire-haired Fox Terrier.

Hello My Name is Amineko $19.95
Hello My Name is Amineko is a seriously cool book. It is part crochet instructions, part adult picture book, and perfect for any grown up who still wants to play with dolls. The book follows the journey of Amineko the Crochet Cat and his crocheted friends as they eat, sleep, and have lots of fun and adventures. The book comes with complete step-by-step photography and instructions for creating two sizes of Amineko, and personalizing this cute cat with different facial expressions, clothing, and even bedding. Hundreds of color photographs tell the adorable tales, and mischief that Amineko and his friends find themselves in, with complete instructions for knitting adventures of your own.

Knit this Doll! by Nicki Moulton $23.95
Doll lover will covet this book. It starts with a basic, 15 inch doll pattern, but the core of the book is a series of instructions on different options for personalizing your doll. This includes a menues of feet, legs, arms, heads, faces, hands, clothes, and accessories. It also includes a chapter of patterns for other kinds of creatures, including dogs, bears, cats, mermaids, fauns, angel wings and tails. Photographys are excellent and plentiful, and the number of examples are endless. If you make them for a little person, these dolls will become heirlooms. Alternately, if you’re a grown up with a thing for dolls you’ll never get tired of them. On a Canadian tangent, one of the dolls is photographed sporting a Toronto Maple Leafs button. 

Super-cute Crochet shows you how to make 35 gorgeous crochet creatures. The patterns are really easy, so you can make as many as you like, and the creatures will grow quickly on your crochet hook! When you’ve crocheted the bodies, enjoy adding clothes and accessories to make each little cutie a real character. Patterns include:
  • Dolls: a boy and a girl doll, and a baby doll
  • Sundry Cute Animals: kitty, puppy, bunny,  bears, and an alien.
  • Farm Animals: chicken, chicks, eggs (for Easter!), pony, guinea pig, cow, goat, piggy, mice, donkey.
  • Exotic Animals: lion, baby elephant, monkey, panda, koala, emu, alpaca (!), squid/octopus, dolphin, fish, seal.
  • Bugs: bee and spider, snail
  • Holiday Classics: rein deer, snow man, and a fairy (could become an angel).

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Knitted Wild Animals

15 Adorable, Easy-To-Knit Toys

What can i say, I’m a sucker for toy knits. I can’t help it, they’re just so cute. And you can make little sweaters for them and dress them up like people. All of the patterns are made with the same yarn, they suggest a worsted weight. It looks like they have used acrylic, but I would prefer Cascade 220 Superwash or if you want a yummier knitting experience Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran or Dream in Color Classy.

The projects include an elephant, giraffe, zebra, tiger, lion, crocodile, monkey, snake, hippo, rhino, panda, wharthog (poor, neglect warthog), koala, penguin, and the cliche mascot of Canadian national identity, the moose (he gets a red sweater with a maple leaf).  I think I am smitten with the hippo, giraffe, and monkey.

On a personal note, I especially like this book because it has a pile of jungle animals, and my brother and sister-in-law are decorating their soon to be baby’s nursery in jungle themed sheets. And also because monkeys are funny.  Infact, they are so beloved that the Monkey pattern in this book is available online for FREE! I think I will make one for my niece/nephew in progress and dress it in a sweater. 

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NEW Book! Knit & Purl Pets

Knit & Purl Pets by Claire Garland $25.99
Please be prepared to be adorabled. This book is full of the cutest, and yet most interesting toy patterns because they actually look both like animals and knitting. The patterns/creatures include: 

  • little birds (in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with a book that opens with little birds)
  • garter snakes (who hopefully will elave the little birds alone!)
  • hilarious chickens accompanied by eggs
  • guinea pigs (both long and short haired varieties)
  • floppy eared rabbits
  • kittens with their own toy mouse
  • tortoise
  • a labrador puppy
  • rats (not the gross kind in the subway, more like the kind used in psychology experiments or as pets)
  • tabby cat with it’s own basket
  • stegosaurus
  • ponies (yup, your little ponies!)
  • chameleon
  • greyhound with it’s own sweater/jacket
Yup, pretty cute. And the best thing – no vet bills!  

Favourite Patterns for Humid Weather – Freebies

Little girl holding a knitted rag doll

I love warm weather, but living in a temperate climate poses a few challenges in warm weather. Who wants to make clothing when you aren’t wearing anything, much less knitwear? Fair enough, we get a few months a year to enjoy patio weather, lets enjoy it! You may have started knitting to make sweaters, but they’re only a jumping off point.

Summer Knitting Diversion: Toys
Toys can be a very satisfying project. They’re fast, simple, you can use any kind of yarn as long as it is the correct gauge for your pattern, you can use up stash or scraps or if you are buying yarn they don’t use up large quantities. Toys are always well received as gifts, look great around the house or you can give them to children’s charities like the Mother Bear Project or Teddies for Tragedies. If you want to up-size a toy pattern just change to thicker yarn and needles to match.


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