Field Guide to Knit­ted Birds

Creative Knitting - - BOOK REVIEWS -

By Arne & Car­los (Trafal­gar Square Books, 176 pages, $24.95)

Bird-watch­ers and knit­ters alike will be charmed with the lat­est of­fer­ing from Arne & Car­los. All you need to knit these tiny, whim­si­cal birds are small amounts of DKweight yarn, dou­ble-point nee­dles, some stuff­ing and a cou­ple of beads for eyes. Al­though the projects may look in­tim­i­dat­ing, even less ex­pe­ri­enced knit­ters will get good re­sults from us­ing a sin­gle color of yarn or a self-pat­tern­ing yarn. Be­gin by learn­ing the Anatomy of Knit­ted Birds, then move on to cre­ate Gar­den Birds, Birds in Tra­di­tional Sweaters, Birds of Par­adise (with se­quined breasts and other nov­elty touches) and more. If de­sired, you can make stands for the birds out of wire (in­struc­tions in­cluded), and you’ll be well on your way to knit­ting an en­tire flock!

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