Cutest Ever Baby Toys, by Val Pierce

Cutest Ever Baby Toys, by Val Pierce, presents 30 different baby toys to be knitted or crocheted. Many of the patterns seem to have been inspired by commercial plastic toys that we, and our children, enjoyed playing with. I think that adds extra appeal to this book.

Most of the projects can be made using leftover samples of wool. There are patterns for balls, penguins, dolls, turtles and dinosaurs. There are even a couple of pairs of booties and a comfort blanket included. The creatures range from the very small (used in a mobile) to the larger penguin that stands 30 cm high. There is even a lovely little knitted book, which I really like.

The instructions, and materials, are clearly presented. I did, however, find a couple of typos. They were easily identified as such, and therefore had little impact, but novice knitters should beware. However, crafts people buy books like these for inspiration and the mix of patterns. This book will appeal to every grandmother I know who wants to venture into other areas from the world of booties, tiny hats and cardigans!


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Gillian Torckler Gillian writes books for adults and children, has a PhD in medicine, and likes to create cool things from wool. She’s been scuba diving for over 25 years, and collaborated with her photographer husband on several underwater themed books. She lives in North Auckland, and sometimes on the Hauraki Gulf on the family yacht. Gillian enjoys reading fabulous science books and biographies, and almost any fiction except for fantasy and horror. Read more at

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