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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback with a back flap
  • Publication: 15 April 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219507
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 222x222 mm
  • Illustrations: 450
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £10.99
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Birds, Butterflies & Little Beasts to Knit & Crochet


75 projects to make your own mini world by Lesley Stanfield

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Book Description

New and updated edition of the best-selling book 75 Birds, Butterflies & Beautiful Beasties to Knit & Crochet!

Expand your knit and crochet repertoire with this delightful menagerie of miniature bugs and beasts: from creepy crawlies and weird wrigglers to beautiful butterflies and splendid metallic dragonflies. Use them to decorate your clothes and accessories, to give as gifts — or to decorate your gift wrap and greeting cards — and to collect as a creative display piece.

Choose from winged insects and flying fancies, hanging horrors, cute ladybirds and perfect honeybees, tropical terrors and garden favourites. Each critter is cross-referenced to a complete pattern or chart at the back of the book, with information on stuffing, finishing and yarn requirements. There are also helpful hints on creating iridescence and translucent wings. The books also includes leaves, flowers, shells and other elements from the natural world.

Table of Contents

Foreword/About this book 6

1 Before you begin 8

Materials and equipment 10
Crochet symbols 12
Abbreviations 14
Terminology and aftercare 15
Notes on knitting 16
Notes on crochet 18
Additional know-how 20

2 Directory 22

3 instructions 44

Knitted designs 46
Crochet designs 70

4 Projects 110

Project 1: Specimen butterflies 112
Project 2: Straw hat 114
Project 3: Tea cosy 116
Project 4: Coral necklace 118
Project 5: Goldfish 120
Project 6: Autumn colour 122
Project 7: Christmas dove 124

Index 126
Resources and credits 128

About the Author

About Lesley Stanfield

Lesley Stanfield is a freelance knitting and crochet designer who has worked on and for several women’s magazines. She lives and works in Whitstable, UK. She has written many best-selling books for Search Press including 75 Birds, Butterflies & Beautiful Beasties to Knit & Crochet, 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet, 200 Fun Things to Crochet, 200 Fun Things to Knit, 75 Knitted Floral Blocks and The Encyclopedia of Knitting Techniques.



I am not a beginner but I am not an expert knitter as I have skills still to learn. This book will teach me the skills on small projects that finish quickly and builds confidence.

It has good images and layout with a project section at the back plus a flip-out abbreviations section so you don't have to refer back to the abbreviations page while you are working.


Inside Crochet

This new edition is a delight to see, with miniature marvels that will help you create your own mini woolly world. The book begins with a directory of designs, under themes such as Hedgerow Flowers, Leaf Fall, Rock Pool and Woodland Walk. The instructions are then split into knit and crochet, with crochet patterns including beautiful butterflies, a sequinned goldfish, vibrant foxglove and more. Finally a set of projects show off designs in different settings, such as jumbo-sized coral necklace and autumn pins.

Customer Review

I enjoyed the book, the projects are well laid out and the explanations are clear.

Machine Knitting Monthly

Use these miniature creepy crawlies, butterflies and metallic dragonflies to decorate clothes and gift wrap, cards and accessories, to give as gifts or collect as display pieces. The book also includes leaves, flowers, shells and other elements from the natural world.

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