Jan Messent’s Knit a Fantasy Story (Search Press Classics)

Jan Messent shows how, using only oddments of wool, the minimum of materials and a little imagination, you can create an enchanted land and people it with fairy folk, a handsome prince and mythical creatures. This book will delight the young at heart and anyone with a sense of fantasy and fun.

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  1. Materials are hard to find; but the trouble is worth it Somewhat resembling dollhouse-size Waldorf dolls, the knit creations from this book include miniature people, fairies, animals, mushrooms, and even trees and buildings! The book is divided into three sections: a farmyard, castle, and fairy-inhabited forest, with applicable projects for each. A combination of three books, the farmyard book is not by Jan Messent, so the figures are slightly different than the castle and fairy figures. Finished projects are suitable for older children and…

  2. Fantasy Knitting at its most original I am pleased to see this back in print. I have always regretted parting with my original 1980’s hardback copy. Those new to knitting will find some interesting projects at all skill levels in this book, while knitting experts will find both projects and inspiration. I used the basic ideas in this book — and a LOT of imagination and planning! — to knit my then four year old daughter a Barbie doll house. Don’t expect to find very fine and fiddly petite flower fairies in this book; it is full of…

  3. A reprint of “Knit an Enchanted Castle” with more patterns added! I am a great fan of Jan Messent, who like EZ is a notable contemporary knitter included in Richard Rutt’s “History of Handknitting.” I think she deserves to be better known in the US. This book is issued by the original publisher of the out-of-print and often-sought “Knit an Enchanted Castle.” In addition to ALL THE PATTERNS in the Castle book, it also includes the content of “Knitted Gnomes and Fairies” by Jan Messent, and “The Knitted Farmyard” by Hannelore Wernhard, rewritten by Jan…

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