Twenty to Knit – Mini Knitted Charms – Sachiyo Ishii
Charms, amulets and dangles are great for accessorising phones, purses, bags and anything else you can think of! Make them for your friends, dangle them in your car, decorated your home with them or even turn them into earrings! These 20 cute and modern designs can be made in around 15 minutes and in addition, are great for using up yarn scraps and knitting on the go.
Sachiyo Ishii explains that she designed them after being influenced by her home country of Japan where amulets and lucky charms are found everywhere. As a child, her parents even made her attach one to her school bag where ever she went!
Sachiyo says “These knitted charms are fun and amazingly quick projects – it only takes 15-30 minutes to make one. They make great gifts too. I am sure you hand made charm will bring you lots of smiles and good luck!”
Sachiyo recommends using wool or polyfibre stuffing to fill your tiny creations. Knitted on size 11 (US 2 or 3) knitting needles, most of the animals should be knitted in fleecy yarn, or DK (8 ply) yarn, with tiny amounts of regular DK (8 ply) yarn and 4 ply (fingering) yarn for smaller body parts such as ears and feet, and also for embroidering features, like noses and mouths. In addition to wool, Sachiyo uses 4-6mm beads as eyes for some of the projects, but suggests using safety eyes if the toy is being made for a child. These delightful designs are great stash busters.
The book uses lots of pictures to guide you through the various aspects of knitted toy making including how to make knitted tails, ears and even eyes on some toys.
Within the book there is a multitude of scenes, characters and toys to knit including baby chicks, a squirrel with an acorn, a seal pup, a hedgehog, an otter and many more.
The characters vary in size but are mostly around 10cm tall/long.