Go a little wild as you stitch everything from lions and tigers to bears and baboons. Featuring organic materials, these imaginative toys are perfect for children of all ages. You can even create felt bananas, leaves, and other zoo food, plus zany zookeepers all dressed for the part.
- Choose from more than 16 playful patterns for crochet; stitch one or two animals or construct an entire zoo set for a special gift
- Bring your zoo animals to life with clever details and ideas for customizing, such as shaggy manes, felt stripes, and embroidered paws
- Complete each beautifully illustrated design in just a few hours using basic crochet skills
You can trace your felt templates from the book, or feel free to download a printable version here.
For her day job, Kreiner is an artist and animator for DreamWorks Animation SKG. So it stands to reason that she has an eye for creating playful little critters. Her debut book invites the reader to crochet a zooful, from penguin to rhinoceros, kangaroo to panda, giraffe and human zookeeper, too. Crocheters can start off with wobbly little penguins: details like orange beaks, tufts at the top of the heads and realistic coloring for parents and babies amp up the cute factor. Kreiner manages to create amazingly expressive faces on harp seals, lions and tigers and skillfully uses felt embellishment for a giraffe's spots and a zebra's stripes. Even the zookeepers are full of charming details: khaki uniforms, food for the animals (made out of felt) and tiny laces on their shoes. How-to illustrations help speed the process along; templates for felt items won't leave stitchers guessing.
Review from Crochet Today, January 2014
First-time author Megan Kreiner is a DreamWorks animator, and her book of adorably cartoonish animals will inspire handmade gifts for the kids in your life. Starting with a simple egg shaped penguin, the projects increase in complexity as the book progresses, though they all use basic crochet stitches. Each animal, including a purple hippo and a whiskery walrus, is finished off with embroidery, felt embellishments, or yarn manipulation. We really love the customizable zookeeper pattern, with a cute felt belt and jacket pockets.
Megan Kreiner grew up in a household where art and art projects were a daily part of life. She learned to knit and crochet at an early age from her grandmother, aunt, and mother. Since 2012, her MK Crochet and MK Knits pattern lines have been featured in books and various crochet and knitting magazines. Megan is an animator at DreamWorks Animation. She lives in Altadena, California, with her husband, Michael, and their children, James and Emily.Visit Megan's website
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