We knit you a merry Christmas! New crafty books teach you how to make woolly dogs and fluffy reindeer for unique thrifty gifts
09:08 GMT, 19 November 2012
Shop-bought Christmas presents are so 2011, darling.
This year it's all about DIY gifts – especially if they're as adorable as this.
A new series of crafty tomes are here to help you get needle-happy this year, instructing you how to loop and purl little knitted figures including reindeer, skiing peas and breeds of dog including dachshunds, golden retrievers and Yorkshire terriers.
Merry knitmas! We Knit You A Merry Christmas provides 20 patterns for festive knits, including a sledging snowballs and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
We Knit You A Merry Christmas, Molly Makes Christmas, Best In Show and Clangers are four colourful books from publisher Collings & Brown's creative collection, Love Crafts.
Debbie Harrold's We Knit You a Merry Christmas (4.50) provides 20 festive patterns for handmade gifts, including angels, choir boys, Father Christmas, the three kings, merry sheep, three French hens, sledging snowballs, skiing peas and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.
The imaginative team behind lifestyle and craft magazine Mollie Makes have also released a Christmas book (9.99), one packed with 15 festive projects for crochet, knitting, sewing, felting and papercraft – such as the knitted Christmas dinner or the decorative stockings – plus clear instructions, and sumptuous photos to go with them.
Make a…..Christmas reindeer, thanks to Mollie Makes
And if you loved Best In Show, the knit-a-dog-or-cat guide from animal-mad Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne, you'll relish this new edition (12.99) featuring patterns for 25 new dogs, including a Yorkshire terrier, a wolfhound, a King Charles spaniel, a greyhound and a dalmatian.
But if you're after something slightly more surreal, plump for Clangers: Make the Clangers (9.99), in which you can create the otherworldly creatures (that look like small pink anteaters) first thought up in Oliver and Peter Firman's 1969 TV series.
Through 15 easy-step projects you can knit the Clangers, their planets and their friends – bonkers but brilliant.
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Ha-pea Christmas! How we have ever quite managed to get through the festive season without a skiing pea is beyond us
Santa treats: We think Father Christmas will like his knitted wine, mince pie and carrots even more than the real thing
Terribly good terrier: Knit a Yorkie for someone you love this Christmas
Spot the dog: This pointer may look complicated, but Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne offer very clear instructions in their new book
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Walklies! This Golden retriever comes complete with a shaggy coat