Dive into the wonderful world of innovative knitter, Sachiyo Ishii and create an ocean of fishy friends. This charming book contains over 30 fun, simple knitting patterns for a range of cute and cuddly underwater characters. Create simple nautical knits such as dolphins, whales, clownfish and sharks, and then try your hand at larger maritime toys, including a fishing vessel, a ship's crew, some magical mermaids and a yellow submarine. The book is suitable for knitters of all skill levels, and all the patterns require only small amounts of readily available yarn. The book also contains a useful techniques section with step-by-step instructions for the necessary techniques, including stuffing and sewing up figures, creating crocheted fins, and all the embroidery stitches needed to create the facial features and details.
Sachiyo Ishii was born and raised in Japan. She was a money broker on Wall Street and in London before discovering the joy of handicraft after her second son was born. She learned dressmaking and Waldorf doll making and has been designing and creating dolls and toys ever since. She teaches knitting, doll making, wet and dry felting, sewing, crochet, spinning, hand dyeing, Japanese doll making and paper crafts to adults and children. She has authored a number of titles for Search Press, including Mini Knitted Safari, Mini Knitted Woodland and Mini Knitted Toys. Her work has appeared in knitting and parenting magazines and her knitted toys are very popular. She believes everyone should be involved in some kind of creative activity and loves sharing the joy of craft with as many people as possible. Sachiyo lives in Sussex with her husband and two teenage sons.
Introduction 8 Materials and tools 10 Basic knitting 14 Abbreviations 15 Sewing up and stuffing 16 Key techniques 21 Basic embroidery 24 Basic crochet 25 Knitted Ocean Anglerfish 32 Pelican eel 34 Spookfish 36 Fangtooth 38 Deep sea divers 40 Clownfish 42 Blue tang 44 Yellow-stripe fish 46 Black-and-white fish 48 Boxfish 50 Scuba divers 52 Ray 54 Great white shark 56 Pufferfish 58 Catfish 60 Flat fish 62 Hammerhead shark 64 Dolphin 66 Orca 68 Sea lion 70 Walrus 72 Mermaid's grotto 74 Fishermen at sea! 80 Yellow submarine 90 Ship's crew 94