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A knitted menagerie: the knitted animals of Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne

23 October 2015 ( 01 April 2020 )

We look at a selection of charming knitted animals from the Best in Show series of books by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne.

Knitted anteater
Knitted anteater from Knit Your Own Zoo

The knitted dogs, cats, hamsters and cows of the Best in Show series of knit your own animal books have been winning over the public since the first book, Best in Show - Knit Your Own Dog, was published in 2010 and the Jack Russell terrier found its way into Vogue.

Since then, authors Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne, of knitwear business Muir & Osborne, have created a whole menagerie of knitted animals, from anteaters to zebras, and instructed keen knitters on how to knit their own farm and zoo. Their latest book, Best in Show - Knit Your Own Dinosaur, sees them go back in time with knitting patterns for prehistoric creatures such as mammoths and velociraptors. 

Click through the images above for a selection of charming knitting animals, and for a full list of animal knitting patterns included in each book see the Muir & Osborne website. If you aren't an experienced knitter yourself, a selection of ready made knitted animals is also available to buy (£50-£60 depending on size) and Knit Your Own Pet is aimed at beginners and features lots of simple knitting patterns.

Fancy having a go? Try this velociraptor knitting pattern from Best in Show - Knit Your Own Dinosaur.

Knit Your Own Dinosaur

Buy your copy of Knit Your Own Dinosaur, now available as an eBook

Knit Your Own Dinosaur

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