I love the creativity that goes into handmade cat toys, and I’m always amazed at what wonderful creations people come up with, but rarely have I seen a collection of toys as varied and creative as the ones shown in Knits for Kitties: 25 Knit Patterns for Making Cat Toys. Sara Elizabeth Kellner is a knitting designer who combines her love of animals and art to create whimsical toy patterns.
From grasshoppers to kitten mittens to birthday cakes, there’s a toy for every kitty in this book. The toys have adorable names like Mouse in the House, Jingle-bell Ball, Baby Bumblebee, Fish Out of Water, Snake in the Grass, Butterfly Kisses, Leaping Lizard. Each toy comes with a step-by-step guide to the stitches and techniques used to create the toy, and also features suggestions for extra embellishments like catnip, bells, and feathers.
I haven’t knitted in a long time, but this book makes me want to get out the knitting needles again. But even if you’re not a knitter, looking through this book is a treat. The gorgeous four-color photos are stunning, and the toys (and watching the cats in the photos play with them) are guaranteed to make you smile.
Knits for Kitties is available from Amazon and everywhere books are sold.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.