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Knit Your Own Broons (2014)

by Jackie Holt

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Knit a cute characterful family, 29 Sept. 2016

This review is from: Knit Your Own Broons (Hardcover)
As a Bucks resident born and bred, I have to say I'd never heard of the Broons till a Sunderland boyfriend mentioned them many years ago.
But whether or not you follow the Scottish comic strip (been running since 1936!) this is a great book to knit a family of dolls. Having a young granddaughter that's what I plan to use it for - they are a host of real characters
Mustachioed Paw Broon in his waistcoat and cap - a shipyard worker
Maw in her pinny ("a culinary queen when it comes to clootie dumpling...and stovies")
And then their large family:
Hen(ry), a lanky young man who has "had varied success with the ladies"
Joe, his musical brother (pattern given for accordeon)
Glamorous sister Maggie ("Never seen without her lipstick, even at the tattie howkin' ")
And her homely sister Daphne
Horace, a swot, shown in his school uniform
The Twins - two unruly lads, identically dressed ("they are only ever called The Twins or sometimes Ae Twin and Ither Twin")
The Bairn holding her dolly

and last but not least Granpaw.

The dolls themselves seem to be made of DK wool but the clothes are often 4 ply. Sometimes the brand is given but you are not told the ply so you'd have to look it up on Internet! Apart from hats they're knitted on 2 needles (and you could do hats on 2 if required and seam up back.)

A lovely little family that hark back to years ago! ( )
1 vote starbox | Sep 29, 2016 |
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From the first publication in March 1936, the Broons have appeared every week in the Sunday Post's Fun Section.
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This is the perfect gift for Broons fans and knitters everywhere. What better way to celebrate Scotland's favorite family than creating miniature woolly versions of your very own! Complete with step-by-step instructions on how to knit this unforgettable family - including Maw, Paw and everyone in the Glebe Street household - Knit Your Own Broonbs is perfect for everyone who loves the Broons.
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