Knit Your Own Scotland – A Work Of Comic Genius

I can hardly believe it. A few days ago I didn’t know I needed this book in my life, then Black & White Publishing got in touch. Would you like a review copy of Knit Your Own Scotland? It’s proving quite popular…

The book arrived and my world just became shinier and happier.

What can I tell you about Knit Your Own Scotland? It’s a work of comic genius. It’s bang up-to-date with some very contemporary Scotsmen and details of their achievements…

Knit yourself an Andy Murray?

It’s educational! I’d never heard of Scotch pies (you can knit one) and learnt all about Bonnie Prince Charlie (died in Rome in 1788, peeps!).

It covers all the most important Scottish personalities…

Robert Burns and Billy Connolly

I know several people who would leap at the opportunity to knit something from this. Teen Granny is known for knitting Prince William and a version of her own mum. There’s a lady in Walthamstow who knit the Olympics and apparently recently knit Halloween figures for her front lawn. Who else wants to knit their own friends?

You can buy the book here. Wouldn’t this make the perfect Christmas gift for the knitter in your life?

Or, you can enter my giveaway. I’m willing to send this book worldwide. Leave a comment below telling me which famous figure you’d love to knit. The giveaway ends on Friday 23 November at midnight GMT. Get those knitting needles out!

Thank you, Black & White, for this touch of joy.

STOP PRESS! There are two new Pattern Pyramid giveaways, which take us up to a total of 30 giveaways. How nice are we to each other? House of Pinheiro is hosting her giveaway here where she’s added a snuggly coat, and Tropical Threads has a giveaway here. Hurrah!

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79 Responses to Knit Your Own Scotland – A Work Of Comic Genius

  1. Litchi says:

    I would love to knit Nessie and the Scott dog πŸ˜‰
    I might also knit William Wallace as he’s wearing a kilt…

  2. SueN says:

    Thank you so much! What a brilliant present for my Scottish knitter friend πŸ™‚ I have ordered one immediately! Sue

  3. 5currantbuns says:

    ooooooooh, sounds fun, hope they follow up with a knit your own Wales…if it was any famous figure (rather than just scottish) then i think I would choose Queen Elizabeth I as you could have lots of fun knitting the dresses/wigs etc…

  4. MrsC says:

    Brilliant!!! These knitters go from great to greater! The person I would want to knit is Lady Gaga. imagine knitting some of those crazy costumes πŸ™‚

  5. That is wonderful. I can see I’ll have to add it to my ‘rapidly expanding to the point of absurdity’ Christmas booklist. From that book, I could see that knitting Nessie would be fun. But a historical figure? Hm. Nope, can’t come up with anyone. Excuse me while I totter off and do a spot of research!

  6. I could knit my very own bagpipes … whoohoo πŸ™‚

    In all seriousness, I don’t actually need the book, so no need to include me in the give away, but this is such a great idea … and one of these days I will attempt to do my own bagpipes x

    PS.: my husband suggested that if they had had Haggis and a Highland Castle, he would start knitting too πŸ™‚

  7. Amy says:

    Wow, thats cheered up my friday, I would totally knit a nessie!

  8. Anne W says:

    HahA, so funny! I know just who would die laughing at this… He may even make something from it! πŸ˜€

  9. That’s hilarious! Reminds me a bit of a knitting book from the ABC (Australian tv channel) children’s shows my mother got hold of. It was too cute for words.
    Didn’t have billy Connelly though, so that means your book takes the cake!
    Thanks for mentioning the Pattern Pyramid. It is SO much fun, I hope plenty of people come along to join in!

  10. sleepyerin says:

    Gosh, I’d love to knit Scotland, simply because my husband is Scottish almost by accident (his Grandmother is Australian and married a Scotsman, they moved to Scotland, had his mother and then came back to Australia) and I think they are all fabulous, especially Nessy. And Billy Connelly. For a famous figure though, I’d have to go Henry VIII and his wives, I think they would be an awesome Tudor posse to knit.

  11. lauriesannie says:

    Yes. I’d knit British actor Laurence Fox. Huge fan!

  12. Nothy says:

    I would love to knit Robbie Burns and Nessie! We celebrate Robbie Burns Day (jan 25)in my class – hell, we celebrate every holiday – by watching Scooby Doo goes to Scotland, drawing Nessie, learning to colour by using markers to make tartan (or plaid as we call it) and having a Scottish speaking contest as well as Haggis (which is actually Macaroni and Cheese! We end it all by singing auld sine lang and going home. I may have to add the knit your own Scotland to my party!

  13. MrsAlex says:

    From the book – Rab Burns, as we used to live in his home town, Ayr. Historical figure – mmm, how about Julius Caesar with a flowing toga or Boudicca with her chariot and knives?

  14. Alice says:

    This book is AMAZING, I would knit nessie, definitely, I love her sassy little crown! That being said, if I won I’d be giving this to my Scottish bestie and roomate who has just taken up knitting, she would probably knit William Wallace (although she’d call him Braveheart and make him look like Mel Gibson) then she’d run around our flat with him screaming FREEDOM! No, really, she totally would. What a find! x

  15. Its Sew Easy says:

    I love it! What a great idea to modernise all those knitted dollies my grand mother loved to make for th church fair. Staying with a Scottish theme, I would love to knit Edinburgh castle ! Oh I know its not a person, but what a project…..

  16. Jenn says:

    That’s adorabe. I love the front cover….hmmmm……I would knit Nessie.

  17. LinB says:

    If they have Bonnie Prince Charlie, do they also have Flora MacDonald? After she rescued him (“Over the Sea to Skye”) she fetched up in the sandhills of North Carolina, near what is now Raeford. The private women’s college named after her was incorporated into Saint Andrews Presbyterian College (now university — risible) at which I took a Bachelor of Arts degree we-won’t-say-how-many-years-ago. So, one of those two would be my choice.

  18. Jennifer says:

    haha knitted Scotch pies; a firm favourite of my husbands. Love MrsC’s idea of a knitted lady gaga, it could be a whole book in itself. How about a knitted Anna Wintour, could be a funny addition to my sewing corner?

  19. Oh good grief that’s hilarious! Can you knit a Sean Connery?? And I’m with Alice too, I want to knit a Nessie! I’ve seen some hilarious tiny knitting including the British royal family, but this may take the cake (or um, Scotch pie?).

  20. Sarah says:

    Oh my Crafty Heavens!!! This book is completely awesome!!! I am all over Billy Connolly and Andy Murray, not to mention the Bonnie Prince! I agree with Tasha – I want to knit a Sean Connery, too!

  21. hahaha. as a true scottish person living in england, i would love to knit a billy connelly and send it tto my equally scottish dad who lives in the USA.

  22. Jen (NY) says:

    Love it! Andy Murray for my tennis friend and Nessie for a certain kid…

  23. Krista says:

    William Wallace hands down. Love a man in a kilt. Followed by Nessie. This is such a fun looking book!


  24. Clio says:

    OMG this book is hysterical. As an American of the (part)Scottish persuasion, I would love to knit my dad a Robert Burns! Count me in please!

  25. Merle Brown says:

    So hard to choose just one! I love Billy Connolly’s banana boots but it would have to be Robert Burns for me. And Nessie, and William Wallace, and the Scotch Pies for sure, and ….

  26. Sarah says:

    LOVE it!! Andy Murray would have to be knit, as a gift for a friend. And zero-calorie shortbread appeals too.

  27. Nessa says:

    Going by the name Nessa you would think my knitting desires would gravitate towards a Nessie, but actually I would L-O-V-E to knit my own wee flock of Scottish black-faced sheep! Now that I have moved to Scotland, I’ve fallen head over heals and love driving past “ma’ wee woollies bidin’ nearby.”

  28. Kat H says:

    That’s fabulous! Imagine knitting William Wallace and Nessie, so William could ride Nessie into battle? Hah!

  29. Fantastic! I wish I could knit. William Wallace even has a cheeky wee extra. Everything is fab. So amazing.

  30. Kelly says:

    I’d make Nessie and the Scotty dog and the bagpipes. I think some of my early knitting tragedies might have resembled a haggis. πŸ˜‰ ~Kelly

  31. megthegrand says:

    THESE ARE AWESOME. I’m still learning how to knit, but I think a mini William Wallace would be epic in my home.

  32. MarrieB says:

    How cool! My Scottish ancestry is tickled at this. I think I’d have to knit William Wallace and some bagpipes.

  33. Maria says:

    These are absolutely awesome! I assumed you meant any famous figure so I think it would be fun to knit The Simpsons family…and the rest of the Springfield residents. In fact, you could easily fill a book with characters from that show, haha!
    Or perhaps Marie Antoinette with changeable wigs and skirts!! What fun that would be.

  34. Marion says:

    This is craft heaven! I’d definitely knit Nessie and a couple of Scotty dogs. This is just great and the perfect gift for my knitter friends. Thanks for sharing with us!

  35. Steph says:

    Fantastic! Love the Billy C doll- knitted comedians. Have just joined a knitting group and we would love this!

  36. Jo says:

    I would knit Alice Cooper, complete with make up, snake, chickens, the lot. Then I would give it to my 14 year old son, he would loveit! If it was a Scottish thing he would love a sporran (it would go nicely with his knitted beard).

  37. Sarah says:

    Oh Nessie would do it for me, otherwise visitors in my home would get the ‘that? That’s not a toy, that’s Robert Burns, Scottish poet….’ and three hours later they vow never to again visit, or make small talk. A real historical figure? Perhaps Ned Kelly.

  38. Having thought about it a little more, I’d be keen to try my hand at knitting Burke and Wills. I think you could have a lot of fun with those big bushy beards (much the same as Ned Kelly, I guess, except that he has his iron protection).

  39. Debbie says:

    I would have to knit Nessie and then William Wallace,love the kilt!!
    What a cute book.

  40. Urs says:

    This is brilliant, have ordered one for my knitting friend for her Christmas! I would love to knit the iconic Tunnocks Teacakes – less fattening than the real thing!

  41. Debi says:

    Freakin awesome! I love it! Can I knit a heeland coo?

  42. Teresa says:

    I’d like to knit Robert Burns. I love his clothing.

  43. I would absolutely knit up Nessy! What a fun book πŸ™‚

  44. Joyful says:

    What an amazing book – I think I’ll put it on my Christmas list!! I would knit Torvil and Dean because I think the dinky little ice skates would look sooo cute! I would knit them in their Bolero outfits as I have some yarn just the right colour that I have been wondering how to use – a perfect solution.
    I have just read about another fun knitting book called “Knit the Nativity” by Jan Messent (Search Press Β£7.99) – I reckon the Walthamstow lady who knitted the Olympics would go crazy for it!

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  46. Amy says:

    I think I’d knit myself a Prince. What a fun find!

  47. Kelly says:

    From this book I would knit Robert Burns. Choosing one all time famous figure would be difficult, but going on the literary theme I’d love to see a book of Lit-Knits. Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen!

  48. jill hinnrichs says:

    Whit! you haven’t heard of the famous Scotch Pie. I would never have survived my teenage years without them, or the equally famous Mock Chop Supper. I once knitted the very famous Dundee United goalkeeper Hamish MacAlpine, however he is possibly not famous enough if you don’t come from Dundee. I’d like to knit the man who invented TV Mr John Logie Baird. or a haggis.

  49. What a fabulous prize to review.Unfortunately I can’t get home to Scotland to spend Christmas and New Year with my family this year. But if I had a copy of this, I could knit up some of my ain:))folk, and spend the festive season with them instead. Thank you for such a wonderful prize.

  50. Catherine says:

    I think this great! I’d love to knit Greyfriar’s Bobby!

  51. rainjerette says:

    I don’t knit yet, but my daughter is teaching me. Or trying to. I would knit a Hamish from my mum. He is her favorite!

  52. Michael says:

    I would love to knit Alan Cumming. πŸ™‚

  53. Alison M says:

    If you tried knitting Posh Spice aka Victoria BECKHAM you’d only need one knitting needle for her body! As for her husband…golden thread for golden balls lol!

  54. Carole Paton says:

    Would have to be a whole set of the Broons for me and maybe Oor Wullie to keep them company.

  55. Sandra says:

    As a part-Scot, married to a full Scot, I would love this book! And it’s my 50th birthday on the 23rd – I have to believe the stars are aligning for this. FIrst up would be Nessie, and probably Sir William Wallace.
    Did I mention I’m a rabid knitter?

  56. I am loving this!!! I would knit Burke & Hare. A great bit of Scottish dark history hehehe.

  57. Sandra Craig says:

    David Tennant and a Tardis would be perfect. He’s my favourite Dr Who. Scottish and sexy.

  58. Shirley moulds says:

    I’d love to knit Nessie and Greyfriars Bobby (even though I do know he is only fictional). My lad is in his fourth year at Edinburgh Uni and he’d love any of these but particularly those two.

  59. Ann says:

    I’d love to knit the Tunnocks Teacake (chocolate teacake to the uninitiated), but I wouldn’t only want to knit one, I’d do 6 just like in the box. I’d quite like to also knit a bottle of Irn Bru.

  60. Kate Cunningham says:

    This is so fabby. I’d like to knit some characters from Scottish children’s books. Katie Morag with Granny Island and Maisie the cat from Morningside as starters.

  61. Kerry Black says:

    I would have to knit Oor Wullie! Maybe I could then move on via PC Murdoch to The Broons, Jings Crivvens, help ma boab!

  62. theresa n says:

    I’d love to knit them all but Robert Burns for sure.

  63. Linda Gray says:

    Reading this article about ‘Knit your own Scotland’ has made me laugh outloud and brightened up my evening. I would like to knit the Glenfinnan viaduct!

  64. Catherine Thomas says:

    Haha that’s fab love it.. would have to knit rab c Nesbit would look awesome with that string vest of his lol πŸ™‚

  65. Alison Burns says:

    I’d knit the whisky, it would be less lethal than the real stuff!

    For a historical figure, I’d stay seasonal and make it a nativity family. The stable scene would be fun, lots of woolly animals and straw!

  66. Isabell Whitenstall says:

    I could be tempted to knit Bonnie Prince Charlie

  67. BethT says:

    Oh, William Wallace and all that red hair, tho Nessie is rather fetching.

  68. janine says:

    Luckily I have my own Scotsman so I don`t need to knit one ! ( admittedly he has never even been to Scotland but you know he has the name and the looks and um is a bit stingey too ) .

  69. Helen Made says:

    Amazing! I’d totally knit up Nessy as well.

  70. Great book. I would knit the Tunnock’s teacakes (less calories than the real thing). Historically, and considering the season, it would be fun to knit the band Slade singing Merry Christmas.

  71. Truganini says:

    The Marquess of Bath, and his entourage of “wifelets” if I had the energy (he does). Knit Your Own Longleat, perhaps. Of the Scots, Rab C Nesbit. Or maybe just his vest, but that’s more a macramΓ© project.

  72. Christine says:

    That is hysterical! Maybe when I perfect my toy knitting skills I’ll pick up this book.

  73. Dallas says:

    My mother would just love this book. She would have to knit me a Billy Connolly, he is such a wonderfully wicked man.

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  75. suth2 says:

    Reblogged this on Gippsland Granny and commented:
    How is this for crazy knitting? You would really have to have plenty spare time on your hands!

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