Laine Magazine

Mouche and Friends by Cinthia Vallet


A book which represents something new and special for Laine Publishing!  Mouche and Friends:  Seamless Toys to Knit and Love is the first book by Cinthia Vallet, a charming collection  of 12 knitted toy animals, plus their garments and accessories.  In this book, Cinthia brings her characters to life with little stories, creating a charming combination of a knitting book and a children's storybook.  Come and meet Mouche the bear and his lovely friends:  Henri the orang-utan, Agi le sheep, Billie the raccoon and many others!

Cinthia's toy-making process is unique and totally seamless.  The animals are knitted in the round, starting from the nose and knitting down to the feet - growing a toy rather than building it.  It is fascinating to see how these little creatures come alive while knitting.

The book is meant for knitters of all kinds.  Cinthia walks her readers through the techniques step by step, with clear illustrated tutorials, making knitting easy and enjoyable.  She also shares her tips on working small circumferences, choosing yarns and preparing a toolbox for toy-making.

Mouche and Friends is more than just a knitting book.  It is a charming imaginary world filled with love and friendship, waiting to welcome you. 

"With this book, I'd like to offer you a poetic break that conveys the spirit of childhood; an enchanged digression where you allow yourself to dream and play", says Cinthia.

Cinthia Vallet is a designer living in Nantes, France, with her husband, four children and furry companions.  She is known for her charming, seamlessly knitted toy animals.  They started to take shape in her mind after she discovered the magic of seamless knitting, and her first pattern was published in 2018.  Cinthia realised that if you can make a sock and shape a heel, then you can also shape a little animal directly on the needles.

With an aesthetic rooted in her passion for children's literature, Cinthia develops her characters as an illustrator would do, but with wool and three dimensions.  She gives each one a name, a story, a little soul and a lot of herself.


Softback, 216 pages

Languages:  Available in French or English