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2011-04-21 23:11
London - The bride's dress, it can now be revealed, is made of wool. So are the groom, the guests and the royal corgi.

Amid the acres of souvenirs, memorabilia and merchandise produced to mark the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, one surprise success is Knit Your Own Royal Wedding, a stitch-by-stitch guide to creating the April 29 event out of yarn.

The book has sold 50 000 copies and been through four print runs since it was released last month by a small English publisher, Ivy Press. It is part of a tide of stitching, printing, painting and other handicrafts that are commemorating the royal occasion.

Knit Your Own author Fiona Goble spent a month creating patterns for wedding figures including William and Kate, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Harry, the Archbishop of Canterbury and even one of the queen's beloved corgi dogs.

‘Creativity and frivolity’

"Kate was quite hard, because she doesn't have many distinguishing features," said Goble, whose previous books include Knitivity, a woolen Christmas scene.

Like many other royal wedding crafts, Knit Your Own is irreverent - it's accompanied by a promotional video that shows the woolly royals dancing a conga line - without being mean-spirited.

Goble said her book was created in a spirit of "creativity and frivolity."

The book has proved a big hit, even though the time commitment involved in making the figures is daunting. Goble says it should take a competent knitter between five and seven hours to create each figure. She found the corgi the hardest, its tiny legs a challenge to even the seasoned knitter.

Watch the promotional video here:

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