Knitted Andy Murray included in new Scottish book

Knitted Andy Murray included in new Scottish book (APL)

After winning a gold medal in the London Olympics and storming to victory in the US Open, tennis ace Andy Murray has certainly cemented his place in the UK's sporting hall of fame.

This is especially the case in Scotland, where he's a national hero, and has even been immortalised in wool thanks to a new book.

Knit Your Own Scotland features a pattern to make a woollen Murray, with entertaining instructions from Jackie Holt and Ruth Bailey.

As well as the tennis star, knitted versions of some of the country's most famous figures are also present, including warrior William Wallace, wordsmith Robert Burns and comedy legend Billy Connolly, complete with a fun pair of banana boots.

It’s not only people who knitters can have a go at, as there are also patterns for Highland cows, Scottish terriers, thistles, Scotch pies, bagpipes and Tunnock's Teacakes.

There's even a double page design for the famous Loch Ness Monster, which is sure to be a hit with kids in the run up to Christmas.

Among the 14 special creations featured in the book, Murray's caricature has received particular attention, with a glowing introduction from the writers giving readers a detailed account of his impressive sporting achievements.

Speaking to the Stirling Observer, MP Anne McGuire, who is also a keen knitter, said that the book had given her some late inspiration for homemade Christmas presents, providing a mix of different patterns.

She added: "I'm sure Andy is pleased with his latest recognition."

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Stirling Council, told the newspaper: "The book looks 'woolly good' and it's great for the Stirling area that our own 'home-knitted' star has such a high profile that he's even in a craft pattern."

Murray has yet to comment on his woollen doppelganger, but he'll no doubt be receiving a few of them as presents once this book is released!

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