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Knitted Dolls: Handmade Toys with a Designer Wardrobe, Knitting Fun for the Child in All of Us Hardcover – Jun 2012

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books; Tra edition (Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570765391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570765391
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 2.3 x 27.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,669,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
They've done it again! 26 July 2012
By Kirsten - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have completed my doll and I must say I really like her. It took less time to complete than I thought and turned out great. Like one other reviewer said, the instructions and photos on how to make the eyes are priceless! One of the things I love about Arne & Carlos books is they don't just give you the instructions and say "knit this". They give you the instructions, step by step with photos, charts, and yarn colors so a less experienced knitter can follow and complete a doll and a number of outfits. However, they go farther. For more advanced knitters, they give you the bare bones of their patterns, including garment foundation charts, and then show you how to adapt and alter them to make whatever strikes your fancy.

Besides the instructions in the book, there are a lot of beautiful pictures of the famous knitwear designers working in their home in rural Norway. They explain that the design process they use to create the doll clothes is the same process they use to create their famous and award-winning knitwear. After knitting a doll sized mock-up, they then reproduce it in human size. (Oh to be a child in that house with boxes and boxes of dolls and clothes to play with . . . ) They suggest that advanced knitters can use this same process to design their own knitwear. So, basically, through creating the doll clothes, they are teaching you knitwear design and construction, but on a small scale. Small scale means you can learn more faster. While using their process, you build understanding and don't need to take the time to knit full-sized garments.

This book includes the basic pattern for the doll, basic patterns for 22 clothing items (the stuff for advanced knitters to alter), and then 43 ready made outfit patterns (head to toe outfits) that are detailed and easier for less experienced knitters. The book is fantastic - a lot of pictures, good instructions, good insight into the authors' processes. One last note - this book is not for just starting beginners. You need to be able to cast on, bind off, use a set of 5 double pointed needles, increase stitches, and decrease stitches (their explanation of increasing and decreasing I found confusing, and I am far from a beginning knitter).

If you like this book, you may also like the book they wrote on making beautiful knitted christmas balls (55 Christmas Balls to Knit). It's easier than making the doll (it's similar to just making the doll head), and they wrote it in a similar way. For those less experienced, the full designs are there. For those more advanced, they give you the basic pattern.

There is errata (a correction) for the heel in the doll pattern (page 29 and again on page 194). In the book, in the section on creating the heels it reads: "Over half the stitches, work 8 rows back and forth in stockinette". It SHOULD READ "Over 7 stitches, work 8 rows back and forth in stockinette". Here is the url if you want to take a look yourself: [...]
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Playful creativity. 10 Mar. 2013
By Gum Leaf Designs - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Amazon delivered! These guys are amazing creatives. They don't just come up with the ideas, they execute them. Even if you don't knit any of the dolls, the reading is fun.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What fun! 18 July 2012
By KT Knitter - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I ordered this book after enjoying the Arne and Carlos Christmas ball book.

All I can say is "wow!". The book itself is beautiful; the photographs are full of color and inspiration. The technique for making knitted eyes is worth the price of the book. The tiny, detailed doll clothes are cuter than cute.

I plan to knit several items from the book, and I can't wait to get started!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Knitted Dolls: Handmade Toys with a Designer Wardrobe, Knitting Fun 27 Nov. 2012
By P.A. Connolly - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I haven't made one of the dolls yet, but after looking through the book I'm anxious to do so. What fascinates me is the doll is made with double pointed needles and it is all one piece. All of the dolls I've knitted so far has to have the arms and head attached and it is a lot more work .... so I'm anxious to see how it goes knitting a doll with their technique.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Knitted Dolls: Handmade Toys with a Designer Wardrobe 3 Oct. 2013
By libraryqueen - Published on
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I saw examples of the knitted dolls on a knitting site and was curious, so I decided to purchase the book. It didn't disappoint! The authors are shown knitting the dolls and commenting on how designing the dolls and their wardrobes evolved. It's not just another knitting instruction book with patterns. It's almost like a work of art in itself!
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