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Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards and Fairies: Create a Magical World [Paperback]

Annette Hefford
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Book Description

20 Nov 2009
Using widely available yarns and basic knitting methods, this gorgeous book provides detailed patterns for five dolls, each standing approximately 45 cm (18 inches) high. Each has a basic knitted body, which is then magically transformed into a witch, a wizard, a fairy, a princess and a pirate by the addition of hair, clothes and accessories. Instructions based on the same designs are also provided for five further dolls, including Santa Claus and a fiery flamenco dancer called Flamenka, and all the patterns can be adapted to stamp your own character on the knitted dolls. Suitable for both adults and children, the author's attention to detail is what really brings her designs to life - beautifully decorated gowns and cloaks are worn over layered bodices, skirts, tunics and pants, and the outfits are finished with knitted jewellery, hats, shoes and other embellishments. The pirate even has a knitted sword in a sword belt, and the witch would not be complete without the knitted wort on her nose! It is a beautiful book which will provide pleasure for anyone who enjoys knitting.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (20 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844484246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844484249
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now here's something you don't see every day. There's a pirate doll in this book that looks an awful lot like the handsome star of the Hollywood blockbuster that takes place on the high seas, right down to his scruffy goatee and (knitted!) sword. You know the one. It would make a fun gift for anyone who loves this salty sea captain! With this book you can create 10 adorable fantasy characters (complete with wardrobe and accessories) including a witch, a wizard, a princess, Santa Claus and even a fiery flamenco dancer called Flamenka. Start with one of five basic doll shapes, then customize with facial features, hair and knitted bodices, skirts, pants, hats, jewelry and shoes.-Crafter's Choice This reminds me of Jan Messent. If you are delving into a children's fantasy world, here are all the knitting patterns you need to create that wonderful world of make-believe. The wizard is wonderful including his star-studded cloak. Easy to follow patterns, good photographs and lots of fun.-KarenPlatt.co.uk The title says it all - you can knit a whole roomful of 18" (45cm) dolls all with distinct personalities and then make up some of your own. Never be stuck for ideas for loveable gifts and sales of work again! There are five basic dolls in here, as well as five variations and lots of ideas for customizing them further. They all have the same basic body, but in the chapters devoted to each doll there are plenty of garments and accessories to alter and adapt by using different yarn colors. This is not a book on how to knit, but a book of patterns for a knitter of intermediate or higher experience who knows a decent repertoire of stitches and other knitting know-how. Two things stand out for me that I particularly like about this book: one is the fact that virtually everything is knitted with ubiquitous double knit/light worsted yarns and the other is the way each doll has a personality. The author describes them and what they like to do and wear so it is easy to think of them as individuals even before you start to make them. The book is illustrated with lots of large format photographs of dressed dolls and each item, although again you won't find making up diagrams or staged projects with step-by-step pictures. If I have a favorite it has to be either Father Christmas or the pirate who bears a close resemblance to a certain cinema pirate. Hours of happy knitting await!-Myshelf.com You'll use widely available equipment plus easy to source materials and embellishments, using yarns and basic knitting methods for all the projects. This gorgeous book gives detailed patterns for five dolls, each standing approcimately 45cm (18in) high. Each has a basic knitted body, which is then transformed into a witch, wizard, fairy, princess or pirate by adding hair, clothes and accessories. Instructions based on the same designs are also given for five more dolls. All the patterns can be adapted to stamp your own character on them. Suitable for both adults and children, the author's attention to detail is what really brings her designs to life. It's a beautiful book, which will provide pleasure for anyone who enjoys knitting.-Machine Knitting Monthly Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards and Fairies by Annette Hefford is a knitting book with a difference. This is ideal for knitters who are looking for knitting projects which are fun and challenging but which are not going to take an eternity, or a huge amount of costly yarn, to complete. This isn't a book for complete beginners, however it is perfect for knitters with a few basic skills. The small scale means that the projects are ideal for learning and practising new skills. Annette Hefford has created projects that can easily be adapted, allowing knitters the opportunity to create their own unique characters. This is a delightful and engaging book that is recommended for knitters looking for something a little different from their next project.-Suite101.com Wow! Forget cuddly and cute, these are 18 inch high, soft, knitted dolls with attitude. Designed to be made in double knitting yarn, the patterns are for both the creatures and their clothes, including an array of undergarments, shoes, belts and even a tiara. Father Christmas is here along with nine other characters who, thanks to a standard body shape, can share a great variety of clothes and hair styles. As usual with Search Press, there are plenty of detailed colour photographs. The samples are re-made in light colours so that the details can be seen in the instruction pictures. 112 pages of knitting for story-telling.-SlipKnot Whether you're a parent or a grandparent, or simply love knitting dolls and toys, this book has something for you. The book contains five main doll patterns, most with a fantasy theme, but cleverly uses just one basic body shape for all of them. Annette Hefford also shows how a simple change of yarn shades and accessories can vary the choice of designs even further, and she gives advice on adding sparkling finishing touches using metallic thread, crystals and beads. The attention to detail in the dolls' outfits is truly delightful and any of these projects would make a rewarding challenge for intermediate to more experienced knitters.-Simply Knitting A word of caution: this book is quite capable of casting a spell on you. While not a how-to book, knitters up for a challenge of the fun variety will love the 18" dolls, with their embellished clothing and fancy do-lallies. Anna Hefford is an English-born Australian who has dutifully experimented with yarns of different nationalities so that we can get it right. Here's a hint: 4" swatch equals 22 stitches when knitting with 4mm or US 6 needles. Here are some sweet words to a mother's ear: these knitted kids share. If your witch wants sandals or your pirate wants a dress (no judgment here) all accessories are interchangeable. The basic doll pattern leads the parade, and then the dress-up, facial expressions, hair pieces, and accessories follow the same quirky beat.-Spool

About the Author

Born in England but now living in Western Australia, Annette Hefford started her working life as a tracer and progressed into technical illustration. After arriving in Australia she studied psychology and computer science, and continues her interest in computer graphics by designing and making her own sculptured greetings cards for family and friends. Annette likes to combine structure with style and imagination in her work, and later in life found herself designing and selling both hand- and machine-made knitwear. She now enjoys knitting dolls and toys she has designed herself, as well as those designed by other people.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of happy knitting! 8 Sep 2010
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I've just finished a pirate from this book and he has been joyfully received! It was a fun project - the instructions are easy to follow with helpful illustrations. My kids just like looking through the book and deciding which one they want next. The basic doll is the same for all the characters so they are endlessly customisable by swapping around clothes, hair styles etc. Would suit someone with at least a moderate amount of knitting experience who doesn't mind fiddly bits and lots of sewing up! If you're a keen knitter you will appreciate the cleverness of it e.g. hands with fingers knitted sideways in one piece or the knitted wigs that you make for the hair. Very satisfying.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical experience 30 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
Creating a doll from this book will be a magical experience. The character slowly comes to life, with all the detail and embellishments explained in the text. I have had the pleasure and excitement of knitting Princess Neridah and with my own creative streak used contrasting colours to heighten the embellishments for her cloak, shoes and bag. I had fun making her wig and was delighted with the finished product. My three year old granddaughter will be the recipient of this beautiful Princess and I know she will be able to create her own stories for her. I am looking forward to finishing the other characters to make up a set.

Thank you Annette Hefford for thinking of these colourful characters and thank you Searchpress for supporting her creations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Good book for the experienced knitter, very detailed in the knitted clothes. I made the Pirate and he worked out perfectly !. Would recommend this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make-believe 19 Jan 2010
By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This reminds me of Jan Messent. If you are delving into a children's fantasy world, here are all the knitting patterns you need to create that wonderful world of make-believe. The wizard is wonderful including his star-studded cloak. Easy to follow patterns, good photographs and lots of fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely knitted toy pattern book 5 May 2011
By misha
Format:Paperback
This is a well written book with lovely designs.The dolls are very elaborate and detailed - probably not a good idea for very young children but little girls will love dressing and undressing them. They are also sophisticated enough to use to decorate a tween or teenagers room.

The basic body is the same for all 10 dolls. The 1st three dolls are a variation of each other (an ugly witch, a young witch and 'mistress kate')where the colours and faces are different. The pirate is unique and looks like a pirate played by a rather famous actor! The father christmas and the wizard are variations of each other but the clothes are slightly different. the Princesses are the same except for the cloaks. the fairies are identical except for the colours used. All the dolls have accessories incl swords, wands, bags etc.Despite the 'sameness' of some of the patterns by just changing something simple like the colour or facial expression, you end up with a completely different doll. There are tips through-out the book on variations and changes and because the dolls are the same size the clothes can be interchanged.

The patterns are suitable for confident intermediate and advanced knitters - much too difficult for beginners.
I haven't started knitting yet but am going to this weekend - i can't make up my mind which character i want to knit!

Ps - i have started knitting the pirate and the pattern is easy to follow and the hands of the doll are just too cute, although a bit finicky to knit. This is a fantastic book!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 5 Oct 2010
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I am so pleased with this book, I can't wait to get started. The dolls in here are more detailed than I thought they would be and measure 18" tall. There is a good explationation for all patterns to follow and step by step guidelines.

The best thing I've purhased this year!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic imagination & ideas 29 Jun 2010
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What a great book but you have to be quite competent when it comes to knitting. Can be a little difficult to follow but the ideas and designs are great. Can't wait to get started.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars knitted pirates,witches,wizards and faries. 12 May 2010
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an amazing book of knitted dolls ideal for using left over wool from other projects.I enjoy just reading and looking at the patterns .so far I have only completed one doll and can't wait to start another.the instructions are clear and the pictures help a great deal towards your objective.well worth a purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ideal gift
Gift for friend. She loved it
Published 18 days ago by myfanwy baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
VERY PLEASED
Published 1 month ago by MRS SYLVIA STEWART
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable and easy to knit
Bought this a while ago and completed the pirate. Really easy instructions, accurate and great fun!
Published 1 month ago by Kithera
5.0 out of 5 stars good service
good service.Item as described.
Published 2 months ago by Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Whether I will ever knit them I don't know the amounts of wool needed to complete one, is so much less then the individual ball
Published 2 months ago by maureen bailey maureen bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Wizard Book
I purchased this book for myself and have now knitted 3 dolls. I have 3 more to knit for nephews and nieces. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bizzylizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
Just finished the pirate, what a lot of work, but he is amazing! Looking forward to my next project, maybe a fairy next?
Published 3 months ago by stephanie jubert
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
This book is the best book I've had in ages. Not sure I like all the hair. But you change it to what you need to do.
My mum, my sisters and I have this book says it all ay x
Published 6 months ago by Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars great patterns
This book has easy to follow instructions and lets you use your own imagination when choosing colours etc.
Great fantasy figures all from one basic body pattern. Read more
Published 6 months ago by nicola allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Great book for knitters who enjoy small projects that are a little different. Some of the patterns need a lot of concentration - no good if you like to watch TV while you knit -... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Letty
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