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Toys to Knit Hardcover – 23 Sep 2005

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (23 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843403056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843403050
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 22.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tracy Chapman is an exciting new knitting designer, who has worked with Rowan yarns for several years. She has been a Rowan design consultant and taught workshops, and now runs her own business designing items for children and toddlers. Her work has been featured in several magazines, but this is her first book. Tracy lives in Gosport, Hampshire.


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Format: Hardcover
Lovely, attractive designs but I am finishing the basic doll and already I have spotted two errors / sloppy pattern-writing. As long as you are not an absolute beginner, you should be able to work around these but not what you expect from such a simple pattern - if it was a more complicated pattern I could forgive the errors.

The decreases for the feet have been badly calculated so that when you follow the pattern you do NOT get the number of stitches Tracy says you should have. The decreases for the tops of the arms are also a bit messy. For these, just decrease the stipulated 4 stitches for the first 2 decrease rows and then simply cast off the remaining 8 stitches (instead of 4 for the next 2 rows). This will give you a neater, easier to match together look.

It looks like this book has been re-printed with another publisher, or at least some of the patterns have under the same title - I would hope that Tracy has re-checked and corrected the errors and would suggest that you try that book in the hope that they have! I am also hoping the rest of the patterns in this book have been written correctly. All in all, a good, attractively presented book but as I was buying for the patterns and not the pictures alone, I didn't want to have to make any changes/corrections at all - I was after mindless therapeutic knitting with a fabulous result. Having said that, a little concentration and you should be ok.
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I loved the design for this book, gorgeous full colour pictures and innovative designs for toys for babies and older children.
My daughter has a list of things she wants me to make and it only came today! However it assumes you know how to knit and crochet already as there are no instructions for beginners on how to do these, Also some of the designs rely on you paying attention to the illustartions as the making up sections aren't that specific.Not one for beginners but delightful all the same.
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Format: Paperback
I think that the dolls in this book are really lovely, and the assortment of clothes for them is very good. I am less keen on the sections on animals and nursery ideas. The latter is just not very interesting, there is nothing that stands out as being different from other books. As for the animals, I have a few quibbles, which may just be me being picky. Why have the mouse and the rabbit got loops for feet, but not the kangaroo? Why has the bee got black wings? And WHY is the Arctic mentioned in connection with the penguin!!! I also thought that the mouse was a dog until I saw the tail.
In the dolls section there are rather a lot of mistakes or is it just sloppy editng? There is no indication how to fasten the wrap top;the ballerina doll clearly does not have the hair from the basic instructions, though the text says she does;the Japanese kimono has instructions for sewing up the sides, but the photo looks different; and I don't think that a traditional Japanese outfit has a 'back pillow' - I think you'll find it's a sash, called an obi.
In conclusion, I think this book has promise, but you need to take care, so I would recommend it to confident knitters. And DON'T tell your children that penguins come from the Arctic.
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Format: Paperback
Like most of the other reviewers, I found it difficult to make sense of all the instructions in this book. Although I was knitting to the recommended tension, I found that the doll took more than the one ball of cotton glace specified (more like one and a half). Tracy may be "an exciting new knitting designer", as it says in the blurb, but she certainly can't count! There are several places where you don't have the number of stitches she tells you you have, such when you are decreasing to shape the doll's legs, on the front of the ballet top and at the waistband of the skirt. The pattern for the knickers was hopeless as they turned out much too small. It ought to have been possible for Tracy to work out that if the width of the body is 28 stitches, 24 stitches for the knickers is not going to be enough, especially once the body has been stuffed. I had to make up my own pattern. The instructions for the front of the ballet top seem to have been written on the basis that you have 19 stitches after the first row (as stated in the pattern), when in fact you have 10. In the end, I managed to make it work but only by knitting the fronts first and using needles three sizes bigger than specified but to be honest if I had wanted to design my own doll and clothes from scratch I wouldn't have bought a book. I can't believe anyone else had road tested these patterns or even typechecked the text (in the instructions for the rag doll clothes, it specifies a crochet hook UK size ??).

I am pleased with the final doll but it was difficult to achieve a good result so I would say buy this book only if you are an experienced knitter who likes a challenge!
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Format: Paperback
I thought I had ordered this book, but when it arrived it had the cover of 'Toys to Knit', published by Collins and Brown in 2008. However, if you open the front cover the photo there (and the toys displayed) is identical to the cover of 'Toys to Knit: Dozens of Patterns for Heirloom Dolls, Animals,Doll Clothes and Accessories', so I can only conclude that this is the same book. Anyone know if it is not? If it is the same, the different titles and covers are misleading.
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