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Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards and Fairies: Create a Magical World Paperback – 20 Nov 2009

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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: 21.1 x 1 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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." --MyShelf.com

"This gorgeous book gives detailed patterns for five dolls, each standing approximately 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." --"Machine Knitting Monthly"

"Wow! Forget cuddly and cute, these are 18 inch high, soft, knitted dolls with attitude." "--Slipknot"

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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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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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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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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By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2010
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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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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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I bought this book and have already completed two of the dolls. Excellent instruction and illustration. Am really pleased with the book and the results achieved. Would highly recommend to all who enjoy knitting. Would make a great pressie. ;-)
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Really super book with lovely creations to knit yourself. The patterns are easy to follow and I was astounded to be able to create such detailed dolls without being an expert myself. The book is to be enjoyed by anyone who can use a pair of knitting needles. Can't wait for the next book by this lady.
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The book arrived this morning, ahead of time, so kudos to Wordery, and also for the free bookmark included...x

I love this book and can't wait to get started with it, it's exactly what I wanted. I hope to customise some of the patterns to make angel dolls and am delighted at how easy these patterns seem for such elaborate and gorgeous creations. I really hope the author is one who has chance to check her reviews because I want to switch to capitals and exclaim in text-speak, which is something I never do, about how fabulous these patterns are. And I wonder if you'd like to see pictures when I've made a lovely blokey angel for my next year Christmas tree?
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