Miniature Crochet: Projects in 1/12 Scale Paperback – 22 May 2003
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Most of the designs are easy, but several require perseverance as they take many hours to complete.
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I highly reccommend it.
Whereas this book does have a great number of patterns in it, the questions of tension & size of the finished article are dismissed by the author with the phrase "On a such a small scale tension is not really a problem ..." In my opinion, there is not much of the craftsperson in that statement.
Why do both the author & publisher assume that the book will only be used by those who actually OWN the dolls? The coincidence of crochet ability & enthusiasm for 1/12 scale dolls & dolls' houses must be quite low. Yet time & again the text simply advises - try it on the doll & adjust to fit. Coupled with the fact that finished size is not mentioned, this becomes at best "1/12 Scale Crochet for Doll Owners". It is true, as the author says, that the dolls will vary in their proportions & actual sizes but this doesn't excuse the complete absence of information on finished project size or stitch tension.
Some of the dresses are quite complex & no standard book on crochet would publish a comparable pattern without tension. Imagine trying to crochet a pair of gloves without knowing the tension! Not to produce such advice is lazy, to say the least. I am no novice to crochet & my tension is usually correct but that is not true for everyone & I still ALWAYS check.
As for the patterns - well, the garment shapes are useful. Some of the dress patterns are delightful. However, there is a great dependence on double crochet, resulting in something of an excess of rather crude & stiff garments of a somewhat rustic appearance.
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