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Beautiful and generous book - don't be put off by the detail
on 18 May 2015
Beautifully laid out with lots of gorgeous pictures of cute dolls but quite confusing. I had to read through the doll pattern several times before I could understand the author's design. The instructions for US and UK terms also adds a little more frustration, especially when you're used to regular crochet patterns with step-by-step instructions. But I think most crocheters would get the jist of it and just create a doll even if it's not an exact replica of the one in the book and it will still be lovely. The author uses aluminium wire in the arms and legs to pose the doll, and I assume she felt there was no need to explain further how to shape the hands and feet. Personally, I prefer not to use wire in dolls as I don't think they're very child friendly and I think wire degrades with frequent washing. The yarn differences are also another blight, but again this should not deter the willing crafter keen to make something they would otherwise run from. I agree the design instructions for the box are very detailed and specific, but again, it's just a box with an inside cover, an outside cover and a lid. If you don't attempt to make this doll and accessories because of all the presumed difficulty, you won't realise a missing potential.