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Toys to Knit Paperback – 6 May 2008
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Tracy Chapman is a prolific knit designer who has worked as a consultant for Rowan Yarns and as an instructor at the Liberty sewing school.
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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.
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.
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.
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!