on 18 February 2001
This is an excellent book which takes knitted dolls one step further into the realm of miniature models. Although at a cursory glance, the patterns appear complicated, on closer inspection, they are refreshingly straightforward. Anyone capable of knitting stocking stitch and following a simple chart should have no difficulty in completing the projects. These little figures will appeal to a wide age group. They are an interesting task for older folk with time on their hands, and they would also be a challenge to young knitters who want to make something a bit different from the normal knitted rag doll. A pair of these figures from a particular period would be a dramatic addition to a historical school project. Jan Messent has also written a book called "Knitted Gardens". This is as good as Historical Figures, and knitted articles from the two books could be used in conjunction to produce some really stunning tableaux.