What girl doesn't want to dress just like her favorite doll? People really love Barbie-as the success of Nicky Epstein's Crochet for Barbie Doll® and Knits for Barbie Doll® so clearly proved. Following on the heels of those bestsellers, Epstein, one of today's hottest knitwear designers, has come up with a new twist: matching ensembles for Barbie and her young owners, too. They're enjoyable to knit, make great gifts, and even beginning knitters can complete many of these 20 fun garments and accessories. Choose from colorful everyday clothing and "fantasy" wear, including tankinis, sweater and hat sets, a go-go dress, flower-power poncho, fairy costume, tutu, and more. There are even some patterns for adults, and for male admirers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book goes far beyond Barbie. It has become my favorite knitting pattern book!
The doll patterns are adorable, but usually call for tiny amounts of fine-gauge, hard-to-find yarns. I personally am not planning to knit a doll sweater. If you are a Barbie Doll lover though, you will certainly find some wonderful things to make.
But the book also has patterns for girls, boys, women and men (one "Dad" sweater). Nicky Epstein has some wonderful techniques in her patterns which make for beautifully finished sweaters. I am at the advanced-beginner level, and her book makes it easy to turn out professional looking sweaters by using methods like a three-needle bind-off at the shoulders, and making sleeves by picking up stitches at the shoulder and knitting down toward the cuff.
The writer suggest specific yarns to use, but she also gives you plenty of information about gauge and yardage so that it is easy to substitute a different yarn.
I have been buying quite a few of Nicky Epsteins books and have found this book to be up to her excellent high standard of quality design, instructions and gorgeous photos which both myself and my grandaughters love looking at to choose which outfit to make next.
Excellent and unique knitting book. Patterns are easy to follow and very attractive styles. Some of the yarn recommendations such as Shepherd/Classic Elite Yarns (Color 4 Me 8-Ply) are imports making the yarn expensive. The author does not offer yarn substitute recommendations.
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