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Nicky Epstein Knits for Dolls: 25 Fun,…

Nicky Epstein Knits for Dolls: 25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls

by Nicky Epstein

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25 fun, fabulous outfits for 18" dolls
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
I bought this book (fortunately at clearance prIce) intending to knit for American Girl dolls; apparently the dolls modelling the clothing in the book are the same height but slimmer, so modifications will be necessary, and apparently checking the publisher`s website for errata is also a must. The really annoying thing about the book, however, is the yarns. No indication is given in the book about the weight of yarns specified, either by traditional "fingering, sport, Dk" or by the 0-1-2-3 system. the 0-1-2-3- system is explained in the appendix, but rather pointlessly, because even there they don't give a list of yarns used in the book. Since many of the yarns are very high end, specialized products (pure cashmere for a doll bathrobe, seriously? how about mohair/silk/nylon/wool with gold beads? or silk/merino?) or not-so-high-end but still rather specialized (glitter, etc) it's quite frustrating that no suggestions for substitution are given. Most of the yarns called for are probably out of production by now, three years after the book was published. I can only compare it to turn-of-the-twentieth century instructions that begin "Take a suitable weight of wool floss..."

The book also suffers from a lack of schematic drawings of the clothing, and strangely for such a profusely illustrated book, from a lack of photographs. There appear to be many photographs of each garment, but upon closer regard, the three full page photos of School Days are the same photo in full-body, upper body, and lower body cropping - no back view!; the four photos of Mirror Mirror are the same; and so on throughout the book. No actual photos of back views, except the five outfits on the cover, and very few detail photos other than the detail cropping.

In conclusion, I feel that the book is one to borrow from a library, and best used in conjunction with a comprehensive yarn database such as that on Ravelry, not to mention the publisher's errata pages. ( )
  muumi | Mar 21, 2016 |
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"Designer, author, teacher, and knitting celebrity Nicky Epstein has created a stylish delight: 25 playful, fashion-forward patterns for 18-inch dolls. Nicky speaks fondly of the dolls that inspired her designs and explains the techniques for measuring a doll, adapting patterns, and choosing yarn and needles. The adorable pieces range from classic to chic, and include everything from hats and coats to dresses, skirts, tops, and pants-- a tiny, complete wardrobe of Nicky Epstein originals!"--… (more)

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