29 December 2011 (1 April 2012 US) / ISBN: 9781844487912
by Rachel A Hyde
It's 2012 and people
are getting ready for the Olympics
making these fun dolls will
ensure that you also have a share in the fun.
As any knitter knows there is no such thing as too many books containing
patterns for toys. You can use these for fundraising, stocking fillers,
party prizes and more and they make up fairly fast as long as you
are a reasonably proficient intermediate knitter. The author has
endeavoured to make this book as simple as possible but I do not
think that the projects are really easy enough for a beginner. You
need to know how to read a pattern and all the other basics first
and have a few projects under your belt before tackling any of these.
Instructions are give in words only, no charts which will suit most
knitters from the UK and US; look at the back for a short list of
other books to enjoy and a useful mention of another Search Press
book on how to knit. All notes not pertaining to individual patterns
are given at the beginning on a single page - basic materials, tension,
stuffing, sewing up etc. Then it is on with the patterns that make
up the bulk of the book. Most Olympic events are covered and there
are twenty dolls in here, ten of each gender. Each has a name and
full knitted equipment as well as the necessary clothes, including
a pattern for a medal at the end. Male dolls have a white band for
underpants as part of them while female dolls have removable sports
bras and knickers. Dolls have wire inside to be poseable, omit for
playthings rather than ornaments.
Choose from a runner,
footballer, fencer, karate, dressage, skier, archer, snowboarder
etc all handsomely illustrated with full-page photographs. I think
that most knitters will have a lot of fun with this book.