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Pride and Preju-Knits
Trixie von Purl

Search Press
28 September 2015/ ISBN 9781782213130
How-To Books/Knitting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Calling all Jane Austen and knitting fans! This book will enable you to bring the books to life by recreating some of the famous scenes via the medium of knitting.

Suitable for experienced knitters looking for an absorbing challenge this is a new type of project that ties in with much-loved literature. Featuring a basic body for male and female dolls this is then customized and dressed in a variety of Regency outfits before being arranged in tableaux with knitted props such as a picnic blanket, piano, cakes, armchair etc. Each chapter has all the costumes, character adjustments, props and more for a scene from a chosen book plus a reminder at the beginning of what is going on. Mr. Darcy proposes to Lizzie, Sir Thomas interrupts rehearsals at Mansfield Park, Emma marries Mr. Knightley and Colonel Brandon duels with Willoughby among other scenes, twelve in all. These are not dolls for young children but poseable ornaments for display complete with chenille skeletons or card interiors in the case of some larger props. Each project is listed in words in quite small print, as this is a fairly small format book together with a small photograph of the finished item on its own. More photographs show the items worn and displayed, rather like the fun of arranging a dolls house without the need for the large building. This is a book of themed patterns not a knitting primer but at the back is a handy list of abbreviations plus a few “extra techniques” such as making a pompom, Kitchener stitch, I-cords and finishing. If you are an experienced knitter who enjoys the challenge of small, detailed projects then this is sure to appeal.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015