Book Review: My Knitted Doll by Louise Crowther
We’re suckers for cute here at Olann and, so it will come as no surprise to hear that we’ve been dying to get our hands on a copy of the book, My Knitted Doll, for a while now.
My Knitted Doll is the first book Louise Crowther has published, although her work has been featured in several craft and knitting magazines already. A lover of small, neat projects, Louise’s love of colour, style and attention to detail are evident with every turn of the page.
The book contains the knitting patterns to create 12 adorable dolls, each with their own style and personality. One of the things we think sets Louise’s characters apart from many other knitted dolls, is their hair. Louise has cleverly incorporated her dolls’ hairstyles into the knitting. Something about this seems to enhance each of the dolls characters.
We’re slightly envious of each doll’s wardrobe; the outfits are fun and colourful and are often accessorised with bags or hats to make play more interactive. The outfits will also fit any of the dolls, so are completely interchangeable. There are over 50 different components so that’s a wealth of wardrobe combinations. Add to that your choice of colours and designs and you can completely see why we’d love the My Knitted Doll closet.
Louise has outlined the supplies you’ll need to create each of the characters in the book. Her dolls and their outfits have all been knitted using 4ply/fingering weight cotton, which Louise favours because it looks great and is robust enough to stand up to being well played with. Of course this doesn’t mean you have to keep with cotton if you’d prefer to use something else, but sticking to the smaller recommended needle size will help to ensure no stuffing pokes out. The patterns are all easy to follow and Louise has included some helpful tips on personalising your doll by changing the hair styles, skin or eye colour.
Anyone who has made a doll or soft toy before will know how important it is to sew everything up correctly. Spending time and taking extra care can make all the difference. The information in the techniques section of My Knitted Doll is invaluable for helping you achieve great results. Louise has included detailed, step-by-step instructions complete with photographs on how to assemble your dolls.
If you twisted our arm to tell you which of the mini people we favour the most, we’d probably have to choose Penny with her lovely dark hair, stripy dress worn over her jeggings, complete with trainers (runners) and trendy hat.
Ralph is rocking the dungarees, stripy long sleeve t-shirt and socks. Pippa is a cutie, with her statement flower dress and matching headband. Her coral Mary Janes are just too sweet. We’re completely in love with Jane’s wardrobe; denim skirt, short sleeved cardi, stripy leggings, accessorised with a handbag and beret, she looks the bee’s knees. Martha is practically perfect in her jeans, bright tunic and matching shoes.
We’ve no doubt that many a little person and a good few older ones would love one, if not all, of the characters in My Knitted Doll. We’ve already picked out the ones we think could be adapted into mini me’s, now we’ve just got to go through the rest of our friends and family…..
My Knitted Doll is published by David and Charles. It costs £15.99 and should be available from all good book shops.
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