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Crochet for Barbie Doll: 75 Delightful Creations to Crochet Hardcover – May 1, 2002


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Epstein's Knits for Barbie Doll was immensely popular with collectors of Barbie doll but left out those Barbie owners and costumers who prefer crochet to knitting. In the hands of a lesser designer, a doll's wardrobe in crochet might have been a disaster, since crocheted garments tend to be more bulky than knitted ones. Fortunately, Epstein chose fine yarns crocheted with a small hook. The enticing designs that result have a Sixties flair. There are 75 designs a few are for Barbie's boyfriend, Ken including a camel coat, a granny striped poncho, and a gorgeous wedding gown, as well as assorted accessories and props such as hats, purses, pillows, and afghans. Recommended for all public libraries.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931543062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931543064
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nicky Epstein is one of today's most prolific and versatile knitwear designers, authors and teachers. She has gained worldwide recognition for her artistic, distinctive and innovative work, whimsical sense of style and informative workshops. Her designs continue to be featured in many knitting magazines and publications, on television, and in museums.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2003
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I have made a couple of small items from this book. so far I
find the instructions a bit confusing. They are not written
in the form I am used to. It takes me a couple of tries to
figure some of them out. Plus, Most of the yarns used are Foreign names that I have never heard of and are not readily available. she doesn't give any alternative yarn to use in their place. However, The companies are listed in the back of the book,if you want to order the yarn.
There are a few items that use #10 or #5 thread which are readily available at craft stores.
I find the instructions a bit hard to follow also because they
all run together instead of writing the different rows seperately, the instructions run on and on. It's hard to keep
your place.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Carly the flying nun on August 9, 2004
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I am very surprised that these patterns are so difficult to follow. I ignored all the reviews thinking I wouldn't have any problems and I was so wrong. Measurements are misprinted in some places, other places measurements are totally off. Plus the way she makes the patterns takes twice as long or longer to create. These are simple little pieces but I had more trouble doing them than a collector dress from Paradise Publication (which have very enarmorate and fancy outfits).

After many unsuccessful starts and restarts I sat down and rewrote all the patterns (except a few like the bikinis or blankets). I can create a whole ensemble in less than two hours now since I did that.

I am glad she wrote the book because using her pattern as a basic guideline and looking at the pics, I am able to create some cute pieces to go with the wedding dresses and other collector ensembles I create.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Burrell on September 30, 2002
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I was truly delighted to find a book of tasteful fashions for Barbie. The old crochet patterns are usually full of bushy or frumpy outfits using bulky yarn. Hurray for Nicky Epstein! The only problem I had was finding the yarn in a basic craft store. As soon as I stepped into an embroidery or needlepoint store I found many possibilities. Well stocked yarn shops also have a variety of "strings" and thinner yarns.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2002
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The styles are wonderful, but they call for very difficult to find yarns. I have crocheted for 40 years, and I have a very hard time matching the gauge and some of the patterns are hard for me to understand.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2002
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The book is great as far as pictures and the clothes look very nice. But the instructions are difficult to follow,you read them over and over. The threads used not easy to find in your local stores, you have to order them from the shops at the back of the book. The author should of given us other threads to use in place of the ones used in the book. I feel the author should make a sheet with new threads to use in place of the ones used in the book.(Another note I would bet the threads use in the book are also expensive.)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patricia R. Andersen VINE VOICE on May 22, 2005
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If you have people in your life (such as sisters, daughters, neices, granddaughters) that play with Barbie and you know how to crochet, you will find this book very helpful. I found some of the instructions a bit difficult, but most are fine. And you can always use this book as inspiration to make up your own clothes for Barbie. After all, Barbie doesn't always have to go with the crowd, does she? She sets her own fashion.

I would have given this book a higher rating but the pattern difficulties interfere with that. However, I do recommend this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Hutchins on March 9, 2006
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I bought this book to make some Barbie clothes for my granddaughter. The thread is a little high-end, but the clothes are fabulous. The instructions are easy to follow, and I could easily substitute yarns.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet Townsend on February 8, 2009
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I love to crochet for Barbie, and this book offers some of the best- looking crochet patterns for Barbie that I've seen. Most look very stylish, not bulky, like you see in lots of crochet patterns for Barbie. I have made a few items already, and they turned out very nicely. For others I find the directions confusing because the rows are not spelled out in an easy-to-understand format. This would be OK for the easy rows, but in more complicated rows I get very confused. Some garments are made in one piece, but others are made in several pieces and then sewn together, which I do not like to have to do. Still, for more advanced crocheters, this book is terrific - the clothes are gorgeous, for the most part. Unfortunately, the wedding gowns don't seem very stylish or elegant. For wedding gowns I recommend Paradise Publications - they have several patterns for wedding gowns which look gorgeous! I do not try to get the yarns used in the book because I am told that many are hard to find. Size 10 crochet thread works well for most, and for others that require a more bulky thread or yarn, I just use a size larger crochet thread.
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