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Knits for Barbie Doll: 75 Fabulous Fashions for Knitting Hardcover – October 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931543054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931543057
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Since their debut in 1959, Barbie dolls have enjoyed immense popularity, and over the years they have become a much-sought-after collectible for adults as well as children. This compilation of patterns by well-known knitwear designer Epstein should encourage young people or their parents and grandparents to knit a wardrobe of small garments and accessories for Barbie and her boyfriend, Ken. Included are more than 50 designs for sweaters, accessories, jackets, evening dresses, faux fur coats even a wedding dress. All designs include full-color illustrations of Barbies modeling the garments in scenes with miniature props, as well as a materials list, notes, gauge information, and step-by-step instructions. Knowledge of the fundamental skills of knitting is assumed. Generally recommended for even the smallest public library.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

This eye-catching knitting book will please the Barbie lover who knits very well. The outfits and accessories are attractive and fashionable, but the projects are for the advanced knitter. Here Barbie can wear the popular styles of the 1990s: the sweater jacket, the fuzzy sleeveless shell, and the funky "fur" coat. Also included are 1940s- and 1960s-style day dresses, classic evening gowns, and two wedding dresses. The book presents lots of winter wear, but there are shorts and swimsuits as well. Epstein included a few sweaters for Ken, but Barbie's wardrobe takes center stage. There is a reason for the beauty and cuteness of the clothing: most of the outfits call for higher-priced materials (cashmere, angora) found only in specialty craft and knitting stores. But, because the instructions are clear and the photographs striking, most talented knitters will enjoy this book. Michelle Kaske
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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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Well photographed pictures are followed by clear instructions for creating the items.
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My interest in creating Barbie clothes began with the desire to sew matching granddaughter/Barbie nightgowns.
Wes Robinson
The projects are georgeous and both the young person and an older collector will love the patterns.
Krysta Bauer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Krysta Bauer on November 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I just got this book a few days ago and I am in love with it. The projects are georgeous and both the young person and an older collector will love the patterns. The designs are on small needles, with small yarns, but still work up quickly due to their size. I am just about finished with a sweater and have spent maybe two hours on it. This book also contains a lot of accessories and some designs to decorate Barbie's home with. A must have for any knitter who is a Barbie lover, who knows a Barbie lover, or has kids that are Barbie lovers. I can't wait to make more projects.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Wes Robinson on May 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My interest in creating Barbie clothes began with the desire to sew matching granddaughter/Barbie nightgowns. However, I am in a caregiving situation in which there is not always time to set up the necessary sewing equipment. Knitting for Barbie is the ideal solution - very portable and easy to put down at a moment's notice.
The book is very exciting with all the many items that can be knitted - even matching purses! I am an average once-in-a-while knitter and find the projects within my abilities and the directions clear. I found the suggested knitting materials online, but decided to use easier-to-find and less costly baby and sport yarn on sale at local stores. It certainly won't matter to the young girls who will be dressing their Barbies!
I am enjoying creating these tiny fashions as much as I hope my granddaughters will enjoy playing with them!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Chae on November 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great knitting book. I'm a beginning/intermediate level knitter, and I found this book to be a great practice book before my first attempt to make a human-size sweater. Most projects can be completed in several hours - one day at the longest. I never got bored with it ;)

The book is also very clear and easy to use. I never had to look up additional information from other books -When a project requires an intermediate level stitch (that is stitces beyond basic knit/purl, binding off, casting on, and increasing/decreasing) you can always find a short tutorial about that sitch on the same page. I'm also happy that I got to use up my leftover yarns.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! I have a lot of different types of craft books, and they all have a few things I would like to try to make. But after looking through this book, I have decided that I want to make every item! I love that the same brand of yarn is used for many of the projects, and it is readily available. The detail and small size of the projects seem very challenging, but I have made one of the outfits already and was surprised to see how easy it was and how well it came out. Also, it is wonderful to be able to finish a project in a couple of nights, especially since I have countless unfinished "big" projects all over the house. The projects with angora and cashmere are so affordable, too! I would definitely recommend this book to even a beginning knitter.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
On the plus side, this book has beautiful photogaphy and simple but very pretty styles, designed with an appropriate gauge (mostly about 6 to 8 stitches per inch).
The most noticeable flaw: there are several mistakes in the instructions. It's not hard to figure out the corrections, but gee whiz, didn't anybody proofread this before it was printed?
This book is ideal for beginning to intermediate knitters, who mostly want to make clothes for their kids' dolls. Advanced knitters and doll collectors, who prefer more complex, sophisticated shaping and fit, will probably find the patterns in this book too basic.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
Sweaters, afghans, swimsuits, rugs, even a dog sweater. Nicky Epstein gives you a pattern for nearly anything you might want to knit for a Barbie. Well photographed pictures are followed by clear instructions for creating the items. Some of the recommended yarns are rather exotic, but an experienced knitter may be able to substitute from yarns left over from other projects. This would be a good book to have on hand if you are a knitting Mom, Grandma or doting Auntie.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Georgene on March 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The very first pattern I tried from this book had an error in the pattern. Not a huge thing for an experienced knitter, but perhaps overwhelming for a new knitter. The patterns are basic, some I have seen before. Still not a bad book for Barbie knitting. The yarns are difficult to find in many cases, but any yarn shop worth the name should have the equivalent to what is called for in the book. Directions, for the most part are basic.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Elise M. Hosking on July 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you like to knit and love Barbie, you can create some great little outfits with this book. Instructions are clear and the pictures are great
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