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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Nicky Epstein Books; 1 edition (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936096544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936096541
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nicky Epstein is a prolific knitwear designer, the author of numerous bestselling books on knitting, and a popular teacher who travels nationally and internationally to lecture and give workshops on knitting technique. She has created designs for many yarn manufacturers, and her work is frequently published in knitting magazines, including Vogue® Knitting and Knit Simple™. In 2005 she received a prestigious award from The National NeedleArts Association, and in 2006 her work was featured in a retrospective fashion show at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

Customer Reviews

This is another pattern book that I bought to make gifts for my granddaughters.
Lora Jane H. Lisle
I have never really worked on knitting doll clothes before, but the patterns are very simple to follow.
Karin Hanson
This book has so many delightful designs to make, clear, and easy to follow directions.
Joanne M. Alegre

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By PFF on July 30, 2013
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The photos and ideas for the projects are great but I was disappointed with this book. The most popular 18" doll is American Girl but the doll used for the book was a Madame Alexander doll. This doll is 1" smaller in the hips and shoulders so if you knit the patterns as is some of the clothes do NOT fit the American Girl doll.

Five women in my knitting group bought the book and we've started knitting some of the outfits. We've discovered errors in some of the patterns. Don't know how many more we'll discover as we work our way through the book. Went to the publisher's website and discovered some of the errors had been posted. I emailed them about another error and that has been posted as well.

Visiting the publisher's website is an eye opener. Their page of corrections to patterns in their books is incredible. Can't believe they publish books without testing the patterns from the "proof" or whatever it is called before publication.

Another comment from my knitting group is about the yarns used in some of the outfits. We would prefer a yarn type or weight be listed as opposed to a specific yarn especially if it is a specialty yarn. It would be easier to substitute if you wanted to as some of the yarns are quite expensive. Fine if you are knitting a project for yourself but not exactly suitable to make for a child to play with.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Donnahu on August 11, 2013
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I love the original, stylish designs in this book, and I would buy it again, BUT...I'm glad I'm an experienced knitter. I've made three projects and started a fourth. All four have had serious gauge problems. I know it says to check gauge, but I'm a very accurate knitter, and the gauges don't even match the yarns' manufacturers' recommendations. We're talking at least two needle sizes difference. One pattern had to be seriously modified to get it small enough. Some of the yarns are difficult to come by. I finally found a place online to get two specific yarns, and after waiting six weeks for a backorder I cancelled the order and bought generics locally. The yarn for he "Glitters" project costs $89 online, plus shipping -- for a doll dress! I don't think I'll make that one!!!!! The "Skullduggery" project shows the sleeves with two different stripe patterns (a different one on each sleeve in the photos), and the chart shows yet a third variation. Take your pick! The publisher's website doesn't show a correction. But even with all these problems, I've pre-ordered her crochet book for dolls, due out this fall. I hope I'll manage. My crochet skills aren't nearly as advanced as my knitting ones :-) One more thing: The photo props are really cute. I wish there were a resources list so we knew where to get them. I did find the black chain boots online. Very cool.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Earl Kunz on July 7, 2013
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My wife is the knitter for whom this book was purchased and here are her comments: "So far I have finished 3 items from the book and look forward to making several more. This is my first Nicky Epstein book and all the outfits look very nice, but I wish that more space had been devoted to back views of all the outfits, not just the five on the back cover. I would also have found exploded drawings of the project to be helpful, especially if length and width of the completed piece is included, so that needed changes can be made more easily. In addition, it would be helpful if the difficulty level of the project and the weight designation number of the suggested yarn were included in the directions. (Quite often a yarn is discontinued by the time one goes to knit a particular pattern.) "
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hillsboro19 on June 16, 2013
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I bought this book knowing I usually don't like Nicky Epstein books as they have more complexity than the final product seems to require. This is most certainly true of this book. Although the patterns are very attractive, they primarily use "decorator" yarn which isn't in my stash. Plus the gauge is fingering weight and the garments I liked all had a lot of cables and were knit in pieces--requiring a lot of finishing! Not the kind of thing to whip out on a weekend for my granddaughter!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lynne E. TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 1, 2013
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Although I'm a longtime fan of well-known knitting designer Nicky Epstein, I was a little disappointed by NICKY EPSTEIN KNITS FOR DOLLS. The outfits are cute, but are mostly for dolls' everyday wear (dresses, sweaters, shrugs, coats, bags, fanciful hats). I was expecting more themed-costume designs, for activities like horseback riding, ballet dancing, gymnastics, cooking, role-playing, etc. Of course, there is a "royal princess" costume ("All That Glitters"), an ice-skating/skiing costume ("Winter Wonderland"), and a "tennis" costume ("Perfect Match") consisting of leggings with hoodie (not a short-skirted tennis dress).

My personal favorites are: (1) "Skullduggery" (a black pullover with a big skull-and-crossbones on the front, a red ribbed turtleneck, and striped sleeves and hem); (2) "Winter Wonderland" (an ice-skating pants suit with a pretty blue-and-white Fair Isle design on the hooded, fur-trimmed jacket); (3) "Ruffles and Roses" (a party dress with a three-tiered skirt in shades of pink attached to a rose-embroidered top, completed with a matching basket-of-roses handbag); and (4) "Mirror, Mirror" (a lavender top and long skirt, both decorated with a diamond pattern formed from tiny, knitted-in beads).

These patterns are designed for 18" dolls. Many of the patterns call for sportweight, DK weight, or fingering weight yarns, and for US 3 needles. Some designs call for US 6 or 7 needles. However, because these are doll clothes, the average gauge is around 6-8 stitches to the inch. A notable exception is the lovely but challenging "Mirror, Mirror" design with its tiny beads, which is knit on a US 0 circular, at a gauge of 10.5 stitches to the inch.
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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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