Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards & Fairies by Annette Hefford is a book I will highly recommend for knitters of any skill level, but it's great for those newer knitters who haven't quite mastered the whole knitting in the round side of things, and it's much more fun than learning to follow a pattern for a blanket, unless, of course, that is the kind of knitting you are aiming for. A great bonus is that this book is cheap enough, RRP for the UK is £12.99, for the subject matter.
The dolls themselves are wonderful creations, a few of them resembling much loved characters of modern cinema and stage. They have sweet little faces, and detailed ways in how to alter the doll's appearance. The base doll is you are told how to create is perfect, with four fingers and a thumb on each hand.
The book has beautifully clear photographs of the finished doll's in senario's, studio shots and of course the all important step by step guides.
Hefford even shows you how you can alter the designs to give a fairy a different style or turn an old wizard (who strikingly resembles a certain Hogwarts Headmaster) into Santa Claus himself. The costume's she has designed for each doll are remarkable. Each outfit is two layers minimum, even giving instructions on how to knit a witch's broom and a pirate's sword!
After reading through this book, I have to say I am most taken by Samuel Crowe Pirate, who is just Johnny Depp in wool. The name change is a given but there's no denying who this loveable rogue is.
Each knitting pattern is a masterpiece in itself and has such an attention to detail, it even gives you artistic freedom.
A highly reccommended book.