If you haven't been invited to the wedding of the decade (and I know it's only 2011, but it's still probably going to be the wedding of the decade), you can knit your own version of it.
Knit Your Own Royal Wedding by Fiona Goble is a collection of patterns based on dolls that are easy to knit with knit clothes. The introduction explains a bit about the wedding of Kate and William, then a short section explaining what supplies you'll need to knit the wedding. Needle sizes are in both UK and US so you can be sure of getting the right gauge, accessories are made from beads, sequins, ribbon, wire and tiny buttons. There is an overview of how to knit that's clearly diagrammed if you are a complete beginner to knitting and instructions for sewing together the dolls and clothes.
The basic pattern for the dolls is easy enough for a novice knitter to make, and quick to stitch for someone with some experience. If you are a complete beginner, you should be able to finish at least William and Kate by 29 April 2011, a more experienced knitter will be able to do quite a bit more.
The cute! Seriously, I can't get over the cute. Prince Harry, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and of course, Prince William all in their dress uniforms. The Archbishop in his vestments with embroidered details, Camilla with her handbag and little ribbon rose brooch, the Queen with her pearls, and of course Catherine, the bride, with a little rhinestone engagement ring and a wire tiara. All the tiny details just make this set of dolls irresistible. Even if you aren't a royal watcher, you may want the patterns just to make dolls for yourself. Each doll pattern has an explanation of who it is, and in the case of the uniforms, why they are wearing that uniform.
The cutest thing in the whole book though is the corgis. I admit I'm biased. The little dogs are just wonderful.
After you've learned the basics for making the dolls, at the end is a chapter of alternate clothing, so you can fill out your wedding with guests, maybe even making a mini you to attend the wedding. There is also a pull out in a pocket in the back of the book to make a paper balcony to pose your wedding party on.
I love the little dolls, they are charming. My 15 yo daughter also likes this book and the patterns in it quite a bit.
Published by Andrews McMeel.
You can get this book in either paper or Kindle format. The version I reviewed is the full color paper format. The Kindle format will not have the paper balcony included.
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