My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


All Stealth Knitting Makes for a Dull Blog

And that’s what I’ve been up to lately: all stealth knitting, all the time.

But that is coming to an end in a couple of days,and I am pleased to report that the second article about my creative process for my colorwork jacket is available for your reading pleasure over at Mason-Dixon Knitting. (In case you missed it, read Part One here.)

And I have a book for review/giveaway. This is one I’ve had for a while and it slipped through the cracks.


This is Nicky Epstein Enchanted Knits for Dolls: 25 Mystical, Magical Costumes for 18-Inch Dolls by, not surprisingly, Nicky Epstein.

You can view all the patterns on Ravelry, here.

Now, I don’t very often knit doll clothes, and I haven’t knit any of these patterns, so you can take my review with a grain of salt.

I read the reviews of this book on Amazon (linked from the title, above) and they were mixed. Mostly positive, but some people said the patterns were confusing. Looking on Ravelry, I don’t see many projects knit from the patterns, so it’s hard to get a feel for the patterns. It’s possible the negative reviews are because these are not beginner knits. They are small fiddly pieces with, in a lot of cases, a good deal of finishing work required.

What I can say is that the patterns are adorable! Some of my favorites:


Madame Vampire is knit from light fingering weight yarn held double. There are a lot of fine details in this outfit — sequins edging the front of the dress, a detachable collar. And there are instructions for creating the little crown.


The Whimsical Witch is knit from sock yarn, and uses a self-striping yarn for the skirt. There are even directions included for knitting little witchy shoes!


Gnome Girl is knit from sport weight cotton. You can see the level of detail here in the little vest and embroidered decorations.

I think this is a wonderful book for a relatively experienced knitter who has special little ones to knit for. Any child who has American Girl or similar dolls would be over the moon to receive one of these amazing outfits.

There’s still time to knit one as a holiday gift. So who’d like my review copy?

Leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time Sunday, December 4 and I will chose a winner at random.

Loki is contemplating a magical outfit.





  1. First?!?

    I can see these as the basis of a lot of less intricate pieces as well. I find the mermaid bra kind of icky, but I love the cats on the witch’s skirt, and I like the vampire’s knits, but not the fangs.

    Me! Me!

  2. Not intended as a second entry – Little Red Riding Hood is adorable!

  3. I would love to make some of these for my daughter. She is just now getting old enough for an American Girl and will be getting one for her birthday.

  4. I have made a few of her patterns and I had no trouble at all. I should also say that I am 63 and have been knitting since I was 10 and I am self-taught. No Grandma or Aunt to teach me. I have three little girls in my life who have American Girl Dolls and would make good use of that book.

  5. I have a granddaughter who I would love to make these for. I have made several of her doll patterns and they are great.

  6. Maria Beuttenmuller says:

    Oh that Nicky…amazing! Would LOVE this book! And I think Loki needs an enchanting Cinderella knitted mouse! What a great (big) cat you have, Wendy! Bless you both and have a wonderful Holiday season.

  7. Joan Anderson says:

    95% of my knitting is outfits for the AG doll. This would be a fantastic book and expand my experience in knitting. Thank you for the opportunity to enter my name in the drawing.

  8. I would love to have this book! When my daughter was little had sewn many matching outfits for her and her AG doll. Now, I’m looking ahead and hoping for a granddaughter (okay, I’m jumping the gun–she’s getting married next October) and would love to knit some of these lovely designs to store away for the day that cool gets passed down.

  9. These are so cute! MY daughter would love some costumes for her Emily doll for Christmas!

  10. Patricia Stanko says:

    My granddaughter would love me to knit for her AG doll. I would love to have this book

  11. Elayne Alexander says:

    Well I would be willing to try my hand at one of those doll outfits. You know. For science.

  12. OMG! I love these patterns. I’m giving My 6 y/o granddaughter her first AG for Christmas. I could knit out of this books for gifts for the AG next year!

  13. Birgit Rosenberg says:

    I’d love to knit some of these outfits for my niece’s dolls.

  14. Cindy Fuchs says:

    I have 4 Granddaughters that would these beautiful outfits. They’re adorable!

  15. I would love to have this book. My 8 year old granddaughter has two American Girl dolls that I have knit and sewed clothes for. These patterns would be so much fun to make! Thanks Wendy!

  16. Sindy Faddis says:

    I have made a couple of her patterns for dolls out of another book this one would be a great addition and my granddaughter would love the result!!!

  17. I have a Granddaughter who would love to have some of these for her dolls. Of course she will want some to wear for herself as well.

  18. Those doll pics are adorable but Loki is adorable-er. 🙂

  19. I would love this book!! I dont have any kids – but knit American Girl clithes for neices and friends kids.

  20. Yes please, I have two granddaughters who are big AG doll fans!

  21. Charlotte says:

    I’m a fiddly bits knitter, otherwise I wouldn’t love Alan Dart’s patterns (my favorite part of my subscription to Simply Knitting Magazine), even though I translate as much as possible to knitting in the round & in one piece 🙂

  22. My granddaughter has an AG doll and a very lively imagination that centres around princess and unicorns. She’d love an outfit like one of these.

  23. M Hendrickson says:

    Please enter me in the Enchanted Doll book by Nicky Epstein giveaway.
    My grand daughter is soon to be old enough for this size doll

  24. brilliant! my girl is too old to still play with her american girls, but i would still knit some of these for them — there’s always the hope of a granddaughter…

  25. I am 70 and have 5 grand-nieces just at the AG stage – and I love Nicky Epstein patterns. This book would be a wonderful resource, may have to get it anyway. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  26. My daughter would absolutely LOVE these!!! Thank you for the chance to win a copy! I’m going to have to get my hands on one either way! I just have to make some of these outfits!

  27. Oooh, what fun to knit for grandchildren. Please enter me in the drawing.

  28. Marseille says:

    I’d love a copy. I do a lot of doll knitting, for myself (doll collector) and for family members/little girls with AG dolls.

  29. Thank you for the opportunity, Wendy. I’d love this book.

  30. What an awesome book! I have my own AG doll that I’d love to knit those outfits for.

  31. Sharen Warren says:

    Yes, I’d love to win this book! My granddaughter would be delighted with these little costumes – for herself and her dolls! Thanks Wendy

  32. How about a magical Christmas elf costume for Loki? Once again, marvelous giveaway!