Crochet Spotlight: Gone With the Wind, Part 3

Several years ago, I made a collection of Gone With the Wind-inspired gowns for a private collector. Fourteen outfits in total, 12 from the Southern Belle pattern series from Annie’s Attic, which is now out of print, and 2 original one-of-a-kind creations inspired by patterns for larger dolls that I adjusted and customized for the fashion doll.

In Part 1 and Part 2 we saw eight of the gowns taken from various scenes in the movie. Today, I’m showcasing the last of the 12 Southern Belle patterns.

Crochet Gone with the wind wedding gown for fashion doll

Wedding Gown

Crochet Gone with the wind gown for Fashion doll

Honeymoon Gown

Pink and Black Gone with the wind gown for fashion doll

Strolling Dress

Blue Gone with the wind gown for fashion doll

Belle in Blue

I love the graceful elegance of each of these designs. Wedding dresses have been one of my favorite things to crochet for fashion dolls and this pattern is no exception. The ruffle along the bottom is just beautiful and the simple tulle veil is fit for a queen.

My favorite part of the Honeymoon Gown is the hat. I loved how the netting came out. That is crocheted bric-a-brac around the edge. Beautiful effect!

The strolling dress has many different aspects that i love. The stripes are stunning. The lace around the sleeves are very pretty and although the hat was pretty simple to make, it add such a nice touch to the outfit that I just love it!

Belle in Blue would probably be considered an everyday gown for Miss Scarlett. Simple in style but still elegant. My favorite part is the lace shawl. I love crocheting lace details for these outfits, so that was definitely a part I enjoyed.

Check back next month for Part 4, the last of the Gone With the Wind-style outfits.

NOTE: Although the Southern Belle bed doll series is no longer in print, you can still find some Southern Belle patterns on eBay from time to time, if you are interested in making them yourself.

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Book Review: Knitting Block by Block by Nicky Epstein

Knitting Block by  Block by Nicky Epstein Book Cover

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Knitting Block by Block by Nicky Epstein offers 150 different styles of blocks, divided into six categories: Basic, Applique, Colorwork, Special Techniques and Cables/Counterpanes. That’s a lot of blocks!

As soon as I saw this beautiful hardcover book, I couldn’t wait to read it and start on some projects. Each section shows a full or half-page color photo of the block, and indicates the page number for the instructions.

The first block I tried was from the Special Techniques chapter. I chose the Angel Blossom design because it looked so pretty and I’d never done bobbles before, so I wanted to learn something new.

Angel Blossom knitted block in progress on needle

Angel Blossom Block In Progress

The crystal clear instructions made it very easy to successfully knit my first bobbles perfectly!

Next I tested out a couple of the basic blocks from the first chapter, the Classic Diamond and the Classic Decrease, and then jumped ahead to the cables chapter for the Rolling Cables pattern.

All instructions are clear and easy to understand. Abbreviations are listed at the back of the book if you need a refresher on what a SK2P is, for example.

But the book is much more than just instructions for different blocks. The opening sections include a discussion on gauge and how to keep your block size consistent (the affects of needle and yarn weight, etc.), information on using blocks to construct different types of garments and accessories, and gorgeous full-page color photographs of 13 items you can fashion from the blocks right now!

The back section of the book includes those 13 project patterns, plus a thumbnail gallery of all the blocks to help you mix and match them for your own designs.

This I is a great book for inspiration, not only with block construction, but also for items you can make with a single block with just a little alteration.

For example, I noticed as I was knitting the Angel Blossom block that it was just as pretty when held sideways, so I didn’t stop at the block end. I kept going, created a rectangle, and when I joined the starting row to the last row, it became a lovely cowl.

I took the Rolling Cable block pattern, kept it to one repeat across the row instead of two and created a scarf from it.

Rolling Cable knitted block in progress on needle

Start of a Scarf Inspired by Rolling Cables Block

There are so many possibilities with the blocks and also beyond the blocks that you will get a lot of use out of this book.

My only complaint (and it’s a minor one, really), is that I would have liked to have seen more special technique type blocks and less applique. The applique blocks generally consist of a basic stockinette stitch block as the base with I-cord, flowers or other embellishments sewn on top.

For me personally, knitting stockinette stitch blocks are a little boring, but on the flip side, I can see that they are also very easy to finish. and the applique patterns here do give you some great ideas on how to jazz up a boring stockinette stitch block. I just wanted more Angel Blossom type blocks because I like to try new stitches but would rather avoid sewing. 😀

Overall, I think this is a great book for knitters of all skill levels. I’d give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Nice variety of patterns, nice variety of skill techniques addressed, clear instructions and gorgeous color photographs. I can’t express enough now beautiful this book is to hold and look at.

It’s also a book I feel I will get good use out of, since I’ve only completed a fraction of the blocks included and there are many more that caught my eye.

❤ Knitting fans, you will not be disappointed! ❤

(FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.)