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Besties: Every Girl Needs a Friend Review

Front Cover Image of Besties: Every Girl Needs a Friend Pattern Book
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Today we’re taking a look at the new book Besties: Every Girl Needs a Friend crochet pattern book from designer Kristi Simpson and Leisure Arts. Thanks to Leisure Arts, I have a PDF copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky reader! Keep reading to learn more about this Besties and how you can enter to win a copy of your own.

Thank you to Leisure Arts who provided me this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Patterns in Besties: Every Girl Needs a Friend

Besties: Every Girl Needs a Friend contains 7 crochet doll patterns modelled after the designer’s aunts. Each doll is given a unique personality and style. The patterns are designed in a way to allow you to mix and match the pieces in order to create your own unique doll. Instructions/guidance is given at the beginning of the book to help you through the customization process to design your own doll using the patterns in the book to help set you up for success. The doll patterns are:

  • Fashionista Faye
  • Night-Night Nancy
  • Wistful Wanda
  • Lovely Debbie-Lyn
  • Casual Kaye
  • Dainty Dana
  • Modest Mary-Ann
crochet dolls in a flay lay, made from the patterns in Besties: Every Girl Needs a Friend

Each doll has a unique outfit to match their personality and style. The clothes are either created using colour changes on the body of the doll or added to the doll separately but are not able to be removed or changed. The ability to mix and match the doll pieces is a great alternative though to having removeable doll clothes.

Yarns Used in Besties: Every Girl Needs a Friend

If you’re matching gauge, the dolls all measure 16″ tall. The yarns used in the patterns are worsted weight yarns (one pattern uses a small amount of bulky weight yarn) with the brand names and colours given at the back of the book. Brands used in the book include:

  • Premier Yarns Everyday Worsted
  • Red Heart Soft
  • Lino Brand Vanna’s Choice
  • Caron Simply Soft
  • Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca
  • Red Heart Hygge Fur

These yarns may already be in your stash and if they aren’t available locally, you can easily substitute them for another comparable worsted weight yarn.

3 different crochet dolls in a flat lay

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The patterns are graded as easy and should be accessible to most crocheters. A range of different stitches and techniques are used in each pattern and are clearly explained for each pattern.

The dolls are all very cute and offer a great range of options for creating your own doll by mixing and matching the pieces. A lot of detail is put into each doll and with the mix and match option most people should be able to make a custom doll for the little one in their life.

If you’re interested in checking out Besties: Every Girl Needs a Friend by Kristi Simpson, it can be purchased HERE.

Crochet doll on a hand drawn background.

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Thanks to Leisure Arts, I have a PDF copy of Besties: Every Girl Needs a Friend by Kristi Simpson to giveaway to one lucky winner!

The Besties: Every Girl Needs a Friend Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants (void in Quebec and where prohibited by law) and ends Friday, November 13th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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