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Friday, February 10, 2006

Simple Knit Dolls

Simple Knit Dolls
Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
Worked on straight needles, these dolls are very easy to make for a beginner. These were some of my first ever knitted projects, right after simple ribbed scarf and straight needle hats. They're really fun to hold--soft, squishy, and somehow different than a fabric doll. I got the pattern for the middle doll out of a toy making book from the early 1980s, which I'll post when I can find the book (must tackle six-foot craft pile to find it). But, really, you can do it without a pattern, which is what I did for the other two dolls. The left doll is supposed to be my husband (Dickies, white t-shirt, Adidas, and a beard--tee hee) and the one on the right is a bee lady (gold and black striped sweater, grey skirt, and removable stinger hat). I crocheted a circle for her base, and small circle shoe soles for my husband's Adidas.

Basically, for the middle doll, you work a rectangle from the feet up to the collar of the sweater, switching colors as you choose for shoes, pants, and sweater. The shoes were knit, pants were pearl, and sweater knit with a k1 p1 rib. Bind off and then pick up stitches to work the face. If I remember correctly, the head has the same amount of stitches as the body, but is shaped at the neck later. I switched yarns to give him hair, which you can't see because it is under his removable hat. As you get toward the top of the head start to decrease at the end and beginning of each row. The rest is just finish work: sew up the back seam, stuff, and hand stitch to shape the neck, arms and legs (this was the hardest part for me, to get the needle through the fill, perhaps wrong needle). The eyes, nose, and mouth are simple embroidery with yarn.

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Blogger Samantha said...

More knitted cuteness - I really must finish off my beginner's scarf and get onto some "real" stuff!

Sat Feb 11, 05:35:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Erin said...

How cute! What a great idea.

Mon Feb 13, 04:15:00 PM PST  
Blogger Kristina said...

Hi there...thank you for adding me as a contact on Flickr, so I *found* you! Love your blog - cool banner ;o)

Mon Feb 13, 10:50:00 PM PST  
Blogger Blaize said...

I knew that was your husband without you even saying. Is it weird to say that a knitted doll looks just like him?

Sun Feb 19, 08:39:00 PM PST  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

Thanks y'all for the comments.

Blaize: I think it's perfectly normal to say a knitted doll looks like someone. Have you seen the SnB Joey Ramone and Henry Rollins dolls, looks just like them. Now, how would we make a Blaize doll?

Mon Feb 20, 09:27:00 AM PST  

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