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Friday, November 16, 2007

Knit Dolls: Make Some!

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
Remember these knit dolls? I finally found the book that the original pattern came from, "Woman's Day Book of Best-loved Toys & Dolls," 1982. I scanned the pages and they're over at my Flickr account if you want to download and print them out. I'm not sure how that works with a 25 years old copyright. If anyone thinks this is inappropriate/illegal to post I will gladly take them down and write up the basic instructions.

You can make up your own pattern for a knit doll pretty easily — it's basically a rectangle with some decreasing. The boy at the top is the only one I made from the original pattern. There are also patterns for a smaller boy, a woman, and a man. Here's a photo of the whole family.

The Bee Woman in the middle is a pattern that I made up as I went — her hat is a removable stinger. The guy doll at the bottom is based on my husband. He's wearing his basic work uniform: black Dickies and a white T-shirt. I still need to embroider the stripes on his Adidas.

These dolls are pretty easy and very enjoyable to make. The kids like to hold them. Hell, I like to hold them. They're very soft and comfy. The removable hats are fun, too, especially for the 18-month-old set.

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Blogger Gudrun Johnston said...

These are really cool wee dolls...I'll definitely be checking out the the personalized touch...imagining my hubby version!...actually the whole family!

Fri Nov 16, 08:23:00 PM PST  
Anonymous meg said...

a knit! man! he is fantastic and so smooth.

Fri Nov 16, 10:14:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Ravenhill said...

These dolls are really cool. Love the way you did them.

Sat Nov 17, 11:13:00 PM PST  
Blogger Lori Pickert said...

these are fantastic. i still have a knitted doll my mom made me when i was a child. i am definitely going to try this pattern. :^)

Sun Nov 18, 05:54:00 AM PST  
Blogger Daphne said...

You're always surprising me with something new and cool. Thanks for the patterns!

Sun Nov 18, 04:33:00 PM PST  
Blogger Regina said...

They are all really cute, but I especially dig the dad doll!

Sun Nov 18, 06:42:00 PM PST  
Blogger Project Pink Suitcase said...

Yeah, the dad doll ROCKS!

Sun Nov 18, 11:42:00 PM PST  
Blogger pussman said...

there so cute :)

Mon Nov 19, 12:29:00 AM PST  
Blogger Sonya said...

Love these guys, especially the dad doll. Let's hear it for beards.

Wed Nov 21, 10:19:00 AM PST  
Blogger Mary~Rein said...

These are cute!

Wed Dec 05, 04:44:00 AM PST  
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