Monday, 23 January 2012

The Skirt

Because I liked Madeline's little knitted walking suit, I've decided to make one for Chloe...
Here she is modeling the skirt.  She had to wear a summer top so that you could see the waistband.  It fits nicely and is a good length.  Now Chloe is waiting for a top to go with it.  She wants a cable pattern the same as Madeline is wearing.  Also, she wants a beret, but she wants her beret to be knitted.

Here's the pattern I came up with for the skirt...
A Doll’s Walking Outfit 
The Skirt 
4 ply yarn
2 ¾mm and 3mm needles 
The tension on mine worked out at 12 stitches to the inch. 
Measure your doll’s waist and multiply by 12, this gives you the number of stitches to cast on.  My doll has approximately a 5 inch waist so I did the following… 
Cast on 60 stitches 
Row 1-  knit (in back of stitch to give firm edge) 
Row 2 - k1 sl1 
Row 3 – sl1 k1 
Row 4 – k1 sl1 
Row 5 – k2 p2 
These four rows above will give you the waistband that you can run elastic through when you come to make up the skirt. 
Continue in the k2 p2 rib for four rows 
Then on the next row increase one stitch in each knit stripe, eg k1 inc 1 k1 p2 
(The right side will be k3 p2, the wrong side will be p3 k2) Carry on in this rib pattern 
When work measures 1 ½ inches below the waistband change to bigger needles 
Carry on in the rib pattern until your skirt is the correct length for your doll, mine measured 4 ¼ inches. 
Cast off keeping to the rib pattern. 
Insert elastic into the waistband and sew up the back of the skirt.
Sew up the back of the skirt until you reach the area where you increased the stitches.  Then using a crochet hook do single crochet on one side up to the waistband, chain 6 and fasten off at the top of the waistband, this gives you a button hole.  Sew a button to the opposite side on the waistband.

Let me know if you find any mistakes in my pattern

Friday, 6 January 2012

Madeline's Knitted Suit

I have never knitted anything so cute as this little outfit!!!  Madeline is a lovely size to knit things for from the new knitting book I was talking about in my last post.  I also have another book full of patterns for this size of doll (about 7 inches).  The hat is crochet, I had to alter the pattern a bit as it looked too small in the original size and would have just perched on top of her head.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Marie Gets A Doll

This little doll is the perfect size for Marie.  It was priced at £2 from Wilkinson but then there was a 50% discount so it only cost £1 - bargain!  It says on the back 'Simba' so I know it is a French doll though it is made in China (of course).

I'm really busy knitting again.  I got some fab dolls clothes knitting books for Christmas.  I received an Amazon voucher from my DS and DIL and bought several books by this author.  They are perfect for the style of knitted clothes I want my dolls to have.  So far I've knitted a little cable jumper and matching beret for Madeline, just got the skirt to finish then I've show a picture.