Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Virginia, a knit Waldorf style doll


Please meet Virginia; a knit Waldorf style doll created as a commission.  She was so much fun to make, and create a little wardrobe for.  I learned a simple drop stitch knit pattern for her nightgown, played with a textured stitch for her cardigan sweater, and even tried a very simple lace pattern for the edge of her dress.

I have the pattern for her nightgown, bedjacket, and and shoes to share with you:


Here is the nightgown pattern.


Here is the bedjacket pattern.


And here is the shoe pattern.

You can also find these patterns on the left sidebar under 'Knit Waldorf Style Doll Patterns.' 

I encourage you, if you enjoy knitting these, to try the patterns with different knitting stitches, or even a simple lace pattern.  Two good books that I've checked out of the library for interesting, and simple, stitches are "Knitting Stitches Visual Encyclopedia,' and 'The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knitting.'

I hope you enjoy these patterns, and have a much fun as I have been having in learning a new needlework skill.

45 comments:

  1. Oh Beth your work is amazing and sure to make a special someone so very happy! I always have had a fond spot dolls, wardrobes, and handy trunks to tidy them all into. Virginia would have been a dream come true for me when I was little (or even now that I'm big for that matter!)

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  2. Thank you so much for your kind words, Natalie Jo; it is at least as much fun making dolls as playing with them :-)

    Beth

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  3. What beautiful patterns!! And already to share, and thanks a million. I got my little doll done, not near as cute, of course, and now to start on the clothes...you are a wonder and a grand person! Paterisky

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  4. Wish I'd lived near someone like you when I was a child! It would have been so much fun to see all the pretty dolls and outfits you make! I just love them ALL, Beth! I'd STILL love to see them up close! Note: Oh! I just noticed Natalie Jo said almost the same thing! See? You draw EVERYONE in with your beautiful creations!

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  5. she is so beautiful, and you are so talented!!!!

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  6. Very cute! Love her hair and the fact that she is dressable.

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  7. Thank you all so much for your good words, Paterisky, Kai, Grateful, and Clotilde :-)

    Beth

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  8. Beth she is wonderful. I love everything you do.
    And I bought some knitting needles last week. I told hubby it was all your fault! I am going to teach myself to knit.

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  9. That does it. I'm making a doll this year. But, crocheted, not knitted.

    :D

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  10. Gorgeous, Beth! As always, I am truly amazed at all you do :)

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  11. Thank you so much, Sandra, River, and Jill, for your good words :-)

    Sandra, awesome that you are going to teach yourself to knit.

    River, go for it, girl!

    Jill, your good words mean so much to me :-)

    Beth

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  12. big big thanks from a big fan from sweden

    I love you pattern this doll is at my meny things to do.It was fun you share little dresses also

    ( sorry for my bad eng )

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  13. Lovely indeed! And so TACTILE! She's crying out to be hugged!

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  14. Thank you for your good words, Viveca; your English is much much better than my Swedish :-)

    Thank you, Susie; Waldorf dolls are indeed wonderfully huggable :-)

    Beth

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  15. I like your work very much! I crocheted your ami doll and a dress for her (called Betje) and now I am knitting this doll. Thank you very much! Beerta

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  16. Thank you for your good words, Beerta and Helmi :-)

    Beth

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  17. Go Beth! So sweet and I love the concept with the trunk full of clothes.

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  18. Hi Fiona! Thank you for the good words :-)

    Beth

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  19. Wow!
    I discovered your blog searching amigurumi and I like your works, both knitted and crocheted.

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  20. I fell in love with your Free Spirit dolls the first time I saw them, but since I only knit, these wonderful dolls were beyond me. Then I saw your knit dolls and fell in love all over again. The red haired cutie looks like the doll I adored when I was six. You have inspired me to try my hand at knitted dolls. Since I don't have a grand daughter yet, I'll make them for our local foster child organization. Thank you for the pattern and the inspiration.

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  21. what a very very nice pattern
    i love it
    thank you for sharing!!!!!!!!!

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  22. Thank you so much for your good words, Teresa!

    Enjoy the dollmaking :-)

    Beth

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  23. Gea, you are very welcome!

    Beth

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  24. Hi Beth,

    Love your new dolls. I doubt if you remember but last year I mentioned trying to make a small doll. In between making a wedding afghan for a great granddaughter, Christmas and a health scare I have gotten this far. No name a yet. She is seven and one half inches tall. Working on the clothes right now. The wig cap is knit. I bought some lovely lace weight mohair, but couldn't see well enough to use it. Went back to sport weight wool. You can see a picture at Flickr.

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  25. Hi Yvonne! I saw your sweet little doll on Flickr; she is adorable :-) Hope all is well with you; that your 'health scare' was nothing more than a scare. Take care.

    Beth

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  26. Nothing more than a scare. I am doing fine, and thank you for your concern. Still working on clothes for the little doll. I say working as I am knitting and ripping. I want a yarn and stitch design that together produce a soft, draping fabric that won't overpower her.

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  27. That is GOOD news, Yvonne. And I understand about designing and ripping :-) Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labors.

    Beth

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  28. Thanks again for your lovely patterns! Made one of your Teacup Spirits the other day -adorable! Have to make many more! Thanks and thanks again for sharing so generously!!

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  29. Beth, thank you for this wonderful pattern ! If you are interested, I've done a french translation of your tuto, you can find it there : http://ddata.over-blog.com/xxxyyy/2/34/08/59/tutos/tuto_tricot_waldorf_poupee_traduction2012.pdf . I hope it will be helpful for your french fans. If you want, feel free to put it on your blog. I hope you won't mind my putting on my own blog. Thanks again for this tuto, Beth !

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  30. I M, I'm delighted you've made a Teacup, and hope you enjoy making many more :-) They are like eating popcorn...hard to stop!

    Plouf_le_loup, great that you have taken the time to translate one of my tutorials to French! Merci :-)

    Beth

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  31. Plouf_le_loup, I added your tutorial to the list of 'Knit Waldorf Style Doll Patterns.' Again, thank you very much!

    Beth

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  32. How incredibly sweet. Thank you for the patterns - I know some little girls who would love a doll like these.

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  33. Beth: I just love the dolls you make. They are awesome. Is there a way to get the patterns for the waldorf doll other than PDF? My computer has an issue with PDF formats.

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  34. Hi Christi,

    In order to open a PDF document, you have to download Adobe Reader, which is free. Here is a link to their site:

    http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/

    Let me know if this helps,

    Beth

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  35. Beth .....thank you so much for the lovely doll patterns.......i have made 2 dolls so far 1 as a little girl the other as a little boy......i knitted the hair on both added a bow in the girls hair and also added socks for them both........

    TrishKnitter

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  36. TrishKnitter, your dolls sound wonderful! Thank you for your good words :-)

    Beth

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  37. So adorable..! Thank you for sharing..can't wait to make these dolls..!

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  38. Tammy, I hope you enjoy making her!

    Beth

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  39. wonderfull clothing, I'm going to make the bed shrug for a 16 inch doll

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  40. QUE BONITO ES TODO GRACIAS POR COMPARTIR.

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  41. Gracias, y que son muy bienvenidos

    Beth

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  42. que hermosa me encantó, que gran idea. gracias por compartir.

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    1. Gracias por tus buenas palabras y feliz año nuevo!

      Beth

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