Friday, January 27, 2012

Crochet for Victoria DiPietro's Portrait Doll

For the last week or so I have been working on crochet accessories for Victoria DiPietro's Portrait doll.  This lovely doll is just a shade under 19 inches tall, made of cloth (craft velour) with a paper clay head.  In a previous post I discussed making wigs for this doll from crochet caps and mohair yarn.

Above you see the camisole and pantaloons for Katy Jo, crocheted in size 3 crochet cotton (like a light sportweight yarn) and a size C crochet hook.  The lovely gored skirt was made by Victoria, and the camisole makes a sweet summer top to go with it.

To date I have completed three detachable collars, as shown above.  Each could be made with or without the standup neckline.  The collars use size 10 crochet cotton and a size 6 steel hook.

A pair of very simple, lacy tube socks, crocheted of DMC size 8 perle cotton and a size 6 crochet hook; and the camisole and pantaloons mentioned above.   An apron/pinafore to wear over her pretty dresses will complete her crochet trousseau. 

The plan is for this doll, with her cloth and crochet trousseau, to be available as a pattern, possibly in the late spring of this year.   She would be a lovely addition to any cloth dollmaker's repertoire.  I will keep you posted :-)

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.