Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Knit Travel Doll by Fiona McDonald

I would have thought that knitting a sweater would have over-dosed me on knitting for a while, but not so!  I've been wanting to make Fiona McDonald's travel doll, a doll pattern freely available on Ravelry, ever since she posted it over a year ago.  I wish I hadn't waited so long :-)

This is Columbine; she is 12 inches tall knitted in light worsted yarn (Bernat Super Value) and size 3 needles (3.25mm).  She is knit flat then seamed up the back.  I love the use of light needlesculpting and painted eyes, a specialty of Fiona's doll patterns.

The doll made up quickly; it took three days of lazy knitting to make her and wig her.

Next up, some undies and clothing for Columbine :-)

If you are interested in making this doll, here is the link to her on Ravelry.  You need an account there, but it is free.

Fiona McDonald's Travel Doll


16 comments:

  1. Hi Beth,

    I have this pattern but haven't tackled it yet. She is lovely. May have to put her back on the to do list. However, I purchased all of Little Cotton Rabbits' patterns and want to make the fox. So many patterns and plenty of time but not enough fingers LOL.

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    1. Hey there, Joyce!

      I really enjoyed making this doll; the next one I make is going to have a move-able head. Like the crochet dolls, the torso will be knit up to the neck, then extend the neck a bit more. Knit the head separately, and join like the crochet move-able heads. Should be fun.

      But, before that, I want to make up some clothing for this one.

      This doll may even get me involved in Ravelry...I've been a member since 2009 but never could get the hang of it. But just looking at the sweet Travel dolls made by others has hooked me :-)

      Can't wait to see your Cotton Rabbits' fox!

      Beth

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    2. If you do get into Ravelry be sure to visit me. Under Dutsie. I have most of the same stuff I have on Flickr. I barely get any visitors on Ravelry so I don't get it either. It seems like if you join a group it is more like a blabathon. However, they have great patterns and all the great designers that you see in the crochet mags. I too have been with them since 2009.

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    3. I most certainly will look you up on Ravelry; sounds like a great way to keep up with your busy needle-n-hooks :-) One of the things I really like about Ravelry is all the information you fill out on your project.

      I'll see you over there!

      Beth

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  2. Crochet is more my hobby, but this doll looks very nice.

    Love, Margaret

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    1. Margaret, I mostly crochet too, but it was fun to learn to knit, and this doll is so sweet and easy. You might want to give it a try :-)

      Beth

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  3. Oh Beth, she is so desirable. I love what you do with my patterns. You've made me decide to go and reknit this little one for my granddaughter for Christmas.

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    1. Fiona, thanks so much!! I love the way this doll made up, and I really love the petitie size :-) Your Granddaughter will LOVE this for Christmas!

      Beth

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    2. Thanks DEAREST BETH, thank You for the little "forget my Knot" creations, it driven me wild last night, I was working on it until could not keep my eyes open, nearly ready IT is so sweet, it is also an http://amilovesgurumi" free pattern for simila looking dolls. Just finished a red-mauve head from the Nordic guys book Agne and Carlos, love huggs and greetings from Sweden- Marija!

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    3. I'm so glad you enjoyed the Forget-Me-Knot pattern! And thank you for the link to Ami loves Gurumi...a very delightful site :-)

      Beth

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  4. Welcome to the dark side...

    Can Columbine and Mindy be friends? They look like they'd get along great together :-)

    She's gorgeous by the way

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    1. Oh absolutely! Your Mindy is such a lovely girl, and one of the reasons I wanted to make one for myself :-)

      Beth

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  5. Hi Beth, I made one last night as well! Not as good as yours, but fun to make and hopefully the next will have a rounder head - mine seems larger/longer than yours.

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    1. I'm delighted! The more the merrier with this great doll :-)

      Beth

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  6. Hi Beth,

    Long time admirer of your inspirational blog, first time commenter.

    I am wondering if I have missed instructions for the eyes in this post. Is there a tutorial I can follow?

    Thank you for sharing your amazing patterns with us for free. I have shared the link to your blog many times on crochet doll pages, as I believe it is the most comprehensive guide on the whole internet.

    Cheers, Monique

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    1. Thank you so much for your good words, Monique. The instructions for making this doll's eyes are with Fiona's pattern, which is freely available on Ravelry. I have similar instructions for making Manga eyes under the Manga Spirits patterns on the left sidebar.

      Fiona includes a template for her eye, that fits this doll very nicely.

      Hopefully this will help :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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