A place to share and discuss cloth and crochet dolls made by hand.
Pretty.. as always!!
She is so sweet and is just lovely standing there. Good luck with your sweater...I have at least two sitting waiting for me to finish them...doll clothes are so much more satisfying somehow!
Wow she is so cute Beth love her outfit and the colours that you h ave chosen!
Amazing work, once again Beth!! Nice job. Love her!!!
She is just lovely. Beautiful colours too.
Lavender White is so lovely in her lacy dress. The colors you choose for the doll, hair and clothes suit he so well.A knit sweater! Hmmm, see you in a few months. Just kidding. If it were me it would be a few months. I haven't knit in a while and I don't even remember how to cast on LOL. Have fun with it.Joyce
I'm hoping that by throwing down the gauntlet here, I will actually make and finish this sweater. Of course, it may be the last sweater I ever knit :-)
She's just so sweet! I love her little dress. :) How did you do the sleeves and the edges of her top? The skirt is also so very pretty! Is the pattern from a certain book? ~Anne~
Hi Anne, the pattern for the skirt is from Volume 6 of The Harmony Guides: 300 Crochet Stitches. The pattern was called puffed stitch plaits. I modified it a bit for the lower edge and the sleeve trim, but it is essentially puff stitches with picots in between.Thanks for your good words :-)Beth
Lavender White is utterly cute... her dress is even more so. Good going Beth!
Thank you, everyone, for all of your sweet words :-) This may be my first and last knit sweater, since I also find doll clothing more satisfying to make than adult clothing. The gratification comes so much faster!Beth
There is nothing better than a hand knit sweater. Use a good quality yarn, the best you can afford. If you use something natural, it will feel good while knitting (important to me) and wear well. It can have acrylic added as that will add some strength. Think of it like sewing, you need to shape the knit part like a piece of a pattern & make all the pattern parts. It is the knitting of the back and fronts that will take the longest---but that is where the relaxation of going from row to row begins. If you are able to, it helps to knit both sleeves at the same time (either on 2 sets of needles or on a circular needle). You can do that with the fronts too, and what it does is make sure you have the tension the same on each piece. It also feels great to have both done at once, instead of having to go through all the motions of starting the other piece that you had just knit. I have also found that crocheting your pieces together makes them look better. You get a little ridge inside, like a seam allowance. It is easier to match knit stitch to knit stitch that way instead of hand sewing. These are just guidelines from someone who has learned the hard way. You will do great. You are able to concentrate on one thing at a time & finish---so it will be a peace of cake!! You picked a great time of the year to start, now that the weather is changing. Have a great weekend. Judy
Judy, thank you for the helpful advice! I had been thinking about crocheting the seams together, instead of sewing, so I'm glad to hear that this is a technique that works. I'm using a chunky wool/acrylic blend in a dark mulberry shade, and yes, it feels very nice sliding through my fingers on the needles :-)Thanks for the encouragement too!Beth
She is so cute, lovely colors!
Thank you, Anita!Beth
Your designs are beautiful. Are you going to be sharing the patterns for your latest creations?
Hello Digby, the patterns are freely available. I used the Forget-Me-Knot doll pattern for the doll, and attached the butterfly wings. The outfit is created using the underwear pattern for the camisole, then just crochet the skirt of your choice to this.Thank you for your good words!Beth
Wow, she is fantastic. Love the <a href="http://www.celialindsell.com/category.php?cid=7”>colour</a>
Hi Beth,Your blog has become my favorite site! I feel like a child wandering through the most wonderful toy store! I am just blown away by your creativity and your generosity in sharing your knowledge and patterns. Thank you! I first came across your Free Spirit Doll, and then I went to your wig making tutorial. The wig you made for Anne is so gorgeous with the combined fibers. Could you tell me what two fibers you used and if they can be ordered online?Thank you again for your wonderful creations,Vicki
Vicki, thanks for your good words! I'm glad you found the wig tutorial helpful. For the doll in the tutorial (Anne) I'm pretty sure I used Berroco Peruvia (worsted weight) and a lace weight mohair yarn, like Rowan Kidsilk or something similar. Most of the yarns I use I buy online; here are a couple of sites:http://www.yarn.com/index.cfmhttp://www.weirdollsandcrafts.com/mohair-yarn/yarn.htmlI prefer yarns with a high wool or mohair content, they look 'hairier.' But, you can make a wig out of any yarn you like.Beth
Hi - I enjoyed looking at and thinking about making your dolls and clothes for them - thanks so much for sharing them. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to working on them for my granddaughters.
Thanks so much for your good words, and I'm delighted you will be making some of these dolls for your Granddaughters. Nothing beats handmade...not even Nitendo :-)Beth