Monday, November 18, 2013

Rose's Jumper....or more adventures in knitting in the round

I made Rose a white camisole, and as I looked at it, I thought it would make a sweet blouse, if only it had sleeves.  But, I hate setting in sleeves; and thought that knitting in the round (ugh!) would be too hard.  As I pondered, weak and weary, I decided to give knitting in the round another try.

So, with the camisole finished, I picked up the necessary stitches around the armhole with a crochet hook and placed them on three double point needles, and knitted away.  And low and behold, the sleeves turned out pretty good :-)

The blouse begged for a sweet jumper, and the jumper begged for some embellishement when it was finished.  So, a simple knit jumper (with a touch of crochet around the upper edge and shoulder straps), with simple lazy daisy flowers.  To be clear, only the sleeves of the blouse are knitted in the round; the rest of the knitting is done flat and seamed.   Maybe a future outfit will be knit entirely in the round.  And, for those who prefer this, both blouse and jumper would be easy enough to convert to double points.

Travel Doll Blouse and Jumper

Rose is from Fiona McDonald's free Travel Doll pattern, available on Ravelry.  You'll find a link to the doll pattern on the left sidebar of this blog, along with some outfits to make for her and her traveling companions.


14 comments:

  1. What a delightful batch of colorful cuties. And they can all share their clothes.

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  2. So pretty in this dress.

    Love, Margaret

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  3. Thank you for your good words, Joyce and Margaret!

    Beth

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  4. Hi Beth,

    I love your travel dolls! They are adorable. I have just made my first Free Spirit Doll, well actually, she's complete except for the wig. I'm making her for a dear friend who has red hair and loves red headed dolls. I'm using strands of a lovely wool combined with mohair. Can you tell me about two of your wigs? I'm interested in the back of them. The wig on Rose above seems to have two braids near her face and the back has long hair hanging down. Did you just loop the hair strands around the edges of the wig cap, or did you add more strands to the back of the wig cap too? If you add more strands, where do you place them? My other wig question is about your original Free Spirit doll with the fabulous pink hair. What does the back of her wig look like? Are their loops all down the back?

    Once I get the wig finished, I need to make an outfit for her so she doesn't go to her new home naked as a jaybird. Could you point me to any crochet or sewing patterns that will fit her? I'm not skilled enought at knitting yet to be able to knit for her.

    Thank you again for sharing your wonderful ideas and talents!

    Vicki

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    1. Hi Vickie,

      For Rose, I did not make a separate wig cap, but just hooked strands into her head. I hooked them all around, so her hair is pretty thick. For the Free Spirit doll with the pink hair, I just made loops around the outer edge of the wig cap, and left the rest of it as-is. It makes a really simple wig with little to go wrong.

      There are several crochet patterns for Free Spirit clothing; they should be in the same place you found the pattern for the doll.

      Regards,

      Beth

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  5. Knitting in the round is really addictive once you master it, most of my knitting is done on The 2 Circular method , I prefer knitting in the round, with less seams to sew up and ends to weave in, leaves more time for my knitting! The dolls are so pretty, and your clothing adds so much to them! Great job dear friend, and thanks for sharing with all of us! ;o)

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    1. Thanks so much for your good words, Sherry! I appreciate fewer seams, and plan on trying a bit more knitting in the round :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  6. Just love the outfit lovely colours!

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  7. Hi Beth,

    I found your patterns for clothes for your Free Spirit doll. I just had not scrolled down far enough. I finished the doll; now she just needs some clothes. I'm curious if you always just do the larks head loop once around the wig cap or if you sometimes add extra loops in strategic places?

    Thanks again for sharing your wonderful work!

    Vicki

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    1. Hi Vickie,

      Glad you found the patterns. As far as the wigs go, it really depends on what kind of style I'm trying to do. If you scroll further down the left side of the blog, you'll find "Tutorials," and one of them is specifically about wig making, which may help to answer your questions.

      Beth

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