Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Design Process

This doll design started with a foot.

I had made a couple of Arne&Carlos dolls, which I really enjoyed.  But the feet were so BIG.  It sort of limited what you could dress the dolls in, so I thought...


 a smaller foot might be nice...









with a more child-like body type...










 and hands that are not perpetual fists...






and a move-able head...


An altogether smaller doll.  I wanted to name the first doll Ruby Grace.  Then Grace Notes, those tiny accent notes in the musical sphere, came to mind as a perfect name for these tiny, charmed creatures.

Three iterations later, the doll and pattern are finished.   I've learned a couple of interesting things in making this doll:




 1.  She is knit in the round on dpns; this technique seems to produce a firmer and more uniform knit fabric.  This is especially  apparent when stuffing and embroidering the face.  Additionally, for very tight gauges, wool yarn is much friendlier to knit with than acrylic: the stitches slide off the needle much easier with wool than acrylic.





2.  Not all knit increases are created equal.  The first two prototypes were knitted using the 'knit front-and-back' increase, which looked, frankly, clunky.  For the final doll, I used a lifted increase (do a Google search for this if you are not familiar with it) which made a lovely, practically invisible, increase.

The leg on the left used 'knit front and back' increases; the one on the right the lifted increase.

So here is the pattern:  Grace Notes Knit Doll

I hope you enjoy adding a tiny bit of Grace to the life of a child with Grace Notes :-)


18 comments:

  1. Muy bonita. Los pies quedan fenomenal.

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  2. Beth once again a wonderful and cute doll will definately be putting this in my to do basket! Thanks for sharing a lovely pattern

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    1. Thanks you for the good words, Typs!

      Beth

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  3. I STILL haven't learned to crochet well enough to make a little doll from your patterns but THIS one looks a real possibility... I love the name you've given her and her petite proportions. Very sweet.
    Jenni x

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    1. Thank you, Jenni; looking forward to seeing your Grace Note :-)

      Beth

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  4. eres una artista, siempre mejorando.

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  5. Thank you for that pretty new pattern. And also for the others of course.

    By the way: Do you have a tutorial or Pictures how to make the chin line at the knitted dolls for example by the fairy dolls?
    Best wishes
    Sabine

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    1. Sabine, thank you for your good words. I'm afraid I don't quite understand what you mean by 'how to make the chin line...' If you make the head separate from the body, a nice chin forms automatically.

      Beth

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  6. I always enjoy your beautiful dolls. You are so very creative!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lois :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  7. Thanks for sharing a lovely pattern!

    The link: Grace Notes Patterns- "Tank Top and Underwear"-is the same as "Grace Notes Knit Doll pattern".

    Best wishes
    Erika

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    1. Thank you Erika, I've fixed the link. And thanks for your good words :-)

      Beth

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  8. You have once again outdone yourself with yourself. Love the little Note Dolls. The body shape I s fabulous as well as the cool hands and feet. You are and always will be my BFF hero.

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    1. Dear Joyce, I am so glad you like Grace Notes! I love sharing dolls and ideas with you, my friend and kindred spirit :-)

      In friendship,

      Beth

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  9. I am going to make Grace for myself. I want a doll with clothes to change for the seasons. I adore the shorts and tank top and the underwear. You are pure genius. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR PATTERNS.

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    1. Thank you so much for your good words, Marlene :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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