Sunday, April 8, 2018
Looking for Spring
I fell in love with Dala horses this month! A Dala horse is an artifact of Swedish culture: a carved stylized horse with lovely painted details.
These three are from Etsy. The largest is 6.5 inches from toe to ear, the smallest is 5.0 inches. Since carving and painting are not my strong suits, I looked around for a crochet pattern for this style of horse. This is what I found:
The basic horse pattern is for an Icelandic Horse, freely available on Ravelry by K. Godinez. Here is a direct link to her pattern page:
Icelandic Horse Ragdoll
I tweaked the pattern slightly by adding a stitch to both legs (making them slightly wider) and inserting a thin wooden spool in the bottom of the leg to make them stand a bit better (a piece of dowel rod the appropriate diameter would also work).
I then decorated my horses with crochet flowers, lace, and doilies.
My bead and dowel doll Diane was very happy with the result, so I made her a Swedish inspired outfit to go with her horses :-)
The pinafore is from a pattern for crochet Hitty that you can find on this blog on the left sidebar. The bonnet is from a pattern designed by Joyce and is available on her Flickr site. The dress is a fitted waist crochet Hitty dress that you can also find on this blog. Look for Crochet Hitty on the left sidebar and you should find several outfits to make for this doll.
Here is hoping that spring will decide to come and stay!