Ebrill Knitted Doll Knickers

Materials

4ply pure wool, about ½ of a 50g ball (project used Nundle Retro in Amethyst)

2.50mm needles (short double points are convenient)

2.50mm crochet hook

1 metre pure silk ribbon 7mm wide (project used violet)

Knickers are worked from waist down and have a centre back and inner leg seams. There are no side seams. An edge stitch of k1 is included at each end of needle in every row. Finished measurements 3½”/9cm wide x 3½”/9cm long to fit a 8”-10” doll.

 Knickers

Crochet cast on 40 stitches plus 2 edge stitches for seaming (42 sts total), leaving an arm’s length of yarn at end for seaming later:

Using crochet hook chain 42. Place last loop on knitting needle. Turn over chain so you can see the bump underneath. Insert needle under the second bump from end and knit a stitch. Repeat to end (42 stitches). You will have cast on and knitted one row; wrong side is facing. Begin rib pattern for waist.

Row 1: k1 (single ribbing of k1, p1 to last stitch), k1.

Row 2: k1 (single ribbing of k1, p1 to last stitch), k1.

Row 3: k1 (single ribbing of k1, p1 to last stitch), k1.

Next row: (ribbon holes) k1, *yfwd k2 tog* repeat to last stitch, k1.

Next row: k1, purl to last stitch, k1.

Next row: k1, increase into every following 4th stitch by knitting into back and front of stitch, end k1 (52 stitches).

Next row: k1, purl to last stitch, k1.

Continue in stocking stich for 12 rows, keeping edge stitches.

Shape back crotch: Cast on 4 sts knitwise working only into front loop of stitch. Knit these 4 sts then k23, increase 1 st into each of next 6 sts (centre front), k23.

Cast on 4 sts knitwise. Edge stitch 1, then purl across to last stitch, k1 (66 sts).

First leg:

**K33, turn. K1, purl to last stitch, k1 (33 sts).

Continue in stocking stitch for 8 rows, keeping edge stitches.

Next row: k2, k2tog, k11, k2tog, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 (30 sts).

Next row: k1, purl to last stitch, k1.

Next row: (ribbon holes) k1, *yfwd k2 tog* repeat to last stitch, k1.

Next row: (wrong side) k1 (single ribbing of k1, p1 to last stitch), k1.

Next row: k1 (single ribbing of k1, p1 to last stitch), k1.

Cast off purlwise (wrong side). ** Cut, leaving an arm’s length for seaming inner leg seam later. Pull wool through last stitch.

Join wool at centre for other leg (right side facing). Work as from ** to **. Cut wool, pull through last stitch.

Place knickers and pocket on ironing board, right side up. Mist with filtered water and pin out to shape (use pins in an upright position to secure shape, and do not pin or stretch ribbing sections). Allow to dry then seam centre back with a flat seam. Smooth out knickers so centre back is in correct position and inner leg is matched. Sew inner leg seam with a flat seam, carefully lining up rows. Weave in ends.

Felt lightly by hand with pure soap.

Thread pre-washed and ironed silk ribbon through eyelets at waist and legs; tie in bows. Knot ends.

Pocket

Crochet cast on 9 stitches as for knickers and knit 5 rows of stocking stitch, maintaining edge stitches as before.

Next row: k1, k2 tog, knit to last 3 stitches, ssk, k1.

Next row: k1, purl to last stitch, k1.

Repeat these two rows (5 stitches).

Next row: k2 tog, k1, ssk (3 stitches).

Next row: Purl 3 stitches together.

Cut wool and draw through last loop. Weave in ends.

Sew pocket in position wanted (front or back), taking tiny stitches with matching fine cotton thread. Tuck in a scrap of cotton lace for handkerchief.

Notes for Primitive Dolls

Cream knickers may be aged for bush or prairie (pioneer) dolls by patting (place a cotton ball in a circle of plain calico, tie into a stamp pad and dab dye on), or misting with a dye of tea, coffee, vanilla essence or cinnamon. Other suitable colours for yarn are earth red, mud, clay, old navy, bark, olive, linen. They may be knitted in fine cotton twine. Replace silk ribbon with a narrow, frayed cotton tape or gnarled wool. For pocket handkerchief snip a square from organic cotton lace or buckwheat coloured linen, or knit a tiny length of lace using crochet cotton.

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Yargie for Teddy

Autumn knitted jumper/sweater for the robust doll or teddy bear. Playful flared hem, neck and sleeves. Wrist and neckline ties threaded through eyelet rib. Peach-shaped pocket to hold a faery doll.

Size: 30cm/12″ chest x 34cm/6¾” length from shoulder seam to hem. Sleeve length 11cm/4½” including depth of flare.

8 ply/Double Knit/Worsted 100% pure wool

1 x 50g ball in Ginger Tweed

1 x 50g ball in Green Fleck

4.00mm US 6/UK 8 short needles

Set 4.00mm double point needles for neck stitches

3.25mm short needles for pocket US 3/UK 10

Matching Ginger cotton thread for sewing on pocket

 PATTERN NOTES

P2togTBL (purl two stitches through the back loop)

0 (yarn forward between needles before knitting next stitch)

TBL (through the back loop)

Skp (slip 1 purlwise, knit 1, pass slip stitch over the knitted stitch)

BACK 

Cast on 144 sts in Green Fleck using the cable cast-on method.

Frill:

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: Knit.

Row 4: Purl. Continue with main section.

Row 5: K2tog across row (72 sts).

Row 6: Purl.

Work in stocking stitch, completing row 43 (a knit row).

Next row: P6, p2tog, k21, p2togTBL, p6.

Place each set of should sts (7sts each) on holders, and centre 21 sts on holder for neck.

FRONT

Work frill as for back and stocking stitch for another 30 rows (36 rows in total).

LEFT FRONT SHOULDER (12 Sts)

Row 1: K12, turn.

Row 2: P2, p2tog, purl to end.

Row 3: K3, k2tog, k1.

Row 4: P1, p2tog, purl to end.

Row 5: K6, k2tog, k1.

Row 6: P1, p2tog, purl to end (7sts).

Leave length of wool for 3-needle bind off shoulder seam (or graft). Place sts on holder. Place centre neck sts (8sts) on holder. Join wool to commence right front should (right side facing).

RIGHT FRONT SHOULDER (12 Sts)

Row 1: K12.

Row 2:  p9, P2TOGtbl, P1.

Row 3: K1, skp, knit to end.

Row 4: P7, p2togTBL, p1.

Row 5: K1, skp, knit to end.

Row 6: P5, p2togTBL, p1.

Finish as for front left shoulder. Join shoulder seams using 3-needle bind off method. Weave in all ends.

SLEEVES 

With Green Fleck and right side facing:

Row 1: Pick up 36 sts along back and front, centering the shoulder seam (18 sts either side of seam).

Row 2: Purl.

Work the sleeve decreases on every following 6th row at each end (3 times) in this way:

P1, p2tog, purl to last 3 sts, p2togTBL, p1 (30sts). Change to Ginger Tweed wool.

Next 4 rows: K1, p1 rib.

Next row: K1 (rib 2, 0, k2tog), repeat, ending k1.

Next row: K1, p1 rib.

Next row: K1, inc in every stitch to last st, k1.

Next row: Purl.

Next row: Knit.

Next row: Purl.

Cast off.

TIES

Sleeves: Crochet two 50 chains. Weave in ends. Thread through eyelets and tie.

Neck: Crochet one 80 chains. Weave in ends. Thread through eyelets and tie.

POCKET 

Using brown and 3.25mm needles cast on 7 sts.

Next row: Inc in every stitch (14 sts).

Rows 2-8: Stocking stitch.

Row 9: Skp, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Row 10: Purl.

Row 11: Skp, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Row 12: Purl.

Row 13: Skp, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Row 14: P2tog, purl to last 2 sts, p2togTBL.

Row 15: Skp, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Row 16: P2tog, purl to last 2 sts, p2togTBL (3 sts).

Row 17: Cast off.

Sew pocket to right front with matching cotton thread.

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The Lavender Seller’s Bag

Whimsical pixie style knitted bag to go with the story of The Lavender Seller’s Fortune. Main section in Flowers of Wisdom lace pattern, soft handle of pure silk ribbon, eyelet drawstrings also in silk ribbon. Lilac glass bead and crystal faceted bead finish the i-cord dangle. Lined in pink lilac pure silk. Fern Leaf edging. 25.5cm/10″ deep, 15cm/6″ wide. 4ply pure wool in Iris.

The Lavender Seller’s Bag Knitting Pattern
Designed by Dianthe Bells

 

Flowers of Wisdom Bag

 

Materials

4 ply pure wool in Iris, 50g balls (2)

Crochet cotton for crochet cast on

Crochet hook 3.25mm/D/10

Set 4 double point needles 3.25mm/3/10

2 short double point needles 3.25mm/3/10

1 spare medium length (or circular) double point needle 3.25mm/3/10

5 markers (one in red)

½ metre/yard 7mm wide pure silk ribbon in lavender

1 metre/yard x 1.3mm wide pure silk ribbon in violet/lavender for handle

1 glass oval lilac bead, 1 small crystal faceted bead

Silk thread to match ribbon

Lilac silk lining if desired, silk thread to match

Gauge

Over a 10cm x 10cm sample on 3.25mm needles = 35 rows x 27 sts.

Abbreviations

O: Yarn forward between needles before next stitch.

Sl1-k2tog-psso: Slip one knitways, knit two stitches together, pass slipped stitch over.

Ssk: Slip 2 stitches, one at a time onto right needle. Insert left needle from left to right through these 2 stitches and knit together.

Cast on/cast off: Bind on/bind off.

Written in Australian English.

Construction

Worked from the base upwards on set of four double point needles. The cast on method uses a temporary cotton crochet chain in contrasting colour. Stitches are picked up with wool. Bag section is knitted in lace pattern stitch. A lace edging for the top of the bag is knitted in a strip; then the edge stitches are picked up with double point needles. These are knitted with the main stitches of bag that are released from crochet chain. An eyelet row for the silk ribbon is worked; the stitches of edging and main bag are cast off together. Shaping for pixie-style base is formed with decreases by picking up stitches held with crochet chain. Wide silk ribbon forms a soft handle. 7mm ribbon is woven through eyelets as a drawstring.  Glass beads are attached with silk thread to the end of the i-cord dangle.

Pattern

Using crochet cotton and crochet hook, chain 75. Cut end and draw through loop. Turn chain over to see bumps at back of each chain. Begin with Iris wool and set of 3.25mm needles. Insert a needle into first, and each one of these bumps and complete a knit stitch (75 sts).

Arrange these stitches onto three needles evenly (25-25-25). Place red marker at beginning of round and knit one round, knitting the first stitch at start of each needle firmly so the wool is not slack between the points.

Set up for lace pattern repeats: Place red marker at beginning of round. Knit 15, place marker, knit 15, place marker, knit 15, place marker, knit 15, place marker, knit 15. knit 8 rounds. Work 3 repeats of Flowers of Wisdom Lace Pattern.

(multiple of 15, worked in the round)

Round 1: *K5, k2 tog, O, k1, O, ssk, k5*.

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: *K4, k2 tog, O, k3, O. ssk, k4.*

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: *K6, O, sl1-k2 tog-psso, O, k6.

Round 6: Knit.

Round 7: *K1, k2 tog, O, k1, O, ssk, k3, k2 tog, O, k1, O, ssk, k1*.

Round 8: Knit.

Round 9: *K2 tog, O, k3, O, ssk, k1, k2 tog, O, k3, O, ssk*.

Round 10: Knit.

Round 11: *K2, O, sl1-k2 tog-psso, O, k5, O, sl1-k2 tog-psso, O, k2*.

Round 12: Knit.

Round 13: *K5, k2 tog, O, k1, O, ssk, K5*.

Round 14: Knit.

Round 15: *K4, k2 tog, O, k3, O, ssk, k4*.

Round 16: Knit.

Round 17: *K6, O, sl1-k2 tog-psso, O, k6*.

Round 18: Knit.

Rounds 19-20: Knit.

Knit 8 rounds plain. Do not cut yarn. Transfer stitches to piece of crochet cotton, removing markers but tying a yarn marker to first stitch of round. Find cylindrical object the same size as bag or used a hand towel rolled up. Gently ease bag over shape, opening up lace pattern. When shape is set, spray with a mist of filtered water. Allow to dry in an upright position. Make edging for top of bag.

Note: Cast on and cast off edges will be grafted together.

Knit edging with two 3.25mm double point needles (these do not have to be double point; they are convenient for edgings). Using crochet cotton make 8 chains. Pull last loop through and cut yarn. Knot this end so you know which end to unzip later on for grafting. With Iris pick up these 8 stitches (through underside bumps as for main section). Work 11 repeats of edging. Do not cut yarn. Hold last row of 8 stitches on a yarn holder.

 

 

Row 1: K1, (k2 tog, O) twice, k1, O, k2 tog.

Row 2: K2, p1, k5.

Row 3: K1, (k2 tog, O) twice, 7 into one, O, k2 tog.

Row 4: K2, p7, k5.

Row 5: K1, (k2 tog, O) twice, k7, O, k2 tog.

Row 6: K2, p7, k5.

Row 7: K1, (k2 tog, O) twice, k7, O, k2 tog.

Row 8: K2, p7, k5.

Row 9: K1, (k2 tog, O) twice, ssk, k3, k2 tog, O, k2 tog.

Row 10: K2, p5, k5.

Row 11: K1, (k2 tog, O) twice, ssk, k1, k2 tog, O, k2 tog.

Row 12: K2, p3, k5.

Row 13: K1, (k2 tog, O) twice,  k3 tog, O, k2 tog.

Row 14: K2, p1, k5.

Take up the spare needle. Right side facing, pick up and knit 75 sts along top edge of edging (between each bump there is a strand; insert needle under each strand and knit a stitch). This should work out exactly as 75 stitches.

Carefully remove bag stitches from cotton holder one by one, placing on original needles. With wrong side of edging facing right side of bag knit one round, taking a stitch from edging needle and a stitch from bag needle and knitting together as one (control the two needles in left hand or you may drop stitches).

Shaping Base

Pick up 75 stitches from thread holder on base. Purl 1 round. Place marker. Knit 1 round.

Knit every 4th and 5th st together (60sts).

Knit 3 rounds.

Knit every 4th and 5th st together (48 sts).

Knit 1 round.

Knit every 3rd and 4th st together (36 sts).

Knit 1 round.

Knit every 3rd and 4th st together (27 sts).

Knit 1 round.

Knit every 2nd and 3rd st together (18 sts).

Knit 1 round.

Knit every 2nd and 3rd st together (12 sts).

Knit 1 round.

Knit every 2nd and 3rd st together (6 sts).

Knit 1 round.

K1, k2 tog, k3 (5 sts) keeping sts on one needle.

Knit an i-cord for 2 or 3 cms/inches.

K1, k2 tog, k2 tog (3 sts).

Knit 3 together.

Cut yarn and weave in. Sew a lilac oval glass bead, topped with crystal bead to end of i-cord.

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Quondong Yarn Basket

Quondong Cat or Yarn Basket Free Knitting Pattern

A basket to hold your yarn balls or kitten… this design is named after the Australian native peach Quondong. The outside stitch pattern has the appearance of hand weaving; inside shows as a type of moss tweed. Project used hand spun chunky wool in English Garden hues, and after felting measured 30cm/11¾” in diameter.

Designed by Dianthe Bells

MATERIALS

2 x 100g skeins Hawthorne Cottage hand spun chunky wool in English Garden (Green, White, Olive, Mauve, Pink, Lemon) Approximately 50m per skein for basket

1 x 50g ball Nundle 8ply pure wool in Dusky Rose for base

10.00m (80cm long) circular needles

5mm (80cm long) circular needles

4mm (80cm long) circular needles

5mm set of double points

6mm crochet hook

Markers for beginning of rounds

UK/AU terms used

SUGGESTED YARN

Mandala Thick and Quick

… unexpected color combinations that crafters have come to expect from the Mandala name, with subtle color changes and a superior hand. 100% acrylic. Shown in Labyrinth

PATTERN

With English Garden and 10mm needles cast on 92 sts (join and work in the round, placing marker). Complete 16 rounds of Nubbly Purl Tweed pattern stitch:

NUBBLY PURL TWEED

Round 1: K1, P1.

Round 2: Yarn in front, slip 1 purlwise, p1.

Round 3: P1, K1.

Round 4: P1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front.

Change to 6mm needles and work 12 rounds of pattern. Change to 4mm needles and work 8 rounds of patterns. Using a 6mm crochet hook work a slip stitch crochet cast off. Weave in ends, sewing tail down with needle and matching thread to secure.

Using set of 4mm double points and Dusky Rose, pick up 92 sts around crochet cast off (base). (Wrong side facing and inserting needle through lower loop only of crochet chain). Mark beginning of rounds with yarn loop or ring marker.

Round 1: K2tog, knit to 45th st, k2tog, knit to end (90sts). Round 2: *K8, k2tog* to end.

Round 3: Knit all alternate rounds. Round 4: *K7, k2tog* to end. Round 6: *K6, k2tog* to end. Round 8: *K5, k2tog* to end. Round 10: *K4, k2tog* to end. Round 12: *K3, k2tog* to end. Round 14: *K2, k2tog* to end. Round 16: Cast off remaining 9 sts.

Weave in ends securely. Felt basket. Dry in sunshine over a large, similar shaped bowl.

“The overland explorers Charles Sturt and John Stuart would probably have died of scurvy in central Australia, had they not eaten the wild fruits including the Quondong on their travels. Early settlers used the fruit of the Desert Quondong in jams, pies and jellies. They also dried the fruit like the Aborigines to keep them for future use. Explorer E.J. Eyre said that the fruit makes excellent puddings or preserves, for which purpose it is now extensively used by Europeans. More recently the Quondong is often used in wild food restaurants and sold as jams and pies. The Aborigines often ate the nutritious oily kernels of the Quondong. Some trees produce sweet almond flavoured kernels while others produce a distasteful kernel. The distaste in some kernels is a result of a pungent aromatic oil, methyl benzoate.

“The seeds of the Quondong, both Desert and Bitter, are round, pale and knobbly. The Early settlers used these for making necklace beads, stud buttons and Chinese checker marbles. Today, they are only rarely used for these purposes, by locals and art and craft shops. Occasionally small operators use the wood as craft wood.” (Original source unknown).

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Rosebud Underwear Set

Rosebud Twins Underwear Set Free Knitting Pattern

The 7 ½ inch Vintage Twins Underwear

Dressing ourselves for Sunday morning…

 

MATERIALS

A ball of 2 ply fingering in white

A pair of No. 14 knitting needles

A steel crochet hook No. 3

A short length of bead elastic

ABBREVIATIONS

knit plain ; p., purl; st., stitch; tog., together; inc., increase (by working into the back and front of the same stitch); dec., decrease (by working 2 sts. tog.) s.s., stocking stitch (k. on the right side and p. back); single rib is k. 1 and p. 1 alternately; m.s., moss stitch * (k. 1 and p. 1 alternately and on subsequent rows the sts. are reversed); garter st. is knit plain on every row; double crochet. Directions in brackets are worked the number of times stated after the last bracket.

TO WORK

 Cast on 20 sts. and work 30 rows in single rib, working into the backs of the sts. on the 1st row to give a neat edge.

Now divide the stitches for the neck and shoulders as follows:

 Next row

 Rib 8, and leave these sts. on a safety pin until required for second shoulder, cast off 4, rib to end. (8 sts. for first shoulder).

The First Shoulder To Shape the Armhole

 Cast off 3 sts. at the beginning of the next row, then dec. 1 st. at the beginning of the following alternate row (4 sts.)

Rib 17 rows.

Inc. 1 st. at the beginning of the next row, work 1 row straight, then cast on 3 sts. at the beginning of the following row.

Break off wool and leave these 8 sts. on a safety-pin until required.

The Second Shoulder

 Rejoin wool to wrong side of 8 sts. left on safety-pin for second shoulder and rib 1 row, then work as for First Shoulder but do not break off wool. Turn and cast on 4, turn, and on to the same needle, rib the 18 sts. from First Shoulder. (20 sts.)

Rib 30 rows, then cast off in rib.

The Neck Edging

 With crochet hook, si. st. into the beginning of one shoulder, * 3 ch., miss 1 St., si st. into next st.; repeat from * all round. Fasten off.

The Armhole Edging

st. into 1st st. of one armhole, * 3 ch., miss 1 St., si. st. into next st.; repeat from * all round. Fasten off. Work an edging round the other armhole in the same way.

To Make Up The Vest

Do not press. Join the side seams.

THE KNICKERS

Cast on 20 sts.

1st row * K. 1 into the back of the st., p. 1; repeat from * to end.

2nd row K. 1, ( k. 2 tog.) 9 times, p. 1.

3rd row K. 1, p. 1, * pick up and k. the loop which lies between the sts., p. 1; repeat from * to end. (20sts)

Work 4 rows in s.s., then inc. 1 st. at each end of the next row and following 4th row. (24 sts )

Work 3 rows straight.

To Shape the Legs

Dec. 1 st. at each end of the next 9 rows. ( 6 sts.)

Work 4 rows straight, then inc. 1 st. at each end of the next 9 rows.

Work 4 rows straight, then dec. 1 st. at each end of the next row and following 4th row.

Work 3 rows straight. Repeat the 2nd and 3rd rows, then rib 1 row. Cast off in rib.

The Leg Edging

 With right side of work facing, pick up and k. 19 sts. evenly from along the edge of one leg. Work 1 row in rib.

2nd row K. 1, p. 1, * m. 1, k. 1, p. 1; repeat from * until 1 st. remains, k. 1.

3rd row P. 1, k. 1, p. 1, * k. 2 tog. p. 1; repeat from * to end.

Cast off in rib.

With crochet hook, slip. st. into 1st St., * 3 ch., miss 1 St., slip. st. into next st. repeat from * to end. Fasten off. Work an edging on the other leg in the same way.

TO MAKE UP THE KNICKERS

Press lightly on the wrong side with a hot iron over a damp cloth. Join the side seams. Thread elastic through slots at waist and tie to fit the doll.

THE PETTICOAT

Cast on 26 sts. loosely and work 6 rows in s.s.

Dec. 1 st. at each end of the next row and following 6th row, then work 5 rows straight.

Dec. row K. 2, * k. 2 tog., k. 3 ; repeat from * to end. (18 sts.)

Work 9 rows in s.s., beginning and ending with a p. row.

Now divide the sts. for neck and shoulders as follows:

 Next row: K. 7, and leave these sts. on a safety-pin, cast off 4, k. to end. ( 7 sts. for first shoulder)

The First Shoulder: Cast off 3 sts. at the beginning of the next row, then dec. 1 st. at the beginning of the following alternate row. Work 17 rows in s.s. Inc. 1 st. at the beginning of the next row, work 1 row straight, then cast on 3 sts. at the beginning of the next row.

Break off wool and leave these 7 sts. on a safety-pin.

The Second Shoulder: Rejoin wool to wrong side of other 7 sts., and p. 1 row, then work as for First Shoulder, but do not break off wool. Turn and cast on 4 sts., turn, and on to the same needle work 7 sts. from First Shoulder. ( 18 sts ) Work 9 rows in s.s., beginning and ending with a p. row.

Inc. row K. 2, * inc., k. 3 ; repeat from * to end. (22 sts.)

Work 5 rows in s.s., then inc. 1 st. at each end of the next row and following 6th row. ( 26 sts ) Work 5 rows straight. Cast off.

Work the neck edging and armhole edging as for the Vest.

The Lower Edging: First join one side seam. Pick up and k. 53 sts. all round the lower edge, then work as for the Leg Edging of Knickers.

TO MAKE UP THE PETTICOAT

 Press as for knickers. Join the remaining side seams.

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Pomegranate Fruit

Pomegranate Knitting Pattern

Designed by Dianthe Bells (Australia)

Pattern for knitted pomegranate using 8ply felting wool. Instructions written in Australian/British English with US equivalents. Project worked in the round on set of double point needles. Average knitting and crochet skills required for this plump fruit, one of the seven species in the land of milk and honey.

Pomegranate

8ply (double knit) wool in red (soft, lightly twisted, felting wool)

Length of cotton for holding yarn, of similar thickness

4.00mm needles (UK 8/US 6)

4.00mm crochet hook

1 gold ring 1cm in diameter

Marker for rounds

1cm and 2cm wool felt circles in red; cotton thread to match

Pure wool filling

Make a slip knot and place on crochet hook. Crochet 14 double crochet/US sc into gold ring and join to 1st dc with a slip stitch. Place loop on needle. With 1 knitting needle knit up another 3 chains (4 on 1st needle). Knit up 5 on next needle and 5 on third needle. Place marker for beginning of rounds.

Work in rounds (firm up yarn at start of each round). Increase by knitting into front and back of next stitch.

Round 1: Knit 14.

Round 2: *K1, increase 1* (21 sts).

Round 3: Knit.

Round 4: *K2, increase 1* (28 sts).

Round 5: Knit.

Round 6: *K3, increase 1* (35 sts).

Round 7: Knit.

Round 8: *K4, increase 1* (42 sts).

Round 9: Knit.

Round 10: *K5, increase 1* (49 sts).

Round 11: Knit.

Round 12: *K6, increase 1* (56 sts).

Round 13: Knit.

Round 14: *K7, increase 1* (63 sts).

Round 15: Knit.

Knit 9 rounds.

Decreasing section for top of pomegranate:

Round 1: *K5, K2tog* (54 sts).

Round 2:  Knit.

Round 3: Knit.

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: *K4, K2tog* (45 sts).

Round 6: Knit.

Round 7: *K3, K2tog* (36 sts).

Round 8: Knit.

Thread stitches onto cotton holding yarn. Do not cut working wool. Darn in starting end around inside of gold ring. Wash by hand in a few drops of organic liquid, felting lightly. Rinse three times, roll up in clean tea-towel and squeeze. Shape around a large orange. Dry in sunlight. When dry, sew the 1cm circle of red felt on inside (over small hole of gold ring) with tiny stitches. Stuff firmly. Carefully remove cotton holding yarn, placing stitches evenly on three needles again.

Knit 3 rounds. Shape blossom end:

Round 1: *K4, K2tog* (30 sts).

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: *K3, K2tog* (24 sts).

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: Knit.

Round 6:  *K2, K2tog* (18 sts).

Round 7: Knit.

Round 8: *K1, K2tog* (12 sts).

Round 9: Knit.

Add more filling, shaping fruit with fingers.

Round 10: Knit.

Round 11: Knit.

Round 12: Knit.

With crochet hook, work off 12 double crochet/US sc from the needles. Join to first stitch with a slip stitch. Work tightly. *Chain 4, slip stitch in next chain, slip stitch in next chain.* Repeat around, pulling last stitch through loop and weaving inside. Add final amount of filling. Sew 2cm felt circle in top hole to secure filling.

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Dimity Pudding Doll Dress

Dimity Vintage Doll Dress Free Knitting Pattern 

Designed by Dianthe Bells  (Australia)

A coy little pudding style dress in Luna blue for a 1930s dolly. Easy to knit in dimpled eyelet garter stitch. Cream edging is knitted along the completed dress hem by picking up the cast on stitches.

1 ball Bella Baby Sugar 4ply 100% wool in Luna

1/2 ball Bella Baby Sugar 4ply 100% wool in Cream

3.00mm/2-3/11 knitting needles

3.00mm /D/10 crochet hook

Fine wool needle

Pure silk ribbon 3-5mm/¼ inch wide in cream

Cream cotton hand sewing thread and fine needle

Size

Fits a 10-12 inch doll. Width 7 inches/8cm. Shoulder to hem 6 inches/5cm. Upper chest before eyelets 3½ inches/9cm. Change yarn and needles for other sizes.

Abbreviations

0 (yarn forward between needles)

Dress Front and Back

Take the end of Luna and wind into a tiny ball of yarn for seaming before casting on stitches. Secure ball with slip loop over itself. It will dangle freely as you work. Leave a short length from ball before casting on. Cable cast on 48 stitches. Right side facing, complete 5 pattern repeats of Dimity Eyelets:

Dimity Eyelets

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: *K6, 0, K2tog* repeat across row.

Row 4: Knit.

Row 5: Knit.

Row 6: Knit.

Row 7: K2 *0, K2tog, K6* repeat across row, ending with K4.

Row 8: Knit.

Shape Bodice

Next row: K2 tog across row (24 sts).

Knit 1 row plain.

Eyelet row for ribbon: *K3, 0, K2tog* repeat across row, ending K4.

Knit 1 row plain.

Knit plain for 6 rows.

Armholes

Knit 7 sts for first shoulder, cast off 10 sts for neck, knit 7 stitches for other shoulder. Place first 7 sts on scrap yarn, to be worked later. Knit 7 shoulder stitches on needle.

Right side facing now, knit 8 rows on these 7 sts. Cut yarn, placing stitches on scrap yarn. Remove scrap yarn from other shoulder stitches, placing stitches on needle. Wrong side facing, join yarn and knit 8 rows. Cut yarn, placing stitches on scrap yarn. Work back of dress, but leave length of yarn at each shoulder for seaming.

Back and Front Shoulder Seams

With right sides facing, join shoulders with a 3-needle bind off, or graft stitches.

Dress Edging

With right sides facing upwards and on table, sew left side seam of dress by weaving (lacing) each garter stitch row exactly side by side (match bumps to bumps).

With Cream wool knit edging on dress hem. Begin with right side facing (dress is upside down). Pick up and knit 97 stitches from open right seam across.

Dimity Edging (Multiple of 6+7)

Row 1: Knit 1, 0, K1, Knit 3 together, K1 *0, K1, 0, K1, Knit 3 together, K1* across row, 0, K1.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: Knit 1, 0, K1, Knit 3 together, K1 *0, K1, 0, K1, Knit 3 together, K1* across row, 0, K1.

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: Knit.

Row 6: Knit.

Row 7: Slip 1, *K1, 0 twice, K2tog* repeat across row to end.

Row 8: Knit across, knitting into first yarn over and dropping the second yarn over.

Cast off lightly. Cut yarn and pull through last loop on needle, threading onto wool needle. Weave end chain to beginning chain by forming a lazy daisy chain from last stitch to first (needle under first chain from right to left, then passing down through centre of last chain). This makes an invisible join. On right side, seam edging lace as for side seam of dress. With Luna, continue the seam.

Finishing

Double crochet (US single crochet) around neckline with Cream. Weave in all ends of yarn using a fine wool needle. Hand wash dress using few drops organic laundry liquid. Rinse thoroughly. Dry flat on tea-towel, shaping as it dries. Edging will ease out slightly after washing.

Weave silk ribbon through eyelets in hem edging, starting at left side. Tie ends into bow. For bodice eyelets begin threading the silk ribbon at centre front, around and back to start. Under the armholes (as there is no eyelet positioned there) take a small stitch over the side seam keeping it level with the other eyelets. Make a tiny bow.

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Shetland Faery Lace Baby

Matinee Coat and Bonnet of Exquisite Daintiness

Woven by the Faeries?
It could have been, but it is in fact hand knitted in delicate Lace Shetland Wool.

MATERIALS REQUIRED

2 ozs Maygrove’s 2ply Lace Shetland Wool or 2 ozs  Maygrove’s  “Thistle Mist”

1 pair No. UK 12 Double Century Knitting Needles/US 2/Metric 2.75mm

Crochet Hook  No. UK 1/US 1/ Metric 2.75mm

3 Buttons

About 3/4 yard ribbon for Bonnet

To Fit a Baby from Birth to 4 months

SUGGESTED YARN

Sirdar Snuggly 100% Merino 4 Ply (shown in Powder) ~ Needles 3.25mm – 3.25mm

“Spun from pure natural fibres, the light-weight 4-ply yarn is breathable and gentle on delicate skin.”

ABBREVIATIONS

K = Knit. P = Purl. M.l. = make 1. S.l.= Slip 1. P.S.S.O.= Pass slip stitch over. Tog. = Together. Patt. = pattern. St. = Stitch.

PATTERN

The Matinee Coat is worked in one piece commencing at the lower edge of back.

Cast on 93 sts and work in pattern as follows:

Row 1: K.l, K.2 tog., * M l, K.3, M.l, K. twice into the next st. M.l, K.3, M.l, S.l, K2 tog., P.S.S.O., rep. from * ending the last rep. with S.l, K.l, P.S.S.O., K.l, instead of S.1, K.2 tog., P.S.S.O. (120 stitches). *

2nd and Alternate Rows. Purl.

Row 3: K.1, K.2 tog., * M.l, K.3 toe., M.l, K.2 tog., M l, S.l, K.1, P.S.S.O., M.l, S.2, K.l, P.S.S.O. (both sts.), M.l, S.l, K.2 tog., P.S.S.O., rep. from * ending last rep. with S.l., K.l., P.S.S.O., K.l., instead of S.l., K.2 tog., P.S.S.O. (93 stitches).

Row 5: K.4, * K.2 tog., M.l, K.l, M.l, S.1

K.l, P.S.S.O., K.5, rep. from * ending the last rep. with K.4, instead of K.5.

Row 7: K.3, * K.2 tog., M.l, K.3, M.l, S.1

K.l, P.S.S.O., K.3, rep. from * to end.

Row 9: K.1, K.3 tog., * M.l, K.l, M.l, K.3, M.1, K.1, M.1, S.2, K.1, P.S.S.O., S. the K.l, back on to left hand needle and pass the first and second sts. from the left hand needle over the K.l, now slip the st. back on to right hand needle. Rep. from * to the last 9 sts. M.l, K.1, M.l, K.3, M.l, K.l, M.l, S.2, K.l, P.S.S.O., K.l.

Row 11: K.2, * K.2 tog., M.l, K.l, M.l, S.l, K.2 tog., P.S.S.O., M.l, K.1, M.l, S.l, K.1, P.S.S.O., K.1, rep. from * to the last st. K.1.

Row 12: Purl.

These 12 rows form the pattern repeat them 3 times more. Then work rows 1 to 11 inclu­sive. Cast on 50 sts. for sleeve.

Next Row: Work as 12th row of pattern across all sts. Cast on 50 stitches (193 sts). Continue in pattern across all sts. until there are 2 complete patterns from the cast on sts. Now work rows 1 to 3 inclusive.

Next Row: Purl 83 cast off 27 sts. P. to end of row. Working on these last 83 sts. complete the patt. then work rows 1 to 7 inclusive.

Cast on 20 sts. for right half of front (103 sts.) working across all sts. complete the patt. then work 2 more complete patts.

Cast off 50 sts. at the beg. of the next row. Work 5 complete patts. Cast off. Rejoin wool to neck edge of remaining 83 sts.

Commencing at the 5th row complete patt. then work rows 1 to 8 inclusive.

Cast on 20 sts. for left half of front. Complete the patt. then work 1 complete patt. now work rows 1 to 11 inclusive.

Cast off 50 sts. P. to end of row. Now work 5 complete patts. on these 53 sts. Cast off.

TO MAKE UP

Press the work on the wrong side with a warm iron over a damp cloth. Sew up the sleeve and side seams. Using the Crochet hook work a picot edging all round edges of coat and edges of sleeves as follows:

* 5 chain 1 double crochet into base of chain 2 double crochet rep. from * all round.

The holes of the picot edge form the buttonholes. Commencing at neck of garment sew the buttons to front spacing them about 1 inch apart. Finally press all seams.

THE BONNET

Cast on 33 sts. and work the 12 rows of patt. as given for coat 3 times, then work rows 1 to 11 inclusive. Cast on 30 sts. P. to end of row. Cast on 30 sts. (93 sts. on needle). Now work 2 complete patterns on these 93 sts. and then rows 1 to 11 inclusive and cast off.

TO MAKE UP

Press the work on the wrong side with a warm iron over a damp cloth.

Sew the 30 cast on stitches along each side of the back. Using the crochet hook work a picot edging all round bonnet, drawing in slightly at back. Press the seams. Cut the ribbon in half and sew one piece to each side of bonnet.

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Child’s Easter Chick Egg Cosy

Child’s Easter Chick Egg Cosy

A little vintage knitting project a child may make to enjoy an Easter boiled egg, or give as a gift to a friend.

Required: A quarter of an ounce of yellow teasel wool in egg yolk and one pair of steel knitting needles, size 11.

The work begins at the head:

Row 1: Cast on 6 stitches and knit.

Row 2: Increase in first, middle and last stitch (9 stitches).

Row 3: Knit nine rows on these 9 stitches.

Row 12: Knit 2 stitches together at beginning, middle and end of needle (6 stitches).

Row 13: Knit.

Row 14: Increase in first and last stitches (8 stitches).

Repeat 14th row 9 times (26 stitches).

Knit two rows along these 26 stitches.

Row 26: Knit 2 stitches together at each end of needle and repeat this row 4 times (16 stitches).

Row 31: Increase in first and last stitches (18 stitches).

Row 32: Knit 16 rows on these 18 stitches. Cast off.

Make up another piece in the same manner. Brush each piece of knitting well with a wire brush and sew together. Fill the head with a little cotton-wool. Mark the beak with fine red wool, and the eyes with black wool.

Reader’s Pattern Published in the Sunday Mail (Brisbane, Queensland) Sunday 6th July 1930

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Beauty Rose Boudoir Doll

Beauty Rose and Nile Green crochet outfits for 7 ½ inch vintage dolls. Vintage pattern includes hat, slip and panties. Free PDF below.

Nile Green “Strolling Down the Avenue”

Crochet cotton size 20 – 1 ball beauty rose and 2 balls bright Nile green or rose pink and turquoise

Crochet hook No. 13

Light green or turquoise taffeta 6 x 40 inches

Pink beauty “Sweetheart crinoline”

Crochet cotton size 20 – 2 balls beauty pink and 1 ball baby pink size 30

Six strand floss – 2 skeins each rose and medium blue, 3 skeins light green and scraps of yellow

Crochet hooks Nos. 12 and 5

Taffeta for a slip

6 inch piece of 1 inch pink ribbon. 18 inches narrow blue ribbon

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