This summer I have been doing a lot of knitting, for humans and dolls alike. I have the sore wrist to prove it, too. But it doesn’t stop me. A little heat, a little ice, some exercises, and the needles are singing again.
Recently, I’ve become obsessed with knitting lacy shawls. The more intricate the design and thinner the yarn, the better I like it. I discovered a great shawl knit pattern designer on Ravelry: Alina Appasov. Her shawls are designed using lace weight yarn. I’m slowly working on buying and knitting them all. But there are lots of wonderful patterns that are FREE on Ravelry too.
Here is one example of a free shawl pattern on Ravelry, called Echo Flower.
I stumbled on some gorgeous silk lace weight yarn, as well. This stuff feels so good when knitting with it, and the shawls drape just beautifully. This shawl was knit in lace weight Mulberry Queen Silk.
The detail in this pattern is beautiful.
And I grew the flower!
In my last post, I shared with you my adventures in assembling a 57 cm BJD. She now has a head, eyes and her hands. However, she is still without hair and a face-up. But I think she is beautiful in the bald, just the same. I think her name is Phoebe.
Her dress was made by a lovely lady in the UK. It fits Phoebe perfectly.
Her sweater was knit by me a year ago or more, based on a pattern by Cynthia Berrier. I could have sworn I knit this in a small (MSD) size, but it seems to fit Phoebe as if I knit it specially for her (Yes, it is a 3/4 sleeve). You can’t see it really well, but there are some flowers in the fabric in the same color as the sweater.
Coming soon…. Hair!
For the heck of it, I started knitting a lace edging in a leaf design. It’s the cuff part of a pattern for gloves. Then I got inspired to turn it into a skirt for my BJD.
Here it is on my DIM Miru.
It looks better in person. Really.
Close-up of the Lace bottom.
This cute little short-sleeved sweater is based on another pattern by DollsWest Designs, called Summer Tease. It’s easy to knit, even with the cable stitches. But I also wanted a simple t-shirt, so I just did the ribbing all the way through on this one. I used Perl Cotton. The cute little “tee” works great under other sweaters, with jeans, skirts, you name it. It fits a wide variety of MSD BJDs.
My Planetdoll Tara [43 cm] is wearing this t-shirt with her favorite jeans, and is tickled that it goes with her orange hair and glasses.
So, the question is: “Orange you glad there’s orange?“
This is a 43 cm Narae Asian BJD, sculpted by Bimong. She is wearing a Lace Hoody I knit based on a pattern by DollsWest Designs. It was knit using baby alpaca wool – lace weight.
it’s great pattern and after the first time, it’s pretty easy to knit up.
I’m working on a outfit for my BJDs – mostly knitted pieces. I decided to try some fingerless mittens/ gloves to add as accessories. We’re talking tiny hands here, but not the tiniest mittens I’ve ever knit. Tiniest on 4 needles though.
Off the Cuff
This is only the cuff – 8 rows of k2 p2 ribbing, using lace weight yarn and US size needles 5.5/0 – that’s .90 mm. Like knitting with straight pins.
Now comes the thumb – half of it anyway. Still using 5.5/0 needles and 12 stitches, I knit 4 rows to make the half thumb. This was harder than the hand part of the mitten, obviously. Try manipulating 4 slippery needles with 2 fingers, cause that’s all you have room for.
This the finished mitt. Still need to decide on how to embellish them.
My Tiniest Mittens
These tiny little mittens were made to fit a BJD 15.5 cm (6.10 inches) tall.
You can imagine how tiny their hands are.
I knit this sweater for my BFF as a Christmas present. It was knit for an MSD size BJD, but Robbin put her on Ashanti, an SD size. She looks exquisite!
The pattern for this sweater was designed by DollsWest Designs.
Robbin, my BFF, did her face-up. She’s a very talented Lady.
Photos by Robbin – more talent!
I love to knit for dolls, probably because whatever I knit is tiny, compact, easy to transport. And dolls will wear whatever I make for them.
But once in awhile, I do knit for humans. Here’s an example – a pair of mittens I knit for my daughter. They are a modifications of a pattern by Twisted Classics, that I found on Etsy. The pattern is called Panda Fingerless Gloves. I made them into mittens. These are adult size.
I used Palette yarn by Knitpicks.