In the Knitted Toons book of Carol Meldrum. (http://word.beatknit.com/) a lot of nice dolls are showed.When someone asked me to make one of these dolls I did not hesitated and I was soon knitting my first basic doll. It is a small and simple doll pattern.
The doll looked alright om the needles, but when the pieces were put together a few things seemed not in proportion . The seize of the pieces could be better on some points, so this first doll was rejected for the project. But that withhold me not to assembly the doll.
I named this doll Zoë . Because of the white frock Zoë Barnes wears in the series House of cards. The doll wears also white ballerina shoes and a silver scarf. All items are knitted. Also the funky hair of Zoë, It is knitted with so-called hairy or fluffy yarn on needles 4 mm. The dress is made of white luxury cotton with a thread of shiny material in it. The doll itself is knitted with Catania Cotton nr 130 and needles 3 mm.
The Fashion doll
In the Toons book of carol Meldrum the basic doll is knitted with woolen yarn. Is there a difference with cotton was my question, so beside the cotton basic doll I made I from wool-mix. Although there are slight differences the cotton doll and the wool doll turned out to be the same. After this discussion I had an extra doll to change in a lovely lady.
The woolen doll had to be turned into a lovely doll. When finishing the doll I was out of inspiration for some clothes, so I asked the mother of my niece if she had a fashion design from my niece. Fashion drawings are very popular between the girls now a day. My sister in law liked the idea and send my a photograph of a very complicated fashion design made by her daughter. It was a challenge to knit the design, I thought. But I have a lot of stash and so I found a yarn that matched the rainbow colored skirt. The yarn I used was Katia Jaipur. The skirt was knitted with needles 2,5. The top was made with Catania fine natural. The doll has a knitted wig. First I made a model of the wig with knitting needles 4, It took knitting two models before i was satisfied with the result. Knitting fluffy yarn is very difficult, because you can’t see the stitches very good. But it succeeded very well. The girdle of the skirt is a velvet band closed with Velcro.
I had much time on my hand, so I made two outfits for the doll with the black hair. The second outfit was also pictured by my niece, The sweater is made in two colors, neon green and baby blue, with brown borders. On the sweater is a word embroidered in silver. with a little heart in stead of the O. The trousers are made from a multicolored yarn. The belt is a bit of brown elastic wit a silver button. Under the sweater is a little white bra. The shoes are crocheted and have little heels. The chain around the neck is also a piece of silver yarn with a silvery bead. The outfit is almost the same as the drawing, the differences are all due to the fact that not everything is possible in yarn and not everything is in my stash or easy to realize. The yarn I used for both garments was Catania cotton fine.
The doll found her way to my niece and she was very surprised by the doll and the clothes. She recognized her drawing immediately. For me It was fun to do.
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