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Title: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on May 22, 2019, 10:23:06 AM
I do quite a bit of knitting and love to knit for the dolls. I just finished this pattern the other day.

I love how the pattern fits the doll and I love the color (Mallard Teal). The yarn is Paton's DK wool and was a delight to knit.

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-h2EpFxgMMOM/XOQvLfaM0GI/AAAAAAAAni4/eUncBOZWf3cHwMNkJswcOsqSG7RYuMPpgCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_4686.jpeg)

I also knit a long scarf out of acrylic and wound it around the doll's neck. The next time I knit it, I'll make it another 25 rows longer.

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2n1SrJdVztI/XOQvLWqkwiI/AAAAAAAAni0/Ci32DAAvrT0BQwdb480q2ErSmCSlwTYQQCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_4690.jpeg)

I'm pleased with the results of this pattern.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: fajita on May 22, 2019, 19:23:16 PM
Lovely bit of knitting, @Ann

I could do with someone like you knitting for me, lol.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: b15erk on May 23, 2019, 09:21:12 AM
That outfit looks so warm and cosey.  I wouldn't mind one in my size.  :)

Your dolly looks gorgeous!

Jessie
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on May 28, 2019, 20:51:20 PM
I finished a hooded vest for the dolls. This one is made out of cotton yarn and was nice to work with. The pattern fits well and will great with leggings and a t-shirt.

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(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-otEiGVoVTew/XO181rsmaQI/AAAAAAAAnqw/Yti4dzwjix84PH1sQhW31CKB9EeFrZncwCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_4757.jpeg)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tBbOt1jZf5A/XO181npBkfI/AAAAAAAAnq0/3OD7cFepwpUnKK1v1OL3fMV6XXxlTjGwQCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_4758.jpeg)

I'm taking a bit of time off doll clothes to finish a scarf that I started about 6 months ago.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on June 16, 2019, 21:20:52 PM
Another doll's sweater is done. This one took a bit of time to get the gauge correct but the time spent was worth it.

(http://It is hard to find that weight yarn locally so am trying to use up the stash of which I have the blue, grey, cream and dusty rose.)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jpvH3TMgDPA/XQaLYGBRTqI/AAAAAAAAn2M/t6tQNdYRBhQR6tMQ849fGwn_0v9vsZnggCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_4871.jpeg)

Trying to finish another doll's sweater and I finally got past row 3. Hopefully it will be done this week as I have another one to make before the end of the month.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: b15erk on June 17, 2019, 12:39:19 PM
You have some beautifully dressed dolls there Ann!  Another lovely sweater.

Jessie
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Efemera on June 17, 2019, 12:50:22 PM
Some fabulous knitting...
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Acorn on June 17, 2019, 12:51:31 PM
I am beginning to wish that I was one of your dolls! 
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on June 17, 2019, 16:07:17 PM
Thank you everyone for the kind words. I really enjoy dressing the dolls.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on June 26, 2019, 10:22:42 AM
I finished another sweater for the dolls and love the look. I'm very partial to the Hudson Bay blankets and this cute coat is a reminder of them.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MC53kwlT1_Q/XRJ_kHi4YjI/AAAAAAAAn-0/0iuk8_MC31gBbFBjxCEpkGpElbwAYBIrQCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_4964.jpeg)

Though easy to knit, it is time consuming to finish as there are a lot of ends to weave in and hems to sew up. But, I've done some googling and found a few new techniques to try when knitting with color changes.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wCyWajCpkow/XRJ_j3KQYMI/AAAAAAAAn-w/nFsyRlSWrw8dlZIPk09oOi1ip_ofpr1gQCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_4966.jpeg)

Mary Ann is ready for Canada Day, unless it gets very hot here; the forecast says 20C. Maybe she can wear it in an air conditioned building. LOL
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Sheilago on June 26, 2019, 11:14:40 AM
Lovely doll’s clothes. Do you sell them or keep them all? Mary Ann is lucky  :D , she looks great , very pretty, but unusual, with her slightly prominent teeth. <3
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on June 26, 2019, 11:36:05 AM
Lovely doll’s clothes. Do you sell them or keep them all? Mary Ann is lucky  :D , she looks great , very pretty, but unusual, with her slightly prominent teeth. <3

This sweater will be kept but I am sewing and knitting to get an inventory ahead so I can sell outfits rather than pieces.

One of the things with American Girl dolls is that some have slightly prominent teeth. I favor the ones with no teeth showing. I only have the two AG dolls as my favorite are the Gotz Happy Kidz dolls. I have 4 of them.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on July 13, 2019, 10:37:17 AM
Another doll's dress knit. It is made out of an acrylic/mohair blend in a dusty mauve.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XN9OkJ4CE3Q/XShT5Dk60eI/AAAAAAAAoNs/0cq0jxZ4ORY0rdG17PBUEqQIBgJxfOEmwCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_5140.jpeg)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YtGKJig8CZw/XShUAvT1CcI/AAAAAAAAoNw/zB5a8DBjg9E60LuYeV5VTL0prZXEpkuGwCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_5141.jpeg)

Am knitting another Bella Bolero while waiting for the next pattern to be sent via email.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: b15erk on July 15, 2019, 10:39:52 AM
@Ann , I love seeing the outfits you make for your dolls - they are so original.

The knitted dress is lovely.

Jessie
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on July 15, 2019, 10:59:55 AM
@b15erk, thank you. I enjoy sewing and knitting for the dolls. I test patterns for doll clothing designers and they design some really nice pieces.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on July 24, 2019, 12:36:17 PM
The test pattern for a private individual is complete and it quite cute. It fits well which is what I like.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/---StCdV0sSM/XTf5qVGA3QI/AAAAAAAAoWY/PHymkpnv66UL3dNJtcJEwpQlEw41J6aEQCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_5260.jpeg)

I'm working on another one and am almost finished the second sleeve. This one has cables.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pJ83Qp9fi_c/XTf6JePtSNI/AAAAAAAAoWg/bdN053Od-rYCvdXPAooQst3dYCQrtvblwCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_5270.jpeg)
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on August 08, 2019, 22:33:41 PM
Another outfit done and this one is cute.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-loEg1SrI8I4/XUyHnIQLuqI/AAAAAAAAojE/bFbx89bFyLQVhz81YmwAU1XfYcHOid-8QCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_5459.jpeg)

I'm going to be one happy camper when the yarn I have been using for testing is gone. I'm not a huge fan of it but the price was good. Once gone, I will buy some nicer yarn to knit with.

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Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Celia on August 09, 2019, 09:20:47 AM
They are lovely, it’s not easy knitting with yarn you don’t like, you deserve better
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on August 09, 2019, 10:21:44 AM
@Celia, thank you for your kind words. I will use up the yarn as much as I dislike it. If the designer keeps pumping out the patterns using that size wool, it will be gone before I know it. If not, the full balls will go to goodwill next spring.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on October 18, 2019, 21:34:16 PM
I got another sweater set knit and used the same Downton Abbey yarn as before but the blue.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MIqcSFW8-uY/XaofS4cCsVI/AAAAAAAApZA/bX-Eg75nD0IGBIzNX50JxyCpJzQFkxJ3QCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/IMG_5984.jpeg)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n2ICFccDkyk/XaofS900OBI/AAAAAAAApY8/vrmbwJigyYwhvlifWWkAhFXxhYYJnXfTACLcBGAsYHQ/s400/IMG_5987.jpeg)

I went down a needle size and it fits the doll perfectly.  Now back knitting hats.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on November 17, 2019, 16:58:56 PM
Another sweater using the Downton Abbey yarn. This time in grey. Cute pattern with two types of cables.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TgRZTFUtxU0/XdF4v7kigmI/AAAAAAAApmc/1wyR79YC9KMaLkLv5K14HWTFiqqxHu5QwCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/IMG_6117.jpeg)

The stash of Down Abbey yarn is getting smaller. I have a hat to knit to go with this sweater and I may knit mittens also.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on November 18, 2019, 15:12:42 PM
Hat is finished and photos taken.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WmOqfjxfFng/XdKyS9ZLHYI/AAAAAAAApnU/yvYvT-xwZ1giPF6w1i-rH71WiDVIE6RDACLcBGAsYHQ/s400/IMG_6121.jpeg)

I do like this set.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: coffeeandcake on November 18, 2019, 18:47:39 PM
I think the knitting you do for the dolls is absolutely lovely @Ann. I wish my daughters were still little :loveit:
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on November 18, 2019, 20:58:35 PM
@coffeeandcake, our DD is in her 40's and we don't have a DGD. I do this for fun and may end up having to sell the excess. And, thank you for kind words about my knitting.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: b15erk on November 19, 2019, 11:28:34 AM
Just love these outfits Ann!  One day I'll get the time and patience to clothe the dollies I bought in the summer!

Do you use any particular patterns? Or do you write your own?

Jessie
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on December 04, 2019, 10:38:04 AM
@b15erk, thank you for the lovely words. Sorry I'm so long at answering as I haven't checked this thread.

I am a pattern tester for Pixie Faire (doll clothes sewn and knit) plus for a private individual. I enjoy knitting with finer yarn vs sport weight yarn but each weight has its own purpose. I have found that most (not all) North American's use a sports weight yarn as it is fast and quite readily available. The lighter weight yarn is slower to knit but I love the results. I have patterns using sock yarn but the last 4 I've knit are in a bit heavier yarn. It seems to be easier to find in the UK and South Africa and harder to find here. I bought a bunch of that weight yarn when it was discounted and have enough left for 4-5 more tests.

Have fun knitting for your dolls when you get the time. I do enjoy knitting for mine.
Title: Re: Knitting For The Dolls
Post by: Ann on December 06, 2019, 16:55:55 PM
As I finished my UFO's I let myself knit a sweater and hat. Kit got to model it for me.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KLewWKPEknA/XeovgUB7dAI/AAAAAAAApwg/THmPLl7aCmsFM0FxiTfv_4TJq-o8iYMbACEwYBhgL/s400/IMG_6232.jpeg)