I’m sure you know by now that I love dolls, and that I love knitting. Put the two together and you get?? Knitting dolls!
These little “pocket pals” are so addictive! One thing I love about them is how each one has its own personality. You can really customize them and “dress” them any way you want! You can knit them in the round or on straight needles and seam them. I prefer working on straight needles so that’s how I made these. They’re just a striped rectangle sewn together and stuffed, with faces embroidered on and stitches added to suggest arms and legs.
The first ones I made were Izzy Dolls using Esther Braithwaite’s pattern. I made them for the children attending my daughter’s baby shower, each one matching the hair color of the recipient. I love the little Mary Jane shoes on the girls and the lace detail on their skirts.
The next ones I made were little Mini Snowbuddies and Mini Forest Friends, both by Esther Braithwaite again. (I forgot to add the antlers on the deer. Oh, dear!)
Then I saw some awesome pocket dolls on Instagram by a woman in Canada, Gudrun Dahle. They’re called Knitty Kids. Her dolls are so cool! The details she adds make each one so individual, and hip! They inspired me, so I tried to incorporate some of her details into my dolls such as garter stitch cuffs and welts, neck decreases, and sweater designs. I CASEd* one or two of them. She puts noses on her dolls. I tried a nose on the boy doll below but it didn’t turn out as good as Gudrun’s.
And THEN I stumbled across Peace Pals!! There are Peace Pals with skirts, baby Peace Pals, crocheted Peace Pals . . .
I like knitting things for charity. I found Knitting 4 Peace on Ravelry and found the pattern for Peace Pals there. These are the Peace Pals I’ve made so far. I can either send them to Denver for distribution all over the world or donate them locally. I haven’t decided where to donate them yet and plan to make more so they’re just hanging out at my house for now.
The doll in the upper right looks just like Albert Einstein doesn’t he? 😄
I’ve incorporated lots of things I’ve learned from all the other dolls that I and others have knit. I really like the eyes on these dolls better than french knots. I did not like knitting with the eyelash yarn, the yarn I used for the hair on some of the dolls.
Little pocket dolls take very little yarn to create, so they’re great for using up leftovers. When I’m knitting, I save every little scrap of yarn that I snip off in a bag and I’ve been using these scraps to stuff the dolls, except for the white dolls like the snowmen. Those I stuff with white lambswool stuffing.
That’s it for my doll knitting for now. I’m still working on how to improve the foot area; I’m not satisfied with that yet. In the first and second group of dolls, I drew a running stitch through the cast on edge and cinched it up, but it pulled the legs in at the feet and left a little line of bumps. Recently, I’ve been using Kitchener stitch to graft the bottom but still not loving it. I’ll get there, though!
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These are all so sweet!!