29th June 2010
We have been working hard on our big project for autumn; the Buttonbag Knitting Kit. Mittens, hats, purses and bags are all included in the instructions, but someone thought it would be fun to use up all the left-over bits of wool making dolls clothes – afterall – that’s what we were doing 30 odd years ago. So Sara’s Sindy and my Sasha and my sister’s Action Man were resecued from various attics and cajoled and poked into these fetching little knitted numbers. We were going to put them on the back page of the Knitting Book but Dan the photographer was so disturbed by them – particularly Eagle-Eyes, whose posable rubber hands have disintegrated into stumps (that’s why he’s standing like that! ) – and said they were far too scary for children!
What do you think? Is this just too nightmarish ? We are writing the instructions during the next two weeks and your feedback would be greatly appreciated! Also – if you have any more tips for dolls clothes or pictures of your creations do let us know.
All of the above based on knitting simple squares or rectangles using double knit yarn and size 5 needles. I’ll post the patterns later this week.
Action Man – Sleeveless Jumper
Make two squares:
Cast on 18 stitches
Row 1 & 2: Knit
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5 -18: Repeat rows 3 & 4 in different colours to make narrow stripes.
Sew the shoulders closed with a few stitches. Sew the bottom two centimetres of the side seams.
Cast on 22 stitches
Rows 1 & 2: knit
R0w 3 Knit 2 together, knit to last two stitches, knit 2 together
Row 4: Purl 2 togther, purl to last 2 stitches, purl 2 together
Row 5&6: repeat rows 3&4
Row 7 change to other colour knit 2 together
Row 8 Purl
Without casting off, cut40 cm yarn off, slide stitches off needle and thread yarn end through the needles. Pull tight and sew up the side seams.