Glossary of terms:
- bo: bind/cast off
- CO: cast on
- dec: decrease
- k: knit
- k2tog: knit 2 together
- kfb knit into front and back of the stitch to increase
- m1: ‘make one’: pick up a stitch between stitches – however, if this is too fiddly, kfb instead.
- p: purl
- stst: stockinette stitch
You will need:
- 1.5mm dpns
- Very thin crochet hook (for latch hooking hair in)
- Sock weight yarn – I use Natural Dye Studio Dazzle (Blue Faced Leicester)
- Mohair boucle yarn (for the hair)
- Two long pipecleaners
Body (make 2):
1. co 42st
2. stst 4 rows
3. dec 1, 1 stitch in from each end of row.
5. dec 1, 1 stitch in from each end of row.
6. bo13, m1, p1, m1, p2, m1, p3, m1, p1, m1, bo13 (should have 16 stitches on needle).
7. stst 19 rows.
Seperate for legs:
26. p8, bo2, p6
27. working on current 7 stitches, stst 26rows.
52. dec 1 at each end of row.
54. dec 1 at each end of row.
Rejoin yarn to remaining 7 stitches and repeat from row 26 to make second leg.
1. co 6 st and K 1 row as an i-cord.
2. kfb all sts (12st).
4. *k1, kfb* rep from * to * (18st).
6. *k2, kfb* rep from * to * (24st).
8. *k3, kfb* rep from * to * (30st).
9. k 7 rows.
15. *k3, k2tog* rep from * to * (24st)
17. *k2, k2tog* rep from * to * (18st)
Stuff the head before continuing.
19. *k1, k2tog* rep from * to * (12st)
21. K2tog – rep for all stitches (6st)
22. run a needle through the remaining 6 stitches and draw to a close.
Making the pipecleaner body frame:
It helps to measure the body against a knitted ‘skin’ to ensure the fit is ok, so the following measurements are a guideline only.
1. Pin the skin around the bendy body and sew starting from an arm pit, down, round the legs and up and over the arms (yes it’s a bit fiddly!).
2. Sew the head onto the body.
3. Knit or crochet a small cap for the head, sew on and then either leave as is for a short crop or latch hook yarn in for longer hair.
4. Your basic doll body is finished, enjoy making some clothing!
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