Friday, 24 March 2017

Remembrance

Today is doubly sad to me. It was a sad anniversary already but also a very dear online friend has left us today. She had been suffering for a while. 

She testknit some of my designs and we had many things in common. Our love for dolls and knitting as well.



I had recently made a mini doll shawl based on a pattern in a book she gifted me. Now I am working on a big version with thoughts of her worked into every stitch. I knew this was coming but didn't think it would be so soon. 



I will miss you Kate, my dear friend. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Lacy Shrug for 13-16 inch dolls

Lacy Shrug:


Shrug pattern


doll shrug




Notions:
lace weight yarn.






Needles: US 0/ 2mm. (or those you need to obtain gauge)
Darning needle.
Stitch markers or waste yarn.

Difficulty:


Gauge: 8 sts x 16 rows = 1 inch. In garter stitch

Garter stitch section is 4”.
Width is 8”.

Abbreviations:
Co: cast on.
Bo: bind off.
K: knit
St-stitch: Sts- stitches
K2 tog: Knit two stitches together as one stitch.
K3 tog: Knit three stitches together as one stitch.
Double yo: double yarn over. Wrap yarn twice around needle. This stitch will be knit as one stitch through one yo on following row. It only gives a slightly bigger yo for a lacier effect.

Stitch count varies from row to row. You should have 60sts again after row 20. (Counting double yo as one stitch!)

Cast on 60sts.

1: K2, double yo, k2tog, k3; turn.
2: K7.
3: K1, k2tog, double yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, double yo, k1, k2tog, double yo, k47.
4: K2, double yo, k2tog, k3; turn.
5: K7.
6: K1, k2tog, double yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, double yo, k1, k2tog, double yo, k46.
7: K1, k2tog, double yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, double yo, k1, k2tog, double yo, k47.
8: K1, k2tog, double yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, double yo, k1, k2tog, double yo, k46.
9: K1, k2tog, double yo, k3tog, double yo, k1, k2tog, double yo, k2; turn.
10: K10.
11: K2, double yo, k1, double yo, k2tog, k1, double yo, k2tog, k47.
12: K1, k2tog, double yo, k3tog, double yo, k1, k2tog, double yo, k2; turn.
13: K10.
14: K2, double yo, k1, double yo, k2tog, k1, double yo, k2tog, k47.
15: K2, double yo, k3, double yo, k2tog, k1, double yo, k2tog; turn.
16: K11.
17: K2, double yo, k5, double yo, k2tog, k1, double yo, k2tog, k45.
18: K2, double yo, k3, double yo, k2tog, k1, double yo, k2tog; turn.
19: K11.
20: K2, double yo, k5, double yo, k2tog, k1, double yo, k2tog, k47.

Repeat rows 1-20 for a total of 8 times.

Knit one row. (60 sts).
Bind off loosely.









Sew lace edges together. I used a simple overcast stitch. Look at photo. The same row is joined start and end forming arm opening.









Patricia Renwick © Copyright March 2017.
All rights reserved. You may sell items made from this pattern but not the pattern. Please respect my design rights. 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Seems like Spring

Mild weather and sunny days. Feels like Spring although weather should be cold again next week it seems!.

 First Wild asparagus.

Asparagus plant. 
 What is called "lingua di cane" in dialect: dog's tongue! It does look a bit like one.

 Mimosa.
 Plum blossoms.

"Pirainu" wild pears. 

 My celery cut off is growing.

 Cat going for a walk with DH!

Exploring where the hens are.


 Hens!
 A man with his Dog!

Walking through the olives.

See you soon!

Friday, 20 January 2017

Belle

I have been busy working on uploading a new pattern today. I decided to call the dress "Belle" like one of my Disney Animator dolls. As usual it is available on Ravelry.


Disney Animator pattern



It is a pretty lacy dress which is relatively quick and easy to make. Knit flat topdown with a simple lace pattern on the skirt. 

Animator Belle


These dolls are so much fun to dress. It can become addictive. 


Disney Animator

Now I need to start working on some other projects though! Be back soon!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Blue Tits and Mulan!

The weather has recently been cold with rain, hail and snow. Most unusual for us.

I started feeding the birds from my window. Although it is hard to take a photo I managed to snap this one. 

Bird feeding


There are several who come. Most are blue tits but others arrive as well. 


My doll collection is still growing. I found Mulan on Ebay. Description said she was dirty and ok for "spare parts!" Well I just couldn't allow that! I put in an offer for half of the small amount they were asking and it was accepted within minutes. I wondered just how dirty and poor condition she was!


She arrived yesterday. Actually the only thing wrong was her matted hair!



A wash and combing session soon fixed that. Boo lent her a clean dress until I have time to make her something especially for her! 

Here she is:



Isn't she beautiful now? I think she is really happy to have arrived here!


Mulan disney doll

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Guardian Angel?


Witch and Angel


I dreamt that my Mother phoned me last night. She was eating an apple and I complained I couldn't hear her well.

She said that she was sorry she hadn't been around much but she knows that I am well and that she is keeping an eye on my new granddaughter to make sure she is ok. She told me that I can look after my older Granddaughter. (Thanks Maman!)

I can't really see her in the role of Guardian Angel but she has always loved small babies so I suppose that it is fitting! Not much patience with toddlers though so I guess that is why I get to look after the two year old! Lol!

She said that they can be pretty clueless at times. She always knows best! With her around all will run smoothly! 

Dreams can be strange.

Do you believe in Guardian Angels?


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Camille Cherie Free Pattern

Free pattern for Les Cheries dolls and similar size dolls.

Free knitting pattern


Notions:
50g Fingering weight yarn.


Needles: US 3/ 3 mm. (or those you need to obtain gauge)
Darning needle.
Stitch markers or waste yarn.
3 small buttons .
Difficulty:

Gauge: 8sts x 11 rows.

Abbreviations:
Co: cast on.
Bo: bind off.
St-stitch: Sts- stitches
K: knit
P: purl
Yo: yarn over
kfb: Knit into front and then back of stitch.
K2 tog: Knit two stitches together as one stitch.
Ssk: Slip, slip, knit, slip 2 stitches and knit them together.
Bh: button hole.
S1, k2tog, psso: Slip 1, knit 2sts together and pass slipped stitch over. (Double decrease)

Cast on 121 sts and join to knit in the round.
1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
2: *P1, k1; repeat from * to last stitch, p1.
3-6: As rounds 1-2.
7: Knit. Decrease 1.
Start pattern:
1: *K5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end of round.
2: Knit.
3: *K2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5; repeat from * to end of round.
4: Knit.

Repeat rounds 1-4 for a total of 10 times or to desired length.

Start decreases for waist:
1: *K1, s1,k2tog, psso, k1; repeat from * to end of round. ( 72 sts)
2: Knit.
The bodice is now knit flat. Turn work.
4: Purl.
5: k3, *k2tog, k1; repeat from * to last 3sts, k3.
6: K3, purl to last 3sts, k3.
7: K50.
8: K3, p44, k3.
9: K4, *K2tog, k2; repeat from * to last 6sts, k2tog, k4.
10: K3, p33, k3.
11: K39.
12: K3, p33, k3.
13-20: As rows 11-12.
Divide for arms.
1: K10, bo 2, k15, (st on needle from bo included in count), bo2, k10.
Continue working on backs and front separately.
Right back:
2: K3, p5, p2tog.
3: K9.
4: K3, p6.
5-8: As rows 3-4.
9: K9.
10: Bo3sts, p6.
11: K6.
12: P6.
13-16: As rows 11-12.
Bind off.

Left back.
2: P2tog, p5, k3.
3: K9.
4: P6, k3.
5-8: As rows 3-4.
9: Bo 3sts, k3.
10: P6.
11: K6.
12: P6.
13-16 As rows 11-12.

Front:
2: P13.
3: K4, kfb, k5, kfb, k4.
4: P17.
5: K17.
6: P17.
7: K7. Bo3, k7.
Continue working on sides of neck separately.
Right front.
8: P7.
9: Ssk, k5.
10: P6.
11: K6.
12: P6.
13-16: As rows 11-12.

Left front of neck.
8: P7.
9: K5, k2tog.
10: P6.
11: K6.
12: P6.
13-16: As rows 11-12.
Bind off.

Sew shoulder seams.
Pick up and knit 36sts around neck.
Rows 1-3: K1, p1, to end of row.
Bind off in rib

Sleeves.

Cast on 24sts.
1-4: K1, p1; repeat to end of row
5: *Kfb, k1; repeat from * to end. (36sts)
6: Purl.
7: Knit.
8: Purl.
9-12: As rows 7-8.
13: Bo 2sts, knit to end.
14: Bo 2sts, purl to end.
15: Ssk, k28, k2tog.
16: P30.
17: Ssk, k26, k2tog.
18: P28.
19: Ssk, k24, k2tog.
20: P2tog, p22, p2tog.
21: Ssk, k20, k2tog.
22: P2tog, p18, p2tog.
23: (Ssk)x5, (k2tog)x5.
24: P10.
Bind off.
Sew sleeve seams and sew to bodice.
Attach buttons and weave in yarn ends.


Free doll pattern
















Hope you enjoy the pattern!

Patricia Renwick © Copyright January 2017.
All rights reserved. You may sell items made from this pattern but not the pattern. Please respect my design rights.