Earlier this month I had a doll’s clothes binge. Miss 4 got a lovely wee Gotz Maxi Muffin doll for her birthday, and Miss 2 will be receiving one for Christmas. Each doll only comes with one set of clothes, and what’s the fun in never changing their clothes.
A few weeks ago I sewed two tunic tops for Miss 4’s doll, but even that hasn’t stopped the never ending stream of odd outfits I find her in: Miss 4’s t-shirt, Miss 2’s t-shirt, a baby doll’s all-in-one – the list goes on! So under the tree will be at least two new outfits for each girl’s doll – one sewn (which I purchased off TradeMe) and one knitted. I am hoping to have time for another cardigan each before the big day – but not sure if I will have the time. Or perhaps I should try something a bit more summery to match our weather?
First up, for Miss 4:
I used two free patterns for each outfit. Firstly the Poppy Cardigan by the lovely Tikki, and secondly a slightly adapted version of the Ruffled Doll Skirt by Nanette Generaux. Both patterns were easy to follow, and quick and fun to knit.
The Poppy Cardigan for Miss 4 was knitted from 50g exactly of John Q Heather 8ply yarn that I picked up from Knitworld’s sale in January. I think I paid $3 a ball for it, and it seems good value – not soft, but not scratchy either. The colours are beautiful – I love the subtle heathered tones. The skirt took a total of 41g of yarn including the white trim. Instead of knitting the skirt’s body in pattern I just knit it in stocking stitch to match the cardigan.
The outfit for Miss 2’s doll is from the Wool Company’s Avocado (green) and Watermelon (variegated) yarn, also in 8ply.
I have a stack of Watermelon still in my stash, as I was gifted some by another knitter whose daughter found it too scratchy. It isn’t the softest of yarns, but at $15 for 200g I’ve found it to be excellent value for an everyday yarn.
I again knit the skirt in stocking stitch – I didn’t think that the pattern would show up in the variegated yarn well – and it certainly sped up the knitting too!
I hope that the girls get many hours of fun from these wee outfits! It’s so lovely to see them playing with their dolls, caring for them and being a wee ‘mummy’. Miss 2 has just started to ‘talk’ for her toys and puts on a sweet wee voice for each character. Too cute – and such a wee copycat!