Carol Turner

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Little Dazzler Doll: Rosa

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What little girl can’t resist tucking her doll up for the night into a comfy bed. This project would be a big hit as it includes doll, removable pinafore and pretty little sleeping bag.

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The little doll is 8 inches (21 cms) and is knitted in Dk yarn on 3.25mm needles, and as only small amounts of yarn are needed it would be good for using up leftover yarn The pinafore is knitted in 4ply yarn on 3mm needles with crossover straps fastened by two little buttons.

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The bed is 9 inches (23 cms) and is knitted in DK yarn on 4mm needles. The pillow edging is an eyelet edging knitted separately and sewn around top and sides of pillow and across the front cover of the bed. For and extra decorative effect and can be threaded with narrow ribbon or similar trim.

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All pieces are knitted flat on two needles and sewn together.

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As usual you can have lots of fun with colour combinations and the chances are you will make more than one set! It would make a great little stocking filler for Christmas and just the right toy for a sleepover at Nana’s.

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The pattern is n 18 page PDF document which gives row by row instructions with plenty of images to help with construction. It is now available on Etsy and Ravelry and if you need any extra support do message me on Ravelry.

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Little Bear Baby Booties

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There is nothing like a pair of baby booties to bring out the aahhh factor, and  add a little teddy bear head and you know you have a winner! They are an easy knit and make a cute little gift for a baby.

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These booties are knitted in DK yarn on 3mm. needles and 2.75 needles for the teddy bear head. They are knitted flat on two needles and seamed at the back.

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The pattern is an 8 page PDF document with instructions for two sizes 3-6 months, and 6-9 months. The pattern gives row by row instructions and plenty of images to help with construction.

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All the boots were made from the same pattern so you can have a lot of fun with different colour combinations and create something unique everytime.

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The pattern is now available as a download from Etsy and Ravelry


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Little Dazzler Doll: Leah

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Here are a couple of girls who love to dress up! Knowing how much little girls love to dress up dolls I’ve made sure the clothes in my doll patterns are removable which increases the play value.

 

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This doll and her clothes are knitted in DK yarn, all pieces are knitted flat on two needles and sewn together. Leah has boots and stripy tights a warm jumper/sweater and a pretty pinafore.

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The hair is knitted in reverse stocking stitch and sewn in place with strands of yarn threaded at the sides to create the plaits/braids. All very secure so even with lots of boisterous play the hair won’t moult!

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The jumper has a little press fastener at the neck opening to make dressing and undressing easier.

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The pinafore has straps which fasten with two buttons on the moss stitch bib….

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…and crossover at the back.

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You can have lots of fun with different colour combinations for the clothes and hair colour.  The clothes from the Hannah Doll also fit the Leah doll so you can built up a decent little wardrobe for her.

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The pattern is a 20 page PDF pattern with row by row instructions and plenty of photos to help with construction. Pattern is available on Ravelry and Etsy


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Cute Little Twin Elephants

 

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I love knitting elephants in pairs, and this little twosome were made to grace the nursery of boy/girl twins with a jungle themed nursery.

Both the elephants and clothes are knitted in DK yarn on 4mm needles and they measure 12″ which I think is a good size for little ones.

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Once you have Knitted one pair, it’s hard to stop!

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Think my favourite are this seaside pair


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Knitted Teddies & Baby Booties

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Who doesn’t love a teddy bear? Since their creation at the beginning of the 20th century they have become synonymous with childhood and hold a prominent place in children’s literature. Hard to think of a nursery without a little bear sitting somewhere and although they can be made in a variety of fabrics nothing is more appealing than a knitted teddy.

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These teddy bears would make an ideal gift for a new baby especially when teamed with an adorable pair of matching baby booties.

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The bears are knitted in reverse stocking stitch and have a removable duffle coat knitted  in garter stitch. They are constructed to be in a sitting position and are 9 inches (23 cms) so good size to sit nicely in a cot or playpen and be treasured forever!!

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Teddy bear pattern is available from Etsy and Ravelry


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Little Dazzler Doll: Hannah

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I’ve spent the last month writing up my doll pattern in a legible form and having it test knitted before letting it loose on the public. Hannah is 13 inches (34 cms) in height and knitted in DK yarn. All pieces are knitted flat on two needles and sewn together.

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Her dress and cardigan are also in DK yarn and are removable. I know how much little girls love dressing and undressing dolls so you can easily knit another set of clothes to increase the play value and build up her wardrobe.

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As with most toys gauge isn’t important, I used 4mm needles as I’m quite a tight knitter but if your tension is looser you may want to consider coming down to a smaller needle size. I’ve used Hayfield, King cole, and Stylecraft yarns for these dolls and been happy with the results.

I do like using a flecked yarn for the dress to give a polka dot effect, the King Cole Smarty range has some beautiful colourways.

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The dress fastens with two buttons at the back and has a little sewn on bow at the waist band

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The doll’s hair is knitted in garter stitch and sewn on to the head, with knitted bows at the side.

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You can have a lot of fun with colour combinations for this doll and may find yourself making quite a few!

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The pattern is a 21 page PDF document which gives row by row instructions with plenty of images to help with construction. It is now available on Etsy and Ravelry and if you need any extra support do message me on Ravelry.


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Little Dazzler Teddy Bear

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At long last I’ve managed to write up my teddy bear pattern. It’s been a long time coming, but it is now been tweaked and test knitted and laid out in a form my fellow knitters should be able to follow!

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The bear is in a sitting position and measures 23 cms (9 inches) in height. It is knitted in DK yarn, I used Hayfield bonus DK which I was happy with.  All pieces are knitted flat on two needles, so a bit of seaming to do, but the seams do give structure and stability to the toy. The bear is knitted in a reverse stocking stitch, I do like reverse stocking stitch for bears, gives them a bit of a vintage look.

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The facial features are all embroidered using mainly satin stitch, but safety eyes could be used if preferred.

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The duffle coat is knitted in garter stitch, which is simple and straight forward to do and is fastened using baby toggle buttons.

The pattern is a 15 page PDF document giving row by row instructions to knit up the bear and duffle coat and contains plenty of photographs to help with construction. The pattern is now available on Etsy and Ravelry.

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