Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Knitting and Reading again for the Yarn Along

Joining in with Ginny of Small Things to share what I have been knitting and reading this past week -

I have the main body of the doll know and am stuffing with wool now - here is the pattern for as much as I have done to this point -

 If you would like to join along - I am using size 4 needles and worsted weight yarn - a simple natural wool.
Cast on 10 stitches.
Knit into the front and back of each - so there are now 20 stitches.
Purl and then Knit alternating rows (stockinette stitch) until the one leg measures 5 inches long.
Break yarn after finishing a purl row.
On same needle that is holding the first leg, repeat as above for the second leg.
When the second leg measures 5" and you have ended on a purl row -
Next row, knit across all 40 stitches - this will form the body.

Continue knitting in the stockinette stitch for the body for 4 1/4" then decrease for the neck as follows starting on a right side row  - Knit 4, knit 2 together, across the row
Next row - purl
Next row - Knit 6, knit 2 together
Next row - purl
Now increase for the head -
Next row - Knit 1, Increase by Knitting and front and back to the end of the row   - now there are 44 stitches on your needle
I have 3 inches knit so far for the head and am still working straight but will be doing the decreases soon and will share that next.
***New part****
I just knit another 1/4" or so and then started the decreases for the top of the head - Knit 3, knit 2 together, repeat across the row
Next row : purl
Next row:  Knit 2, knit 2 together, repeat across row
Next row: purl
Next row:  Knit 2 together across row
Break yarn, thread into yarn needle and put needle through loops and pull.   You can begin sewing down back of head with right sides together until just past the neck.

With right sides together sew up each side of leg and continue about 1/3 of the way up the back.  Turn body right side out and start stuffing.***

I am reading the new magazines that came in the mail - Living Crafts and Countryside.  Also, working on finalizing our seed order.  We are ordering all heirloom seeds this season and have found a company from Connecticut - Comstock's - that has been in business since 1811.  I believe they were bought by the Baker Seed company a couple of years ago.  This division offers a nice selection for the northeast.

I really need to find a good book to read and am hoping to find something at the library today.  I look forward to checking out what others are reading to make a list and see what I can find at our small library.

Warm wishes,


  1. what a fun doll pattern. i recently made my first doll for my babies 1st birthday. it was very fun to knit. would love to see your doll all finished.

  2. My mailbox has been flooded with seed catalogs this week. We have been ordering heirloom seeds for the past few years and I can almost see an end to my ordering days!
    The doll is really coming along well.
    Happy Yarn Along!

  3. I can't wait to see your finished doll. So sweet!

  4. I just received my first ever seed catalog in the mail today! It is so exciting dreaming about a future garden. One series I am enjoying is 'Into the Wilderness' by Sara Donati.

  5. Oh, it is turning out so pretty Tonya :)

  6. Seed catalogs are so much fun to look at. I will be interested to see the results of your all-heirloom seed order--very inspiring!

  7. Thank you for the next step in the doll knit pattern. I've been saving the info for a future project...of course, it may be very future since I have several wips I need to finish first.

  8. I love this doll! I am reading "Walden" and anything by Gladys Tabor. Both are charming, interesting, and inspiring!

  9. sometimes i just have to put the books down and read a few magazines for awhile. i love the break and the ability to finish short articles without falling asleep!


  10. thank you for sharing the doll pattern, i'm looking forward to seeing your finished one. love seed catalogs, it's so much fun to dream of things to come.

  11. Tonya, I love the doll pattern. I was thinking of making the doll but just half the measurements you provided. At the moment I am reading Beyond This Moment by Tamera Alexander.

  12. Have you read Passionate Housewives Desperate for God? I've read/savored most of it now & love it. On the homesteady topic, I really enjoyed Carrying Water as a Way of Life.

  13. What a lovely site you have! I'm glad to have found it and will enjoy stopping back.

  14. What a great little doll pattern and thank you so much for sharing it with us :) I can't wait till my new edition of living crafts arrives. Happy knitting :)

  15. Thanks for the tutorial! I know all about Comstock's (I live in CT). They were going to out of business (at least thinking on it) and this new couple bought it, thank goodness! I'd love to see what you plant this year!