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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Historical Knit Stuffie! on: May 01, 2008 06:22:14 PM
This is awesome.  I've been wanting to knit Benjamin Franklin lately.  I'm a huge history nerd too Cheesy  Very impressive for your second knit doll! 
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My poppet Nellie (w/ sweater pattern) on: April 26, 2008 05:33:24 PM
Shes super cute! I'm lovin the sweater too, can it be taken off?

It sure can!  The buttons really work-- I put it on feet first Cheesy
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: April 26, 2008 02:54:34 PM
Thanks!  I just posted her in her own thread with the sweater pattern:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=242549.0

I can't wait to knit more things for her Cheesy
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My poppet Nellie (w/ sweater pattern) on: April 26, 2008 02:46:34 PM
This is my first finished project on Craftster.  I'm so excited to have her finished and clothed!



Her face is painted, her hair is a very soft, slightly fuzzy yarn.  She was made with bare minimal materials, just what I had on hand.  I didn't buy anything specifically for this project!  Her skin is a mystery fabric that I really wish I had more of.



And last night I made her this swell little sweater with an asymmetrical button panel:



Here's the back, I like the high neck:



It's a basic top-down raglan.  Don't be scared!  It's quick, and a little thing like this can teach you how top-down raglans are constructed!

Materials:

I used a small amount of Red Heart Soft yarn, which is pretty much the same as Caron Simply Soft.  I think any worsted weight should do it.

Size 7 needles, dpns and optional straights
tiny buttons or beads
two stitch markers

Notes: 
kfb= increase by knitting into front and back of same stitch.
pm= place marker
My gauge is about 5 sts to an inch... don't worry too much about it, you can even try it on your gal while you're making it. 

Pattern:
·CO 12 sts.
·P first and second rows.
·row 3: k2, pm, k to last 2 sts, pm, k2.
·purl even numbered rows until joining in the round.
·row 5: kfb before and after each marker on every knit side, until you have 40 sts, ending on a right side row.
·after increases (on purl side): p4, transfer 10 sts to holder or scrap yarn, p12, transfer 10 sts to holder, p4.
·k2, kfb, k to last 3 sts, kfb, k2.
·kfb, kfb, (k1, kfb) rep to last 2 sts, kfb, kfb. (35 sts).

·Divide sts onto 3 needles, join in round.
·K 7 rounds.
·k2tog, p1, (k1, p1) across. 
·Continue in 1x1 rib for 2 more rnds, BO.

For asymmetrical front panel:
·Pick up 8 sts across right front
·k these sts in stockinette for 7 rows.  BO.
·Sew seam along bottom of chest.

Cap sleeves:
·Transfer live sts to needle on wrong side.
·k2tog across (5 sts)
·BO on next row. 
·Rep for next side.

Sew tiny buttons or beads on left front.  The panel can be buttoned by putting the buttons/beads through the holes in the stitches.

This pattern can be easily modified.  You can do a collar by picking up every other stitch along the neckline, knitting 3 or 4 rows, then binding off.  It wouldn't take too much extra effort to make long sleeves, by picking up a few stitches in the underarm.  It could also be turned into a cardigan by not joining the body in the round, and picking up the asymmetrical panel stitches all along the front side.  Or two symmetrical button bands!  Or!  OR!  It could be turned into a dress!  The possibilities!  I will work out some variations and maybe update this post.

Also I should note that the construction is sort of based on Amanda's Sunshine.  I'm pretty sure it's basic raglan construction, but I would never have been able to come up with this had it not been for that pattern!

If anything is unclear or you have any questions, post a comment or pm me, and we can figure it out.

Thanks so much to ghilie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Felt Manatee (With basic pattern) on: April 26, 2008 02:11:17 PM
I was so crazy over manatees as a kid.  This is so well done!  I might have to make one as a tribute to the girl still inside Cheesy 

Thanks so much for sharing your pattern!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: April 26, 2008 11:58:21 AM
Thanks!  It is soft, I totally pet her all the time. 
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: April 26, 2008 11:03:54 AM
Finally! Nellie is finished, and has clothes, even.

Can't post pics directly yet.  Just a couple more posts Cheesy  I made her a little sweater, and I am happy to share the pattern. 

Let me know what you think of her!
http://mombotcompanion.wordpress.com/2008/04/26/poppet-love/

I'll post her in her own thread with the sweater pattern too. 

Is it weird that I walk by her and MUST smooch her little punkin head???  I'm pretty sure that's weird.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mermaid Slouchy Tam (with pattern!!) on: April 22, 2008 07:05:07 PM
This is so pretty!  I love slip stitch patterns, I must make this. 
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: April 21, 2008 01:41:04 PM
I share your enthusiasm, mhkitty.  Cheesy

I had to get my poor poppet out of sight so that I can tend to the stinky kitchen.  Her hair is so soft I just want to hang out with her and pet her head.  I didn't do hair wefts because I like to do things the hard way, I painstakingly sewed each piece on by hand.  It took a few hours.  I have custom orders to do for Etsy and I just wanna make poppet clothes. 

What a great way to boost creativity, my fabric box has never looked so inviting.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: SUNDAY FUNDAY DRESS on: April 20, 2008 10:52:58 AM
Freaking beautiful!  I love the bright colors, and the bodice is just stunning.  I would wear that EVERY DAY, until it fell apart.

And I love the Parthenon!  I live in East Tennessee but spent a lot of time in Nashville a few years ago.  The parthenon was one of my very favorite places (especially before they gilded Athena, she looked bigger before).  Sunday Funday sounds swell! 
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