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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Lotus Pattern Scarf on: August 24, 2014 12:41:46 AM
Really pretty. I've done a Queen Anne's lace scarf but I think I like this pattern better. It has a more interesting shape.
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Werecat!! - Stuffed cat with a dark side on: August 23, 2014 12:56:57 PM
I found a picture of a soft toy African wild dog puppy I bought for my sister a while ago. I think the fabric is very similar to yours.
23  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Star Baby quilt on: August 23, 2014 12:48:39 PM
I love the colours/fabrics you  chose.  This is a beautiful quilt.
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Bloom Where You Are Planted Skeleton on: August 23, 2014 12:22:29 AM
Such a beautiful illustration of the saying.  I hope to do one like this myself one day.  I also love the way you used what you had on hand i.e. the doily, and that has made it even more impressive.
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted outfit for my crochet Bleuette on: August 23, 2014 12:16:51 AM
Thank you.
One of the advantages of using two circular needles is that it is easier to try the pattern on as you go.
Very useful if you are making it up as you go along.  Wink
26  Category Challenges / Cooking: Challenge Entries / Re: Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Cake on: August 22, 2014 11:36:21 PM
I've had carrot cake before but never heard of courgettes (zucchini) being used in a cake. It looks delicious.  Now I simply have to try this recipe.  I also love nuts so will probably add extra pecans.
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Bleuette doll on: August 22, 2014 02:07:54 PM
I've put the patterns for the jersey, skirt and socks here.
If you find any errors let me know and I'll correct them.

My doll also has a name of her own now.  My sister said she reminded her of Katie Morag. So that's what I've called her .
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Knitted outfit for my crochet Bleuette on: August 22, 2014 01:56:15 PM


This is the outfit I made for my Bleuette.  I attach pdf patterns for the jersey, skirt and socks.  The crochet knickers are a modified version (because I only had very thin crochet cotton and a small hook) of the ones on Beth Webber's page I also didn't make them as long.

Everything is knitted in the round on 2 circular needles. This eliminates any seams so the finished garments are less bulky for a small doll.
If you haven't tried using two circulars to knit in the round there is a good explanation of the technique here http://www.weebleknits.net/twocirculars.html  but an internet search will find plenty more resources.

I realise that the pdf files are not accessible to non-members so I include text-only versions below.
Raglan jersey for crochet Bleuette
Knitted in the round from the neck down.  No seams.
2 circular (or 4 double pointed needles) 2.75 mm
Variegated sock yarn  (UK)    
Tension:   33 stitches to 4 inch/10 cm in stocking stitch on 2.75 mm needles
Abbreviations:
M1   =   Make a stitch by knitting into the loop between stitches. Twist the loop when you do so to avoid making a hole.
K   =   Knit;   P   =   Purl;   sts   =   stitches
Notes
The neck needs to be very stretchy to fit over the large head of curly hair.  So the initial cast-on leaves stitches that can be picked up later and knitted with the stitches of the 11th row to make a stretchy hem that looks like a rolled neck.   Knitty has a good tutorial http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/FEATfall05TT.html if you don't know how to do this type of cast on.
Yarn   I used self-patterning yarn left over from a pair of socks. I didn't make any effort to get both sleeves the same but if you did it would look much better and more like a proper Fair Isle jersey.  Of course  a plain yarn would also look good.

Rolled Neck
Using the waste yarn/ provisional/ open  cast-on and both circulars, Cast On 40 stitches (20 stitches on each needle)
Knit 10 rounds of  K1 P1 rib
Next row    Release the cast on stitches and with every stitch pick up and Knit or Purl 1 stitch from the cast on row. This makes the rolled neck.
Continue in knit.
Yoke
Row 1   K1 M1 K8 M1 K1. Repeat all round   48 sts
Row 2 and every alternate row   Knit.
Row 3    K1 M1 K10 M1 K1. Repeat all round   56 sts
Row 5   K1 M1 K12 M1 K1. Repeat all round   64 sts
Row 7   K1 M1 K14 M1 K1. Repeat all round   72 sts
Row 9   K1 M1 K16 M1 K1. Repeat all round   80 sts
Row 11   K1 M1 K18 M1 K1. Repeat all round   88 sts
Row 13 K1 M1 K20 M1 K1. Repeat all round   96 sts
Row 14 Knit
Row 15   Knit

Body
Row 16      Increase in first stitch, Knit 22, increase in next stitch, Slip next 24 stitches onto spare yarn, increase in next stitch, Knit 22, increase in next stitch, slip next 24 stitches onto spare yarn.
Continue in Knit on these 52 stitches for 20 rows or until it is long as you want it.
Finish with 5 rows of Knit 1 Purl 1 rib. Cast off

Sleeves      -   both alike
Re-join yarn and pick up and knit one stitch from the body under the arm, Knit across the 24 stitches on spare yarn, pick up and knit one stitch from the body.
Knit 9 rows on these 26 stitches.
Next row    Decrease one stitch at beginning and end of the round (ie where the underarm seam would be if there was one)
Knit another 9 rows on these 24 stitches
Next row    (Knit 2 Knit 2 tog.) repeat all round       18 stitches
Finish with 3 rows of Knit 1 Purl 1 rib. Cast off
Make another sleeve the same

Pleated skirt for crochet Bleuette
4ply wool   two 2.75 mm circulars
Tension       stocking stitch  29 stitches to 10 cm on 2.75 mm needles
Abbreviations
K = knit;    P = purl;   tog = together;   
sts = stitches;   psso = pass slipped stitch over.
Pattern
Cast on 80  stitches for bottom edge and join the round (40 stitches on each needle)
First 10 rows   (K5 P5) rib
Row 11      Slip 1st stitch (K4 P4 K2 tog) seven times K4 P4. Knit last stitch of round together with first stitch of next row.   (The one that was slipped at the beginning of this row)   72 sts
Row 12      K4 P4 (K5 P4) repeat all round
Rows 13 to 16    (K5 P4) rib
Row 17      (K4 slip 1 K1 psso P3) repeat to end   64 sts
Rows 18 to 20    (K5 P3) rib
Row 21      Slip 1st stitch (K3 slip 1 K1 psso P1 K2tog) seven times, K3 slip 1 K1 psso P1. Knit last stitch together with first stitch of next row (like on row 11).     48 sts
Row 22       K4 P1 (K5 P1) to end
Row 23       (K5 P1) rib
Row 24       (K4 Slip 1 K 1 psso) to end   40 sts
Row 25       Knit
Row 26 and 27    (K1 P1) rib
Cast off.

Toe-up socks for crochet Bleuette
Knitted in the round from the toe up using 2 circular needles.
Two circular  2.75 mm  needles
Variegated sock yarn  4 ply (UK)    
Tension:   33 stitches to 4 inch/10 cm in stocking stitch on 2.75 mm needles
Abbreviations:
M1  -   Make a stitch by knitting into the loop between stitches. Twist the loop when you do so to avoid making a hole.
K - Knit;  P - Purl; tog - together
Pattern
Cast on 6 stitches, alternately on 2 needles.  (I used Judy's Magic Cast On. You can find it here http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html)
Toe
Row 1 Knit all round
Row 2   K1 M1 K1 M1 K1. Repeat       [10 stitches]
Row 3 and every alternate row   Knit.
Row 4    K1 M1 K3 M1 K1. Repeat      [14 stitches]
Row 6   K1 M1 K5 M1 K1. Repeat       [18 stitches]
Row 7 Knit
Instep
Row 8   K2 M1 K5 M1 K11         [20 stitches]
Row 9 and alternate rows Knit
Row 10   K2 M1 K7 M1 K11         [22 stitches]
Row 12 K2 M1 K9 M1 K11         [24 stitches]
Heel         
Rows 14 to 19 are on one needle only.  The stitches on the other needle rest until they are knitted again in Row 20
Row 14 K 8 K 2 tog K1 turn
Row 15 Slip 1 purlwise P2 P2 tog P1 turn
Row 16 Slip 1 knitwise K3 K2 tog K1 turn
Row 17 Slip 1 purlwise P4 P2 tog P1 turn
Row 18 Slip 1 knitwise K5 K2 tog K1 turn
Row 19 Slip 1 purlwise P6 P2 tog P1 turn
Row 20 Slip 1 K8 M1 K9 M1(use this to close the hole)
Leg
Continue knitting on all stitches  for another 28 rows - or as long as you want it. Finish with 6 rows of K1 P1 rib. Cast off. (I used Jeny's Interlock Bind-off - you can find it here http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss11/FEATinterlock.php
29  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Watermelon Carving and Fruit Salad on: August 22, 2014 10:55:11 AM
Scary food. Such fun. I've bookmarked this.
30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Werecat!! - Stuffed cat with a dark side on: August 22, 2014 10:53:32 AM
I love both the werecat and the bear.  The bear's fabric looks a bit like it might be intended to make African Wild Dogs. They have unusual fur patterns. http://a-z-animals.com/animals/african-wild-dog/pictures/3948/
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