I collect vintage craft books, as I'm sure a lot of other people on this board do, and I finally decided to try one of the knitting projects. The original pattern was for a pretty normal looking teddy bear. I altered the pattern a little bit to get what I wanted.
Meet Tomas! He was hand-knit with hand-dyed 100% wool. His peg leg is knit from handspun natural merino. And, He is stuffed to the brim with polyfill.http://photos15.flickr.com/20764310_84443ee154_o.jpghttp://photos16.flickr.com/20764309_513292f844_o.jpghttp://photos16.flickr.com/20764311_d467cece00_o.jpg
Knitting a bear or people doll like Tomas is really easy. Here are the instructions read to me in the book:
Needles: US size 3
Yarn: Any 4-ply or double knitting yarnLegs and Body
Cast on 10 stitches.
Knit plain (garter) for 4.5 inches.
Break off wool and leave sts. on needle.
Knit a second leg to match.
Knit both sets of sts. on to one needle, you will end up with 20 sts.
Knit plain 20 sts for 14 inches.
Divide for the legs and on the first 10 sts. 4.5 inches.
Rejoin wool to the remaining sts. and complete to match first leg.Arms
Cast on 16 sts.
Knit plain for 3 inches.
Knit second arm to match.Making Up
Fold the strip of knitting in half, right side inside.
Put marker pins for the neck 2.5 from the fold.
Oversew the head and leg seams and one side of the body, rounding off the leg corners for paws but not rounding off the head corners. Leave one side open for stuffing.
Turn it inside out.
Push the corners of the head weel out and sew across the corners, gathering them slightly for ears.
Stuff head firmly to make good shape.
Sew and stuff arms. Do not stuff the arms too hard at the top and then they will hang at the sides instead of sticking out.
Now these are the instructions I read in the book but I didn't really follow them closely. It taught me how to do the basic shaping and then I went crazy from there. This is a quick and easy project with really satisfying results. If you try it, post pictures in this thread!