Thursday, October 25, 2007

Easy knit doll

When I was young everyone was knitting this kind of dolls. They were VERY popular, especially knit as a sailor; with blue pants and striped shirt and fluffy beard.

You start with toes-up sock pattern and knit as sock foot. That will be the legs, the body and face, so change colors as proceed :-) For example, the gnome doll in the middle has about 10 layers white, 10 red for pants, 20 green for the shirt and 15 for face.
Then starts the decreases for the top of the head, or hat, if you want to have a hat. The easiest is of course to just bind off the top of the head and then just shir (gather) it closed after filling the doll. If you finish it with a nice decreases, you have to fill the doll before you close the top of the head...
After that, you will mark the legs and arms by sewing, and you will "strangle" the doll, and mark the neck - shir (gather) the neck and then bind the ends of the yarn a couple of times hard around the neck to make it clearer. (I am going to post a picture, when Blogger agrees to co-operate with me ;-))
Then you decorate the doll by embroidering eyes and mouth, by adding hair and beard, by adding belt buckles, shoelaces, glasses, jewelry and anything you like.

The girls have skirts. There are several ways of doing this. Either you knit the skirt separately and sew it on the doll, or you pick up stitches from the dolls waist and knit the skirt afterwards, or you knit one round at the waist with double yarn, and separate the double stitches to two layers... Or which ever way you want.

Other easy crafts of this kind:
yarn dolls : angel, jack frost (snowman), santa I, santa II, yarn doll
roly poly dolls: clown, santa, angel and snowman at Free It's a bit difficult to find patterns there, one cannot link straight to patterns, so go to Crochet; Special Occasions and there choose Christmas. I think they are on the second page.
finger puppets: Tubby Finger Puppets, Dear Friends Finger Puppets, Finger Puppets, Frog Finger Puppet, Pig Finger Puppet, Pocket Monster Finger Puppet

Free sock patterns on-line

Because it doesn't take long to knit a pair of socks, and I don't know ANYONE who doesn't like socks... ;-)
(In fact it's better to give a teacher a pair of socks than anything with apples.)

Alli's Anklet Sox
American Flag Socks
Amy’s Socks!
Ankle socks
Annabelle's Entrelac Socks
Aran Braid Socks
Baba's Bed Socks
Basic Baby Socks
Basic Opal Socks w/German Heel & Toe
Basic Sock Pattern
Basic Socks
Bavarian sock
Bavarian Sock Pattern
Bed Socks
Bedsocks in chunky wool
Bell Lace Wool-Ease Socks
Best Friends Socks
Bev's Quick Knit 2 Needle Socks
Bev's REALLY Quick Knit Socks
Bicycle Socks
Bigfoot Socks
Blue Jeans Socks
Blueberry Waffle Socks
Bored with Kilt Hose Socks
Broadripple Socks
Burgundy Ragg Socks
Butterfly Bows Anklets
Butterfly Rib Socks
Cable Check Socks
Cable Twist Socks
Cabled Boot Socks
Camille's Boot Socks
Cat's Paw Socks
Certainly Is Interesting Sock
Chevron Lace Socks
Chevron Sock
Child's sock
Children In Common Socks
Children’s Slipper Socks
Child’s Dalmatian’s Band Heel – Round Toe
Chilli Pepper Socks
Christmas Stocking
Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern
Cloverleaf Eyelet Rib Socks for Little Girls
Colour Around Socks
Comfort Socks
Comfy Ribbed Socks
Cookie Socks
Cookies n Cream Socks
Cottage Socks
Crusoe Socks
Cuff-down Short-row heel Socks
Cut your teeth socks
Daughter Socks
Deer Tracks
Deformed Socks
Denise's Toe-up Sock
Diagonal Fixation Socks
Diamonds In The Rough Socks
Diana's String Doodle Socks
Dmitri's Cats Paw Socks
E-Z Knit, E-Z Fit Tube Socks
Easy Baby Socks
Easy Kid’s Socks II
Ellinore’s Teenage Socks
EMC2 (Easy Mini Cabled Multi Coloured) Socks
Errant Ankles Lace Socks
Eyelet Rib Socks
EZ Ripple Socks
Fancy Chevron Lace Socks
Fancy Footies
Fast Florida Footies
Feather And Fan Socks
Fern Lace Panel Socks
Fern Leaf Lace Socks
Fingering Wt Semi-Slouch Sock
Fishnet Stockings
Fluted Banister Socks
Folksy Socks
Folksy Socks Revisited
Fringed Sock
Garter Bar Slip Stitch Socks
Geisha sock
Generic Sock Pattern
Glow in the Dark Socks
Green Riblets Socks
Highland Socks
Holey Sock Pattern
Hop Scotch Socks
Husbeast socks
Ice House Socks
Impossible Socks
iPod Socks
Ipod Tube Sock
Japanese Feather Socks
Jazz Up Your Self- Striping Socks
Jean Socks
Jelly Bean Toe Up Socks
Jennifer's Mini-Sock
Jewel Boxes Socks
Joan's Socks
John Anderson's Kilt Hose
John's Anniversox
Juani's Braided Socks
Judy's Kick-back Two-color Socks
Karen's Lace Socks
Karen's Red Socks
Kath's Socks
Kick-back Two-Color Socks
Kid Merino Socks in Rainbow Stripes
Kilt Hose
Knitlist Get-together Cable Sock Pattern
Knitted Ripple Stocking
Koigu Sock Pattern
Lace Top, Toe Up Regia Color Sock
Lady Tiger Ankle Socks
Lady's Hunting Socks
Liberty Socks
Lime Socklettes
Links Of Lace Socks
Little Blue Sock
Little Shell Socks
Lizard Socks
Lolita Legs
Lolita Toes
Long socks and Bed socks
Look At Me (American Flag) Socks
Lopi Socks
Marshfield Sock
Martha's Semi-Slouch Socks
Matt's Fixation Socks
Melanie's House Socks
Men's Socks
Men's Socks
Men's Socks
Mens Berlin Socks
Mesh Stockings
Mini Waffle Socks
Mini-sock, Sideways
Mistake Rib Socks
Mock Cable Socks
Mom's Socks
Monkey Socks
Moonlight Slippersock
Mother Socks
My Mother- in- Law's Socks
My Petticoat Socks
Nature Socks
No-Pickup Gusset Heel Sock - Small Child Size
Non-Stop Heel Sock
North Country Cotton Baby Socks
Not For Skinny Legs Socks
Not Just For Golf Socks
Not Really Cable Socks
Obstacles Sock
Ocean Socks
Old Shale Two Yarn Sock Pattern
One-Ball Picot Hemmed Socks
Ooh La La Socks
Opal Kid's Sock
Pancake Socks
Parquet Socks
Patons Kroy Socks
Paul's Seven Socks
Perfect Socks
Pine Tree Socks
Pine Tree Toe Up Socks
Pink Ribbons Breast Cancer Awareness Sock
Plain and Spiral Socks
Pom Squad Sock
Popcorn Top Kilt Hose
Purl When Ready Socks
Purple and Grey Striped Socks
Purple Birthday Socks
Purple Passion Socks
Purple Riblets
Quick Knit Eyelets
Rainbow Spirals Socks
Really Cool Socks
Red and White Socks
Regular and Hospital Socks
Rib it to me socks
Ribber Socks
Ribby Sockotta Socks
Roman Rib Stitch Toe-Up Socks
Round Socks
Ruth's Socks
Samantha's Fixation Socks
Sari's Aran Socks
Sassy Stripes
Sausage Socks
Scallop Stitch Socks
Shaker Socks
Sheepish Socks
Significant Other Sock
Simple Toe Up Socks in Four Sizes
Simple Toe Up Sox
Simple Zig Zag Eyelet Socks
Skull Socks of Fury
Slipper socks
Slippers Triangle Socks
Socks In Three Sizes
Socks O'Plenty
Socksquatch Socks
Speckled Socks
Spiral Socks For Toddlers
Staggered Rib Sox
Stout and Short WoolEase Socks
Straight-Laced Socks
String Socks
Striped Stockinette Socks
Sunset Socks
Super Quick Baby Socks
Sweden Socks
Tangled Garden Socks
Texture and Lace Socks
The Tour Socklet
Thermal Socks
Thrummed Socks
Tiptoe Through The Tulips
To Bee or not to Bee Sox
Toddler Socks
Too Hot to Knit Socks
Tulip Socks
Twisted Rib Socks
Two Needle Socks
Uni-Solid Lace Sock
Very Tall Socks
Winter Blue's Sox
Worsted Weight Socks
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booties
You're Putting Me On Socks
Yukon Leaves for 8 inch Cuff
Zigzag cuff socks

Monday, October 22, 2007

David's Star Dishcloth pattern

I designed a couple of dishcloths for Purim last year, and I was asked if I could publish the patterns...

Mordechai or Star of David

cast on 47 stitches
1.- 4. *K1 P1* K1
5. K1 P1 K1 P7 K1 P8 K2 P5 K2 P8 K1 P7 K1 P1 K1
6. K1 P1 K1 P1 K6 P1 K7 P4 K3 P4 K7 P1 K6 P1 K1 P1 K1
7. K1 P1 K1 P6 K1 P1 K1 P6 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P6 K1 P1 K1 P6 K1 P1 K1
8. K1 P1 K1 P1 K5 P1 K1 P1 K5 K13 K5 P1 K1 P1 K5 P1 K1 P1 K1
9. K1 P1 K1 P1 K13 P5 K1 P1 K1 P5 K13 P1 K1 P1 K1
10. K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P6 K1 P1 K1 P6 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1
11. K1 P1 K1 P2 K4 P3 K4 P7 K1 P7 K4 P3 K4 P2 K1 P1 K1
12. K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K5 P2 K8 P1 K8 P2 K5 P2 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1
13. K1 P1 K1 P4 K1 P5 K1 P19 K1 P5 K1 P4 K1 P1 K1
14. K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K5 P2 K8 P1 K8 P2 K5 P2 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1
15. K1 P1 K1 P2 K4 P3 K4 P7 K1 P7 K4 P3 K4 P2 K1 P1 K1
16. K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P6 K1 P1 K1 P6 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1
17. K1 P1 K1 P1 K13 P5 K1 P1 K1 P5 K13 P1 K1 P1 K1
18. K1 P1 K1 P1 K5 P1 K1 P1 K5 K13 K5 P1 K1 P1 K5 P1 K1 P1 K1
19. K1 P1 K1 P6 K1 P1 K1 P6 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P6 K1 P1 K1 P6 K1 P1 K1
20. K1 P1 K1 P1 K6 P1 K7 P4 K3 P4 K7 P1 K6 P1 K1 P1 K1
21. - 52. repeat 5.-20. twice
53. K1 P1 K1 P7 K1 P8 K2 P5 K2 P8 K1 P7 K1 P1 K1
54. -57. *K1 P1* K1

Star of David pattern
over 26 stitches + 13 stitches, if you want it symmetric

1. *P6 K1 P8 K2 P5 K2 P2*
2. *K6 P1 K7 P4 K3 P4 K1*
3. *P5 K1 P1 K1 P6 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P1*
4. *K5 P1 K1 P1 K5 K13*
5. *K13 P5 K1 P1 K1 P5*
6. *K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P6 K1 P1 K1 P6*
7. *P1 K4 P3 K4 P7 K1 P6*
8. *K2 P2 K5 P2 K8 P1 K6*
9. *P3 K1 P5 K1 P16*
10. *K2 P2 K5 P2 K8 P1 K6*
11. *P1 K4 P3 K4 P7 K1 P6*
12. *K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P6 K1 P1 K1 P6*
13. *K13 P5 K1 P1 K1 P5*
14. *K5 P1 K1 P1 K5 K13*
15. *P5 K1 P1 K1 P6 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P1*
16. *K6 P1 K7 P4 K3 P4 K1*

After knitting this as many times as you want to, finish it with
17 *P6 K1 P8 K2 P5 K2 P2*

I HOPE this is correct, but if there are mistakes, just send me a note and I'll check it up :-)


Monday, October 15, 2007


I have been knitting some Yule stockings...
I should make 18 of them... ;-)
So I'm almost desperately searching for color patterns that fit Yule stockings :-D

I suppose it's enough that they are of green, red and white... These do look Christmassy :-)