Sunday, 3 May 2015

FREE PATTERN - Baby in a basket crib

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who now have a sweet baby daughter and Prince George has a little sister.

To commemorate the happy arrival of the baby princess I have created a FREE knitting pattern for a tiny baby in a Moses basket.

The baby measures just 5cm and the basket is 9cm, the perfect size to sit on top of a Christening cake. I've dressed the baby in white and she has a pale pink blanket and pillow.


Pair of 2.75mm needles (US 2).
Double knitting yarn (or 4ply) in following colours.
Beige for basket.
White for baby.
Pink for blanket and pillow.
Flesh colour for face.
Small amount of stuffing.
Brown sewing thread (or single strand of embroidery floss) for eyes.
K - knit
P - purl
St - stitch
St-st - stocking stitch
K2tog - knit two stitches together to make one
*    * - repeat the pattern within asterisks
Kfb - Make 2 stitches out of one by knitting into the front and back of a stitch.
I advise knitting the basket first as it is easier to make a baby that will fit the basket than a basket that will fit the baby!

Using beige yarn cast on 66 stitches.
1 – 2. Knit.
Start basket pattern.
3 – 4. *K3, p3* repeat across row.
5 – 6. *P3, k3* repeat across row.
7 – 14. Repeat rows 3 – 6 four more times.
15 – 16. *K3, p3* repeat across row.
17. K4, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k15, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k15, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k4 (58st).
18. Knit.
19. K4,*k2tog* (twice), k13 ,*k2tog* (twice), k8 ,*k2tog* (twice), k13 ,*k2tog* (twice), k4 (50st).

20. Knit.
21. K3,*k2tog* (twice), k11 ,*k2tog* (twice), k6 ,*k2tog* (twice), k11, *k2tog* (twice), k3 (42st).
22. Knit.
23. K3, k2tog, k11, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k11, k2tog, k3 (38st).
Cast off.
Over-sew the two short sides together and then fold the basket in half with the seam at one end. Over-sew the cast-off edges together to create the base of the basket.

HANDLES (make two)
Cast on 12 stitches and then cast off loosely. Stretch the knitted piece. Stitch a handle to each side of the basket (use picture as a guide).

Cast on 20 stitches in pale pink.
1 – 3 Knit.
4. K3, p14, k3.
5. Knit.
6 – 23. Repeat rows 4 and 5 (x9)
24 – 26. Knit
Cast off.
Press lightly with cool iron if necessary.

The baby can be wrapped in the blanket or fold the blanket to create a mattress.

Cast on 12 stitches in pale pink.
Work in stocking stitch for 24 rows.
Cast off.
Fold in half and stitch each side seam. Put a tiny piece of stuffing into the pillow and over-sew the open end.

Cast on 6 stitches in flesh.
Row 1. St-st starting with a purl row.
Row 2. Kfb across row to last stitch, k1 (11st).
Rows 3 – 9 . St-st.
Row 10. K2tog across row to last stitch, k1 (6st).
Cut the yarn leaving a 15cm tail and using a tapestry needle remove the 6 stitches onto the tail. This will be the top of the head so leave it open for stuffing. Over-sew the sides of the head together and stuff the head. The finished head should be approximately the size of a hazelnut. Gather the top and fasten off.

Make the head ball shaped.

Cast on 18 stitches in white
1 – 2. Knit.
3 – 8. St-st.
Cut the yarn leaving a 15cm tail and using a tapestry needle remove the 18 stitches onto the tail (don't gather, leave open).

Wrap bonnet round the head as shown above.

The gathered edge at the back should be left open until the eyes are stitched in place. Using a single strand of brown sewing thread or floss, push the needle from the back of the head to the front and make one or two stitches to create sleeping eyes. Fasten off at the back. Now gather the back of the bonnet and then stitch the white edges of the bonnet together at the base of the head. Fasten off.

Cast on 15 stitches in white.
1 – 16. St-st.
Cut the yarn leaving a 15cm tail and using a tapestry needle remove the 15 stitches onto the tail (leave open for stuffing). Whip-stitch the cast-on edge and gather. Stitch the sides together. Stuff the body (not too much) and gather the open end. Fasten off.
Stitch the head to the body.

Cast on 6 stitches in white.
1 - 8. St-st.
Cast off.

Cast on 4 stitches in flesh.
Cast off.
Fold the white arm in half lengthways and tuck the flesh piece of knitting inside so that only two stitches are visible (these will create a tiny hand). Over-sew the arm seams.
Bend each arm slightly and stitch them to the baby as shown below.

Tuck the tiny baby into her cosy basket crib.

Sweet Dreams

There will be another FREE knitting pattern coming soon. You'll find regular updates on my 'Dollytime' Facebook page.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Milly Molly Mandy Stories

I'm popping in to thank those of you who visited my Dollytime Facebook page and entered the recent 'Dolly Giveaway' by choosing a name for this little girl.  The winner has given her the pretty name 'June' and she will soon be skipping around in lovely Hampshire.

I mentioned previously that she would make a perfect pupil in Miss Read's 'Village School' stories but several of you have suggested she could also be a character in the Milly Molly Mandy books and I have to agree. 
If you're familiar with my blog you'll probably know that I have a selection of Milly Molly Mandy books and as you can see they aren't in the best condition as the much loved stories have been read countless times over the years. They aren't exciting stories by today's standards but could perhaps best be described as 'comfort reading'. Milly Molly Mandy and her friends enjoy roaming around in the countryside, having picnics in hollow tree trunks, cooking potatoes on bonfires and spending a few pennies at the village fete.
The stories, written and illustrated by Joyce Lankester Brisley, were first published in the 1920s and the wonderfully detailed illustrations give a romantic view of life in an English village at that time. Milly Molly Mandy, always wearing a pink and white striped dress, lives with her family in a 'nice white cottage with a thatched roof'.

Her best friend lives in a nearby farm and is affectionately known as 'little friend Susan'. This picture shows the two of them heading off in search of blackberries.

Family meals are of course always eaten round the large table in the kitchen.

This is the village shop owned by Miss Muggins and on this occasion Milly Molly Mandy has been left in charge. I love the array of merchandise on display. It's hard to believe shops ever looked liked this but local towns in those days were often not within easy reach and so village shops had to cater for everyday needs.

I am currently working on another Dolly Giveaway and this fabric might give you a clue as to what it will be. When ready I'll announce the Giveaway here and also on Facebook.

Monday, 13 April 2015

I've just popped in to let you know about my Dolly Giveaway on Facebook (book not included).

Summer is a time for skipping and while I was making this little doll I was reminded not only of my own school days but also the children in the Village School books which I know many of you enjoy reading. If you'd like to find out more about my Dolly Giveaway please pop over to Facebook. All entries to be submitted on Facebook and not this blog.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Greetings everyone. The dolls at Flutterby Patch haven't appeared here for a while and I know that many of you have missed seeing their happy smiling faces and finding out what has been happening in the playroom. So it was with great excitement that they recently danced their way to their very own Facebook page.

This is them dancing to Facebook!
I'm happy to tell you that the dolls have continued practicing their knitting skills. Kate, as always, produces a very neat piece of work whereas Lucy still prefers to use the yarn for anything other than knitting. We aren't certain whether here she is helping to wind the green yarn or is having a game of 'let's tie up a friend'.
To celebrate the introduction of the Dollytime Facebook page I have created two new knitting patterns which you will find listed in my Etsy shop. The first is for the little rascally rabbits who, you might remember, regularly cause havoc in the playroom.  So if you like rabbits and don't mind a bit of chaotic activity in your home you might want to knit a little family of your own.
The second pattern is named Little Belles. Four fashionable little dolls that each have a different hat and cape which they love to swap with their friends.
Little Belles in summer
Little Belles in winter
News about patterns will be featured on Facebook and no doubt the dolls and bunnies will dominate the activity in their usual chaotic way. Do pop in and take a look if you are passing.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Squirrel knitting patterns

Knowing that some of you are keen to know when I introduce new knitting patterns I thought I'd better pop in and let you know that I've been busy designing and knitting squirrels during the past couple of weeks.

Similar to some of my rabbit patterns but with big fluffy tails.

This is Pinny Fuzzytuft, a very helpful stitching companion. Pinny will hold your pins in her skirt and apron, scissors under her arm and your thimble in her little acorn-cup basket.


Next are the Fuzzytuft Twins

These plump little rascals are quick and easy to knit. Only 10cm tall they are an ideal size for little hands to hold.

The knitting patterns are being sold to raise much needed funds for the Westmorland Red Squirrel Society which works to assure the survival of Britain's endangered red squirrels in and around the Lake District. The society now has its own Etsy shop named Fuzzytuft. All patterns can be found there and hopefully there will be more soon!

Don't forget you can get regular updates about our squirrels on Facebook

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