Thursday 29 October 2015

NEW - Little Skipping Friends

Greetings friends. I've just popped in to tell you about a second 'Little Friends' pattern. This one is named 'Little Skipping Friends'.

Four cute 15cm (6in) knitted dolls with their skipping ropes. Maggie, Mary, Milly and May are made from the same basic pattern but their pretty clothes and hair styles give them a very different appearance.
The easy to follow knitting and sewing patterns will utilise lots of odds and ends of yarn and fabric.
Milly can be made with a sweet blue cardigan

Or you might want her to look more like Milly Molly Mandy in the famous story books. You will find instructions for both options in the pattern.

The traditional Milly Molly Mandy wears a pink and white striped dress with short sleeves.
You'll need pink and white striped cotton. The stripes should be approximately 3mm wide.

Imagine living in Milly Molly Mandy's little white cottage with a thatched roof. There are roses round the door and hollyhocks peeping in through the windows. . . . perfect.

You'll find the 'Little Skipping Friends' pattern in my three shops -

Wednesday 21 October 2015

NEW KNITTING PATTERN - Little Friends in Autumn

Greetings friends. I've been very busy recently creating a new pattern for my 'Little Friends' and if you've been popping into Dollytime on Facebook you'll have already seen some of these little dolls.

You are invited to take a trip down Memory Lane and meet five Little Friends - Tina, Anne, Josie, Linda and Bobby.
They attend a 1950s village school where little girls like to have ribbons in their hair and wear short skirts and dresses.
And little boys wear short trousers.
And children have rosy cheeks because they play outside in all weathers.

The dolls were inspired not only by fond memories of my own school days in a small English village but also by Miss Read's wonderful stories about day to day life in her village school during the 1950s.
I have a strip of knitting and some buttons that date back to the 1950s and so I was able to select colours that would have been worn in those far off days before synthetic yarn was available and everyone happily knitted 3 ply and 4 ply wool. (Never fear, I used modern DK yarn for the dolls!)
The Little Friends measure 15cm (6in)
and are knitted on two 2.75mm needles (US size 2).
I'm happy to tell you that the knitting pattern is now complete and available from my online shops.

So if you are looking for small items to knit with odds and ends of yarn why not take a trip down Memory Lane where autumn days are growing chill and the children love to run through crunchy fallen leaves. Knitting by the fireside seems a very inviting prospect.
LITTLE FRIENDS in AUTUMN knitting pattern is available from:

LOVEKNITTING (my UK shop) and from ETSY and RAVELRY
I hope you have fun making your own Little Friends. Happy knitting everyone.