So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.
Elizabeth is a Magic Attic doll. She is 18″ tall like the American Girl brand, but her body shape and composition makes her easier to fit. I enjoy knitting oufits for her with left over yarn.
This is her Christmas outfit. The yarn is fingering weight that I used for a pair of socks, and I knit these on #0 and #1 needles. The knee socks and red tights are all one piece as shown below. The dress was knit from the hem up, then the sleeves from the armhole down. There is a long, snap-closure opening in the back to make it easier to dress the doll. The hat ties under her chin with I-cord. The photo below shows a side view.
Dressing Elizabeth marks the beginning of my decorating for Christmas. She will take her place next to the toy train and other dolls by the time I get the tree up and decorated. Hand-knit stockings will hang on the window ledge in lieu of a fireplace mantle. I decorate a little bit at a time — Advent wreath, manger scene, door decoration — as Elizabeth watches in her holiday dress.
Katherine Misegades said:
The sleeves are a little lace background pattern. It has a 4-stitch repeat. If you knit this back and forth, you need at least one knit stitch at each end of the row. If you are knitting in the round, cast on multiples of 4. Repeat these 4 rows.
1 – yo, k1 in back of stitch, yo, k3
2 – yo, k3tog, yo, k3tog
3 – k3, yo, k1 in back of stitch, yo
4 – k3tog, yo k3tog, yo
The doll sleeve was knit in the round on sock needles on 40 sts so each row was repeated 10 times per round.
Katherine Misegades said:
I don’t have a pattern for the doll clothes, but I can give you some hints. I use fine yarn like sock yarn so I can work a tiny pattern into her clothes. Like you, I enjoy trying different patterns on a small project before I launch into something big. Also, I work a long slit in the back of her sweaters so I can get them on her easier. I sew on snaps to close them. This doll is 18″ tall, but more slender than American Girl dolls. I cast on as though I were knitting a pair of socks but it is not nearly as much knitting as socks (and I don’t have to knit two). As soon as I get a chance, I’ll photograph her in a different outfit and put it on my blog. The first sweater I knit for her was plain so I could figure out what size would fit her. Then I used those calculations for other outfits.
Debra Hampton said:
I really LOVE this outfit! Is there a pattern for it??? I like to try out doll sized versions of folk sweaters so I can then move on to other projects more quickly and I’d love to play with this one!