Thursday 16 April 2020

Dolly Cupcake Hat

Baba's Dolly Cupcake Hat 
for 16 inch Cabbage Patch or 18 inch American Girl Dolls

4.5 mm needles ( DPN or 29” for Magic Loop )
Darning needle for weaving in ends
Red Heart Comfort (worsted) – ivory
Red Heart Comfort or any worsted – brown
Mary Maxim Baby Confetti  “Sprinkles” (super bulky)

Feel free to substitute any yarns you like, as long as the gauge with worsted in Stocking Stitch is 4 stitches to the inch.

DIRECTIONS                      * means repeat to end of row/round
With ivory, cast on 48 sts. Join to work in the round.
(If you prefer, you can knit the hat flat and seam it up the back. In that case, remember when working in Stocking Stitch, to knit the odd rows and purl the even rows.)
Rounds 1-8:  (K1, P1)* across
Change to brown. Cut ivory.
Rounds 9 – 10: Stocking Stitch
Change to “Sprinkles”. Cut brown.
Rounds 11 – 22:  Stocking Stitch
Continue in Stocking Stitch. (If knitting flat, Knit one row and Purl the next row.)

Round 1 :  (K6, K2tog)*
Round 2:  (K5, K2tog)*
Round 3:  (K4, K2tog)*
Round 4:  (K3, K2tog)*
Round 5:  (K2, K2tog)*
Round 6: (K1, k2tog)*
Round 7:  (K2tog)*

Break thread (leaving long tail if you have been knitting flat), thread through remaining stitches on the needles, pull tight and tie off. Use long tail to sew the seam. Weave in all ends.

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Baba's Dolly Sweater

(Fits dolls from the Disney Animators Collection; about 15 inches tall, 7 inch chest, 9 inch waist).

29" circular needle, 4.0 mm (or 4.5 mm for a looser fit)
Caron Simply Soft yarn, 157 yards per 3 oz ball
Gauge:  20 stitches and 28 rows measure 4 inches x 4 inches in Stocking Stitch
Crochet hook about 3 mm if desired
One button about 1/2" diameter, to fit the buttonhole loop.

Cast On
Magic Loop or other means of working in the round
Bind Off
Pick Up and Knit
Three Needle Bind Off

Starting at the bottom of the garment, CO 40 sts. Join to knit in the round in Magic Loop
Rnd 1-21: Knit all stitches (stocking stitch)
Divide for Right Back, Front, and Left Back. Work flat.

Row 22: Purl 10 sts. Turn and work on these 10 sts.
Row 23-32: Stocking stitch (knit odd rows, purl even rows)
Row 33:  Knit 6 sts, BO 4. Place the 6 sts on  holder. Break yarn.

FRONT Rejoin yarn
Row 22: Purl 20 sts. Turn and work on these 20 sts.
Row 23-32:  Stocking stitch (Knit odd rows, purl even rows)
Row 33: Knit 6 sts, place on holder; BO 8; Knit 6 and place on holder Break yarn.

Row 22:  Purl 10 sts. Turn.
Row 23-32: Stocking stitch (knit odd rows, purl even rows)
Row 33:  BO 4 sts; Knit 6 and place on holder. Do not break yarn.

With wrong sides together:  Match the 6 sts from Left Back and Left Front . Use Three Needle Bind Off to join. Break yarn.
Match the 6 sts from Right Back and Right Front. Use Three Needle Bind Off to join. Break yarn.

SLEEVES (Make 2)
For each armhole,  with right side facing, Pick Up and Knit 18 sts. Join to work in the round.
Rounds 1-22:  Knit. BO loosely.

Sew a loop of yarn, or a crocheted chain, to Right Back at the top of t he opening. To the Left Back, sew a button to fit through the loop, positioning it about 1/2 inch in from open edge.

Weave in ends. Tidy up any small gaps in the joining, as required.

Tuesday 9 August 2016


Baba’s Checkerboard Dishcloth

Cotton yarn, Medium weight, such as Bernat Handicrafter. Shown in Beach Ball Blue.
Knitting needles 4mm
Crochet hook or darning needle to weave in ends

K = knit
P = purl
K2tog = knit two together (decrease 1)
YO = yarn over (increase 1)
St = stitch
Rep = repeat

Cast on 36
Edge Rows
Row 1: K1, k2tog, yo; k to 3 sts from end of row; yo, k2tog, k1
Row 2: Rep row 1
Checkerboard Pattern
Row 1: K1, k2tog, yo; k6, p6, k6, p6, k6; yo, k2tog, k1
Row 2: K1, k2tog, yo; p6, k6, p6, k6, p6 ; yo, k2tog, k1
Rep Pattern Rows 1 & 2 two more times (3 times total)
Row 7: K1, k2tog, yo; p6, k6, p6, k6, p6 ; yo, k2tog, k1
Row 8: K1, k2tog, yo; k6, p6, k6, p6, k6; yo, k2tog, k1
Rep Pattern Rows 7 & 8 two more times (3 times total)
Repeat the 12 rows of the Checkerboard Pattern until you have 36 Checkerboard rows, plus the 2 Edge Rows. Repeat the 2 Edge Rows one more time, for a total of 40 rows. Bind off. Weave in all ends.

Friday 6 November 2015

Baba's Little Bunny


- 30 g knitting worsted, Color A (shown in rust); 
- Small amount of knitting worsted, Color B, for ribbon OR about 6 inches of thin ribbon
- Small amounts of yarn for face
- 3 mm circular needle, 80 cm long, for Magic Loop;
    OR 4 dpn 3mm for knitting in the round,
    OR 2 regular straight 3mm needles for knitting flat (see Adaptations)
- Crochet hook for “neck ribbon”, about 3.25 mm
- Needle for embroidering and weaving in ends
- Polyester filling
- About 2 ml tiny polystyrene beads
- A small sachet bag or other little bag to contain the beads

Gauge is not important as long as it is consistent throughout. Figure will be about 4 inches (10 cm) tall. If you use heavier yarn or larger needles, the figure will be bigger.

K = Knit
P = Purl
Kfb = Knit into the front and then into the back of the stitch; increase of one stitch
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together; decrease of one stitch
P2tog = Purl 2 together
* = repeat the previous sequence to the end of the row
Rem = remaining
Sts = stitches
Dpn = double-pointed needles

Baba’s Little Bunny is knitted in Stocking Stitch (aka Stockinette). In Magic Loop or knitting in the round, every round is knitted. (See Adaptations  to work flat.)

Cast on 6 stitches with Color A; join for Magic Loop
Rnd 1: Knit
Rnd 2: (Kfb)* [12]
Rnd 3: Knit
Rnd 4: (Kfb)* [24]
Rnd 5: K
Rnd 6: (K1, Kfb)* [36]
Rnd 7-19: K
Rnd 20: (K2tog)* [18]
Rnd 21: K
Rnd 22: (Kfb, K2)* [24]
Rnd 23-31: K
Rnd 32: (K2tog)* [12]
Rnd 33: K
Rnd 34: (K2tog)* [6].  Stuff, first placing the little bag of polystyrene beads in the bottom. Break yarn, leaving a long tail, which you will thread through the remaining stitches, pulling tight and tying to close.

ARMS (Make 2)
With Color A, cast on 6 sts. Work I-Cord for 10 rows.
NOTE: This will not make a perfectly round cord. That is all right. It makes a cute arm.
Break yarn with a 12” long tail, thread through remaining stitches and tie tightly. Holding one arm on each side of the body at the neck, use the long tail(s) to sew the arms in place.

EARS (Make 2)
With the back of the Bunny facing you, pick up and knit 6 stitches on top of the head and to one side, leaving room for the other ear. For each ear:
Row 1:  K
Row 2:  P
Row 3:  K
Row 4:  P
Row 5:  K
Row 6:  P
Row 7:  K2tog, K4
Row 8:  P2tog, P3
Row 9:  K2tog, K2
Row 10: P2tog, P1
Row 11: K2tog
Break yarn leaving about 3” tail. Thread through rem sts, tie off, and use the tail to shape the ear. Weave in ends.

Crochet a chain about 66 stitches long. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Tie around Bunny’s neck.

Weave in ends. Embroider eyes, nose and mouth.

If you are not comfortable with the Magic Loop or with knitting on double-pointed needles, or if you only have regular knitting needles, you can knit the Bunny flat and sew up the seam in the back. Working flat, one row is knitted and the next row is purled for Stocking Stitch. Sew a seam down the back of the Bunny, leaving about an inch and a half open at the bottom to stuff, then finish the seam.

If you prefer not to purl, or just to achieve a different look, you can work the Bunny flat in Garter Stitch, that is, knitting every row. Sew a seam down the back and stuff as instructed above. Finish as above.