- really quick results
- you only need a small amount of yarn
- your little girl loves the results, even if not perfect
- you can do it in front of the tv
- if you make a mistake it's not much work to start again
- if you make a mistake the doll won't complain about your shoddy workmanship (workwomanship?)
- you can practise stuff you are no good at like sewing up your item
- did I mention the quick results?
I used this doll pattern book:
Anyway I was scouting about for a simple knitting project after my snood success and found this booklet, dated 1978, in the collection. It's quite a fun booklet, the "fashion dolls" include this rather scarey "Farrah" (Fawcett?) doll:
I have an extensive collection of knitting needles, upwards of 75 pairs as my Aunty Peg (aged nearly 90) gave me hers. I also had a random ball of white yarn with no band on it. I think it's 4ply rather than the called for DK (fingering not sportweight, US knitters?) but the cardi seems ok.
I won't bother to block the cardi - it's for a doll - and there are no buttons on it yet. I don't have 3 matching white buttons but I daren't put on the pale blue ones that I have in case Mia declares it a "boy cardigan" and therefore useless (!). Mia and I will pick out mixy-matchy buttons from Aunty Peg's old tin tomorrow, it's a very good button tin indeed: