Here's how I got totally snookered into designing and making a sweater for 18 inch dolls:
"Nanny will you knit my dolly a sweater?" These were simply irresistible words. My heartstrings had been tugged. I said 'yes' with a smile, so easily. Then I took a deep breath and wondered what I'd committed myself to.
I reasoned that I'd made about a bajillion baby sweaters and this would be just like that but smaller right? ~Sigh.~ Well, not exactly.
It took me lots of dolly measuring and about ten false starts to get this sweater underway. Knitting a sweater for 18 inch dolls turned out to be more difficult than I'd imagined. But once I understood both my gauge and the doll's proportions things went more smoothly and I began to write down the pattern as I knitted it.
I've made a good many baby sweaters from the top down which I really like because the only seams are in the sleeves The body is made in one piece. I also like it because it can be made on straight needles which I prefer.
Work in progress: in this photo, I'd just finished the first sleeve and about to start the next. I purposely designed the sleeves to be a tad roomy to make the garment easier to get off and on for little hands.
I didn't want it to be bulky looking so I chose a sportweight yarn called 'Sinfonia' made of 100% cotton. This is a lovely smooth yarn with a nice sheen that was a pleasure to knit with.
One of the little tips you'll need for this pattern is how to join yarn and I like the method I found at 'Shop Martingale' here.
A new trick I learned is how to make a little crocheted button... It's so easy I could hardly believe it:
- Using a size 3 (US) crochet hook.
- I used just 1 row of 6 single crochets, finished off, leaving a long 10" tail.
- Then I threaded the tail onto a yarn needle and rolled the row of stitches up and sewed down through the middle and out of the sides in two quarter turns,
- Then down to center bottom and tied it off.
- I use the remaining tails to sew it to the sweater. Very fast.