Rolled Edges

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Living is learning 😉 so when your pattern states to iron the frills before knitting them together YOU DAMN WELL BETTER DO IRON THESE… else you’ll end up with rolled edges like in this dress:

ImageWhile I’ll admit that is has a certain charme, this is definitely not the look I was going for. So if you want to avoid the ironing, better change to a picot edge or purled edge (something that does not roll up).

German: Leben heißt lernen. Wenn also eure Anleitung angibt, einzelne Rüschen oder was auch immer vor dem zusammenstricken zu Bügeln, dann TUT DAS LIEBER. Sonst könnte eure Arbeit am Ende so aussehen wie auf dem Bild 😉 Obwohl ich zugeben muss, dass es einen gewissen gerollte Charme hat, werde ich das nächste doch lieber mit Picot-Ränder ausstatten (die rollen sich nämlich nicht!).

Belated Easter Shenanigans

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Have Nefera and Cleo in their Easter dresses (totally not due to the fact that I have tons of this white and blue and try to get rid of them in creative ways 😉 )

ImageAs a pattern I used the basic pattern for the short sleeved dress and tweaked it a bit. Instead of binding off the stitches for the sleeves, these were put aside for the sleeves. For the flare in the sleeve, I increased some stitches just above the elbow. For the flare in the dress, I doubled the stitches twice (kfb of each st, knit 2 or 3 rds, kfb).

For Nefera, I used 3mm needles (double pointed) and for Cleo’s dress 2.5 mm needles. With this yarn, it makes all the difference in size.

You will notice that I often use the dolls that are “not so good” for modeling my knittings (most of the time the CaMs, as their joints pop off easily; here e.g. see Cleo’s hair; and this poor Nefera’s head is kind of glued on? so it cannot be turned). This is just due to the fact that I am more careful with my “good” dolls and tend to leave them in a dress once I found one that suits them.

 

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Blue Wool and Happy Easter ;)

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Happy “Zombie Days” 😉

I used the first days of my vacation (which are also bank holidays so I literally could not do anything else 😉 ) to tweak the pattern as used for the “Soft Pink Dress” a bit; once I got around to sorting my notes, I will post it. Which version, however… Decisions, decisions.

The wigs are made as described here. I fear I went a bit overboard with the blue yarn… (I did not splice the yarn for the wig, as with mohair, that is just… not good for my nerves.) Even braiding the wig did not really improve it. Yet, the longer I stare at it, the more it develops a certain “anime charme”….

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On the second picture, my ever patient CaM dragon/cat thing wears a standard jumper paired off with a nice mock plaid skirt (pattern available here at ravelry for a small fee, and it also includes a little shirt). (Read German text under the cut)

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Kurzärmeliges Kleid – deutsche Anleitung

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Hallo Ihr Lieben,

heute stelle ich euch mal meine erste Anleitung vor. Da der Eintrag dadurch etwas länger wird, gibt es diesmal für Deutsch und Englisch je einen eigenen Eintrag.

you can also knit the upper part in one color and the skirt in another

Es gibt auch einen schönen Effekt, wenn man das Pulloverteil in einer anderen Farbe strickt als den Rock

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Das Schöne an diesem Kleid ist, dass man es ganz einfach den eigenen Wünschen anpassen und verändern kann, je nachdem, ob man einen weiteren oder engeren Rock haben möchte, ein längeres oder kürzeres Kleid etc. Die Anleitung folgt unter dem Cut:

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Basic short-sleeved dress

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Today I would like to present you a basic pattern. As I think this will be a bit of a longer post, you will find the German version in an individual post this time 😉

you can also knit the upper part in one color and the skirt in another

you can also knit the upper part in one color and the skirt in another

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As you can see, the good thing about this dress is that it is easy to customize, whether you would like fuller skirt or not, longer dress, shorter dress etc.! 🙂 Pattern under the cut: Continue reading

Soft Pink Dress

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Recently I received the three beautifully done repaints I commissioned with Kakchen. (For the few facebook enthousiasts also here 😉 ) For such special dolls, I wanted to make special dresses. I think for the sweet Abbey, this dress fits her quite well 🙂

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It sports a fixed underskirt in white and boths skirts have a picot edge. Much work, but worth it 🙂

 

Falls Ihr euch fragt, was ich das Wochenende über gemacht habe 😉 Die drei von Kakchen wunderschön neu bemalten Puppen sind angekommen, und für so besondere Puppen wollte ich auch besondere Kleider haben. Ich denke, dieses Kleid passt sehr gut zu dieser süßen Abbey 🙂

Der Unterrock ist fest eingestrickt und beide Röcke haben eine Picot-Kante. Viel Arbeit, aber das Ergebnis ist es wert 🙂

 

HAIR! (the musical) and you can do it at home!

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The Create-a-Monster doll sets mostly come with only one wig. Cue to having some monster baldies (if you are lucky enough to have enough torsos…). I knitted hats and  caps an whatnot, but NO LONGER! The solution is here!

Mostly for my amusement I chose to try out this tutorial for making wigs – from wool. As in: the stuff I have lying around in abundance because I am an addict.

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