Sunday, February 14, 2010

Babushka!

My latest swap partner had an adorable Babushka Doll set in her wish list. It didn't look too difficult to recreate, and I've been making a point to try and reproduce items best I can without a pattern. I figure this'll make it easier for me to make my own patterns based on anything in the future. The first one is a little special.. but I think I figured out a general pattern.. and here it is!

They're worked in the standard ami spiral, started with the Magic Ring technique.
Babushka Dolls
Yarn: Vanna's Choice Worsted in different colors for the bonnet and pants, white for the body.
Hook: 3.75 (F)
Gauge: Not really important for this one

Big One:
Start with bonnet color.
Round 1: 6sc into Magic Ring, place round marker in last stitch
R2: 2sc in each
R3: *sc, 2sc in each, repeat around from *
R4: *sc, sc, 2sc in each, repeat around from *
R5-R12: sc around in each stitch.
R13: hdc in back loop of each stitch.
Cut yarn and change to white.
R14 - R15: sc in each stitch
R16: *sc, sc, sc, 2sc in each, repeat around from *
R17-R26: Cut yarn & tie off.

With bottom color,
R1: 6sc into Magic Ring, place round marker in last stitch
R2: 2sc in each
R3: *sc, 2sc in each, repeat around from *
R4: *sc, sc, 2sc in each, repeat around from *
R5: *sc, sc, sc, 2sc in each, repeat around from *
R6-R7: sc in each stitch
Sew bottom two pieces together, stuffing the dolls before finishing them. For extra weight, put poly beads in the bottom.

Attach bonnet color again to bonnet edge with a sc.
ch4, sc into 2nd stitch, sc, ss, sc, ch4, sc into 2nd stitch, sc, ss.
Tie off and admire!

Medium One
Start with bonnet color.
Round 1: 6sc into Magic Ring, place round marker in last stitch
R2: 2sc in each
R3: *sc, 2sc in each, repeat around from *
R4-R9: sc around in each stitch.
R10: hdc in back loop of each stitch.
Cut yarn and change to white.
R11: sc in each stitch
R12: *sc, sc, 2sc in each, repeat around from *
R13-R19: Cut yarn & tie off.

With bottom color,
R1: 6sc into Magic Ring, place round marker in last stitch
R2: 2sc in each
R3: *sc, 2sc in each, repeat around from *
R4: *sc, sc, 2sc in each, repeat around from *
R5: sc in each stitch
Sew bottom two pieces together, stuffing the dolls before finishing them. For extra weight, put poly beads in the bottom.

Attach bonnet color again to bonnet edge with a sc.
ch4, sc into 2nd stitch, sc, ss, sc, ch4, sc into 2nd stitch, sc, ss.
Tie off and enjoy!

Little One
Start with bonnet color.
Round 1: 6sc into Magic Ring, place round marker in last stitch
R2: 2sc in each
R3-R6: sc around in each stitch.
R7: hdc in back loop of each stitch.
Cut yarn and change to white. You'll work the next round on the front loop of the R6.
R8: *sc, 2sc in each, repeat around from *
R9-R14: Cut yarn & tie off.

With bottom color,
R1: 6sc into Magic Ring, place round marker in last stitch
R2: 2sc in each
R3: *sc, 2sc in each, repeat around from *
Sew bottom two pieces together, stuffing the dolls before finishing them. For extra weight, put poly beads in the bottom.

Attach bonnet color again to bonnet edge with a sc.
ch4, sc into 2nd stitch, sc, ss, sc, ch4, sc into 2nd stitch, sc, ss.
Tie off and grin like a bandit!

Finishing Off
For the faces, cut felt circles to a size you feel best for each and stitch on in the center of the bonnet. Draw whatever expression you'd like on with a fine tip marker. To create the hair, cut a piece of yarn about 10 inches and sew with darning needle on in the style you like. I left one end of the hair poking out to create a tuft effect that I think makes them even more adorable.

For their clothes, I just messed around with different ideas for each. The large one I created a "flower" with a simple ring and some increasing, embroidering the leafs on. The star and fan is also just something I randomly thought of. Feel free to play around with different techniques for this part, this is the part of the pattern that will make these dolls distinctly yours.

When all's said and done, sit back and admire your work.