China Doll pattern, which is available on Ravelry. The original pattern makes a doll about 14-15 inches tall when worked with sport/dk yarn and 3mm needles. I wanted a doll slightly smaller, so I knit her with 2.75mm needles, took out an increase row in the torso, shortened her arms a legs proportionately, and also made her head in the round in one color, so I could add a wig. Anna Celeste turned out 11 3/4 inches tall, with a 5 1/2 inch waist and hips/bust 7 inches.
This pattern is great! The resulting doll is an amazing reproduction of the antique china dolls, and becomes a wonderful canvas to create period costumes. Anna Celeste is wearing a 1850's inspired walking suit, with blouse, belted skirt, and Zouave jacket. All are separates and removable.
1850's belted skirt
1850's Zouave jacket
In addition to the walking costume, she also has a simple side-to-side camisole and pantaloons:
1850's Camisole & Pantaloons
I would like to make Anna Celeste a trousseau, placed in a keepsake box. Maybe she is about to go to Europe, and if so, she will need some traveling companions too.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Josephine is a knit China Doll, created from the pattern by Sarah Elizabeth Kellner, available on Ravelry. This lovely knit China Doll is constructed very much like the antique originals, with swing legs, torso and arms of a contrasting color, and a knitted shoulder plate with head that attaches seperately to the torso. It is a masterpiece of knit engineering, and produces a sweetly old-fashioned doll that can be your starting point for your own collection of knit China dolls :-)
With DK/Sportweight yarn and 3mm needles, my Josephine stands just at 14.5 inches tall. Her camisole and pantaloons with the lovely knit lace are part of the pattern, and fit like a dream.