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Я постоянно нахожу в Сети что-то интересное и сохраняю его в закладках, или просто держу открытым окно.... по несколько недель... И часто теряю это из-за того, что свет вырубили или ребенок в компьютер влез... или найти в Закладках не могу, так как там столько всего, я уже и не помню чего и для чего...

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"Maggie Bean & Friends
This pattern was born out of my long-time love for dolls, bargain hunting & re-using old items in different ways. Inspired by the thriftiness & creativity of rag dolls, this doll incorporates the same principle of using up all of the leftovers. Puzzling over re-purposing design ideas has always been especially appealing to me and to be able to make a 2-D idea become 3-dimensional while using what’s on hand around the house, in the rag bag or at the local thrift shop, is the biggest thrill of all, in this creative process.
Maggie & Shelby: 22 inches tall
Lou: 23.5 inches tall
Worsted Weight reclaimed yarn from unraveled thrift store sweaters and/or various stash remnants; approximately 220 yards/200 meters required for doll
Recommended needle sizes

US 4/3.5 mm 24 inch circular needle or dpns (Maggie & Shelby)
US 6/4 mm 24 inch circular needle or dpns (Lou)
US 8/5 mm 24 inch circular needle (knitted clothing)

Stitch markers
Yarn needle
Embroidery thread & sharp embroidery needle for freckles, mouth & eyebrows
Sewing needle & thread to match doll & clothing
Long doll making needle for attaching eyes
Dressmaker shears
Straight pins
Polyester stuffing
Crochet hook for inserting hair strands into wig
10 mm black buttons or safety eyes (do not use for babies) - 2
Powder blush & small round brush or stenciling brush for applying cheek color
Baby shoes in newborn size

Optional materials:
Plastic pellet filler & knee high stocking for making package
Lace & ribbon remnants for embellishing doll undergarments
3-4 inch length of .75 inch diameter PVC pipe for neck reinforcement

Gauge not important – use small enough needle to obtain a tight stitch in order to prevent stuffing showing through.
Pattern Notes

This pattern incorporates several techniques that can be used in a variety of combinations. Please read through the pattern entirely before starting to determine which techniques to use & how to proceed. Changes for dolls are indicated in parentheses ( ) throughout the pattern, unless otherwise indicated.

Make your doll to suit your own tastes, hair & skin colors. Yarns & techniques used are merely suggestions. Scouring thrift stores & yard sales , as well as Kool-Aid® dying was half of the fun in creating these dolls. And don’t forget toys & accessories for these girls; as I was gathering my old sweaters I found lots of items that were just the right size for Maggie, Shelby & Lou to “play” with.

All of the dolls and their clothes are constructed out of re-claimed, recycled yarns and felted wool, “harvested” from thrift shop and yard sale sweaters. For more information on recycling old sweaters please see http://www.neauveau.com/recycledyarn.html for a tutorial on de-constructing sweaters.

Doll bodies are knit in the round using the magic loop technique, or they can be worked with dpns.

Maggie’s legs are knitted to look like striped stockings and she has wavy auburn hair & freckles. For a quicker finish, Shelby’s legs are sewn out of material from a felted, striped sweater and she has black curls tied into pigtails. Both are constructed from various unraveled sweaters in similar yarn weights on smaller than the recommended needle size (US 4/3.5 mm) to insure a tightly knitted fabric. If the needle size is too small for the yarn, move up a size but do knit these dolls with the smallest possible needle for optimal results.

With the exception of her brown hair, Maggie’s big sister, “Lou” is constructed entirely from 1 extra large ladies cream colored wool sweater, unraveled & Kool-aid dyed in various colors. She is worked on US size 6/4 mm needles and, unlike Maggie & Shelby, she does not have a knitted on shirt, but she does have knitted on ankle socks instead of stockings.

Kool-aid dying tutorial

Doll pattern is worked from the crown of the head downward; stuff doll as rounds are worked. If using post & washer eyes (also known as “safety eyes), make certain to add these before progressing to the neck area of the doll.

Optional plastic pellets are used to add weight to the doll. In order to contain the pellets, place approximately .25 cup of pellets into the toe of a knee-high stocking, tie stocking closed with a secure knot, trim excess stocking as needed. Stuff this pellet packet into the doll last (in the bottom area). This will help counter-balance the excess weight in her legs caused by the baby shoes.

Floppy necks can be problem for knitted dolls due to heavy yarn hair. A child-friendly armature for reinforcing the neck is to use a 4-5 inch length of .75 inch diameter (or smaller) PVC pipe which is virtually unbreakable, as opposed to using a wooden dowels which can splinter .

When finishing your doll, (attaching limbs), don’t be overly concerned with the process. Use Kitchener Stitch or grafting or whatever is most comfortable for you. Toys are good projects to use for learning and practicing new skills. Just be certain to attach limbs securely to insure that they withstand rough play.

Furthermore, less than perfect seaming can be camouflaged . For example, handsewing gathered lace remnants around the underpants “leg opening” (where leg is attached) looks sweet but also hides the seaming used. It’s wonderful to try to perfect your skills but this is a toy and is made to play with. Don’t let specific techniques keep you from making this doll. Toys are very forgiving, especially dolls. And the fact that you can create a doll from a ball of yarn makes you a star in the recipient’s eyes. They will love it!

A final note about safety: if making these dolls for a child under 2 years of age please use caution & adapt the doll accordingly. This would include embroidering the eyes instead of using buttons or safety eyes (yes, even the safety eyes have been known to pop off). Another potential hazard for babies can be the long hair on the dolls, which can become wrapped around little fingers.
Skills Required

Circular knitting on dpns or circular needles, straight knitting in stockinette & garter st, short row shaping, Kfb increase, decrease techniques: ssk, k2tog, pick up sts, moss stitch, simple embroidery stitches, seaming, hand or machine sewing, felting, unraveling sweaters, simple clothing construction.

Using size circular needle or dpns, cast on 6 sts. Place marker, being careful not to twist, join to begin working in the round.

Rnd 1: Kfb around: 12 sts.
Rnd 2: [Kfb, k1] around: 18 sts.
Rnd 3: [Kfb, k2] around: 24 sts.
Rnd 4: [Kfb, k3] around: 30 sts.
Rnd 5: [Kfb, k4] around: 36 sts.
Rnd 6: [Kfb, k5] around: 42 sts.
Rnd 7: [Kfb, k6] around: 48 sts.
Rnd 8: [Kfb, k7] around: 54 sts.
Rnd 9: [Kfb, k8] around: 60 sts.
Rnds 10-22: Knit around.
Rnd 23: [K2tog, k8] around: 54 sts.
Rnd 24: [K2tog, k7] around: 48 sts.
Rnd 25: [K2tog, k6] around: 42 sts.
Rnds 26-35: Knit around.
Rnd 36: [K2tog, k5] around: 36 sts.
Rnd 37: [K2tog, k4] around: 30 sts.
Rnd 38: [K2tog, k3] around: 24 sts.
Rnd 39: [K2tog, k2] around: 18 sts.

Rnds 40-42: Knit around (for Maggie & Shelby version, add contrasting color for shirt at last st of last round; finish off skin tone yarn): 18 sts.

Rnd 43: Continuing with skin tone (or shirt color), knit around: 18 sts.
Rnd 44 (Beg shoulder shaping): [Kfb, k2] around: 24 sts.

Rnd 45: [Kfb, k3] around: 30 sts.
Rnd 46: [Kfb, k4] around: 36 sts.
Rnd 47: [Kfb, k5] around: 42 sts.
Rnd 48: [Kfb, k6] around: 48 sts.
Rnd 49: [Kfb, k7] around: 54 sts.

Rnds 50-58: Knit around.
Rnd 59: [K2tog, k7] around: 48 sts.
Rnd 60: [K2tog, k6] around: 42 sts.

Rnds 61- 63: Knit around.
Rnd 64: [K2tog, k5] around: 36 sts.
Rnds 65-72: Knit around.

Rnd 73: Change to panty color (white) and knit around; finish off skin (or shirt color).
Rnd 74: [Kfb, k5] around: 42 sts.
Rnd 75: [Kfb, k6] around: 48 sts.
Rnd 76: [Kfb, k7] around: 54 sts.
Rnds 77-87: Knit around.
Rnd 88: [K2tog, k7] around: 48 sts.
Rnd 89-92: Knit around.
Rnd 93: K3, p6, k6, p6, knit around (purl sts will be used for attaching legs).

Begin working in short rows.
Row 94: Knit around, wrap & turn.
Row 95: P24, wrap and turn.
Row 96: K24, wrap and turn (same st that was previously wrapped).
Rows 97-99: Repeat Rows 95 and 96, then repeat Row 95 once more.
Last Rnd 100: K2tog, k7, [k2tog] 4 times, k7, k2tog, [k2, k2tog] 6 times:

Bind off & finish stuffing firmly, adding the plastic pellets last. Sew bottom seam closed by technique of choice & set aside.
LEG (make 2)

Lou & Maggie version (knitted legs)
Using circular needle (or dpns) and skin tone (or striping yarn), cast on 20 sts. Place marker, being careful not to twist, join to begin working in the round.
Rnds 1-65: Knit around, changing to white at end of last round if making Lou ankle sock version, finish off skin tone, (or continuing striped pattern for Maggie).
Rnds 66-73: Knit around.

Begin heel. Leave all sts on the needle but you will only be working half of the sts (10 sts) at this time, which will become the heel.
Rows 1-9: K10 (Garter st).
Row 10: K8, k2tog: 9 sts.
Row 11: K7, k2tog: 8 sts.

Row 12: Pick up 7 sts evenly spaced along the side of the heel flap just made, k10 sts (unworked sts at bottom of leg), pick up 7 evenly spaced sts on the opposite side of the heel flap, knit 8 sts at bottom of Heel flap, k7: 32 sts.

Beg knitting in the rnd, pm.
Rnds 13 and 14: Knit around.
Rnd 15: K10 (top of foot), ssk, k18, k2tog: 30 sts.
Rnd 16: K10, ssk, k16, k2tog: 28 sts.
Rnd 17: K10, ssk, k14, k2tog: 26 sts.
Rnd 18: K10, ssk, k12, k2tog: 24 sts.
Rnds 19-24: Knit around: 24 sts.
Rnd 25: [K2tog, k2] around: 18 sts.
Rnd 26-28: Knit around.
Rnd 29: [K2tog, k1] around: 12 sts.
Rnd 30: [K2tog] around: 6 sts.
Rnd 31: [K2tog] around: 3 sts.
Cut yarn, weave through remaining stitches and secure.
Shelby version (felted & sewn lower legs)

Using circular needle (or dpns) and skin tone, cast on 20 sts. Place marker, being careful not to twist, join to begin working in the round.
Rnds 1-31: Knit around.
Bind off all sts and set aside
ARMS (make 2)

Using size circular needle or dpns and skin tone yarn, cast on 6 sts. Place marker, being careful not to twist, join to begin working in the round.
Rnd 1 (Beg at Hand): Kfb around: 12 sts.
Rnd 2: [Kfb, k1] around: 18 sts.
Rnds 3 and 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: [Kfb, k2] around: 24 sts.
Rnds 6-8: Knit around.
Rnd 9: [K2tog, k10] twice: 22 sts.
Rnd 10: Knit around.
Rnd 11: [K2tog, k9] twice: 20 sts.
Rnds 12-15: Knit around: 20 sts.
Rnd 16: [K2tog, k8] twice: 18 sts.
Rnd 17: [K2tog, k7] twice: 16 sts.
Rnd 18: [K2tog, k6] twice: 14 sts.
Rnds 19 and 20: Knit around (for Maggie & Shelby version, change to shirt color at beginning of Rnd 19): 14 sts.
Rnd 21: [Kfb, k6] twice: 16 sts.
Rnd 22: [Kfb, k7] twice: 18 sts.
Rnds 23-54: Knit around.
Rnd 55: [K2tog, k1] around: 12 sts.
Rnd 56: Knit around.
Bind off all sts, cut yarn leaving long tail for sewing arm to body.


Attach arms and legs. Use purl sts on Rnd 93 of the head/torso to locate leg placement. After attaching legs, hand sew pre-gathered lace remnants around “leg opening” of panties if desired. Weave and trim ends, knot yarn and thread securely when attaching limbs for play toys as they get heavy use.

The face really adds character and personality to the doll. Before committing to one style, try out different buttons or eyes laid out on the face, as well as different embellishments such as felt cutouts. Sketching the face may help in customizing your doll as well.

Each of the dolls in this pattern has a different style of button for the eyes. The mouths & eyebrows are minimal and are simply stitched using embroidery floss and a basic outline stitch. Maggie’s freckles are worked in French knots.

Eye Placement Procedure
Determine eye placement. Using a long doll needle & extra strong thread or string, sew eye into place. Eye can be ‘soft sculptured’ to resemble a set in eye by bringing the thread up through the top of the head & pulling tightly, which causes button to ‘sink’ into the fabric a bit. Repeat this procedure once more for first eye and repeat for second. Thread can be knotted and tied at the crown of the head since the hair will hide the threads. "

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