I discovered something bizzare the other day. I was unraveling another failed attempt at a Tunisian crochet baby sock, when the whole thing suddenly turned into knit stockinette stitch.
It turns out when you pull one of the two strings necessary for Tunisian crochet in the round, it leaves you with a knitted cylinder!
Here’s what mean. Behold the sacrificial Tunisian crochet cylinder.
You pull the second strand, the one that’s been drawn through two loops over and over. And it leaves this.
I need to keep messing with this and find out how to use this trick. I’m thinking next time I want to knit a hat, I’ll crochet it!
Here she is in a simple skirt and shirt.
I made them both on her, just working in the round off the stitches at her waist and neck. I threw in color changes here and there to lend the outfit some style.
The sleeves on the shirt were the only tricky part. I ended up skipping four stitches of the round at each shoulder, chaining four under each armpit, and continuing around and around the body of the shirt. Afterward, I worked the sleeves around her arms.
One tip I discovered about making clothes attached to dolls: do the hair after the clothes. Especially if your doll will have bushy hair. It really gets in the way sometimes.
I’ve learned a lot from fiddling around with this doll, which I’ll be able to apply to future dolls. But for now, I think it’s time to try amigurumi animals!
It turns out intarsia is quite fun!
Only, don’t try to do it in the round right off the bat.
My husband asked for a haircut so he wouldn’t “look like a bum” in all the pictures with our newborn. Of course, the morning after the haircut, when he stepped out into the frosty weather, he asked for a hat.
(This sounds like a children’s book I could write: If you give a husband a haircut, he’ll probably ask for a hat.)
Anyway, he wanted a Minecraft creeper hat. So I went to the internet, learned about intarsia–knitting large blocks of color–and then learned some tricks for making intarsia work in the round, because it doesn’t actually work in the round.
This video by planetpurl was helpful.
Then I proceeded to blunder through this hat. Ta da!
(Here’s the back side and inside.)
I can think of all kinds of projects where intarsia will come in handy. I’m glad I’ve begun to learn it.