Thursday, 20 April 2017

Where did spring go? Ezri's new cable sweater

   I have been doing a bit of knitting this week. The cooler weather that has returned has kept me indoors more. So I had a root through my wool stash and found an almost full ball of James C. Brett Legacy 100% wool ( # denim blue ) from a sweater I knitted a while back. I decided on a simple top-down, seamless raglan, as this is my preferred way of knitting ( I love knitting, but I hate the tedium of sewing up ) This little sweater features a simple 4-strand, celtic style open cable design. I like these open cable patterns as they stand proud of the background and look so cool. It's back fastening with 5 little MoP buttons. You can find this pattern in the gadget bar on over there on the right.
   I also want to get around to making Ezri a pair of jeans. I think jeans look great on Sasha dolls. I have 2 pairs of old jeans lying in the bottom of the wardrobe, but I am loathe to hack them up. I got them 14 years ago and they are literally washed and worn to shreds ( I know people pay a fortune for tattered jeans ) I wore a pair last week, with thick magenta tights underneath, which were visible through the rips ( very trendy, although I feel I may be to old for this look now ) so I am trying to steal myself to cut them up to make jeans for Ezri.
Ezri's new sweater

13 comments:

  1. The new cable sweater looks very cosy for cooler weather. Is it 4 ply or double knit wool - I'm guessing DK because the scale of it on Ezri makes it look nice and chunky (like Aran weight wool on a child).
    I can see you follow my friend's Sewing & Knitting for Sasha blog - she now has a new doll blog called Rose Cottage Friends for all her dolls http://rosecottagefriends.blogspot.co.uk and isn't updating the old blog anymore. She does lots of knitting including with some gorgeous NZ yarns.

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    1. Yes, it's a DK. It was a quick knit of a few afternoons while watching the snooker. I also decided to write a knitting pattern for it. I was looking at the different things you can add to your blog and I did a 'page' with the knitting instructions and added a 'Get Knitting' gadget. I also did one for the shrug. I thought it might be nice to share with other Sasha owners. When I knit some more things for Ezri I will write patterns for them too :)

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    2. Wow, so it is your own design.

      I'm currently knitting with much finer wool for the 8 inch dolls (2 ply, 1.5 mm needles), I've always liked miniature knitting. Have you come across Catherine French's knitting - she does incredibly fine cable knits for Sasha dolls http://www.linen-cupboard.com/Index.htm and for 1/12th scale dolls.

      Do you use Ravelry at all to share your patterns? I've shared my two patterns for the 8 inch doll clothes on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/designers/dollmum-anna-page, where I found a knit from neck down all in one piece cardigan for Sasha pattern by Lauri Bolland which I scaled down and adapted for the smaller dolls.

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    3. I mostly knit for myself and family and I usually design my own ideas. I did put a couple of patterns on Ravelry a couple of years ago, but deleted my account through lack of interest. I designed and knitted 3 dolls, and clothes for them, for my nieces and put the patterns on Ravelry, but I don't think anyone used them. I still have a bit of the green flowery fabric so I am going to see if I can make Ezri a maxi dress :)

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  2. Thanks for visiting Rose Cottage Friends. Lovely to discover a new Sasha blog! just love your cable sweater on your sweet girl. It is a lovely design. I do love cables on Sasha (and Gregor). Very generous of you to share your pattern as well. Thank you. :-) I love the raglan style as well, always good to save on seams!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. I'm so glad I took courage in hand and started a blog. The love of Sasha dolls certainly brings people together <3 x

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  3. That is a lovely sweater, the cable design is very pretty.
    If you don't want to cut up your old favourites, maybe you could find another old pair in a secondhand shop? My daughter in law passed her old jeans on to me for cutting up, but I did also notice that our local charity shop has loads of pairs of nicely washed out jeans for just a few euros a pair. It does save me the trouble of 'aging' the jeans myself, that I've made using new denim!

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  4. I'm still undecided on the jeans LOL I have had then a long time and they are such a mess, but I can't bear to chop them up! My friend said, 'Sell them on ebay'!! I've been looking for a pair of kiddies jeans, but our charity shops sell stuff for the same prices as new stuff these days! My husband likes EWM and M&S and I've bought their new stuff in the sales for cheaper than charity shop second hand!! I'm also looking at doll's jeans to see how they are cut and sewn as I only have a basic trouser pattern that I drew up :)

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  5. The colour of the jumper is perfect to show off the cables. I, too, hate to do any seams which is why I long ago started to knit in the traditional Fair Isle manner of circular, using steeks and cutting the fabric. I find I use the raglan style lately because I want the jumper or cardigan to open up so I won't have to pull it over the head. I now knit the sleeves in the round, eliminating the seam. My plans are for a Fair Isle jumper which I'll knit as a miniature of an adult garment. Keep on knitting - you do lovely work.

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  6. My mum taught me to knit when I was 4. We would spend lovely times knitting together. I love fair isle, but I love open cables and continuous cables more. I too prefer top down and in the round as you can see how the finished sweater will look as you're knitting. I have so many ideas for knitting. I'm planning to knit in some 4 ply wool and cottons for a finer knit :)

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    1. I use almost exclusively 4 ply for doll clothes. I prefer the smaller stitches for scale.

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  7. My next knitting project for Ezri will be 4ply. Like you say, the smaller stitches give a better scale. I suppose double knit is like me knitting a sweater for myself on broom handles!! :O x

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