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Topsy Turvy Dolly

Two dollies in one - for the young and young at heart.

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This felted wool double-doll was inspired by a cotton rag doll that the designer played with as a child. Each of the bodies is worked from the waist up to the top of head, then stitches are picked up for the arms, which are worked downward, to end with the hands. The skirt is worked separately from the waist down. Face and hair details are added, then the two dolls are sewn together and felted. To personalize the dolls, change the colors of the eyes, hair, and skin.
Finished Size: About 13 1/2" (34.5 cm) wide at hem and 14 3/4" (37.5 cm) tall from head to hem, before felting. About 13" (33 cm) wide at hem and 11 3/4" (30 cm) tall from head to hem, after felting.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport (100% wool; 184 yd [168 m]/50 g): #N46 red fox (first MC), #N36 China blue (second MC), 2 skeins each; #N87 Victorian pink (first CC, second skin color), #720 ash (second CC), #N94 Bev's bear (first skin color, second hair color), #601 pepper (first hair color), 1 skein each. A few yd (m) size 5/2 mercerized cotton in white or natural, or similar smooth, strong cotton yarn.
Yarn weight: #3 - Light
Gauge: 23 sts and 28 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st before felting.
Needles: Size 5 (3.75 mm): 29" (80-cm) circular (cir) and 2 double-pointed (dpn) for working flat on small sections. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; about 1 1/2 oz (42 g) wool roving; straight pins; sewing needle; six 1/2" (1.3-cm) buttons; large pot and soap for felting.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Spring 2001

SKU: EP0651

Author/Speaker/Editor: Sharon O'Brien

Format: eProject