Friday, 10 April 2015

Beginner Knitters Project - A Dolly Shawl

Its getting a bit cool here where I am at the moment. Time to start getting out the woolen jumpers and freshen them up for another winters use. Did get me thinking about the dollies though and that they too may need some extra coziness.

So I've been making some little dolly shawls, they are oh so very simple and only require knowledge of a few simple knitting techniques. This is an absolutely fabulous project for beginners or even for those learning to knit.

I have used a 4 ply yarn, I think 4 ply works better because its not so bulky around the dollies neck. I also used a larger needle than what I would ordinarily use for knitting with 4 ply, because I wanted the shawl to be stretchier and with a softer feeling to it. For these two finished examples I used a Suri alpaca mix, which is just a fancy name for baby alpaca... so really soft! The world is your oyster when it comes to yarn choices, mohair would be stunning as well!!

What you will need

4 ply yarn
3 3/4 mm needles
2 stitch markers

Lets begin.

We will be using garter stitch or plain stitch

Cast on 3 stitches.  Place stitch markers after the first and before the last stitch.

Row 1 - Knit 1, slip marker, knit front and back of next stitch, slip marker, knit last stitch.

Row 2 - Knit 1, slip marker, knit front & back of next stitch, knit to the stitch before next marker and knit front & back of stitch, slip marker, knit last stitch.

Repeat Row 2 until you get to the desired size.


Mel xx


WendyCarole said...

Lovely shawls. My bears all have jumpers to keep them warm in the winter. :)

Melissa Frank said...

Thank you Wendy, yes we do need to keep our bears and dollies cosy, xx