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Published: 14 September 2019

By Andy Ross

A knitted Mini-Me

A friend in Australia has spent her convalescence creating knitted portraits.

I am flattered to have my very own knitted Mini-Me, complete with glasses, wedding ring and camera. Our friend-Down-Under has also kindly given me the pattern to share so if you want your own Andy here are the instructions.  There is no charge but Debra has said that if you would like to give a donation to the MRI Scanner appeal in Shetland that would be very gratefully received. 

Andy Ross Doll

By Debra Hinton

Yarn Small amounts of sweater weight yarn, I used wool left over from previous projects, less than 1 ball of each colour is used. Small amounts of scrap yarn for embellishing the doll, facial features and camera.

For example, 1 ball of dark brown (trousers), 1 ball of light blue for tee shirt, small amount of skin coloured yarn (face, neck, hands and arms), small amount of black (shoes), small amount of green yarn for peep of sock, scrap of gold yarn for wedding ring, small amount of red, charcoal and grey for camera.

Needles and notions Set of double pointed needles 3.75 double pointed needles to create the doll’s nose and ears (though length and size are not critical), row counter, several stitch holders or a large safety pins or circular needle, tapestry needle, stuffing of choice.

Tension23 sts and 32 rows to 10cm

Finished measurementsdoll is 27cm tall.

Difficulty– suitable for a confident novice knitter, good project to master knitting in the round using double pointed needles

Abbreviations Increase knitwise is done by knitting into the front and then into the back of the stitch.

Three-Needle Bind-Off method – if you are not familiar with this method I recommend checking one of the Internet tutorials e.g.

https://www.dummies.com/crafts/knitting/designs-patterns/how-to-join-knitted-pieces-with-the-three-needle-bind-off/

 

Note:as this is not a fitted garment any sweater weight yarn can be used as the gauge is not critical and is an ideal ‘stash buster’ project to use up odd and incomplete balls of yarn leftover from other projects, as I have done.

A firm fabric is best to ensure that the doll keeps its shape and that the stuffing doesn’t leak out.

The doll is knitted in the round from the foot upwards two legs are knitted and then are joined and the body, arms and head is knitted. Different colours dresses the doll and form the face features. There are no items which could be removed and therefore pose a choking hazard to small children.