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Comfort Dolls easy knitting project.

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Gemini17892 Sat 28-Mar-20 10:38:10

I mentioned Comfort Dolls on another thread and wondered if it would be something knitters could share on here ?
You only have to know how to make a rectangle of 32 sts and about 50 rows. Easy for beginners too. I’d like to see what other knitters come up with. Would you like to make one and post a pic on here ?
These dolls were an idea by a Canadian woman who started making them for charity. Depending on the colours you use ( scraps ) you can make teddies , Santa , snowmen etc.
Something to take your mind off the present ?
There’s a free pattern on the internet. Ravelry has some too. Just google them. ?

Alexa Sat 28-Mar-20 10:55:44

These are adorable! I bet there are lonely people who would love those, something to cuddle. Most people feel lonely from time to time

Callistemon Sat 28-Mar-20 11:02:14

They look very cute
I like easy patterns!
Thank you, they would be good as a charity project

Gemini17892 Sat 28-Mar-20 11:14:04

Glad you like them. Please post a pic if you make one.

Witzend Sat 28-Mar-20 12:30:20

Do you make them for a particular charity/charities, Gemini?

Feelingmyage55 Sat 28-Mar-20 13:22:08

Thank you?

grannysue05 Sat 28-Mar-20 13:32:44

Lovely idea Gemini7892
I am signing up to Revelry for the patterns.
This will keep us all busy and be a boon for later for charity

Gemini17892 Sat 28-Mar-20 15:50:11

To Witzend
I haven’t decided yet about the charity.
I started by seeing if I could make a pocket doll that looked like me and one that looked like Grandad so I could send them as a little gift to the grandchildren. I found I wasn’t patient or clever enough to do that so I’m just enjoying using up the scraps and learning to use 2 circulars for a neater job.

Auntieflo Wed 01-Apr-20 09:25:28

I finished the Snowman last night.

Gemini17892 Wed 01-Apr-20 17:02:17

Ooooooo Auntieflo he’s very cute.

Auntieflo Wed 01-Apr-20 17:58:30

Thanks Gemini17892.
I just wish I could get the mouth right, but I dare say my GGS will love him.
He seems to think I can knit whatever comes into his mind.
A Gruffalo is on his wanted list, but first I have to find a pattern

Schnauzer1 Wed 01-Apr-20 23:28:18

Just a few I made earlier.

Callistemon Wed 01-Apr-20 23:30:13

Oh goodness!

A lovely family, Schnauzer smile

littleflo Thu 02-Apr-20 08:11:25

These are lovely. I could not see the pattern clearly. Is anyone able to print it.

Auntieflo Thu 02-Apr-20 09:01:57

Wow Schnauzer1, what a collection.

I would love to make a few more, but have almost run out of wool.

littleflo, in the OP there are basic instructions . Just cast on 32 sts and 50 rows.

I did that, then made it up as I went along, re the finishing off

Maybe Gemini17892, or Schnauzer could come back with more detailed instructions.?

Schnauzer1 Thu 02-Apr-20 11:49:15

Mine were quite small, 4" x 2.25", as I wanted them to be toys that could go in a childs pocket. To make, decide what finished size you want, draw on a piece of paper drawing in legs, arms where colours change etc, then double the width. Cut out the shape, do a small tension square if you need to then knit up to match your paper pattern draw wool through stitches at top of head, pull tight then sew down back seam. Stuff and sew across bottom to close. Stitch through all layers tightly to form legs and arms, draw a length of wool through at neck following your drawing, sew on face and hair, step back and admire your work.

I find drawing up an actual size paper pattern is an easy way to design and knit your own items.

Auntieflo Thu 02-Apr-20 11:57:23

Thank you Schnauzer1.

Dee1012 Thu 02-Apr-20 12:03:46

These are lovely....the organisation I work for uses "Comfort Dolls", in my area they are given to children giving evidence in serious crimes.
They work wonderfully well.

littleflo Thu 02-Apr-20 13:01:13

Thank you @Schnauzerl

littleflo Thu 02-Apr-20 16:58:15

Well that was a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Not sure I got all the proportions correct but I will certainly have another go.

Gemini17892 Thu 02-Apr-20 17:06:00

Littleflo , your little person is lovely and has feet too ! Very clever. He needs a partner now !
Schnauzer ,
Your little animals are really good. Bet you didn’t do all of them in the lockdown .

Auntieflo Thu 02-Apr-20 17:18:14

I'm loving these little people, such different characters.

Gemini17892 Thu 02-Apr-20 17:21:00

You might find this helpful. But the best pattern I have found is on Ravelry ( free to join ) by Esther Joy Braithwaite. She is on Fb too if that is easier for you.

littleflo Thu 02-Apr-20 17:29:54

They do look like a couple, Gemini. We will have to,ask the Gransnet jury to name them.

Schnauzer1 Fri 03-Apr-20 15:06:22

Love the colours and the way you shaped the feet @littleflo.
Love the hair @Gemini17892.
I did the animals a while ago for Syrian children in the camps.