“A few years back, my middle daughter Theodóra was given a book by her grand-aunt. It was an appropriate present because it had been written by Theodóra’s great-great-great-grand mother, the famous Icelandic poet Theodóra Thoroddsen, after whom she is named.
The book, “Tíu litlar ljúflingsmeyjar” – Ten charming little girls – is a children’s rhyme written by Theodóra Thóroddsen, probably around 1943. But it wasn’t until 1984 that her granddaughter Katrín Thóroddsen both illustrated and published it in a book.
The illustrations are unusual; they are not drawings but rather very beautiful and delicate pictures that were embroidered by hand and machine. The book is today a rarity and I wish a new edition existed. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to knit a doll for my girls that looks a bit like the little handstiched girls. But it’s not until now that I made it happen. It is knitted mostly in the round with almost no seam.”
The doll comes with an Icelandic klukka: a dress knitted out of lightweight wool yarn, often with a scalloped lace patterned skirt, that was worn under the clothes. The panties came later.
Design: Hélène Magnússon
Size: height 37 cm / 14.5 inches.
Gauges: 10×10 cm / 4×4” = 19 sts x 26 rows in stocking st on 3,5 mm/US 4 needle with Létt-lopi; 26 sts x 42 rows in stocking st on 3 mm/US 3 needle with Einband-Loðband.
Yarn and material:
Léttlopi from Ístex 100% pure Icelandic wool, light spun, medium weight, 50g/skein, 50g = ca.100m/109 yds: shade 1418, 35 g (body); shade 1411, 10 g (hairs).
Einband from Ístex, 70% Icelandic wool, 30% wool, fine lace-weight, 1-ply worsted, 50gr/skein, 50g = ca. 225m/246 yds:
– shade 9281 and 9171 30 cm/ 12″ (eyes and mouth);
– shade 0851, 20 g (klukka);
– shade 0885: 4 m/4.5 yds (klukka).
40-50 g carded Icelandic wool, wooden pin 1 cm / o.4″ in diameter.
Needles and notions: circular needles 3 mm/US 3 and 3,5 mm/US; crochet hook 3 mm/US D3; markers, safety pins, measuring tape, tapestry needle.
Techniques: knitting in the round, provisional cast on, disappearing loop cast on, short rows, socks techniques, intarsia.
Pattern: once you’ve made your payment, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download the pattern. It comes as a PDF file. We don’t send pattern by snail mail.
Errata: no mistake was found in this pattern.
Kit: the kit contains the wool but not the needles or the other material. The kit doesn’t include the pattern that must be purchased separately. Shipping costs are not included
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