Doll Drama

Tinsel Doll Part II

Summers usually find me accomplishing far more knitting than writing. This summer is no exception. In some ways, however, I’ve still been able to hobnob with my book characters, since the items I knitted were for them. Here’s a snapshot of where I left them (and you) in Part I:


Shortly after that post, I completed Tinsel’s face and hair…

…and then felt like I was staring at Adam and Eve.


Er…let’s get some clothes on these kids, shall we?!

Again, the patterns I used come from Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards, & Fairies, but every single item I’ve tweaked in some way.

Tinsel’s skirt (above left) came from the pattern to create the skirt in the above-right picture, but I made it shorter and added color work along the hem instead of the design in the original pattern. Then I added a snap at the back, rather than the called-for knitted bobble button (see Niklas’s lederhosen below).

I knit Tinsel’s bodice bigger around, knowing it would have to fit over part of her shirt, and I made the center ribbed section wider with the intent of later adding lacing, like real-life dirndl bodices.

The pattern called for the edge seams to be sewn together and the bodice slipped over the doll’s body, but I opted for sewing snaps on the back, instead, so I wouldn’t have to manipulate the doll or the piece of clothing.

Niklas’s shirt I knit before Tinsel’s, knowing I wanted to tweak hers. I made his longer in the body (even then, I should have knit at least another two rows) and relied on my knowledge of short row shaping to angle the top edge of each sleeve so they would come out at a 45-degree angle from the body of the shirt rather than a 90-degree angle.

And here’s Tinsel’s version of this shirt…


For Niklas’s lederhosen, I not only knitted the pants longer than the original pattern, but I also wanted that stripe of color along the sides.

Lastly, for Tinsel’s apron, I had to make up the pattern myself, figuring out how many stitches I needed to begin with, how many stitches I needed to end with, and how many rows that would require to accomplish the overall effect. I’ll admit I calculated wrong…but thankfully it kinda worked in my favor. Nope, I’m not telling you how I miscalculated…

Yes, these kids need shoes. And coats. Clearly, a Part III’s coming at some point. The shoes look intimidating, though, and the coat I want to knit Tinsel will require a lot of tweaking…which I wasn’t in the mood to do just yet…so I started with Niklas’s coat. Oh. My. Goodness. What a huge undertaking! I’m only halfway done with it, and I’d guess it’s taken me longer to knit this first half than all these other clothes combined. :/ Let’s just say it begins with 200 stitches and slowly decreases by ten stitches every several rows. 200 tiny stitches. That’s more than I worked with when knitting my daughters’ blankets! Rest assured I’ll share the beast when I’m done.

Until then, happy crafting!




11 thoughts on “Tinsel Doll Part II

  1. There aren’t English words adequate for how amazing these guys have turned out!! Maybe something in German? Lol. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen dolls that are THAT CUTE! I know it’s taken an entire summer to do this but what an absolutely fantastic result! I’m super excited to see shoes and coats. 😊

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    1. Thank you. ❤ I should have brought them by the other day, since everything's better in person. We're just going to have to get together again, that's all there is to it. 😉

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  2. Laurie, your creative talent and workmanship are a marvel, and makes me very proud of your accomplishments. Looking forward to seeing these dolls in person come October.
    Love, Dad

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    1. Thank you! I browsed through your website and found the post you did of Barbie’s dirndl. Now THAT’S impressive. 🙂 (All your clothes are impressive. I can’t imagine sewing on that small of a scale!)


  3. Laurie, I love seeing the progress and hearing the explanation of each step with Tinsel & Niklaus. You are a far more accomplished knitter than I ever hope to become. Even seeing them without faces & hair earlier in the summer, I never dreamed they would turn out this well. Good Job!

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  4. Laurie, though knitted dolls are not really “my thing,” I am genuinely both impressed by your skill and ability, as well as your creativity, and proud of you as my daughter-in-law! I love what you’re doing. If I were to make any suggestions at all you might consider working Lightning McQueen and Cruze into this project somewhere. They could add both speed and drama in a new way. 🙂

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