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Mollie .. my first dollie


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Mollie is the perfect first doll for your little one: she's made all in one, seamless piece ... lightly stuffed ... very cuddly-cozy in her superwash wool. A baby's first toy that's fun to knit with its bit of colorwork on the yoke and measures roughly 11-inches tall by 6-inches arm-to-arm. Knit in worsted weight on size 4 needles, you'll need about 100yards of the main color, with 10-20 yards of the accent colors. Mollie is a dollie to be hugged and cherished by your little doll! doll is started at the bottom, increased slowly and then shapped thru the body body sts are placed on hold while arms are knit arms and body are worked together to make the colorwork yoke the neck and head are created and then a cap is knit to the top of the head with a bit of i-cord to make the curved tip face details are stitched on once the doll is complete stuff the body as you go to make this completely seamless toy BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knitting in the round k2tog, ssk, m1, etc colorwork GAUGE 24sts x 32 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette SUGGESTED YARN 150 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Kraemer's Summit Hill COLORWAY light purple, pink, navy, light blue

Supplies Needed

  • approx 100 yds worsted-weight MC (here in light purple, Summit Hill superwash wool)
  • approx 10-20 yards each of three coordinating colors (here in light pink, navy, light blue)
  • bit of fingering-weight black yarn for facial details

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By Hand, With Heart
By Hand, With Heart
Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy yarns back then. Knitting and designing were my constant activities throughout undergrad, grad school and family life until, in 1997, I finally went professional and established By Hand, With Heart ... traditional hand-knit designs with a modern twist. I now create designs for various knitwear outlets (including published designs in Knitters, INKnitters, Cast On), custom knit original designs, and self-publish my own patterns . I maintain a website ( where I discuss my work, my finds (reviewing books and supplies) and suggestions for teaching everyone this age-old art. I particularly love teaching all aspects of knitting ... from beginner to expert, from learning to read charts to designing your own. On most Saturdays, you can find me working at my LYS, Dog House Yarns in Culpeper. I am the exclusive designer for the cashmere-farm, Spring Gate Farm, located in Barboursville, VA. I earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) in 1988 and a BA in Print Journalism from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington) in 1983. I continue with my knitting education by attending seminars, voraciously reading all knitting books, magazines, and websites, and constantly honing my practical knitting skills. I was an active member of the Association of Knitwear Designers (which shut down, unfortunately). I am married, have 5 children (10 to 23 yrs) and keep busy homeschooling, working on the computer, writing articles, and knitting, knitting, knitting in rural Virginia. In 2008, a book I wrote was published "Great Yarns for the Close-Knit Family: over two dozen hand-knit designs inspired by a dozen fantastic family read-alouds"; a year later, another book I wrote hit the bookstores, "In His Image: Nurturing Creativity in the Heart of Your Home" (both are available on Amazon and other book outlets)..