• Wool Cotton by Rowan, approx 122 yd/50 g ball (50% wool/50% cotton): 1 ball in Ecru 900 (MC)
• Scraps of 4-ply cotton in black
• Pair of US 3 (3.25 mm) and US 7 (4.5 mm) needles
• Black embroidery thread
• Scrap of red felt
• Scraps of 4-ply cotton in white (A)
• Old white T-shirt
Using MC yarn, make a Basic Doll.
Use leftover black yarn to make eyes. Use red felt to create a mouth, making it slightly wider on one side.
To create hair, cast on 6 sts. Using a looped knitting technique, stitch around the top and back of head.
Using US 3 (3.25 mm) needles and two strands of yarn A held together, cast on 26 sts.
Work 4 rows in St st.
Next row: Bind off 7 sts, k6, turn.
Slip rem stitches onto a stitch holder. Working on 6 sts only, work one row of purl.
Next row: Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (5 sts)
Next row: Purl.
Next row: Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (4 sts)
Next row: Purl.
Work a further 9 rows in St st.
Place sts back onto the needles, with WS facing, bind off 7 sts and purl to end of row.
Work rem sts to match first side, reversing all shapings. Sew back openings together and sew straps together to make a halter neck.
Cut a length of fabric from the bottom edge of T-shirt fabric approximately 4-7/8 ins (12 cm) deep and 22 ins (55 cm) long. Stitch 4-7/8-in (12-cm) edges together to form a tube.
Thread a sewing needle and work a running stitch all around the top edge approx. 1/8 in (0.5 cm) from edge.
Repeat this with a second round of running stitch approx. 3/8 in (1 cm) below the first.
Take the ends of the threads and pull to create a pleat effect.
Place skirt on doll, and when a snug fit is achieved, tie the threads together.
Pin bodice onto skirt and stitch into position.
Excerpted from Knitted Icons: 25 Celebrity Doll Patterns by Carol Meldrum. Copyright 2007 by Collins & Brown. Excerpted with permission from Quirk Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.