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By Aine Marriott
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Autumn always conjures up thoughts of leafy woodland walks, and what better companion to have on such a walk than your own little woodland sprite? Clothed in a lacy dress made in the colors of the season and a matching leaf hat, this little fairy is sure to bring about some magic.
1 2 3 4 5 6 INTERMEDIATE
Height: 12 inches
DK weight yarn (100% acrylic; 306 yds/100g per ball): 1 ball each oatmeal (A) and rust (B)
DK weight yarn (96% acrylic/ 4% polyester; 328 yds/100g per skein): 1 skein gray (C)
Fingering weight yarn (90% superwash merino/ 10% nylon; 383 yds/100g per hank): 1 hank green (D)
Small amounts of black and pink DK weight yarn for face
Size 2 (2.75mm) straight and double-point needles (set of 4)
Size 4 (3.5mm) straight and double-point needles (set of 4) or size needed to obtain gauge
2 (½-inch) buttons
28 sts and 36 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st with larger needles.
To save time, take time to check gauge.
Make 1 Right (M1R): Insert LH needle from back to front under horizontal strand between last st worked and next st on LH needle, knit into front of resulting loop.
Make 1 Left (M1L): Insert tip of LH needle from front to back under horizontal strand between last st worked and next st on LH needle, knit into back of resulting loop.
2 over 2 Right Cross (2/2 RC): Slip next 2 sts to cn and hold in back, k2, k2 from cn.
2 over 2 Left Cross (2/2 LC): Slip next 2 sts to cn and hold in front, k2, k2 from cn.
2 over 1 Right Purl Cross (2/1 RPC): Slip next st to cn and hold in back, k2, p1 from cn.
2 over 1 Left Purl Cross (2/1 LPC): Slip next 2 sts to cn and hold in front, p1, k2 from cn.
Knit 3 together (K3tog): Knit next 3 sts tog.
Centered Double Decrease (CDD): Slip next 2 sts as if to k2tog, k1, p2sso.
I-Cord: Using dpns, cast on desired number of sts, do not turn; *slide sts to other end of needle, pull yarn across back, knit across; rep from * until cord is desired length. Bind off.
The body of the doll is knit in the round from the top of the head down, and then splits for the legs. The arms are knit separately and sewn on.
Head & Body
With smaller dpns and A, cast on 6 sts, divide evenly on 3 dpns. Mark beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: Kfb around — 12 sts.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: Kfb around — 24 sts.
Rnd 4: Knit.
Rnd 5: *K1, kfb; rep from * around — 36 sts.
Rnd 6: Knit.
Rnd 7: *K2, kfb; rep from * around — 48 sts.
Rnd 8: Knit.
Rnd 9: *K3, kfb; rep from * around — 60 sts.
Rnds 10–34: Knit 25 rnds.
Rnd 35: *K1, k2tog; rep from * around — 40 sts.
Rnd 36: Knit.
Rnd 37: K2tog around — 20 sts.
Rnd 38: K2tog around — 10 sts.
Rnd 39: Knit.
Rnd 40: Kfb around — 20 sts.
Rnd 41: Knit.
Rnd 42: Kfb around — 40 sts.
Rnds 43 and 44: Knit.
Rnd 45: *K3, kfb; rep from * around — 50 sts. Stuff head with fiberfill to desired fullness. Knit 34 rnds.
Division rnd: K25 for first leg, transfer rem 25 sts to waste yarn for 2nd leg. Rearrange 25 sts on 3 dpns to knit first leg.
Dec rnd: *K3, k2tog; rep from * around — 20 sts. Knit 41 rnds.
Heel & Foot
Note:Heel is worked back and forth with short rows.
Short row 1: K7, turn.
Short row 2: Sl 1, p1, turn.
Short row 3: Sl 1, k2, turn.
Short rows 4–12: Continue in this manner, slipping first st and working 1 more st in St st than on previous row.
Row 13: Sl 1, k19. Join to knit in rnds. Knit 9 rnds.
Dec rnd: K2tog around — 10 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a 12-inch tail.
Use tapestry needle to run tail through rem sts to hold.
Stuff leg with fiberfill, and then tighten tail to close up foot. Weave in end.
Stuff body with fiberfill before starting 2nd leg.
Transfer 25 sts from waste yarn to 3 dpns, rejoin yarn.
Knit 1 rnd, then complete as for first leg, beg with Dec rnd.
Note: Use photograph as a guide for embroidery.
Mark the center 2 sts on face about 8 rows above the dec rows at base of head.
With A, work 4 or 5 horizontal backstitches over these 2 sts.
With pink, work small V shape 3 or 4 rows beneath nose.
Mark positions for the eyes, each 5 sts on either side and 1 row above the nose.
With black, work 3 vertical backstitches.
With smaller dpns and A, cast on 15 sts, divide evenly on 3 dpns. Mark beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twist.
Knit 37 rnds.
Inc rnd: K7, M1R, knit to last 7 sts, M1L, k7 — 17 sts.
Rep Inc rnd [every other rnd] twice more — 21 sts.
Division rnd: K7, place next 7 sts on waste yarn for thumb, k7 — 14 sts.
Knit 5 rnds.
Next rnd: K2tog around — 7 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail.
Thread tail through the rem sts and pull tight. Weave in end.
Transfer the 7 sts on waste yarn to 3 dpns, rejoin yarn.
Rnd 1: K7, pick up and knit 1 st from the space where the thumb meets the hand — 8 sts.
Rnd 2: K2tog around — 4 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving an 8 — inch tail.
Thread tail through the rem sts and pull tight. Weave in end.
Stuff arms, taking care to push some fiberfill into the thumb.
Whipstitch across cast-on edge with thumb pointing to 1 side.
Sew arms to body just under the neck shaping.
Note: The hair is knit in 1 piece and then sewn onto the top of the head.
With smaller needles and B, cast on 47 sts.
Row 1: Bind off 40 sts, knit to end — 7 sts.
Row 2: K7, use knit cast-on method to cast on 40 sts — 47 sts.
Row 3: Bind off 40 sts, knit to end — 7 sts.
Row 4: K7, cast on 50 sts — 57 sts.
Row 5: Bind off 50 sts, knit to end — 7 sts.
Rows 6–9: Rep [Rows 4 and 5] twice.
Row 10: K7, cast on 60 sts — 67 sts.
Row 11: Bind off 60 sts, knit to end — 7 sts.
Rows 12–19: Rep [Rows 10 and 11] 4 times.
Row 20: K7, cast on 70 sts — 77 sts.
Row 21: Bind off 70 sts, knit to end — 7 sts.
Rows 22–49: Rep [Rows 20 and 21] 14 times.
Rows 50–59: Rep [Rows 10 and 11] 5 times.
Rows 60–67: Rep [Rows 4 and 5] 3 times.
Row 68: K7, cast on 40 sts — 47 sts.
Row 69: Bind off 40 sts, knit to end — 7 sts.
Row 70: Rep Row 68 — 47 sts.
Bind off all sts.
Fold garter st edge of hairpiece in half and sew tog. Position on top of doll's head and sew in place.
Note: Wings are made in 2 halves and then sewn tog.
With smaller needles and C, cast on 2 sts.
Row 1: Kfb, k1 — 3 sts.
Row 2: K2, kfb — 4 sts.
Row 3: Kfb, k3 — 5 sts
Row 4: K3, kfb, k1 — 6 sts.
Row 5: Kfb, k5 — 7 sts.
Row 6: Knit.
Row 7: K5, k2tog — 6 sts.
Row 8: Knit.
Row 9: K4, k2tog — 5 sts.
Row 10: Knit.
Row 11: K3, k2tog — 4 sts.
Row 12: K2tog, k2 — 3 sts.
Row 13: K1, k2tog — 2 sts.
Row 14: Kfb, k1 — 3 sts.
Row 15: K2, kfb — 4 sts.
Row 16: Kfb, k3 — 5 sts.
Row 17: Knit.
Row 18: Kfb, k4 — 6 sts.
Row 19: K5, kfb — 7 sts.
Row 20: K5, k2tog — 6 sts.
Row 21: K5, kfb — 7 sts.
Row 22: Kfb, k6 — 8 sts.
Row 23: K2tog, k6 — 7 sts.
Row 24: Knit.
Row 25: K2tog, k3, k2tog — 5 sts.
Row 26: K3, k2tog — 4 sts.
Row 27: [K2tog] twice — 2 sts.
Sew wing pieces tog along short edge. Sew to back of doll.
With larger dpns and D, cast on 4 sts. Work a 4-st I-Cord for 12 rnds.
Note: From this point, work back and forth in rows.
Row 1 (RS): [Kfb]
4 times — 8 sts.
Row 2: Kfb, k1, p4, k1, kfb — 10 sts.
Row 3: Kfb, k3, M1R, k2, M1L, k3, kfb — 14 sts.
Row 4: K4, p6, k4.
Row 5: Kfb, k3, M1R, k6, M1L, k3, kfb — 18 sts.
Row 6: K5, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2, k5.
Row 7: Kfb, k2, 2/2 RC, p1, M1R, k2, M1L, p1, 2/2 LC, k2, kfb — 22 sts.
Row 8: K4, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, k4.
Row 9: Kfb, k1, 2/2 RC, k4, M1R, k2, M1L, k4, 2/2 LC, k1, kfb — 26 sts.
Row 10: K3, p2, k7, p2, k7, p2, k3.
Row 11: K2tog, k22, k2tog — 24 sts.
Row 12: K2, p2, k7, p2, k7, p2, k2.
Row 13: K2, k2tog, k16, k2tog, k2 — 22 sts.
Row 14: K2, p1, k7, p2, k7, p1, k2.
Row 15: K2tog, k1, k2tog, turn, leaving rem 17 sts unworked.
Row 16: K3.
Row 17: K3tog — 1 st.
Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail, fasten off last st.
With RS facing, rejoin yarn to rem 17 sts on needle.
Row 15: K2tog, k8, k2tog, turn, leaving 5 sts unworked. Continue working on these 10 sts only.
Row 16: K4, p2, k4.
Row 17: Knit.
Row 18: K4, p2, k4.
Row 19: K2tog, k6, k2tog — 8 sts.
Row 20: K3, p2, k3.
Row 21: K2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog — 5 sts.
Row 22: Knit.
Row 23: K2tog, k1, k2tog — 3 sts.
Row 24: K3tog — 1 st. Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail, fasten off last st. With RS facing, rejoin yarn to rem 5 sts on needle.
Row 15: K2tog, k1, k2tog — 3 sts.
Row 16: Knit.
Row 17: K3tog — 1 st. Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail, fasten off last st. Weave in any loose ends. Position leaf hat on top of head with stalk pointing up and sew in place.
With larger needles and D, cast on 102 sts.
Row 1 (RS): K1, yo, *k5, slip the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th sts over the first st, yo; rep from * to last st, k1 — 43 sts.
Row 2: P1, *(p1, yo, k1-tbl) in next st, p1; rep from * to end — 85 sts.
Row 3: K1, k1-tbl, *k3, k1-tbl; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Rows 4–6: Knit.
Rows 7 and 9: K3, *ssk, [k1, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Rows 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16: K4, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 11: K3, *yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 13: K3, *k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 15: K3, *k2, yo, CDD, yo, k3; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Rows 17–36: Rep [Rows 7–16] twice.
Row 37: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1 — 57 sts.
Row 38: Knit.
Row 39 (buttonhole): K1, yo, k2tog, k4, [k2tog, k8] 5 times — 52 sts.
Row 40: Knit.
Row 41: P21, k2, p6, k2, p21.
Row 42: K21, p2, k6, p2, k21.
Row 43: P21, 2/1 LPC, p4, 2/1 RPC, p21.
Row 44: K22, p2, k4, p2, k22.
Row 45 (buttonhole): P1, yo, p2tog, p19, 2/1 LPC, p2, 2/1 RPC, purl to end.
Row 46: K23, p2, k2, p2, k23.
Row 47: Bind off 16 sts pwise, p7 (including last st from bind-off), 2/1 LPC, 2/1 RPC, purl to end — 36 sts.
Row 48: Bind off 16 sts, k8 (including last st from bind-off), p4, k8 — 20 sts.
Row 49: P2tog, p6, 2/2 RC, p6, p2tog — 18 sts.
Row 50: K2tog, k5, p4, k5, k2tog — 16 sts.
Row 51: P2tog, p3, 2/1 RPC, 2/1 LPC, p3, p2tog — 14 sts.
Row 52: K2tog, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, k2tog — 12 sts.
Row 53: P2tog, 2/1 RPC, p2, 2/1 LPC, p2tog — 10 sts.
Division row: P2tog, p1, place these 3 sts on waste yarn, bind off next 4 sts, p1, p2tog — 3 sts.
Work a 3-st I-Cord for 22 rnds. Bind off.
Transfer the 3 sts from waste yarn to dpn and rejoin yarn; work 3-st I-Cord for 22 rnds.
Sew bound-off end of I-Cord straps to back of dress, close to center back seam.
Weave in all ends.
Sew buttons onto dress to correspond with the buttonholes.
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