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COMING SOON: Alex’s Gansey pattern;
Lansallos pattern (first published in ‘The Knitter’);
Hetty the Hap Shawl (first published in ‘The Knitter’).
I occasionally publish pieces about historical dolls (usually wooden or cloth, 19thc). So, for those dear Readers who enjoy such things….
Hitty Aethereal Dress
Here’s a quick pattern for a dress for a 6″ doll, based on genuine Victorian lace edging (so the skirt is knitted sideways…) You can do this beaded, or unbeaded and use up any oddment of laceweight you may have lying around.
For anyone who read my recent article in ‘Piecework’ about Charlotte Bronte making the clothes for an employer’s dolls’ house dolls… this would fit the original dolls we documented, there. (This pattern would work well for a ‘Hitty’ style doll or a repro of a Grodnertal or similar 19thC doll of roughly 6″ in height).
Tiny crochet hook to bead the yarn as you knit (or thread beads on yarn before you start)
Glass/pearl/Swarowski/semi precious beads
Laceweight yarn (I used YarnAddict’s Pure Silk, but any laceweight would work).
For this dress, the skirt is knitted flat and seam sewn up when you’re finished knitting. The bodice and sleeves are knitted in the round.
When completed, I mounted the skirt on some contrasting backing fabric (I used lightweight dark blue linen). This is optional.
This dress fits my beautiful Wanda Harrigan Hitty.
Lace is quite stretchy so this should probably work for most six inch-ish modern or antique Hittys, Mason-Taylor reproductions, or similar. I knitted the waistband in ribbing to make it look more fitted.
You could always decrease a couple of stitches at the waistband if you have a slender Hitty, and increase in the final round of waistband before starting Chart B, if you want a more fitted look or have a slimmer Hitty.
CO 22 stitches, loosely. Leave a long tail (around 12”) so you can use this to sew up the back seam, when you’re finished knitting.
Work Chart A (Victorian zig zag lace) til you have 12 points. I knitted a bead into the tip of each point (ie: Bead final stitch in row 8).
Continue to randomly bead the bodice and sleeves or not, as you prefer.
PU 64 stitches evenly across top (straight) edge of skirt.
Row 1: (K2 tog) to end row [32 stitches]
Join in the round, PM
Work 4 rounds in K1, P1 ribbing
(Stocking st on right side)
Row 1: K
Row 2: K
Row 3: K2, * YO, K2 tog, K1; rep from * to end round
Row 4: K
Repeat bodice pattern til you have 3 full pattern repeats, ending with round 4.
Now work flat.
Next 2 rounds: garter stitch (Purl both rows)
Work 1st 11 stitches.
Place central 10 stitches on safety pin/waste yarn – these will later be the front neck of the bodice.
Place last 11 stitches on safety pin/waste yarn – these will later be the second sleeve.
Returning to your 11 sleeve stitches – Make 6 [17 sts]
Join in the round.
Work 1 round purl.
Work two complete repeats of Bodice pattern, as above (8 rounds)
Work 3 rounds garter stitch
Cast off loosely.
Make second sleeve to match
PU 10 stitches waiting for you.
PU 32 stitches across bodice sleeves and back [42 sts]
Work 1 round knit
Work 1 round purl
Work 1 round knit
Cast off loosely.
Weave in ends and use long tail of cast on to sew up the back seam in the skirt.
CO = cast on
PM = Place marker
PU = Pick up