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Universal Hat: in-between sizes

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My Universal BJD Hat pattern aspires to make it possible for every doll to have a basic toque (or beanie, or watch cap, or whatever it’s called in your neck of the woods), based on wig size.  But some dolls don’t wear a standard wig size and in this post I’ll walk you through the arithmetic of customizing the hat beyond what’s in the pattern to fit unusually-sized heads – or unusual wigs!

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Universal BJD Toque Pattern

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Just what you’ve been waiting for: a simple sock yarn hat for ball-jointed dolls written in the same increments wigs are commonly sized by!   Written for every wig size from 3-4″ PukiPuki and similar teeny-tiny dolls, right up to the melon-headed 9-10″ large BJDs, the Universal Ball-Jointed Doll Toque is an easy beginner project or a great jumping-off point for advanced colourwork and funky stitch patterns – or just something quick to knit for a homecoming hat, swap gift, wig cap, etc.  The pattern features two different styles of brim, rolled or ribbed, and has been tested in all of the commonest wig sizes.

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The pattern is available as a free download through Ravelry, or you can get the PDF directly from my blog, here.  You may also want to check out my tutorial for micro-adjusting the sizes to accommodate in-between heads or unusual wigs.

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Happy knitting!  And remember, in the immortal words of REM: everybody hats sometimes; sometimes every brim is long, but now it’s time to knit along…

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It’s the season for thinking of bunnies and cuteness, and my contribution is now up for sale in my Ravelry store!

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That’s right, I have finally released the Ur-Bun Hoodie pattern for Slim Mini, Standard Mini, and Large BJDs!  It’s my favourite style of boxy, loose knitwear – the sort that looks terrible on me but wonderful on my dolls – and like all my patterns it’s written to be pretty beginner friendly.  It does involve cables and require reading charts, but both are simple enough to be a great introduction for the adventurous beginner.  It’s also a fun base for anyone who, like me, loves to mod designs for a unique twist!  Adjusting the length is an easy way to get a very different look from the same pattern, as I found when I worked my final sample in the largest size.  I’m so pleased with how this coat came together, and I hope you will be too!
Photos taken by the wonderful Vessellated; the model is Insoulated‘s beautiful MiniFée Shiwoo Elf, Dieudonnée.  Thanks, guys!

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I just released my second pattern this month!  It’s another free download through Ravelry, available here.  If you are having trouble with picking up stitches, do view the photo tutorial I made, and please don’t be shy about commenting if it’s still confusing.  No new photos yet, but I’m working on the standard Mini sample, so look for another photo shoot soon!

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Picking up stitches for the February Dolly Skirt is a bit tricky to explain, so I took pictures.  Clicking on them will take you to the larger size (but fair warning, it’s veeeeery large).  It’s worth noting that I knit continental, and that since I wasn’t able to work out a hands-free way to photograph this, you don’t see my right hand working the right-hand needle.  You’ll have to use your imagination for that, I guess.  Or send me money so I can buy a head-mountable videocamera?

View the tutorial under the cut.

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Somehow in almost five years of living together, G and I have never managed to own a normal number of hot mats or trivets.  I think we had two – one is glass and gets brought out for special occasions; the other is wood and was regularly used for the teapot up until its recent demise, when the glue holding the laminated pieces together finally dissolved after washing it for the umpty-ninth time.  So now we have two useless half-trivets and one I-can-hardly-stand-the-clanking glass one.  Not a sustainable situation!

Fortunately, G had an idea!  We were talking about this video of Rachel John knitting with 1000 strands of yarn and he said, “Could you make a hot mat like that?  Holding, like, 20 strands of dishcloth cotton together?  You could use dowel from my wood shop for needles!”  Well, dowel sounded a lot less comfortable than the smooth plastic 12mm needles in my stash, but the idea was a great one, as you can see!

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In the end, I used 12 strands for the square mat and 8 for the round one, working from both ends of several balls of dishcloth cotton.  For the square one, I cast on 9 stitches and worked in seed stitch until it was square-ish.  The round one is worked flat, in garter stitch, then sewed up.  I cast on 5 stitches and increased 5 across every right-side row until it was “large enough.”  Either bind off on a wrong side row or, as I did, increase 5 while binding off.  These mats only took about 1/3 of each of the balls of yarn I had, so it would be a great project if you’ve been knitting dishcloths and have leftovers in several colours!  I think you could go as few as 4 strands and still have a decent hot mat.

Yes, it was a bit unwieldy…two mats was about as much as I could manage in a day before my wrists started hurting from wrestling with such a thick “yarn.” But they’re so cheerful!  I will definitely be making more, and you should too!

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Bernard is live!

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Bernard, a turtleneck for 70cm guys, is now live!  Click through to download it as a free PDF from my Ravelry store!  Happy knitting – hope to see those FOs soon!

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