Project: Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

There once lived a lovely princess called Snow White. She had a wicked stepmother who was very jealous of her because she wanted to be the most beautiful woman in the land, so she sent Snow White into the forest in the hope she’d never return... make this gorgeous doll set based on the story, taken from Knitted Fairy Tales by Sarah Keen (£14.99, www.thegmcgroup.com).

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Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs


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There once lived a lovely princess called Snow White. She had a wicked stepmother who was very jealous of her because she wanted to be the most beautiful woman in the land, so she sent Snow White into the forest in the hope she’d never return… make this gorgeous doll set based on the story, taken from Knitted Fairy Tales by Sarah Keen (£14.99, www.thegmcgroup.com).


Information you will need


Finished sizes

Snow White measures 8½in (22cm) high

Dwarfs measure 7in (18cm) high


Materials

Any DK (US: light worsted) yarn

Note: amounts are approximate

5g navy blue (A)

15g pale pink (B)

15g white (C)

10g medium blue (D)

15g red (E)

10g yellow (F)

10g black (G)

15g royal blue (H)

10g brown (I)

10g fawn (J)

5g purple (K)

5g lilac (L)

5g orange (M)

5g pale blue (N)

5g petrol blue (O)

5g claret (P)

5g dark green (Q)

5g green (R)

5g bright pink (S)

5g mauve (T)

5g ginger (U)

5g silver grey (V)

5g dark grey (W)

5g gold (X)

Oddments of black, red, pale pink, royal blue and gold for embroidery

1 pair of 3.25mm (UK10:US3) needles and a spare needle of the same size

Knitters’ blunt-ended pins and a needle for sewing up

Tweezers for stuffing small parts (optional)

Acrylic toy stuffing

7 plastic drinking straws

4 chenille sticks

Red pencil for shading cheeks


Tension

26 sts x 34 rows measure 4in (10cm) square over st-st using 3.25mm needles and DK yarn before stuffing.


Working instructions

Sew up all row-end seams on right side using mattress stitch, unless otherwise stated; a one-stitch seam allowance has been allowed for this.


How to make Snow White

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Shoes, legs, body and head

Make shoes, legs, body and head as for Jack’s Mother on page 44, using A for shoes, B for legs, C for lower body, D for upper body and B for neck and head.

 

Skirt of dress

Beg at lower edge of skirt of dress, using the thumb method and E, cast on 72 sts and beg in g-st, RS facing to beg.

Rows 1 to 4: Work 4 rows in g-st.

Rows 5 to 20: Beg with a k row, work 16 rows in st-st.

Row 21: (K2tog, k4) to end (60 sts).

Rows 22 to 26: Beg with a p row, work 5 rows in st-st.

Row 27: (K2tog, k3) to end (48 sts).

Rows 28 to 30: Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st-st.

Row 31: (K2tog, k2) to end (36 sts).

Cast off kwise.

 

Sleeves, arms and hands (make 2)

Beg at shoulder, using the thumb method and F for sleeve, cast on 4 sts.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: K1 (m1, k1) to end (7 sts).

Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1 (9 sts).

Rows 5 to 8: Rep rows 3 and 4 twice more (13 sts).

Place a marker on first and last st of the last row.

Row 9: Purl.

Rows 10 to 21: Change to B for arm and beg with a k row, work 12 rows in st-st.

Row 22: K3, (k2tog, k3) twice (11 sts).

Place a marker on last row for the wrist gathering.

Rows 23 to 27: Beg with a p row, work 5 rows in st-st.

Row 28: K2tog, (k1, k2tog) to end (7 sts).

Thread yarn through sts on needle, pull tight and secure by threading yarn a second time through sts.

 

Sleeve frills (make 2)

Using the thumb method and F, cast on 20 sts, WS facing to beg.

Rows 1 and 2: P 1 row then k 1 row (this part is turned under).

Picot row: K2, (yf, k2tog) to end.

Rows 4 to 6: Beg with a k row, work 3 rows in st-st, ending with a k row.

Cast off kwise.

 

Hair

Make hair as for Jack’s Mother on page 45 using G.

 

Neckband

Make neckband as for Jack’s Mother on page 45 using D.

 

Headscarf

Make headscarf as for Jack’s Mother on page 45 using H.

 

 

Making up Snow White

Shoes, legs, body and head

Make up shoes, legs, body and head as for Jack’s Mother on page 45.

 

Skirt of dress

Make up skirt of dress as for Jack’s Mother on page 45.

 

Sleeves, arms and hands

Sew up row ends of hands and place a small ball of stuffing into hands, pushing stuffing in with tweezers or tip of scissors. Sew up sleeves from wrists to markers at underarm. Stuff sleeves and leave armholes open. To shape wrists, take a double length of pale pink and sew a gathering stitch around row with marker on at wrists, sewing in and out of every half stitch. Pull tight, knot yarn and sew ends into wrists.

 

Sleeve frills

Turn hem under and sew in place. Place sleeve frills around arms and sew up row ends. Sew cast-off stitches of sleeve frills to first row of sleeve all the way round. Sew arms to doll at either side, sewing cast-on stitches at top of arms to second row below neck.

 

Features, hair and embroidery

Work features and make up hair as for Jack’s Mother on page 46. Using picture as a guide, embroider bodice in royal blue (see page 171 for how to begin and fasten off the embroidery invisibly).

 

Neckband

Make up neckband as for Jack’s Mother on page 46.

 

Headscarf

Make up headscarf as for Jack’s Mother on page 46.


How to make Dwarfs

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Note: make one dwarf in colours as shown and then six more dwarfs in a selection of colours for upper body, skirt of jacket, arms and hat, from K and L, F and M, N and O, E and P, Q and R, S and T. Work hair and beard for one dwarf in U, one in V and four more in C.

 

Boots, legs, body and head

Right leg

Beg at sole of boot, using the thumb method and I, cast on 10 sts.

Place a marker on cast-on edge between the 4th and 5th st of the sts just cast on.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: K1, (m1, k1) to end (19 sts).

Rows 3 to 5: Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st-st.

Shape boot

Row 6: K1, (k2tog) 7 times, k4 (12 sts).

Rows 7 to 9: Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st-st.

Rows 10 to 19: Change to J for leg and work 10 rows in st-st.

Break yarn and set aside.

Left leg

Beg at sole of boot, using the thumb method and I, cast on 10 sts.

Place a marker on cast-on edge between the 6th and 7th st of the sts just cast on.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: K1, (m1, k1) to end (19 sts).

Rows 3 to 5: Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st-st.

Shape boot

Row 6: K4, (k2tog) 7 times, k1 (12 sts).

Rows 7 to 9: Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st-st.

Rows 10 to 19: Change to J for leg and work 10 rows in st-st.

Join legs

Row 18: K across sts of left leg, and then with the same yarn cont k across sts of right leg (24 sts).

Place a marker on first and last st of the last row.

Rows 19 to 21: Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st-st.

Rows 22 to 33: Change to D for upper body and beg with a k row, work 12 rows in st-st.

Rows 34 to 43: Change to B for head and work 10 rows in st-st.

Shape top of head

Row 44: (K2tog, k1) to end (16 sts).

Row 45: Purl.

Row 46: (K2tog) to end (8 sts).

Thread yarn through sts on needle, and leave loose.

 

Boot tops (make 2)

Using the thumb method and I, cast on 18 sts, RS facing to beg.

Cast off pwise.

 

Skirt of tunic and belt

Beg at lower edge, using the thumb method and H, cast on 36 sts and beg in g-st, RS facing to beg.

Rows 1 and 2: Work 2 rows in g-st.

Rows 3 to 6: Beg with a k row, work 4 rows in st-st.

Change to G for belt and dec:

Row 7: K2, k2tog, (k4, k2tog) to last 2 sts, k2 (30 sts).

Cast off kwise.

 

Arms and hands

Using the thumb method and colour to match skirt of tunic, cast on 5 sts.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: K1, (m1, k1) to end (9 sts).

Rows 3 to 11: Beg with a p row, work 9 rows in st-st.

Rows 12 and 13: Change to B and work 2 rows in st-st.

Row 14: (K2tog, k1) to end (6 sts).

Thread yarn through sts on needle, pull tight and secure by threading yarn a second time through sts.

 

Hair

Beg at lower edge, using the thumb method and C, cast on 24 sts and work in g-st, RS facing to beg.

Rows 1 to 12: Work 12 rows in g-st.

Shape crown

Row 13: (K2tog, k1) to end (16 sts).

Row 14: Knit.

Row 15: (K2tog) to end (8 sts).

Thread yarn through sts on needle, pull tight and secure by threading yarn a second time through sts.

 

Hat

Using the thumb method and colour to match upper body, cast on 32 sts, RS facing to beg.

Rows 1 to 8: Beg with a k row, work 8 rows in st-st.

Row 9: (K2tog, k2) to end (24 sts).

Rows 10 to 12: Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st-st.

Row 13: (K2tog, k2) to end (18 sts).

Rows 14 to 16: Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st-st.

Row 17: (K2tog, k1) to end (12 sts).

Row 18: Purl.

Row 19: (K2tog) to end (6 sts).

Thread yarn through sts on needle, pull tight and secure by threading yarn a second time through sts.

 

Beard

Beg at lower edge, using the thumb method and C, cast on 4 sts and work in g-st, RS facing to beg.

Rows 1 to 6: Work 6 rows in g-st.

Row 7: K3, m1, k1 (5 sts).

Rows 8 to 10: Work 3 rows in g-st.

Row 11: K4, m1, k1 (6 sts).

Rows 12 to 22: Work 11 rows in g-st.

Row 23: K3, k2tog, k1 (5 sts).

Rows 24 to 26: Work 3 rows in g-st.

Row 27: K2, k2tog, k1 (4 sts).

Rows 28 to 33: Work 6 rows in g-st, ending with a RS row.

Cast off in g-st.

 

Pick, spade and lantern

Note: Make a selection of picks, spades and lanterns, one for each dwarf.

Head of pick

Using V, cast on 3 sts, WS facing to beg.

Rows 1 and 3: Purl.

Row 2: K1, m1, k1, m1, k1 (5 sts).

Row 4: K1, m1, k3, m1, k1 (7 sts).

Rows 5 to 13: Beg with a p row, work 9 rows in st-st.

Row 14: K1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1 (5 sts).

Row 15: Purl.

Row 16: K1, k3tog, k1 (3 sts).

Row 17: Purl.

Thread yarn through sts on needle, pull tight and secure by threading yarn a second time through sts.

Handle of pick

Using V, cast on 6 sts, WS facing to beg.

Rows 1 to 7: Beg with a p row, work 7 rows in st-st.

Change to W and work in st-st until work measures 3¼in (8cm) from beg.

Cast off in st-st.

 

Head of spade

Using W, cast on 16 sts, WS facing to beg.

Rows 1 to 5: Beg with a p row, work 5 rows in st-st.

Row 6: K2, (k2tog) twice, k4, (k2tog) twice, k2 (12 sts).

Rows 7 to 9: Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st-st.

Row 10: K1, (k2tog) twice, k2, (k2tog) twice, k1 (8 sts).

Row 11: (P2tog) to end (4 sts).

Handle of spade

Using W, cast on 6 sts, WS facing to beg.

Rows 1 to 5: Beg with a p row, work 5 rows in st-st.

Change to V and work in st-st until work measures 2in (5cm) from beg.

Cast off in st-st.

Top of handle

Using V, cast on 6 sts, WS facing to beg.

Beg with a p row, work st-st until work measures 1½in (4cm).

Cast off in st-st.

 

Lantern

Using the thumb method and G, cast on 6 sts.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: (Kfb) to end (12 sts).

Row 3: Knit.

Rows 4 and 5: Join on X and beg with a k row, work 2 rows in st-st.

Rows 6 and 7: Carry yarn loosely up side of work and using G, work 2 rows in g-st.

Rows 8 to 11: Rep rows 4 to 7 once.

Rows 12 and 13: Cont in G and k 1 row, then p 1 row.

Row 14: (K2tog, k1) to end (8 sts).

Rows 15 and 16: P 1 row, then k 1 row.

Row 17: (P2tog) to end (4 sts).

Thread yarn through sts on needle, pull tight and secure by threading yarn a second time through sts.

Pole of lantern

Using W, cast on 6 sts, WS facing to beg.

Beg with a p row, work in st-st until work measures 6in (15cm).

Cast off in st-st.

 

Making up Dwarfs

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Boots, legs, body and head

Sew up row ends of boots and, with markers at tips of toes, oversew cast-on stitches; leg seam will be ¼in (6mm) on inside edge of heel. Place a ball of stuffing into toe of each boot, pushing stuffing in with tweezers or tip of scissors. Sew up row ends of legs and sew round crotch. Stuff legs, pushing stuffing in with tweezers or tip of scissors. Sew up row ends of body, up to halfway up head.
Stuff body and head and pull stitches on thread tight, fasten off and finish sewing up row ends. To shape neck, take a double length of yarn to match upper body and sew a running stitch round last row of upper body, sewing in and out of every half stitch. Pull tight, knot yarn and sew ends into neck.

 

Skirt of tunic and belt

Sew up row ends of skirt of tunic and belt and place on doll. Sew belt to first row of upper body all the way round.

 

Arms

Sew up row ends of arms leaving a gap and stuff, pushing stuffing in with tweezers or tip of scissors. Sew up gap and gather round cast-on stitches, pull tight and secure. Sew arms to doll at each side.

 

Features

Mark position of eyes with two pins on 5th row above neck with two clear knitted stitches in between. Begin and fasten off features at top of head under hair and embroider eyes in black, working a vertical chain stitch for each eye, starting at marked position and finishing on the row above. Embroider nose in pale pink on row below eyes, making a bundle of five horizontal stitches over one stitch. Shade cheeks with a red pencil. Embroider buckle in gold using straight stitches (see page 171 for how to start and fasten off invisibly for the embroidery).

 

Hair

Make up hair as for Jack on page 43.

 

Hat

Sew up row ends of hat, lightly stuff top of hat and place hat on head. Pin and sew lower edge of hat to head.

 

Beard

Sew a gathering stitch along straight row ends and gather top edge of beard. Sew beard around face and sew ends of beard to hair at both sides.

 

 

Pick

Cut a length of drinking straw ½in (13mm) long and two lengths of chenille stick each 1½in (4cm) long. Place chenille sticks inside straw and slide straw to middle. Place head of pick around straw and chenille sticks and oversew row ends along length, enclosing straw and chenille sticks inside. Bend tips of head of pick up. To make handle, cut a length of drinking straw 3in (7.5cm) long, place handle of pick around straw and oversew row ends along the length, enclosing straw inside. Gather round cast-off stitches at top of handle, pull tight and secure. Sew head of pick to handle at centre of lower edge. Sew pick to Dwarf.

 

Spade

Sew up row ends of spade with seam at centre back and set aside. Cut a length of drinking straw 2in (5cm) long and two lengths of chenille stick each 3½in (9cm) long. Place chenille sticks inside straw
and slide straw to top end. Bend chenille sticks out and round in the shape of a spade and place inside head of spade. Oversew cast-on stitches at top of head of spade. To make handle, place long piece of knitting around straw and oversew along length, enclosing straw inside. Sew head of spade to handle
at lower edge. Cut a length of drinking straw 1in (2.5cm) long, place short piece of knitting around straw and oversew along length, enclosing straw inside. Gather round both ends of short piece, pull tight and secure. Sew short piece across top of handle. Sew spade to Dwarf.

 

Lantern

Gather round cast-on stitches of lantern and sew up row ends, leaving a gap. Stuff, pushing stuffing in with tweezers or tip of scissors, and sew up gap. Embroider vertical lines around lantern. To make pole, cut a length of drinking straw 5½in (14cm) long, place pole of lantern around straw and oversew row ends along the length, enclosing straw inside. Gather round top and bottom, pull tight and secure. Sew lantern to pole ½in (13mm) below top of pole. Sew pole to Dwarf.


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How to make Jack’s Mother

Shoes, legs, body and head

Right shoe and leg

Beg at sole of shoe, using the thumb method and H, cast on 14 sts.

Place a marker on cast-on edge between the 5th and 6th st of the sts just cast on.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: K2, (m1, k2) to end (20 sts).

Rows 3 to 7: Beg with a p row, work5 rows in st-st.

Shape shoe

Row 8: (K1, k2tog) twice, k2, (k2tog, k1) twice, k6 (16 sts).

Row 9: Purl.

Change to D for leg and dec:

Row 10: (K2, k2tog) twice, k8 (14 sts).

Rows 11 to 33: Beg with a p row, work 23 rows in st-st.

Break yarn and set aside.

Left shoe and leg

Beg at sole of shoe, using the thumb method and H, cast on 14 sts.

Place a marker on cast-on edge between the 9th and 10th st of the sts just cast on.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: K2, (m1, k2) to end (20 sts).

Rows 3 to 7: Beg with a p row, work 5 rows in st-st.

Shape shoe

Row 8: K7, (k2tog, k1) twice, (k1, k2tog) twice, k1 (16 sts).

Row 9: Purl.

Change to D for leg and dec:

Row 10: K8, (k2tog, k2) twice (14 sts).

Rows 11 to 33: Beg with a p row, work 23 rows in st-st.

Join legs

Row 34: Change to B for lower body and k across sts of left leg, and then with the

same yarn cont k across sts of right leg (28 sts).

Rows 35 to 41: Beg with a p row, work 7 rows in st-st.

Rows 42 to 51: Change to I for upper body and work 10 rows in st-st.

Rows 52 to 55: Change to D for neck and work 4 rows in st-st.

Place a marker on the last row for neck gathering.

Rows 56 and 57: Work 2 rows in st-st.

Row 58: *K4, (m1, k2) 4 times, k2; rep from * once (36 sts).

Rows 59 to 73: Beg with a p row, work 15 rows in st-st.

Shape top of head

Row 74: (K2tog, k2) to end (27 sts).

Row 75 and foll alt row: Purl.

Row 76: (K2tog, k1) to end (18 sts).

Row 78: (K2tog) to end (9 sts).

Thread yarn through sts on needle and leave loose.

 

 

 

Hair

Beg at lower edge using the thumb method and K, cast on 36 sts and work in g-st, RS facing to beg.

Rows 1 to 20: Work 20 rows in g-st.

Shape crown

Row 21: (K2tog, k2) to end (27 sts).

Row 22 and foll alt row: Knit.

Row 23: (K2tog, k1) to end (18 sts).

Row 25: (K2tog) to end (9 sts).

Thread yarn through sts on needle, pull tight and secure by threading yarn a second time through sts.

 

Neckband

Using the thumb method and I, cast on 38 sts, RS facing to beg.

Cast off pwise.

Headscarf

Using the thumb method and L, cast on 45 sts and work in g-st, RS facing to beg.

Rows 1 and 2: Work 2 rows in g-st.

Row 3: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (43 sts).

Row 4: Knit.

Rows 5 to 28: Rep rows 3 and 4, 12 times more (19 sts).

Row 29: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (17 sts).

Rows 30 to 32: Work 3 rows in g-st.

Rows 33 to 56: Rep rows 29 to 32, 6 times more (5 sts).

Row 57: K2tog, k1, k2tog (3 sts).

Row 58: K3tog tbl (1 st).

Fasten off.

 

 

Making up Jack’s Mother

Shoes, legs, body and head

Sew up row ends of shoes and, with markers at tips of toes, oversew cast-on

stitches; leg seam will be 1⁄3in (8mm) on inside edge of heel. Sew up ankles and

place a ball of stuffing into toes. Sew up row ends of legs and sew round crotch.

Stuff legs and sew up body seam. Stuff body and sew up row ends of head to half

way up head. Stuff head and pull stitches on a thread tight at top of head, fasten off and finish sewing up row ends. To shape neck, take a double length of yarn in pale pink and sew a running stitch round row with marker, sewing in and out of every half stitch. Pull tight and knot yarn, and sew ends into neck.

 

Skirt of dress

Sew up row ends of skirt of dress and, with seam at centre back, place skirt of

dress on doll. Sew cast-off stitches at waist to fi rst row of upper body all the

way round.

 

Features

Mark position of eyes with two pins on 9th row above neck with three clear knitted stitches in between. Begin and fasten off features at top of head under hair and embroider eyes with a double length of black yarn by working a vertical chain stitch for each eye, starting at marked position and ending on second row above marked position. Embroider mouth in red on the 4th and 5th rows below eyes, making a shallow ‘v’ shape across two stitches. Embroider nose in pale pink at centre front on row below eyes, making a bundle of five horizontal stitches over one stitch. Shade cheeks with a red pencil.

 

Hair

Oversew row ends of hair and place on doll and, with seam at centre back, pull

hair down to neck at back. Sew lower edge of hair to head using back stitch

all the way round.

 

 

Jack’s hair – Making up

Hair

Oversew row ends of hair and place on doll and, with seam at centre back, pull hair down to neck at back. Sew lower edge of hair to head using back stitch all the way round.

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