These traditionally styled Nutcracker Soldier dolls stand smartly to attention, ready to stand in a group on your festive shelf or hang decoratively from your Christmas tree.
These dolls are quick and easy knitting projects, suitable for confident beginners.
The Nutcrackers are knitted flat using basic stitches. 18 photos guide you through making up and finishing your decorations. I also include alternative detailed instructions for embroidered eyes.
The same Instructions are used for all three sizes, the large (16cm /6.25”) and midsize dolls (16cm /6.25”) use different size needles and DK yarn, the smallest version (14cm /5.5”) uses 4ply yarn and 2.00mm (UK 14 /US 0) needles.
This smallest size is ideal for decorations to hang on your Christmas tree.
Less than 10g of each colour are used for each Nutcracker ornament, making this great stash busting project.
Large Nutcracker Doll DK yarn -Nutcracker doll -size-18cm /7” 3.5mm (UK 10 /US 3) and 4.0mm (UK8/ US 6) Gauge-20sts x 26 rows = 10cm (4”) 3.5mm stst. Square
Midsize Nutcracker Doll DK yarn -Nutcracker doll -size-16cm /6.25” 2.75mm (UK 12 /US 2) and 3.5mm (UK10/ US 3) Gauge-26sts x 32 rows = 10cm (4”)2.75mm. stst. Square
Small Nutcracker Doll 4ply yarn Nutcracker doll- size-14cm /5.5” Needle size 2.00mm (UK 14 /US 0) and 3.00mm (UK11/ US 3) Gauge- 32sts x 44 rows = 10cm (4”)2.75mm. stst. Square
If you are using an alternate yarn, check the recommended needle size for your yarn and use a needle 2 sizes smaller. This will give a close textured stocking stitch which will hold its shape well when stuffed
- 8 page Illustrated Knitting Pattern
- US Imperial Measurement / Metric Measurement
- Three sizes -18cm /7,16cm /6.25” and 14cm /5.5”
- Suitable for Beginners
Materials you need at home:
- Recommended yarn - , , *For large and midsize decorations- , , Paint Box Yarns Simply DK , Pure Black (101), Buttercup Yellow (122), Rose Red (113), Kingfisher Blue (134), Grass Green (129), Vanilla Cream (107) , , *For Smallest decorations , Yarns and Colours- Must Have Minis , Pure Black (100), Sunglow (013), Cardinal (031) Turquoise (065), Peony Leaf (086), Cream (002) , , All sizes Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake DK yarn- Milky-0630 , , *Large eye sewing needle , , *Toy safety eyes- , Large doll 6mm, Midsize doll -5mm, Small doll -4mm , , *Pair of compasses to draw small circles , , *Thin card (such as a cereal box) , , *Toy stuffing
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My sketch book is always full of new toy and doll characters waiting to be created in yarn.
I love bringing them to life with my knitting needles!
I spend my days in my sunny studio with my Siamese cat for company.
Surrounded by colourful yarn, my hands are busy clicking the knitting needles or sketching current ideas.
I create dolls and toys to celebrate the seasons and important times in people’s lives, Christmas and Easter- New babies and snuggly tired toddlers.
In between creating new dolls and teddy bears. I’ve created patterns for knitting magazines and worked with retail firms to create knitting kits.
I started out selling my knitted and felted bags at Craft and Design events where I enjoyed meeting other knitting enthusiasts.
It was these knitters who convinced me to publish my patterns for others to enjoy.
I do hope you enjoy your knitting project and if you would like to read more about my work please visit my website www.clairefairalldesigns.co.uk