Swiss & Bulgarian Folk Toy Knitting Pattern

Chiara & Desislava - Swiss & Bulgarian National Costume Folk Dolls

The dolls are wearing national costumes of their country. I have tried to be as precise as possible, using colours and dress from national costume books.

Chiara is wearing the national costume from Evolene, which is a municipality in the district of Herens, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. Evolene was first mentioned in 1250 as 'Eveline', then in 1444 as 'loco de Evolena'. It became a municipal in 1882. The colours of the shawl, the colour of the striped apron are characteristic of the area's costume, as is the style of the hat with the bow at the side.

Desislava is wearing the national costume from the town of Godech in the Sofia Provence of Bulgaria. Godech was first mentioned in 1435 in the Ottoman's records. This costume is described as a Sukman costume. I have used the colours as researched, with an underskirt and a shorter over skirt.

Contains:

  • Height 20cms
  • Method Worked Flat
  • Beginners Knitting Pattern

Materials you need at home:

  • DK Wool
  • Knitting Needles Single pointed 3mm
  • Toy Stuffing
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
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Joanna Marshall

I love Knitting & Stitching, any spare time I have, you will see me busy clicking needles or stitching with thread.

I hold a City & Guilds in Hand Embroidery & Fashion. I started designing knitting patterns & embroidery patterns in 2012.

I enjoy the repetitiveness of knitting and I love creating dolls from a variety of inspiration. I have combined my interest of historical and national costume into my doll designs. My dolls are based on Grodnertal/ Dutch Wooden Dolls.

My embroidery designs are based on Folk Art/ Naïve Art & Tartans. My maternal side is descended from the Stewart, Bruce, Campbell, St. Clair & Buchanan Scottish Clans.

My work is completely original and my designs are simple to make. All my knitting patterns are worked flat, with two needles, but they are easy enough to knit on the round.

I hope you enjoy looking at my patterns, as much as I enjoy designing them. Jo x

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