So what do you do for an obsessed 20 something year old sister when you can't send her the real George gift wrapped for Christmas as she requested on her Christmas wish list? Make a cuddly substitute of course.
|George in his cute blue scrubs|
|The basic doll. Notice that it is not anatomically correct.|
(He has no fingers or toes). However, his arms do move!
|This is the basic doll pattern I used to make George. Notice that the George doll has had a gender change!|
|Close-up of the eye. These hand embroidered eyes are child safe and allow much more realistic expressions.|
|Instructions for embroidered eyes of various sizes|
The hardest parts of making any knitted doll 'live' so to speak are the face, particularly the eyes, and the hair. I often used embroidered eyes on my knitted dolls. This is for two reasons. The first is that they are child safe. The second is that you can produce a quite realistic eye. The basic inspiration for these knitted eyes comes from a book I picked up one day second hand at a Sunday market; Easy to Make Knitted Toys by Joy Gammon. The Harry Potter doll has the same types of eyes. You just scale up to the size of the face, by using thicker or thinner wool or embroidery cotton to embroider with. The eye is constructed using a combination of small chain stitches and back stitch. A subtly variegated wool can give a really interesting iris.
Unfortunately, these days, George has pride of place on a high shelf as my sister's dog eats toys for fun and he is too precious to chew.