Knitting for Sasha

These two unsteady beginners are wearing the Norwegian Pullover, left, and the Swedish Bohus Pullover, right. (Photograph courtesy of the authors of Sasha Dolls: Clothing and Patterns)

When I was a little girl, I lived in Pullman, Washington. It was a quintessential college town-it still is-with a Main Street lined with little shops, a five and dime called Fonk's, a one-story J.C. Penney, and a wonderful toy store.

The back of the store was filled with dolls, which I loved, and my favorites were the Sasha dolls.

If you're not familiar with Sasha dolls, they're beautifully produced dolls of various ethnicities, developed by Sasha Morganthaler in Switzerland. Sasha started her doll adventure in the 20s, making them for her children. She progressed to making them for resale, but she was dismayed about how expensive they were. She searched for a way to mass-produce her dolls at an affordable price, and she finally connected with a factory and was able to produce dolls for people of all economic levels to afford.

The Sasha dolls in my Pullman toy store were so beautiful, and I wanted one. A lot. Santa heard my plea and I finally got one for Christmas; I was the happiest little girl. I also got some clothes to go with my Sasha, and some accessories, too. Bliss!

I ended up with a couple of Sashas, which I played with as they were meant to be played with. They went to parties, played in the garden, watched TV with me, and they even went to school. My mom helped me make clothes for them, and we sewed up many an outfit. Such fun.

My Sasha baby doll. I love her.

My old Sasha dolls are packed up safely in my hope chest, but a few years ago I got a baby Sasha, who sits on my dresser and greets me each morning. She's just precious, don't you think?

What does this have to do with knitting, you might be asking. Well, the new issue of PieceWork's Knitting Traditions has an article about Sasha doll clothing. Sasha Dolls: Clothing and Patterns by Ann Louise Chandler and Susanna E. Lewis with Anne Votaw, is a study of Sasha Morgenthaler's clothing styles for her dolls.

The authors have gathered sixty sewing patterns, eighty knitting patterns, and thirty embroidery and smocking patterns for Shasha doll clothes. There are patterns for clothes for my Sasha baby, too!

I can't wait to get out my knitting needles and make some doll clothes; it sounds like such fun!

I was thrilled when I saw the article—I have to get that book. Knitting Traditions always provides these types of gems. I love it. Get your copy of Knitting Traditions today!


P.S. Do you have a Sasha doll? Tell us about it in the comments!

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