Strolling Dolls by Sarah Ivinson, from Knitting Traditions Spring 2016
Knit your own strolling companions as toys or display items. Edgar Allan Poe, who first inspired the term flâneur, dresses carefully even for a day (or night) spent writing in his study. A dapper Flâneur sports brown trousers, vest, cutaway jacket, cravat, and top hat. Finally, the lovely Flâneuse prepares for an expedition in a park or department store, with long skirts, a warm muff, a shawl, and a modish hat. If you haven’t tried knitting human figures before, they finish up quickly and thriftily use up stash yarns.
Finished Sizes Poe: 6½” tall and 3″ wide. Flâneur: 6½” tall and 3″ wide. Flâneuse: 5″ tall and 4½” wide.
Yarn Brown Sheep Company Nature Spun Fingering (100% wool; 310 yd [283 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #123F saddle tan (A); #N48F scarlet (B); #N89 roasted coffee (dark brown; C); #308F sunburst gold (D); #701F stone (med brown; E); #N974F Bev’s bear (light brown; F); #601F pepper (black; G); and #740F snow (white; H), 1 skein each.
Needles Size 2 (2.75 mm): set of double-pointed (dpn).
Notions Size C/2 (2.75 mm) crochet hook; stitch holder; tapestry needle; 0.5 mm floristry wire; polyester fiberfill; 1 skein Anchor embroidery floss (100% mercerized cotton; 8¾ yd [8 m]): #363; embroidery needle.
Gauge 36 sts and 44 rows = 4″ in St st.