Basic Cardi Pattern for Disney Animators

I have been happily stitching away doll clothing, because I need tiny, imaginative things in my life.

Disney Animator’s Collection has completely stolen my heart.  I decided on Merida because of her rascally expression.  She is so much more amazing in real life!  Pictures just don’t do her justice.

The dress I made for Merida.  It's all hand stitched, because sewing machines make me use all the bad words!

The dress I made for Merida. It’s all hand stitched, because sewing machines make me use all the bad words!

A few days later, I managed to score Tiana.

Tiana getting fitted.

Tiana getting fitted.

Merida and Tiana in their new woolly sweaters.

Merida and Tiana in their new woolly sweaters.



Now for the pattern:


Basic Cardi Pattern

 to fit Disney Animator dolls

This is a basic raglan style cardigan.  It fits the Animator body like a glove.   If you want a looser fit, simply do a couple of more increase rows before removing the sleeve stitches from the body on row 21.


Small amount of sport weight yarn—I used Cascade 220, DK wool

Size 5 knitting needles

5 buttons to fit buttonholes

tapestry needle

scrap yarn

stitch markers (4)

row counter


CO: cast on;  st, sts: stitch, stitches; R: row; k: knit: p: purl; pm: place marker; sm: slip marker; kfb: knit front and back of stitch (increase); yo: yarn over; k2tog: knit two stitches together; BO: bind off

All of these methods can be found on YouTube if you have trouble figuring out how to do them.



CO 28 sts.

R1: knit

R2: place markers as follows:  k6, pm, k4, pm, k8, pm, k4, pm, k6.

R3 *buttonhole row*: (Knit to first stitch before marker, kfb, sm, kfb) 4x, k to last 3 sts, yo, k2tog, k1.

R4: K4, purl across to last 4 sts, k4.

R5: (Knit to first stitch before marker, kfb, sm, kfb) 4x, k to end.

R6: K4, p across to last 4 sts, k4.

Repeat rows 5 & 6 to row 21, adding buttonholes on rows 11 & 19.

Row 21:  k to 1st marker, remove marker, transfer sleeve sts between markers to scrap yarn with tapestry needle.  k to next marker, remove marker, transfer sleeve sts to scrap yarn, remove marker, k to end.

R22: K4, p across to last 4 sts, k4.

R23: k across

Repeat rows 22 and 23 to row 37, adding buttonholes on rows 27 and 35.

R38, 39, 40: knit across

Row 41: BO.



Pick up sleeve stitches onto needle on right side.

R1: k across.

R2: p across

R3-6: k across

R7: BO, leaving a long-ish tail to sew inner sleeve seams.

Repeat on other side.  Sew up sleeve seams, weave in ends.  Add buttons and voila!  Your wonderful Animator girl has a new cozy sweater!

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Elbow dimples!

Elbow dimples!

Skygazing.  Oh, those little tummies!

Skygazing. Oh, those little tummies!


Surprise party for Jess

I’m lifting my friends’ pictures here because I don’t own my own camera right now.

photo by Beth

This is the first crafty thing I’ve made pretty much all summer, I think. Above, the banner. It’s knitted. 32 triangles. Approximately 16 feet long. I made it for my friend Jess, she had a surprise birthday/camping party this week, which was much fun. Pattern here, except I did it all in garter stitch and sewed it together with bias tape. I thought it was a cool present because she can reuse it for festive occasions.

photo by Beth

Alas, I’m not able to tell of the awesomeness of the party in words. At the moment my brain is weary, my heart is heavy. Things are sour in my life, apart from this group of friends I have made. So, mostly pictures will have to do.

photo by Ren

I love these people. Dairbhre was very bored and wanted to play with the hammer, so Ren gave him some ice to crush. He was quite entertained.

photo by Ren

And I sang my songs around the campfire. (Notice the banner in the background!) My friends are so encouraging, they were singing along. I have awesome fan/friends.

Knitted Professor Hazard!

This is my knitted version of my good friend Professor Hazard. I made him for the Prof’s birthday– now he can squish himself!

By FAR the most tedious toy I’ve ever made. Lots of details, very time-consuming. I made individual fingers. But it was fun to make!

The Professor translates very well into yarn. I bet he does not know this about himself. (Well, he does now.)

Poppet Love

I could take it no longer, I had to finish up making my doll’s clothes last night.

This is Nellie. She’s a Poppet. (Poppets are taking Craftster by storm. See the Poppet Along for info on poppets and how to get the pattern.) Nellie is my first fully jointed doll, and although her leg joints are rather crazy, I still love her!

Her face is painted on and her hair is a very lush, soft, and slightly fuzzy yarn. Her skin is some sort of mystery fabric I was lucky enough to find (oh, how I pine for more of it to come into my life!). She’d been sitting around all nakie for a week or so– and I finally broke down and made her a little skirt and sweater.

I posted the pattern for the wee sweater here on Craftster. Also, I should note that it’s sort of based on Amanda’s Sunshine. I’m pretty sure it’s basic raglan construction, but I would never have been able to come up with this had it not been for that pattern!

And the back of the sweater:

Birthday Bear

This is my first post since I’ve moved to WordPress! I’m still tweaking the layout and all, so no worries, it will all look nice soon.

I wanted to share the things I made for my Boo Bear’s 2nd birthday.

Here’s my version of Jess Hutch’s Henry Bear:

I used some sort of sportweight mohair blend held together double for the body and legs. I was afraid I was going to run out of yarn so I just knit the arms and ears single stranded, and it turned out quite nice. I used size 3 needles for this. I always have to go down about 5 needle sizes for Jess’s patterns, or use bulky in place of worsted! They do turn out delightful.

This is the Child’s Placket-Neck Pullover from Last Minute Knitted Gifts:

I used Caron Simply Soft since Boo is pretty rough on his clothes. This is after being washed, since the first time I put it on him he dug in the dirt all day while wearing it! I don’t have the book, but it’s apparently a good thing– there is a lot of errata there, and you can download a whole new pdf here.

Here’s the little guy helping me take some pictures. He’s got the morning hair and crunchy breakfast face, so sweet!

Smallest monster yet

I’ve just listed this guy in my Etsy shop:

He’s about 9 inches tall in all, 6 inches from head to butt. I love him bunches. I’ve been trying to make more monsters to fund my homeschooling adventures, and it’s a bit tiring. My plan was to go for roughly 5 a week, a few small ones like this one here, and a couple of large ones like the other one I just listed:

That one is 14 inches tall. I dunno what happened there, I was trying to make a small one, and he ended up being giant. This one seems to be popular, so I’m going to try to make up a few more. He’s delightfully squishy.

But yeah. It’s getting tiring. My hands get really sore, and I get nothing else done around the house. Unless I schedule every minute of every day (SO not me) I wouldn’t be able to make a steady income doing this. Perhaps a steady tiny income. Like $40 a week. ha! Which is why I am thinking of coming up with more designs and selling the patterns.

So do you guys think I could sell a pattern for the smaller monster? I’ve really worked the kinks out of my designs. I’ve noticed that my free patterns are a BIT wonky, but people haven’t seemed to notice. I would want my newer designs to be effing perfect.

The Hazardous Scarf

Jeez, have I really been gone since January 10?

I guess so. Well, I’ve undertaken a project for my friend Professor Hazard:

…and it’s going a little slower than I’d originally hoped. It is going to be extra sweet, so there’s that.

The stitch pattern is Diagonal Slip Stitch Pattern from a Vogue Knitting Stitch book, which my poor ass happened to find in this sock pattern from MagKnits.

Here’s a detail:

I had wanted it to look more like this. But I think it’s pretty nice the way it is. Hopefully he will like it and stuff. I cast on 68 stitches on US size 7 needles– 16 inch circulars. I’m using four balls of Wool-Ease. (I know, I must have lost my mind. I’m halfway through ball 3.) It’s a long tube, then my required task is to sew up the ends, attach yellow and black fringe, and attach a logo much like the insignia badge from the Prof’s shop. In a pleasing manner.


Spherey and Sunshine

I was so fired up to show Ro’s present that I forgot to share what I made for Boo Bear. It is, of course, Spherey, designed by the lovely Jess Hutchinson. Since like most people I don’t have access to the pattern booklet, I used the Poor Man’s Spherey instructions. I really like how he turned out– but the baby hasn’t even looked at him.

I used Paton’s Shetland Chunky on size 7’s for the body, and double-stranded Wool-Ease for the limbs. I learned a few tricks doing this. I made something else with this yarn and these needles and had a lot of holes. My tip is, when you are doing the kfb: when you insert the needle into the back of the same stitch you just knit, pull your working yarn taut. This really creates a beautiful tight fabric.

I also wanted to share my progress on Sunshine:

Again, the color freaks out my camera, it shows up more teal here but is actually a very intense blue violet. This thing fits me like a glove! It’s hands-down the most flattering thing I’ve ever made, and also probably the most flattering thing in my wardrobe (or future wardrobe).

I’ve learned so much with the construction of this sweater: how top-down raglans come to be, the sewn bind off. One sleeve, a collar, and the lace panel are all that is needed now! Of course it still might take me awhile as I’m not really able to do much knitting for myself these days.

I am a monster factory.

I sold three monsters today. I think that may be the last time such a miracle occurs. (Optimism, eh!)

Here’s one of them:

Okay, so my fingers are a getting a bit curly doing all this knitting. I’m going to keep it up for awhile because it’s really much better than trying to get a job at a gas station, even if I am only making half of minimum wage by comparison.

If anyone is interested in a custom order, I set up a listing today especially for that. Not that I’m trying to sell to my readers, but if you really WANT one, I can hook you up. (I’ve noticed people WANT a monster.) Maybe you know a kid who could really use a monster companion. Hey, I needed one myself. That’s why I have one living in my felted bag. (I still haven’t taken pictures of that bag.)

And hey, we got snow:

I zoomed in on the firetower in this shot. If you click the picture it will open up bigger and you can see all the details.

All in all a pretty sweet day.

Happy New Year and stuff!

Leela rules. And so does Becky.

A lot of my holiday projects fell through or were lackluster. But I think my present to Rowan sort of makes up for that!

We are Futurama crazy around here. I made her a doll based on the flashback sequences in a couple of the episodes of Leela as a kid.

She is completely improvised. The increases and decreases are very similar to my usual ones but I think I may have found a way to improve this batch. I’m thinking of using her as a model for a pattern that would be worthy for sale. And hey, I learned the kitchener stitch for closing up the bottoms of the feet! It’s complicated and takes awhile but I’d rather do that than what I was doing– turning the leg inside out and doing a three-needle bind off. All in all, she took a lot longer than most of my toys do. I wasn’t sure if it was going to work, but… look at this little face!

The dress really reminds me of a few really horrible sweaterdresses I had as a child. But I just started knitting, and that’s how it turned out. Sort of nerdy-chic, or so I like to imagine.

Rowan loves her so much more than anything else I’ve ever made. I think I do too. (She just got a makeup kit from my mom for Christmas, which is why she’s all glittery and covered in stamps.)

I have been knitting my fingers off all month long. My pointer and middle fingers on my right hand are sort of curving oddly, and I think I’ve overdone the gift-making. I swear, I was just saying yesterday that I was going to take a really long knitting sabbatical. But then today, this came in the mail:

This is from my pal Becky, who loves a man in a kilt. (This proves she has good taste in itself.) She’s made lots of monsters from my patterns and sent me lots of monster yarn! Not only that, but she sent 2 skeins of amazing sock yarn (which I’ve actually never owned because I’m poor), 2 packs of notecards with a knitting theme, 3 books (Where the Sidewalk Ends, Animalia, Living the Creative Life), and this awesome sock monster guy that her daughter made:

His hat is removable and he wears it in good humor. I luff him BUNCHES.

So, I give Becky full credit for inspiring me to work on more designs.