you can always tell the bees your troubles

This statement is made by Pilar in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood. Pilar is one of the Eves, one of the women who take on care-giving duties in the God’s Gardeners society. Her specialties are bees and mushrooms, two things that are extremely useful in the broken-down world of this novel (and series).

Pilar Sweater for Middie Blythe

I named this fingering weight sweater for Middie after Pilar because both are no-nonsense, basic, and reliable.

Pilar Sweater for Middie Blythe

The pattern includes instructions for both long and short sleeves and the sweater is designed to fit Middie just perfectly. It fastens in the back with a metal snap, though you could also have Middie wear it the reverse way around for a fitted cardigan look.

Check out this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.

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Very Nice Bernice

After finishing the design for the Zenia Dress for Blythe, I knew immediately that I needed to make a similar design for Middie.

Bernice Dress for Middie Blythe

Here we have the Bernice Dress for Middie Blythe! It’s got the same great characteristics as the Zenia Dress, but it fits Middie perfectly. Worn reverse cardigan-style, this dress wraps around Middie and fastens in the back with a tiny snap (or whatever fastener you choose). It’s a little shy of knee-length and fits snugly around the waist due to the ribbed knitting in that section of the dress. You can finish yours with an embellishment, like I did on the purple one pictured above, or perhaps use a variegated yarn like the one seen below.

Bernice Dress for Middie Blythe

Grab this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.

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the tide will turn for Rebecca

More Middie goodness today! After designing the oversize, comfy-cozy Ren Sweater for Middie Blythe, I wanted to make one that was a more traditional, basic fit. Here we have Rebecca!

Rebecca Sweater for Middie Blythe

This sweater has raglan sleeves and is designed with long sleeves that fall just at Middie’s wrist. It’s quite quick to knit up – I made two in the course of watching an evening of TV (no judgments here on how long anyone spends on the couch on a winter evening!).

Rebecca Sweater for Middie Blythe

Find this pattern at Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and LoveKnitting.

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comfy cozy Ren

More cozy sweaters! There can never be too many cozy sweaters!

Ren Sweater for Middie Blythe

This time I’ve designed a reverse-cardigan for Middie Blythe. Actually, it can be worn regular cardigan style, too! It’s slightly oversized to give Middie a warm look and to give you the option of using this sweater layered over other clothing. It is roomy enough to accommodate whatever styling you prefer.

Ren Sweater for Middie Blythe

Worn reverse-cardigan style, this sweater has the look of a pullover, but without the fuss and muss of pulling something over Middie’s hair. As shown cardigan style, I’ve fastened it with just one snap at the top, but you could add multiple fasteners for a closed-front cardigan.

Cozy up to this pattern on Etsy, Ravelry, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.

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sleeves? where we’re going we don’t need sleeves!

Let’s hope that where we’re going, it’s warm!

Sleeveless Sweater for Middie Blythe

As I was designing the Band Collar Tank Top for Middie, I had an alternate thought for a sweater which is more of a traditional sweater shape, just sleeveless. This is that sweater!

Sleeveless Sweater for Middie Blythe

This is another project that is SO SUPER QUICK to knit up. It almost feels wrong to create a finished item in such little time, but it’s totally right!

Sleeveless Sweater for Middie Blythe

You can find this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.

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ready for warm weather?

Dream with me for a moment. It’s warm outside, multiple layers are not required to be comfortable, and there’s a refreshing beverage somewhere nearby.

Band Collar Tank Top for Middie Blythe

It’s a perfect time for a halter top! This one features a band collar that fastens with a snap at the back of the neck. The collar and hem of the top use a moss stitch for a nice texture and for sturdiness in the construction.

Band Collar Tank Top for Middie Blythe

This pattern was inspired by a request from an awesome Blythe enthusiast and knitter. She suggested a tank top with this type of collar. As soon as she asked me about it, I was super excited to figure out the construction and set about prototyping. I worked on a few different ways of constructing it before I hit on a way that works shape-wise, makes sense construction-wise, and is easy to knit up. I haven’t designed much for Middie yet and this was a really fun way to gain experience in that area, as well as in making a tank top, which I also haven’t done before.

Band Collar Tank Top for Middie Blythe

I’m so pleased with how this turned out! I am also excited to work on a similar pattern for Neo Blythe, now that I have more knowledge about designing a halter top. What other patterns might you like to see? I’m always happy to hear your ideas!

Get your Middie pattern at Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy, or LoveKnitting.

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prototyping a hat for Middie Blythe

I haven’t made any hats in Middie Blythe size yet, so on xmas eve I decided to grab a bit of spare yarn and give it a shot.

prototype bulky cable hat for Middie Blythe

The size is right on – woop! (It’s always nice when gauge works out precisely as you expected.) I do think the cable is too wide, though, so I’ll make it smaller then next go. I’m also not 100% convinced that bulky yarn works on a Middie scale, but I’m on the fence. Maybe it works in the way that people are knitting accessories with huge yarn recently? What do you think?

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polka dots!

One of my favorite things to do on Saturday morning while I have breakfast is read the Two Bossy Dames newsletter. It arrives in my inbox every Friday afternoon like a treat that I can unwrap on a morning off. If you’re not subscribed, do it now! You will 100% not regret it. You will probably even want to come back here and thank me! It’s that good.

Anyway, this week Dame S. recommended this article detailing the history of polka dots, which I found fascinating and inspiring. I was going to pick out some highlights for you but everything is so darn interesting that I can’t choose! Just go read it.

Reading this had me heading up to CraftyTown to peruse my stash for polka dot fabrics. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I have a lot of them! Tiny polka dots, medium polka dots, on cotton and on garment fabric – what to choose?

Maude in tone-on-tone polka dot dress

I went for tone-on-tone in white cotton. It seems so classy and also fitting with the holiday season. As I’ve mentioned, I don’t have as many clothes for Maude, my Middie, as I’d like, so she was my first choice to sew for. This also provided an opportunity to try using a Neo-pattern-at-75% that someone recommended online, and it worked very well! I only actually used the bodice pattern. I eyeballed the skirt and its pleats, and it worked fine. I also added a sweet little bow to the front in the same color. Simple but effective!

Maude in tone-on-tone polka dot dress

Have I mentioned that I sort of aspire to Maude’s hair? It’s been ages since I tried bangs and don’t feel any ants in the pants to go down that road again anytime soon, but I just love her ‘do.

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it’s Kim-possible

More Middie goodness, this time in the form of a ribbed pullover sweater.

Kim Sweater for Middie Blythe

I’m still working on building up my Middie wardrobe for Maude, and now she has some sweaters to go with her wrap skirts.

Kim Sweater for Middie Blythe

Ribbed pullovers are just perfect for this season – I love them for myself and I figure my dolls should have the same. The ribbing also makes it very easy to slide this sweater over Middie’s body. It’s actually roomy enough that it probably would fit over her head as well, but I prefer to not mess up her hair (any more than it is already, at least).

Kim Sweater for Middie Blythe

This Middie pattern is yours at Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.

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It’s a wrap for Middie Blythe

A wrap skirt!

Wrap Skirt for Middie Blythe - mid length

I have found my knitted wrap skirts for Neo Blythe really handy. They go with just about any top and look especially nice with the sweaters I’ve knit.

For my Middie Blythe, Maude, I have the same problem that a lot of collectors do: not enough clothes in Middie size! Like a lot of others, I’ve been collecting Blythe clothes and accessories for awhile, and it can be a little annoying when I realize that I don’t have much in the way of garments for Maude.

Wrap Skirt for Middie Blythe - mid length

So I designed this skirt pattern and included three lengths so I can have more variety in Maude’s wardrobe.

Wrap Skirt for Middie Blythe photo Middie three lengths_zpsnqbodikz.jpg

It can be worn with the wrap in the front, or turned around so that it just appears to be a clean a-line skirt. I made myself quite a few of these and they are SO QUICK to knit up. Almost ridiculously fast – sit down for an hour or two of TV and you’ve got at least one skirt done!

Kim Sweater for Middie Blythe

This pattern can be found on Etsy, Ravelry, Craftsy, and LoveKnitting.

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