Thursday, 29 June 2017

Pocket Sized Frida Kahlo

I have now graduated! Which is terrifying so for a little bit of feminist inspiration I have made myself I tiny Frida Kahlo, enjoy! In total she is about 12cm tall.

'Feet, what do I need them for. If I have wings to fly' - Frida Kahlo

Knitting Abbreviations
K Knit
P Purl
K2tog Knit two together
M1 Make one stitch
Sts Stitches
Stocking Stitch Knit a row, purl a row

Because the work is so small I recommend using a cable cast on.
The first row of each piece is a knit row.

You will need
3mm/UK size 11 knitting needles
Toy stuffing
Needle for sewing
Scraps of acrylic DK yarn in the following colours:
Skin tone
Dark purple
Bright pink
Light Blue

Body and Head
First Leg
In black cast on 6 stitches
Stocking stitch 2 rows
Row 3: (K1, M1) to last st, K1 [11sts]
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: (k1, K2tog) to last 2 sts, K2 [8sts]
Switch to skin tone yarn
Beginning with a purl row, stocking stitch 10 rows
Switch to white
Stocking stitch 2 rows *
Cut yarn and place knitting on a stitch holder.
Second Leg
Repeat first leg until *
Purl 1 row
Purl across first leg from holder (ensure both legs face the same way) [16sts]
Stocking stitch 12 rows
Switch to skin tone
Stocking stitch 8 rows
Cut yarn leaving a long end, on a sewing needle gather up all the stitches and pull tight.

Arms (make 2)
In white cast on 6 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: P1, M1, P4, M1, P1 [8sts]
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: Purl
Switch to skin tone
Row 6: Purl
Stocking stitch 6 rows
Cut yarn, gather up all the stitches and pull tight
In dark purple cast on 30 stitches
Stocking stitch 12 rows
Row 13: (K4, K2tog) to end [25sts]
Row 14: Purl
Row 15: (K3, K2tog) to end [20sts]
Row 16: Purl
Row 17: (K2, K2tog) to end [15sts]
Row 18: Purl
Row 19: Knit
Cast off purlwise
In light blue cast on 24 stitches
Stocking stitch 2 rows
Row 3: K1, K2tog, K18, K2tog, K1 [22sts]
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K10, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1 [18sts]
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K6, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1 [14sts]
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1 [10sts]
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1 [8sts]
Row 12: Purl
Cast off

Flowers (make 3)
In bright pink cast on 8 stitches, cut yarn and gather up all stitches. Twist the stitches as you pull the yarn tight helping it to form a roll.
Crown Braid
Using 4 strands of black (30cm) and 1 of pink (15cm). Fold the black in half and knot with the end of the pink strand so you have 9 strands. Divide into three parts and plait and knot at the end.
To make up
Sew down back of head and body. Stuff body and sew closed at crotch. Sew down each leg until the feet, stuff (you will only need a tiny bit) and then sew the feet ensuring that they keep their shape. For the neck, with skin toned yarn wrap around neck and pull tightly.
Sew arms to end, stuff with a tiny bit off stuffing. Attach arms to body.
Wrap skirt around body and sew seam. If you wish you can also sew a few stitches around the waist to keep it secure.
Embroider hair, eyes and (of course) eyebrows as shown in picture. I used a French knot for the eyes but you could also use beads.
Sew crown braid onto head, tuck in all ends.
Sew the 3 flowers onto the crown braid.
Sew middle of shawl together and adjust over body. The cast on edge forms the top of the shawl.

Congratulations! You now have your very own tiny Frida Kahlo!

Let me know if you have any comments or questions regarding the pattern.