Sunday, September 9, 2012

Knit the perfect Fall Sweaters for your doll with Patterns from Macatawa Knitting

Macatawa Knitting's Etsy shop offers knitting pattens for 18 inch and 15 inch dolls.

Fall for me is all about Sweater Weather and I love all the options we have for pairing Beautifully made sweaters with our favorite pair of jeans.

If you are a knitting doll lover take a look at the fun patterns offered at Macatawa knitting by clicking here
My love of doll Holiday Sweaters kept me busy looking at all this shop had to offer. I love the Halloween Sweater patterns offered at $6 and there are two options for this sweater!
I also loved the Puppy Love Sweater all the patterns in this shop are offered at $6 each

 I asked shop owner Erli about the shops best sellers and about her knitting history, here is what she shared with me:
"My best sellers are Cupcake, Tulip Time Dress, Popsicle, Candy Block Cardigan, Carioca Poncho and Skirt, and Miss Ellen.  Of the newer ones, Candy Sprinkles Bathrobe, Bubble Gum Shrug,Three Seamless skirts, and Flowers, Leaves and Bugs.  My best Christmas one is Christmas Wreath with Rudolph right behind it."

"I learned to knit when I was about 12 years old but through the years only made a few sweaters.  I began seriously knitting when a friend named Lindy, an expert knitter, opened a local yarn shop eight years ago.  I have since become addicted."

"Based on customer requests, Lindy encouraged me to create patterns for 18" dolls.  She then worked with me to learn the language of patterns.  She prominently displayed all of my samples and sold patterns to people from all over the country.  Lindy retired and closed her shop this year but remains my mentor, advisor, and friend."

"I am a designer by profession, and the process of creating patterns has fascinated me.  I am retired, so I've had time to learn new computer skills, how to create the pattern format, ways to photograph samples, how to navigate Etsy and Ravelry, and a little about marketing and business.  I have now sold about 3,000 patterns and 500 booklets in six countries that include The United States, Canada, Brazil, England, The Netherlands, and France."

"Early in the process of designing doll patterns, Sandy, from Boise, Idaho, bought a few patterns and offered to be my test knitter.  I've never met her, but she and her test knitting have been invaluable.  I secretly suspect she has a lot of sleeves and backs somewhere.  I couldn't have done this without Sandy and Lindy, and, as a bonus, their input and feedback have been positive and encouraging."
 I also asked Erli for any advice she could offer my knitting novice readers:

"My advice to those who want to knit for dolls is that it is a great way to learn and/or practice new skills and techniques within a small project.  I find many, especially new knitters, are reluctant to try Fair Isle, Intarsia, maybe even cables, and are anxious about joining pieces.  Just remember, the doll doesn't care if the sweater isn't perfect and the doll's owner will be excited to have something hand knit for them!"
 If you are living in the Michigan area and wish to pick up Erli's patterns in person take a look at
 Yarn Quest in Traverse City, Stitching Memories in Portage, Clever Ewe in Ada, Nautical Yarn in Ludington, an J.T. Stitchery in Rockford.

  "I have one doll pattern published in a pattern book, Easy as 1 - 2 - 3 Skeins, pp. 92 - 94.  My patterns are available as wholesale to shops and retail on Etsy with a few on Ravelry."

 I love Elri's Frosty the Snowman sweater pattern almost as much as I love the Halloween patterned sweater , with such reasonably priced patterns you will not be forced to choose only one!
This Christmas Time Pattern is also on my favorites list, it is so cute!
Also offered in this shop is a pattern for a Pleated Skirt and Leg warmer set would be a welcome addition to any dolls fall wardrobe!
Check out all the wonderful patterns offered at Macatawa's Etsy Shop
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