Monday, February 11, 2013

Knitting for Strong Start

The Strong Start preschool program had a naked baby doll and the program leader said she had not been able to find clothing to fit it. She had one shirt that would not do up, and a pair of pants that could not completely cover the doll's bottom. I had to do something about it!

I borrowed the chubby little thing for the weekend and she/he went back with this outfit.

assorted knitwear

My daughter made the adorable earred hat.

Bonnet with ears.

I made the bib,

doll bib

a pair of panties,

knitted doll panties

and a little knitted sleeper.

sleeper for baby doll

I custom fit the sleeper and panties by using the numbers for the width of the largest size but knitting only to the length of the smallest size.

sleeper back

I also altered the pattern to include buttonholes rather than separate, crocheted, button loops.

knitted sleeper

3 comments:

icicle said...

Aw, that's so lovely! I'm sure the baby and teacher are so pleased. Kids too, but sometimes they don't mind naked babies as much as we do ;)

bearpicnic said...

I can't wait to hear the reaction from the kids and the staff!! You and your daughter did an amazing job on a sweet outfit!!

Marlene said...

I'm sure that's the case icicle, the kids were not complaining about the naked baby.

This is a bit of a late post bearpicnic. We did the knitting on a weekend and returned the baby a week ago Monday. The new clothing items were very well received by the staff and parents. I never actually saw the reaction of the various children. I did notice the hat was off and laying in the "housekeeping" centre later in the day. I looked around and could not see the baby anywhere. I haven't been back yet to see if the mysteriously disappearing baby ever reappeared.