This pattern was designed to fit slim-bodied 18" MSD Ball Jointed Dolls such as Kaye Wiggs' Mikki and Layla. The Light & Lacy pattern creates a simple lace top--a great summery choice, with a lacy skirt & eyelets edging the waistline and bodice. The lacy skirt is decreased for a slight ruffle, and the bodice is worked with smaller needles for a tighter knit. You can choose to finish the top with crocheted ties or shoulder straps, and for variety, weave ribbon through the eyelets of the top & finish with a bow. You can choose one of three lace designs for your tank top: Vine Lace, Diamond Lace, and Beech Leaf Lace.
This pattern is available in four sizes at Pixie Faire: 18" dolls such as American Girl®, 14.5" dolls such as WellieWishers™, 13" Little Darling and 14" Hearts For Hearts Girls® dolls, and 18" MSD BJD such as Kaye Wiggs.
Recommended Fabrics: cotton crochet thread
• Lightweight crochet cotton—(US size 10) I’ve used Caron’s, Grandma’s Best, Artiste, etc. You can use acrylic yarn or laceweight yarn, but if you do be sure to have some liquid starch on hand to give your top a little more body.
• Knitting Needles, US sizes 1, 0, and 000. For working with doll clothing, I really prefer using circular needles, and find Addi Turbo to be a great brand for the smaller sizes.
• Crochet Hook (US size 7-9). Quite small—around 1.5 - 2 mm.
• Yarn needle for hand sewing
• 2 sets size 4/0 snaps, with needle & coordinating thread
• Optional—1/8 inch (3-4 mm) ribbon to weave through eyelets, 3/8 inch (1 cm) ribbon for optional ribbon ties.
• In stockinette stitch with cotton crochet thread and US size 000 needles, there are 23 stitches and 32-34 rows in a 2 x 2 inch square (5.1 cm).
Skill Level: Intermediate
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I had great fun with knitting this top. I did cast on using steel needles and quickly changed to bamboo for the lace work. The directions are great, both line by line written and charts for the lace, so that will suit many knitters. I did knit I-cord shoulder straps instead of crochet and have yet to buy any ribbon to lace through the eyelets.