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Machine knitting pattern for Tellytubbies.

This pattern has been converted for us by
Doris Dotterer from eastern Pennsylvania, USA.
Isn`t she clever!. If you have any queries here is a direct link to e-mail Dorris.
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Body is the same for all four dollies
Material needed: I used Worsted Weight acrylic yarn on a Brother Bulky 260
knitting machine (9mm) @ T5 Dolly was 10 inches tall when finished. If you
want to knit it on a standard machine, double the stitchs and rows and it
should come out all right. These instructions may seem confusing at first but
just start knitting and you will soon understand the directions. Feel free to
change any directions if you find an easier way. Then notify me so I can
change my way of knitting too! Believe me, the second doll is much faster to
knit! I will add some suggestions for easier shaping at the end of the directions.

Legs
Begin at lower edge, using color required, cast on 20 stitches with a weaving
cast on. (EON in hold, the remaining needles in B position. COR, take the end
of your yarn under the first needle to the left of the carriage and over the
rest of the needles. Left weaving brush on and at MT kniw I row to left.)
Hang on cast on comb, knit to RC 16, Remove on waste yarn or garter bar
. Work second leg the same way but do not remove from machine.

Body & Head
Rehang first leg stitches, wrong side facing, to the left of the needles on
machine. 40 sts on machine. Knit 16 rows. Remove on scrap yarn or garter
bar. Next row is a decreasing row as you rehang the stitches. Place 7
stitches back on the machine, put 2 stitches on each of the next 4 needles,
place 10 stitches back on the machine, put 2 stitches on each of the next 4
needles and place the last 7 stitches back on the machine.
(You have decreased 8 stitches in all) Knit 10 rows.
Knit next row at MT+2, Knit next row at MT+4 Remove on scrap yarn (do not use a garter bar here)
Pull 48 needles to work and rehang from scrap yarn as follows:
Hang 2 sts, leave empty needle, continuing across the needles in this manner
until all stitches are rehung.
It may be tight and you will probably need claw weights to hold down the stitches.
Fill in the empty needles with the bump from the adjoining needle.
Knit 12 rows and mark the center stitch on row 11. Remove on scrap yarn or garter bar.

Shaping head:
Rehang 11 stitches, put 2 stitches on each the next 2 needles, rehang 18 stitches,
put 2 stitches on each of the next 2 needles, rehang last 11 stitches (44 stitches)
Knit 4 rows and remove on scrap yarn

Rehang 10 stitches, put 2 stitches on each of the next 2 needles, rehang 16 stitches,
put 2 stitches on each of the next 2 needles, rehang last 10 stitches,
Knit 2 rows and remove on scrap yarn.
Rehang 9 stitches, put 2 stitches on each of the next 2 needles,
rehang 14 stitches, put 2 stitches on each of the next 2 needles,
rehang last 9 stitches, Knit 2 rows and remove on scrap yarn.
Rehang 8 stitches, put 2 stitches on each of the next 2 needles,
rehang 12 stitches, put 2 stitches on each of the next 2 needles,
rehang last 8 stitches, Knit 2 rows and remove on scrap yarn.
Rehang 2 stitches, put 2 stitches on the next needle..
...continue across in this manner. Knit 2 rows Remove on scrap yarn
Rehang 1 stitch, put 2 stitches on next needle..
...continue across in this manner, Knit 2 rows, Remove on scrap yarn.
Rehang 2 stitches on each needle across to end
, Knit 1 row, take off on needle and pull up stitches tightly and knot.
This is the top of the head.

To Make Up Body:
Sew seam from top of head to just below the neck shaping.
Sew seams on legs buy pulling up stitches from the weaving cast on,
tie tightly and sew up leg seams. Stuff head and legs.
Continue stuffing the body as you sew up the opening on the back of the body
.

Arms (Make 2)
Using color required, begin at the top of the arm by e wrapping on 16 stitches,
Knit 14 rows. Decrease 1 stitch at beginning of next of the next 2 rows.
Knit 3 rows on remaining 14 stitches. Remove on scrap yarn or garter bar.
Rehang 2 stitches on 7 needles, Knit 1 row, Take stitches off on needle, pull up tightly and knot.
Sew seam. Stuff and sew to body at proper place for arms.

Face:
Use pink or beige yarn. Cast on 12 stitches, knit 1 row,
Move last stitches out one so there is an empty needle between last stitch on each end
and the remaining 10 stitches in the middle.
Pick up bump from adjoining needle to fill in empty needle.
Knit 12 rows. Bind off 2 stitches at the beginning of the nexy 4 rows.
Bind off remaining stitches leaving a tail to sew face to head where the marker stitch was put on.

Ears:
These ears take almost longer to knit than the whole rest of the doll but when you see the shaping,
you will understand why it took this much time.
Using body color yarn, cast on 28 stitches, Knit 2 rows, break yarn.
Pull out to hold the first 7 stitches and the last 7 seven stitches.
Set carriage to hold, knit 1 row and pull last needle in work to hold position.
Knit 3 more rows using the same directions for the last row.
Remove on scrap yarn or garter bar, using great care because you have wrap stitches on the bed!
Turn work, knit 1 row, Turn work again, Knit 1 row.
Change yarn to face color and knit 3 rows. Remove on scrap yarn or garter bar.
Replace stitches as follows. Rehang 1 stitch, rehang 2 stitches on next needle,
across until all stitches are rehung. Knit 2 rows. Remove on scrap yarn or garter bar.
Rehang 2 stitches on each needle till all are rehung. Knit 2 rows.
Rehang 2 stitches on each needle till all stitches are rehung. Knit 2 rows.
Take off on needle and pull yarn through the stitches tightly and knot securely.

Make Up Ears:
Sew up the row ends from the knot to the outer edge of ear.
This will give you a slight cone shape. With right side of ear facing you,
tack the center of the ear to the side of the head with a few small stitches.
Shape the rest of the ear by pulling out on the edges.
The rows behind the turn row are the back of the ear. Sew this to the side of the head.
The short rowed part is the top of the ear.
See how it sticks out farther than the bottom?
This gives the impression of having an inside and outside of the ear.
Clever, isn't it and well worth the work.
Make another ear to match and sew that one fast too.

Tummy screen:
You can use a square of felt or knit a screen by castin on 10 stitches and knitting 12 rows.
Bind off , position and sew on tummy.

Head Furniture:
Each of the 4 designs are made the same way.
The difference is in the length of the tube you knit.

Yellow Tubbie:
Cast on 3 stitches, push in right part button and knit a cord that is 84 rows long
(this is really only 42 rows because you are slipping one row.)
Stuff if you can! I threaded a large needle with severl strands of yarn and
ran it through the tube to give it body. Position and sew to top of head.
Curl in middle and sew on place.

Red Tubbie
Make a tube exactly the same size as the yellow tubbie and stuff accordingly.
Position and sew to top of head.
Turn down the end to make a loop attachine this about 6 rows from the top of the head.

Green tubbie
Cast on like the yellow tubbie but knit only 40 passes (20 rows).
Stuff stiffly and attach to top of head.

Purple tubbie
Cast on and knit like the yellow tubbie, stuff tightly and attach to top of head.
Shape into a triangle leaving about 4 rows straight up from the top of the head.
Tack the corners to hold it into a triagular shape.

============================================================= Shaping hints:
After I wrote all the instructions and was knitting the first tubbie doll
I devised another method of decreasing but hesitated to put it in the first instrtuctions
because a new knitter might be trying to knit this dolly.
I didn't want to confuse that new knitter.
This is the way I shaped the body parts. Instead of removing everything on scrap yarn and rehanging,
I followed the next part with the decreases
and just hung the decreased stitches on the adjacent needles.
When I was finished decreasing, I moved the stitches toward the center
with either the pronged tools are the garter bar.
It was much faster but I am an experienced knitter.
Go ahead you new knitters and try it!
You will learn something new and that is what machine knitting is all about.

============================================================= A word from Dorris
I hope you have enjoyed knitting these little people.
The minute I saw these I knew there had to be a way to knit them on the machine.
I have arthritis and can no longer hand knit.
My little grandsons are so happy with their little people and I hope everyone you give them too will be just as happy.
I am even planning on knitting a giant one
as a pillow for a friend of my 13 year old grandson!!
Doris Dotterer from eastern Pennsylvania, USA

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