December 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
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There is a tutorial on how to knit Bertie in the round here.

Bertie is our take on a classic knitted doll. We have seen examples of this kind of folk doll with his hands in his pockets, but couldn’t find any patterns for him so we made one up! The pattern is written for knitting flat and then sewing up, so that he is achievable for a beginner, however, Bertie can be knit in the round even more quickly with dpns or by using the ‘magic loop’ technique.

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Bertie can be made from leftovers of whatever yarns you have to hand. Ideally use the same weight of yarn throughout, but if you do use different thicknesses, plan so that the heavier yarns get used in the thicker areas of the body, such as his sweater or hat. I have used a selection of sock and DK weight yarns that were left over from other projects in the book. Rowan Tweed yarns or Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift would work beautifully with their wide ranges of colours and matted textures.

Gauge & Needles: You want a tight tension so that the stuffing won’t sneak out. Use smaller needles for your yarn than recommended or typical. We have used the smallest possible needle size for each yarn. For example, our Berties were made with predominantly 4 ply yarn and we knit them on 2.5mm needles. Size will vary depending on the yarn and needles used.

Notions: darning needle, stuffing