Matryoshka Japonais by Kathleen Dames
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Matryoshka Japonais

June 2009
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
200 yards (183 m)
One size
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Who wouldn’t love their own set of soft, woolly, knitted dolls? My daughters can’t keep away from these three. They are based on the traditional Russian nesting dolls known as Matryoshka, which were in turn inspired by a set of Japanese dolls representing the Seven Gods of Fortune. The blue and white colorwork was inspired by Japanese indigo resist-dyed fabrics.

These dolls are a wonderful way to try intarsia and stranded colorwork techniques on a small scale. If that is too much, the dolls could also be worked plain with their faces added afterwards using duplicate stitch and their skirts embellished with embroidery.

This pattern is for all three dolls and includes five charts.

Skills needed:
Casting on
Knitting in the round
Reading charts
Stranded colorwork
Intarsia colorwork