Nestled by Hunter Hammersen

Nestled

Knitting
September 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
20 - 30 yards (18 - 27 m)
They fit in the palm of your hand. Each leaf is about 3.5 inches tall (not including the stem) and 2.5 inches across. The peg dolls are between 2 and 3 inches tall.
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Nestled verb
- settled snugly or comfortably

There really are only two responses to these. Either you’re thinking ‘huh, folks sure do knit some odd things’ or you’re thinking ‘holy smokes, get out of my way, I must make some of those right this very second.’

If you’re in that first group, I get it, go find whatever knitting makes you happiest and do that instead. But, if you’re in that second group…we should totally talk!

Before we start, I should warn you, these are hard to put down. Both in the sense that they’re hard to stop knitting (each leaf or cape only takes a few dozen yards of yarn and a few hours to knit, so it’s really easy to think ‘I’ll just make one more’), and in the sense that they’re hard to stop holding once you’ve knit a few. They really are more charming than they have any right to be!

They’re not at all hard, just stockinette or ribbing with a little bit of shaping to make them dangerously cute. And if you’re worried about knitting something so tiny, don’t be. The pattern has pages of step-by-step photos that walk you through the whole thing and show you exactly how it all goes together. This isn’t hard knitting!

The leaves starts with the stem, then increase out to make a pouch, then swirl up to make the adorable little point. It’s all one piece, no seams, and no fiddly finishing at the end (I mean you do have to weave in your ends, but there are only two of them, which is about the best you can hope for). You’ve got two different options for sizes, and you can make your leaf ribbed or stockinette.

The capes start with the hood then widen out to frame the face and swoop down to wrap up your little friend. Tie it on with a bit of ribbon or a scrap of yarn when you’re done. Once again, it’s all one piece, no seams, no fiddly finishing. You’ve got three different cape shapes to pick from, and several different choices for just what you do with the point of the hood.

Either piece takes about two dozen yards of fingering, sport, or dk weight yarn (I went raiding my scraps bin, but this is a perfect project for a set of mini skeins).

If you don’t already have the peg dolls, you can find them at most any craft store (and at a lot of toy stores). Mine are between two and three inches tall (I had a hard time knitting small enough to make capes for the littler ones, though if you want to break out the really tiny needles, you can totally give it a try). These are the exact ones I got (I used the two tallest sizes from that set).

You may also want some pipe cleaners if you want to hold the stems or the points of the hoods in just the right shape.

Oh and you probably already know this, but be careful who you give these too! The dolls are little enough that they probably aren’t a good toy for folks who put things in their mouths, and pipe cleaners can be a bit sharp. So use your best judgement about who gets to play with them (besides, I suspect you’ll want them all for yourself).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You really just need something you can start this morning, finish this evening, and call a win…because some days you just need a quick win
  • You find yourself gripped with plans…plans to put one of these at each place setting on your Thanksgiving table, or one in each grandkids’ Christmas stocking, or in a care package for a special someone, or just to hide them around your house for no good reason at all

They’re not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You are looking for a proper, serious, grownup sort project to impress strangers with