Princess and The Pea by Susan B. Anderson

Princess and The Pea

November 2009
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
4.0 mm (G)
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Description from book:
I started knitting this set on a long car trip with my family. The kids were all very interested in my progress as we drove east on our summer vacation. I started by knitting five mattresses, which I thought was enough. But my kids were disappointed there weren’t more. I agrees with them that there should be lots to stack, so I continued making mattresses until I reached eleven -- then everyone was happy.

Nevertheless, you could make one, two, or three mattresses and your set will still be fun. Little ones will love stacking them up extra-high and putting the princess to bed. And I’ve included a nightie and blanket to help with the bedtime ritual.

The princess is a simple little doll, and she is beautiful on her own if you are looking for a quick, easy project. Her legs, body, and head are made in one piece and the arms are added on. I stuffed the princess with natural wool roving to give her substance.

The entire set is made in a beautiful worsted-weight wool blend yarn that gives it a rustic feel. The pea pod is a storybook-like itself and adds the final touch to the set. This project is a dream come true for me, something I have longed to design for many years.

Mattresses: 5.5 stitches = 1” in stockinette stitch, using US 6 (4.0mm) needles

Princess: 6 stitches = 1” in stockinette stitch, using US 5 (3.75mm) needles

Blanket & Nightgown: 5 stitches = 1” in stockinette stitch, using US 7 (4.5mm) needles

Large Mattress: 5” x 7”
Small Mattress: 3.5” x 6”
Princess: 7.5” tall
Blanket: 6” x 6”
Pea Pod: 4.5” long

Suggested Colors: 1 skein each of Aqua Fog #4013, Blue Thyme #4936, Geranium #6085, Persimmon #0121, Natural #0010, Rose #1715, and Celery #5293; 2 skeins each of Golden Honey #2163, Rock Henna #2230, and Spring Green #5185