Merri Molly by Cinthia Vallet

Merri Molly

Knitting
May 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
9 stitches and 14 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette in the round
US 0 - 2.0 mm
109 - 197 yards (100 - 180 m)
One size
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Yarn kits are available at Tulliver Yarn - they allow you to knit both DIDI MOLLY and MERRI MOLLY patterns.


Merri Molly is a sweet little mole knitted in one piece, totally seamlessly, from the tip of the nose to the tip of the toes.

For now, the PDF is available in english only.

The pattern also includes instructions to knit a sweater, a dungaree dress and a crossbody bag.

AMOUNT OF YARN
° Knitted in fingering weight yarn, Merri only requires 25 g (about 100 m / 110 yds) of yarn to come to life - 20 g for the body and about 5 g for the nose and the paws.
° Count about 14 g to make the sweater and about 10 g to make the dungaree dress.

As shown in pictures, Merri Molly is knitted with the naturally dyed Tulliver yarn (you’ll find all the details about the yarn below).


As for all my patterns, the process is thought for the maker’s happiness of having a character truly emerging during the knitting, a very lively little soul appearing at a early stage of the making then growing organically stitch by stitch.

  • No seaming.
  • No assembling.
  • All the finishing done as you go, from the face to the tail. When you’re done with the last stitch, you’re done with your little woolly friend too.

Merri is made all in one piece from her pointy nose to her little feet. First the head, and the face features – everything that gives her a true soul right from the beginning – then the shoulders, the arms and paws (all using live stitches, while others stay on hold), then the body and the bottom, and the tail, picked up from previously marked stitches. Finally the legs, also using live stitches while others are on hold. She grows organically from your needles, with no seaming at all. Of course, Merri has fingers, otherwise how could she build her home and knit her clothes ? But don’t worry, i have planned their construction to keep you serene !

All along, instructions are given to tackle the required finishing as you go, leaving only a small opening to close at the very end of the making.


  • Merri Molly pattern has been tested and fully tech edited.

  • About the difficulty level : i would rate it between advanced beginners and intermediate. The only true prerequisite is knowing how to knit small circumferences in the round. On this basis, I worked at providing detailed instructions as well as extra tips and pictures, to offer a smooth process. If you’ve already knit a sock or a mitten, something small and tubular, then you can do it !

At first sight, you might think that this pattern contains a lot of pages, and conclude that it’s a complicated knit. But do not run away ! If there are many pages, it’s because i want to share with you all the hints and tips that will make the knitting easier and even more enjoyable. Above everything, i would like you to be happy while knitting this cuddly toy and not just when you will have finished it. As passionate knitters, we all know that the process is already a thing that brings us joy, peace and balance, and this should also be true for toys, even if they are small things.

So here is how the pattern’s content will unfold …

First, you’ll find my plain sailing guide to knit a toy in one piece, where i gathered the things you need to know to achieve this with ease and pleasure. I recommend you read it thoroughly before starting your toy. During this first read, some points might remain abstract without your knitting in your hands, but then you’ll know where to come back to if you need extra help. After this first read, you will decide if you need to print this guide or not, most likely depending on how new you are to my style and method. If you feel at home already, you’ll be able to skip it !

Then, you’ll come across the instructions to knit your own Merri Molly and to dress her. During these instructions, i will remind you where in the guide you can find extra help to complete some specific sections.

  • Instructions are written to be worked either with DPNs or magic loop.

  • Specific techniques : short rows using yarnovers or simple decreases with detailed instructions provided.

YARN
Tulliver Yarn BFL/Masham 4ply
75% British Bluefaced Leicester wool, 25% British Masham wool - 50 g / 200 m / 219 yds
Colors :
Plum for Merri’s body - 20 g used
Hint of Pink for Merri’s nose and paws (5g)
A combo of Hint of Pink and Scarlet for the sweater (about 14 g / as shown here about 8 g of Hint of pink and 6 g of Scarlet)
Gold for the dungaree dress (10 g)

NEEDLES AND GAUGE
Merri Molly is knitted with 2mm (US 0) needles.
9 sts and 14 rounds =
2.5 cm x 2.5 cm / 1 inch x 1 inch, in stocking stitch, worked in the round, blocked.

The clothes are knitted with 2mm (US 0) and 2,75 mm (US 2) needles.

SIZE
One size.
With the yarn and needle size used for the sample shown, Merri measures about 19 cm (7,6 inches) from the top of the head to the sole of the little feet. If you use a thicker yarn, you will get a bigger mole. In that case, don’t forget to adapt the size of the eyes if you use safety eyes.
Also, if knitting a Merri & Didi duo (with DIDI MOLLY Pattern), i recommend using the same yarn and needle for both, for the purposes of scale.

NOTIONS

  • Lockable stitch markers, such as bulb pins
  • Tapestry needle and embroidery needle
  • Stuffing
  • Safety eyes (as shown here, Merri Molly has 6 mm diameter brown eyes)
  • Embroidery thread : pale pink or peach or blush tone for the tip of the nose / brown for the mouth
  • Pieces of waste yarn to mark eyes and tail placement
  • For optional knitted eyes, 1 m / 1 yd of black or brown yarn in same weight as the one used for the mole (option to consider if the color used to knit Merri is not too dark).