Nutcracker Dolls by Claire Fairall Designs

Nutcracker Dolls

August 2018
both are used in this pattern
DK (11 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
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These traditionally styled Nutcracker Soldier dolls stand smartly to attention, ready to stand in a group on your festive shelf or hang decoratively from your Christmas tree.

These dolls are quick and easy knitting projects, suitable for confident beginners.

The Nutcrackers are knitted flat using basic stitches.

18 photos guide you through making up and finishing your decorations. I also include alternative detailed instructions for embroidered eyes.

The same Instructions are used for all three sizes, the large (16cm /6.25”) and midsize dolls (16cm /6.25”) use different size needles and DK yarn, the smallest version (14cm /5.5”) uses 4ply yarn and 2.00mm (UK 14 /US 0) needles.

This smallest size is ideal for decorations to hang on your Christmas tree.

Less than 10g of each colour are used for each Nutcracker ornament, making this great stash busting project.

Large Nutcracker Doll
DK yarn -Nutcracker doll -size-18cm /7”
3.5mm (UK 10 /US 3) and 4.0mm (UK8/ US 6)
Gauge-20sts x 26 rows = 10cm (4”) 3.5mm stst. Square

Midsize Nutcracker Doll
DK yarn -Nutcracker doll -size-16cm /6.25”
2.75mm (UK 12 /US 2) and 3.5mm (UK10/ US 3)
Gauge-26sts x 32 rows = 10cm (4”)2.75mm. stst. Square

Small Nutcracker Doll
4ply yarn Nutcracker doll- size-14cm /5.5”
Needle size 2.00mm (UK 14 /US 0) and
3.00mm (UK11/ US 3)
Gauge- 32sts x 44 rows = 10cm (4”)2.75mm. stst. Square

Recommended yarn: -
For large and midsize decorations-
Paint Box Yarns Simply DK
Pure Black (101), Buttercup Yellow (122), Rose Red (113), Kingfisher Blue (134), Grass Green (129), Vanilla Cream (107)

For Smallest decorations
Yarns and Colours- Must Have Minis
Pure Black (100), Sunglow (013), Cardinal (031) Turquoise (065), Peony Leaf (086), Cream (002)

All sizes Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake DK yarn- Milky-0630

If you are using an alternate yarn, check the recommended needle size for your yarn and use a needle 2 sizes smaller. This will give a close textured stocking stitch which will hold its shape well when stuffed

You will also need-
Large eye sewing needle
Toy safety eyes-
Large doll 6mm, Midsize doll -5mm, Small doll -4mm
Pair of compasses to draw small circles
Thin card (such as a cereal box)
Toy stuffing