Toy Soldier by Claire Fairall Designs

Toy Soldier

August 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
Large Soldier Doll-size-16cm /6.25”. Small Soldier doll size-14cm /5.5”
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This vintage inspired Soldier doll decoration looks like it has jumped straight out of the pages of a story book, or maybe from the Nutcracker Ballet!

These Soldiers can stand in a row on your festive shelf or hang from your Christmas tree. They will also happily live in a toy box and enjoy playing games.

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

The Soldiers are knitted flat using basic stitches. 18 photos guide you through making up and finishing your Toy soldier. I also include alternative detailed instructions for embroidered eyes.
Instructions are given for the large DK version (16cm /6.25”) of the Soldier doll.

To make a smaller version (14cm /5.5”) follow the same pattern using 4ply yarn and 2.00mm (UK 14 /US 0) needles, this size ideal for decorations to hang on your Christmas tree.

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

Large Soldier Doll
DK yarn - doll -size-16cm /6.25”
2.75mm (UK 12 /US 2)
Gauge-26sts x 32 rows = 10cm (4”)2.75mm. stst. Square

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

Recommended yarn: -
For large Soldier Doll-Paint Box Yarns, Simply DK
Pure Black (101), Buttercup Yellow (122), Rose Red (113), Kingfisher Blue (134), Vanilla Cream (107)

For Small Soldier doll (4ply)
Yarns and Colours Must Have Minis
Pure Black (100), Sunglow (013), Cardinal (031) Turquoise (065), Cream (002)

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 -5mm, Small doll -4mm
Pair of compasses to draw small circles
Thin card (such as a cereal box)
Toy stuffing