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Alan Dart: Toy Designs

By Nancymccarroll
There must be thousands of knitted toy patterns available.  But the one designer of toy patterns who really stands out is Alan Dart. So I took a leap and started knitting up Baby Pearl just because she was so darned cute.
This is Mr. Dart's picture of Baby Pearl:
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My first attempt at knitting up Baby Pearl went well until it came to her head.  I must have read the directions incorrectly because the top of her head was much too big.  After doing some scissor surgery, this is how she now looks.
Alan Dart: Toy Designs Alan Dart: Toy DesignsBaby Pearl has five fingers on each hand and overalls that actually go over her body.  The overalls are not stuffed.
Alan Dart: Toy DesignsHer feet were knit in sock yarn, stuffed with fiberfill.
Since I knew that the doll's face was not knit correctly on the first attempt, I just had to knit it up again and correct that previous knitting mistake.  I used scrap white cotton yarn (Peaches and Cream).  But it was pure white, not a good color for a face.
So I dyed up the cotton pieces: ears, nose and face, in hot tea, letting it steep for a few minutes.  Then the pieces were allowed to dry on the clothes dryer, not in it.
Alan Dart: Toy Designs
The color was about right for an African American baby face, but she needed some hair.  What to do? Orange hair would not look right on this special baby.  So I plaited up some corn rows from black yarn and added beads at the end of each plait.
Alan Dart: Toy DesignsThis second baby ended up looking adorable with her pink cheeks and button eyes.
Friend Natalie knitted an Alan Dart pattern called Batty (I think).  This is Natalie's Batty:
Alan Dart: Toy DesignsHis feet in spats and his bib and cuffs accentuate his wing span.  Don't you love his ears?  What a great Halloween decoration.
If you are interested in making up a pattern from Mr. Dart, all of his patterns can be accessed here.
These nursery mice are some of my favorites:
Alan Dart: Toy Designs

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