Give the Gift of a Hug:
You've probably seen the credit card company commercial in which a woman is going around a store buying things like contented sighs and laughs. One of the products she picks up is a knit hug, which inspired this knit hug doll.
The original was knit in brown and beige and included heart appliques on the front and sides in addition to the eyes and arms, but you can work yours in any color you like and add any embellishments you want. It's a great way to show a kid you care, whether you get to actually hug them all the time or not.
- About 65 yards of the first color and 130 yards of the second color of your favorite medium weight wool, superwash wool or cotton yarn (I used Lion Brand Lion Wool in Cocoa and Pearl Gray)
- one set size 8 U.S. knitting needles
- scraps of felt in the color of your choice, plus sewing thread to match
- scissors and yarn and sewing needles
- fiberfill, batting or some other material to stuff the toy
14 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches (3.5 stitches and 6 rows per inch) in Garter Stitch. Gauge is not critical but a tight fabric is preferable.
Finished toy is about 8 inches wide and 11 inches tall.
Instructions for Body:
- Cast on 27 stitches in the color you've chosen for the bottom of the doll (mine is brown).
- Work in Garter Stitch for 3 inches.
- Switch to your second color (gray) and knit another 8 inches, or until piece if about 11 inches total length.
- Bind off.
- Make a second piece in the same way.
Instructions for Body Gusset:
- Using your first color, cast on 9 stitches.
- Knit in Stockinette Stitch 14 inches (or the length of your brown sides plus the width of the base).
- Change to second color and knit 24 inches (the length of the gray part of the sides and the width at the top).
- Bind off. Weave in ends on all pieces. You can sew the gusset into a loop now if you want or leave it until you're doing the rest of the finishing.
Finshing the Doll:
Use matching yarn and line up the gusset along the side of one half of the doll, right sides together. Sew the pieces together, making sure the parts that are worked in the same colors line up.
Sew the gusset to the second part of the body in the same manner, leaving a few inches of seam open for stuffing.
Turn the doll right side out. Stuff firmly if you want a doll that stands up, or less firmly for a squishier doll.
Sew the rest of the seam by hand.
Cut out arms, eyes and any other features you'd like out of bits of felt, and use a coordinating sewing thread to sew them to the doll.