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Act out the story of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid with this set of two topsy-turvy dolls. One doll features the Little Mermaid herself, in both mermaid and human forms. The other doll features the Sea Witch and the Prince.

Bodies are started with a provisional cast-on, then worked in the round from the waistline up to form a two-headed torso. The skirts are worked separately in the round. Prince’s landscape skirt uses intarsia  and is worked flat, then seamed at back.

The Little Mermaid’s and Sea Witch’s water skirts includes their friends. The prince’s landscape skirt features his ship. The mermaids’ tails, the prince’s legs, and all companions are worked flat, then sewn to each skirt. Final touches include embroidered facial features, yarn hair, and a pearl necklace and tiara.

Techniques used include

:• Cast-ons: Cable, Long-Tail, Provisional

• Decreases (k2tog, k3tog, ssk, s1k2togp)

• Embroidery: outline stitch, satin stitch, duplicate stitch

• Knit, knit through the back loop• Knitting in the round• Increases (M1L, M1R, kf&b, kfbf, pf&b, sk2p2, yo)• Intarsia

• Picot Bind-off• Purl, purl through the back loop

• Short rows (wrap & turn)

• Slip stitch

Independent Designer
Carla Pera
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Skill Level
various amounts of worsted, bulky, sport, DK and fingering weight yarns various sewing needles embroidery floss or perle cotton stuffing

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