I've had this adorable kit for "Rose" (one of the Kuku felted doll kits created by the Dolly-Mamas) in my stash for a couple of years now ... motivated by my desire to do some stash busting and finally try my hand at knitted toys, I cast on for Rose on Friday, and felted her in my washing machine on Monday. Can you say super-fast project? It helps that the kit uses worsted-weight Cascade 220 yarn and calls for size 9 needles!
The entire doll is knit flat, so if you fear/dislike knitting in the round, this is the knitted toy project for you! First, you start with the "feet," knitting the two legs separately and then joining them to continue knitting the torso of the body and then the head (the ears are bobbles! such a great idea!). Then you seam down the middle of the back of the doll, and attach arms that are knit separately. You stuff with poly fiber-fill prior to felting, which was the most nerve-wracking part for me ... I'm glad I had a kit, because then I really didn't have to decide how much was "too much" stuffing (the poly fiber-fill won't felt, while the rest of the doll does, so you don't want to over-stuff). I just evenly distributed the amount that was provided, and trusted the kit instructions. Lastly, you use a crochet hook to join strands of yarn for the hair and skirt. Here's Rose prior to felting ...
And after! I should have taken before and after measurements, but forgot--she really does shrink in height quite a bit! At least five inches, I would estimate.
I still need to trim extra threads, and neaten up her hair and skirt, and needle-felt some eyes. As you can see, using this method for creating hair results in a very "dread-lock" look!
Don't forget to check out the other WIPs at TamisAmis and YarnAlong!