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In my former life, I designed and knit stockings for doll makers or collectors of Victorian dolls. I preferred to knit them rather than crochet them, but found that crochet thread was the most authentic-looking thread to use. Most were lace patterns I found in Barbara Walker's Treasuriy books. I liked DMC's Cebelia 20 and Inox needles sizes 00 to 0000, depending on the size of doll and the particular stitch pattern. It was a little awkward at first, but as it is with other needles, you soon adapt and soon it is no different than larger needles. For larger items, crochet thread like -#10 can be carried double and knit with #4 needles and looks great.
 

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Nipomo Nan, I had to smack the dent in my forehead and say 'duh!' at your suggestion of carrying #10 thread doubled. Such an obvious excellent idea, but I never thought of it. Thanks. I have all kinds of admiration for the work you did, and also for yours, Cats Mommy2, in making doll clothing with those tiny needles and the gossamer thread required. The doll's top is beautiful, Cats Mommy2. Thanks for the picture.
 

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baglady1104 said:
Nipomo Nan, I had to smack the dent in my forehead and say 'duh!' at your suggestion of carrying #10 thread doubled. Such an obvious excellent idea, but I never thought of it. Thanks. I have all kinds of admiration for the work you did, and also for yours, Cats Mommy2, in making doll clothing with those tiny needles and the gossamer thread required. The doll's top is beautiful, Cats Mommy2. Thanks for the picture.
Ditto, both excellent. The doll is gorgeous.
 

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Thank you for the info about the bandages- I tried crocheting them but since I do not know how they were a mess.LOL

I did not know they had a knitted pattern so now I can try again!! They seem like a project that could be done watching TV etc.
 

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I agree! Such beautiful work and so much patience to work with such fine thread!! May I ask a question of those of you who have crocheted/knitted edgings for linens, etc.? I have been asked to crochet edges around several baby receiving blankets and I am concerned about the lace shrinking when the blankets are washed. Is this an issue?? The blankets have not been washed so do you think I should put the edging on before I do that and hopefully the shrinkage will be about the same? I thought about knitting a big swatch, washing and drying it and then working the edging on the blankets. What do you ladies think?? Is there a better way?
 

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Shrinking was never high on the list of things to consider in making doll clothes, mainly because I didn't think much about their being washed or coming in contact with really hot water! I think the idea of 2 swatches...1 of the blanket yarn and 1of the lace border thread is a very good one. You will want to make the swatches as close as perfectly equal as possible, or even better, knit a piece of blanket WITH the border lace attached as it would be in the real thing. My money is on the side of it shrinking so little as to be un-noticeable. Nancy L.
 
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