Knitting a Ravenclaw Cardigan for a BJD

A Daughter’s helping Hand is worth …

My daughter Oonagh (Syphokidd on Tumblr) posted an article about my Etsy shop where I sell hand knitted BJD sweaters in merino wool, alpaca and silk. The Etsy shop #MizouBJD was not attracting many viewers or even customers so she decided to write an article on her Tumblr page.

My daughter Oonagh (syphokidd) article about my Etsy shop.
My daughter Oonagh (syphokidd) article about my Etsy shop.

An Order for a Ravenclaw House Cardigan for an SD Girl

After a very short time her blog post was reposted many many times and got the right audience AND custom orders for my Etsy shop ‘MizouBJD’. Apparently it is all about using the right #hashtags not just tags!!!
I now have a custom list of 3 customers and 4 sweaters, yay!!! Thanks so much Oonagh, did I say that you are the best??

Sunday morning knitting at the kitchen table
Sunday morning knitting at the kitchen table

So, I made the pattern for the cardigan, choose the wool with my customer via Etsy convo and knitted the whole body minus the sleeves over the weekend only to start again late on Sunday when I realised some fatal errors in my calculations but at least I have the main pattern worked out including the border with the buttonholes AND i found the right buttons … but at a price!!
First press before I realised my mistake and had to start all over again…

SD Ravenclaw Cardigan, first press
SD Ravenclaw Cardigan, first press

And here the buttons black and grey, I will use the black ones for this cardigan these are the closest to the original #RavenclawHouseCardigan.
Edit: I used the grey buttons as it looked closer to the original. little did I know that they are pearl buttons!

Buying and choosing buttons for the Ravenclaw House Cardigan
Buying and choosing buttons for the Ravenclaw House Cardigan

The first sleeve was a bit of a problem as I had altered the pattern so had to rip most of it then start again and write down all the changes. I have now a workable pattern that I can use with other wools, cottons, silks.
Here is Heather showing work in progress:

Heather showing the cardi with second sleeve on the go!
Heather showing the cardi with second sleeve on the go!

 
The back of the #RavenclawHouse cardigan
The back of the #RavenclawHouse cardigan

This is the end result, as close as possible to the original design. I am very happy with it and so is my client.
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4 thoughts on “Knitting a Ravenclaw Cardigan for a BJD

  • October 4, 2014 at 4:39 pm
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    All that ripping and redoing is why I’ve given up on commission work. Now I concentrate more on providing well fitting basic patterns for the different sizes.

    Do you have any plans on releasing a pattern for this design? I think it would be well received by the knitting members of the ball jointed doll community.

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    • October 6, 2014 at 3:17 pm
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      Hi Wovenflame, I was thinking of creating patterns for the different sizes but to do that I first need to knit it in YoSD and MSD sizes and most probably rip it!
      Is selling patterns a better option as a financial venture?

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  • September 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm
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    Im super excited about this cardigan! It looks awesome, and I can’t wait to get the whole outfit together and the doll to put it on. Hopefully fairyland won’t take forever in sending me my doll 🙂

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    • September 16, 2014 at 7:38 pm
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      It was an interesting challenge to work on and I am really looking forward to see it on your Fairyland doll. It also gave me inspiration for new designs.

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