Caroline 1808 - A Georgian Doll Knitting Pattern

This is Caroline - A Georgian knitted doll. Caroline is a knitted doll, is 28cms tall, knitted in Double Knitting Wool & Worked Flat. The legs, body & head are knitted all in one.

This pattern would suit a Beginner.

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Known as the Georgian era, King George III reigned the U.K in 1808. During this period the beginnings of the industrial revolution were starting in Britain.

Women's fashions were inspired at this time on neoclassical themes. The bodice became closely fitted under the bust and flowed downwards with loose skirts. This gave a natural look. Young ladies would wear the colours of: pinks, lights blues & lilacs. Maturer ladies wore the colours of: dark blues, reds, purple & yellow.

Women would wear long gloves, shawls and jewellery. They would have accessories of parasols or small bags. Hair at this time was worn tightly with a centre parting and ringlets by the ears.

Caroline has an empire line dress (term used based on the year), the skirt is high waisted and fits under the bust. She has short pink sleeves with long white sleeves underneath. I have used a textured stitch to give body to the skirt.

Caroline has a detachable shawl, which again is textured. She wears a detachable bonnet which is longer at the front to fit in with the style worn during this time.

Caroline wears her hair tightly into a bun. She has ringlets at the back, this fitted in better with the design then at the ears. 

The pink wool is DK. This give the doll sturdy foundations. However, with a much softer D.K wool (see below), the feel and flow of the dress is very much different.

I have used Hayfield Bonus DK in Pink. I used Sirdar Softspun DK in blue for the softer dress.

 
Caroline has knitted hair
 
Ringlets at the back of the head
 

Empire Line Dress

 
Caroline the Georgian Doll
 
Regency Gown
 





Finished June 2012
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