This is Catherine, a Tudor Lady 1546. Catherine is a knitted Tudor doll and is 28cms tall, knitted in Double Knitting Wool & Worked Flat. The legs, body & head are knitted all in one.
This pattern would suit an Advanced knitter.
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During the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I there was a Chart of Tudor Sumptuary Laws for Tudor dress. This explained what was allowed to be worn in terms of colour, fabric, trims & furs in different social classes in England.
Women's court fashion was varied. The bodice was tightly fitted and the skirt was triangular in shape. I have tried to keep to this dress shape. My design includes a French hood which was shaped around the head and decorated with pearls or jewels. I have also included trumpet sleeves.
I have used a moss stitch pattern for the outer skirt, top of sleeves & head piece. A lattice pattern has been used for the inner skirt & stocking stitch for the remainder of the work. D.K wool was used for the whole piece.
The moss stitch & dark plum colour help to recreate a heavy dress.
I have used 4mm cream pearl beads & knitted them into the lattice pattern of the inner skirt. This gives the skirt depth & a Tudor feel. I have used beads for the cream part of the sleeve & head piece.
I have also used 3mm & 4mm gold pearl beads for jewellery & oval drop beads for the necklace & waistband ends.
I would suggest that this knitting pattern would suit experienced knitters.
I have used Hayfield Bonus DK.
|Beading on the Under Skirt|
|Worked in Moss Stitch|
|Princess Elizabeth - 1546|
Finished January 2013
Joanna Marshall - Edith Grace Designs