First, find a pattern. I used this one but there are plenty of others to choose from, including lots of free ones you can download. So, I won’t give you pattern details, you can just download whichever pattern you fancy and then make her look like Reflecto Girl. If you don’t know how to knit you can learn
Or, if you don’t want to do that, you can make a rag doll instead 🙂
Anyway, this is what I did:
As per the pattern, first I knitted the legs. I used DK (Double Knitting thickness) acrylic yarn from the bag of oddments in the attic – no need to buy anything new, and if you don’t happen to have lilac, I know Renée wouldn’t mind her outfit being a different colour.
Then I pinned and sewed the back of leg and top of foot seams
and stuffed them with cut up bits of an old cotton T-shirt (no need to buy stuffing – recycle all the way!)
Then I knitted the body. I thought Renée would like a pretty cream vest with a pink decorative stripe close to the bottom edge.
I sewed it, stuffed it and attached it to the legs.
Then I made and attached her head,
followed by her arms.
Then it was time to do her hair, which I was very much looking forward to. I started with the fringe by just sewing some gorgeous orange yarn into her head making sort of loops between the top of her head and her face, just above where her eyebrows would be.
Making her gorgeous long locks was quite time consuming but worth it. I sewed the yarn into the back of her head, alternating between a small stitch to hold the yarn in place and then a long loop which reached down her back. Then another small stitch, then another long loop. The stitches began at the top of her head and gradually covered the top three quarters of it so that she wouldn’t have any bald patches. When her scalp was covered I cut the loops so that she had thick, long hair.
Then I sewed on some eyes and ….
… some lips. I’m not a neat sew-er but that doesn’t matter, just have fun with it 🙂
Then I made her top (included in the pattern) and embroidered – if you can call it that 😉 – the Reflecto Girl logo on the front 🙂
And then of course she needed a mask! This is not included in the pattern so you’ll just have to make it up – you can do it! What I did, if you’re interested, is
- cast on 70 stitches, using size 10 needles (3.25mm needles);
- first row: back stitch;
- second row: Purl 29 stitches, cast off 4, P2, cast off 4, P 31
- third row: Knit 31 stitches, cast on 4, K2, cast on 4, K29
- Cast off purlwise
Then I sewed in the ends of yarn and tidied up the eye holes with a couple of stitches sewn with the same yarn so they’re invisible 🙂
Yes, ok, I know it looks like a giant sleep mask, but if you look carefully you can see her little eyes through the holes. Come on, use your imagination 😉
And that’s not all –
she had to have her red Wonder Woman bag! Accessories are the best!
For this I cast on ….. oh, you know what, I can’t remember how many stitches or rows I did – basically you need it to be about this big against the doll. Knit a simple rectangle that can be folded and sewn into a bag this size. I attached a press stud so that it can be fastened.
Her bag has a picture of Wonder Woman’s face in a circle on the front – remember? Luckily I had a scrap of fabric with circles on, just the right size.
So I drew Wonder Woman’s face in the circle, cut it out and sewed it to the front of the bag 🙂
Oh, and I knitted a long handle to make it a shoulder bag. Three stitches, size 10 needles, stocking stitch (ie 1 row knit, 1 row purl) until it’s long enough for the doll to wear over her shoulder like so:
Now, Reflecto Girl wouldn’t be Reflecto Girl without her …
… Dounto! So I made one. It needed to be just the right size to fit in her bag 🙂
The card I used was quite thin so I cut out two to stick together and make the ‘mirror’ stronger.
On one side I drew round a smaller circle to make the mirror glass.
Then I added the Celtic-ish symbols and letters …
… and coloured it in 🙂
All done! Reflecto Girl has everything she needs to get the job done!
Why don’t you make yourself a Reflecto Girl doll? There’s lots of fun to be had.
Now, I need to make a Distracto Boy, and a Venus Aqueous, and a Megan and a Flos , oh, and an English Family Anderson! – it’s a good job I’ve got a big bag of yarn oddments 😀 It’s going to be a busy weekend 😉
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