Jean Greenhowe Fabulous Fun-Knits
Numerous knitters have asked Jean to create a mermaid and here she is. With her pretty pink bodice, matching tiara and golden ringlets, who could resist this delightful doll? Mirabelle measures 33cm [13in] from the tail fins to the top of her head, and the fins, tail, body and head are knitted in one piece. Jean has included patterns for the other accessories, Pebbles, Seaweed and pink Seashells, for extra play value and all are easy to make. Last but not least, Jean made a tiny friend for Mirabelle, Kevin, the Baby Crab. He only measures a sweet 6.5cm [2½in] across the legs and body and is sure to become a much-loved character.
Roly-Polys are balance toys that won’t ‘lie down’ and they have been manufactured for centuries in countries all over the world. When knocked over, the toys wobble several times, then stand up straight again.
Jean’s knitted versions are much more amusing. Tilt them over to one side and they wobble as usual. But because they are ball-shaped, the Rolling Roly-Polys can be rolled along the floor, turning somersaults as they go. Then finally they end up with a wobble display. Guaranteed to entertain children and grown-ups alike, the toy is knitted in one piece and the weight is just a lump of Plasticine (or any other non-hardening modelling clay).
Each toy measures 7cm [2¾in] in height. Only bits of yarn and stuffing are required and about 10 grams [about 1/3rd of an ounce] of Plasticine.
Howdy Pardners from the Wild West! Introducing Cowboy Bill and Cowgirl Kate – the knitted versions. Both dolls measure 19cm [7½in] in height, (including the hats) and the boots, legs, body and head are all knitted in one piece in the appropriate colours . Bill and Kate are irresistible characters and sure to be favourites with youngsters.
We have no doubt that Jean’s Mini Sports Car will end up as mascots dangling from rear-view mirrors. Perfect as presents for the men-folk, the car measures just 6cm [2⅜in] in length and all the knitted pieces are straight strips of stocking stitch
Dream of a desert island where multi-coloured balls of yarn grow on a palm tree, then make the dream come true with this delightful knitted treasure. Jean designed Castaway Knitting as a miniature ornament for all the knitters who enjoy her patterns. The island measures 17cm [6¾in] from the base to top of the tree and the island base is 13cm [5in] across the diameter. The sea and sand base, palm tree trunk and branches are all quick to knit on 4½mm [No 7, USA 7] needles, using two strands of yarn held together. The accessories – sun hat, beach towel and knitting bag are knitted on smaller needles and the needles in the knitting bag are made from two cocktail sticks and two beads. As to the tiny balls of yarn, they may look complicated, but it’s all done very easily with the help of a plastic drinking straw! The sandals and driftwood message complete the scene and are made from bits of cardboard and paper. This little gem would be a wonderful gift for anyone who knits but don’t forget to treat yourself as well!
Mummy Ladybird measures 7cm [2¾in] from front to back and Baby measures 5.5cm [2¼in]
Knit the Pumpkin Pies as year-on-year Halloween decorations and they may become family heirlooms! Each pumpkin measures 6cm [2½in] in height. The basic Pumpkin is just a straight piece of garter stitch, quick and easy to knit on 4mm [No 8, USA 6] needles.
These cute Tiny Tortoises measure just 6cm [2⅜in] across the shells, including the shell edgings. Jean made two Tortoises in different bright colours, rather than realistic shades, which is much more fun in knitted versions. Only one piece is required for the shell and Jean has included a P row as a guide for sewing on the edging piece. This row also indicates the positions for the head and legs, making the whole construction really easy. Having made the tortoises Jean decided upon a little knitted Garden, with grass, bushes and flowers. The grass is a square of stocking-stitch mounted on a cardboard piece, with the knitted edges turned underneath. The ‘bushes’ are small strips of garter stitch and like magic, four running stitches turn them into bushy greenery