This is Theodora - A Byzantium Empress 530AD. She is a knitted dolls, 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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Theodora wears a dress knitted in Sirdar Divine Double Knitting Wool. However, you can use a standard Double Knitting Wool for this pattern. I have also used Anchor Artiste Metallic Thread - Gold & Jomil Starmist Decorative Thread - Pink, again you can use standard Double Knitting Wool if you wish.
Theodora was born in Cyprus 500AD and died in Constantinople 548AD. She was married to Emperor Justinian 1. Clothes during this period was full of colour and highly patterned. Clothes in the upper classes were made from highly expensive patterned cloth & Byzantium silk. The clothes were woven, dyed & printed.
I started to knit a completely different doll, but Theodora just evolved from this lovely wool. Theodora is wearing a outfit loosely based on costume from this time. You could be tempted to highly decorate this doll, but I feel with the wool used, it doesn't much decoration, other than a belt, cuffs and crown (which is taken from the era) to finish the doll.
Theodora has long brown hair, plaited and tied at the back.
I have used Sirdar Divine DK, Hayfield Bonus DK, Anchor Artiste Metallic Thread - Gold & Jomil Starmist Decorative Thread - Pink. The metallic threads knit as 3ply wool.
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Finished February 2016