Am I overthinking this? (miniature knitting)


#1

I’m making 12th scale animals and want to sell the patterns later. I contacted a well known knitter for their advice on how to do something I’ve been struggling with for a while - they did help me, but said the needles and yarn I’m using (2 mm needles and 4 ply yarn) seem too thick for 12th scale.
I’m hoping I can stick with what I’m already using - I’m thinking going finer would put some people off - but it did get me thinking! I’ve ordered some 1 mm needles and 2 ply yarn to at least try those out before I make any final decisions.
The items will be stuffed and/or have wadding/wire inside where needed and they’re coming out around the same size as the drawings I made to work from, so would using 2 mm needles/4 ply be “good enough” if they’re not solely intended for adding to dollhouse scenes, but possibly could be if someone wanted to do that?


#2

Ordering the thinner yarn and needles is a very good idea. You may like the resulting animals more than you think. Socks in fine weight are so popular that I don’t think that the finer gauge will be so off-putting.

The main point is how you feel about the results in either weight yarn. I hope we get to see some examples with a link to the pattern pages!


#3

Thank you, Salmonmac, I feel more reassured now! My order should be here tomorrow. I managed to pick up some 2 ply at the car boot today and did a swatch on my 2 mm needles, it had a nice drape, not quite tight enough stitches for what I want but very close.
I certainly will post a photo when I’ve got one done; hopefully other people will like them and want to make some themselves :slight_smile:


#4

I got my 1 mm needles and they feel a bit too small - plain stocking stitch is just about OK; I liked how fine the stitches were, but I wasn’t confident I’d be able to do the shaping with them and not lose stitches or split the yarn all the time, so… I bought some 1.5 mm needles to try. I’m thinking and really hoping these will be a happy medium between the 1 and 2 mm needles!