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Human anatomy is pretty amazing, but not always pretty. My interest in anatomy coupled with the Blythe dolls phenomenon somehow combined in my imagination to produce a cute, cuddly uterus doll.

It's not completely anatomically accurate. I've taken a few liberties with the general shape and scale, as well as leaving out the ligaments connected to the ovaries. And, of course, the human uterus is not normally bubblegum pink.

photos: MK Carroll

SIZE
One
 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Height: 4 inches
Body Circumference: 10 inches
Tubes: 6 inches long, 2.5 inches circumference at base

 

MATERIALS

[MC] Cascade 128 Chunky [100% Peruvian highland wool; 128yd/117m per 100g skein]; color: pink 2561; 1 skein (will make three uterus dolls)
Note: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky in M38 Lotus Pink is a good alternate

1 set US #8/5mm double-point needles
stitch marker
tapestry needle
crochet hook
pipe cleaners (2 for each doll, preferably pink)
scrap yarn or stuffing (approximately 2 cups worth)
beads

GAUGE

16 sts/24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch worked in the round

 
PATTERN NOTES

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations can be found here]

How to work I-cord
CO required number of sts onto a dpn. K all sts.
Next Row: Instead of turning the work around to work back on the WS, slide all sts to the other end of the needle, switch the needle back to your left hand, bring the yarn around the back of the work, and start knitting the sts again. After the first 2 sts, give the yarn a sharp tug.
Repeat this row to form I-cord.
After a few rows, the work will begin to form a tube.

 
DIRECTIONS

Body
Leaving a tail, CO 6 sts, and distribute evenly on 3 dpns. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist. 2 on each of 3 dpns.
Rnds 1-4: K all sts.
Rnd 5: P all sts.
Rnds 6-9: K all sts.
Rnd 10: [K1, m1, k1] arond. 9 sts.
Rnd 11: K all sts.
Rnd 12: [K1, m1] around. 18 sts.
Rnd 13: K all sts.
Rnd 14: [K2, m1] around. 27 sts.
Rnds 15-18: K all sts.
Rnd 19: [K1, m1, k7, m1, k1] around. 33 sts.
Rnd 20: [K2, m1, k7, m1, k2] around. 39 sts.
Rnd 21: [K1, m1, k11, m1, k1] around. 45 sts.
Rnd 22: K all sts.

Form Cervix
From top of work, slide crochet hook into 6-st tube, catch end of tube (beg of work), and pull up inside tube until purled row forms base of tube. Push down gently on inner tube to make cervix look plump ("pouty", if you will). Sew in place using yarn tail from CO.
Rnd 24: [K1, k2tog, k9, k2tog, k1] around. 39 sts.
Rnd 25: [K1, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k1] around. 33 sts.
Rnd 26: [K1, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k1] around. 27 sts.
Rnd 27: [K1, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1] around. 21 sts.
Rnd 28: [K1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1] around. 15 sts.
Rnd 29: [k2tog, k1, k2tog] around. 9 sts.
Rnd 30: K all sts. Remove st marker. Cut yarn, leaving 12 inch tail, thread tail through rem sts. DO NOT pull tail tight to fasten off at this point.

Fallopian Tubes (Make 2)
CO 6 sts onto a dpn.
Row 1: K all sts.
Rows 2-4: Work 6-st I-cord. All subsequent rows will be worked in I-cord.
Row 5: K1, k2tog, k3. 5 sts.
Rows 6-10: Work 5-st I-cord.
Row 11: K1, k2tog, k2. 4 sts.
Rows 12-15: Work 4-st I-cord.
Row 16: K1, k2tog, k1. 3 sts.
Rows 17-24: Work 3-st I-cord.

Cut yarn, leaving a 20-inch tail. Thread yarn on tapestry needle and draw through rem sts, pull tight. Use yarn tails to sew loops (see photo). Use yarn to tie a small knot around one st, draw rem yarn tail down through tube and cut end.

 
FINISHING

Stuff body until it feels firm but cuddly. Pull yarn end at top of body to close, fasten off and weave in end.
Bend tip of each pipe cleaner over (about .25 inches). Slide each pipe cleaner, bent end first, into a fallopian tube, working from the CO end up to loop fringed end. Leaving 2.5 3 inches projecting from the cast on end, cut excess pipe cleaner. Position tubes on body, pushing ends of pipe cleaners into body. Using pins or coilless safety pins, secure tubes to body, gently spreading out bases of tubes. Sew into place and remove pins.
Weave in all ends.
Gently bend fallopian tubes forward into a curve, or however you wish to pose them.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

MK has been taking anatomy and physiology classes this year. Visit her blog for more information on this pattern.

Pattern & images © 2004 MK Carroll. Contact MK