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Día de los Muertos

Meet Morty, our yarn version of a Día de los Muertos sugar skull! He will be featured in this week’s issue of KnitBits as we wrap up our Global Gifting series. I made Morty with about a dozen paper clips and the Ultra Alpaca left overs from my Sarape Shopper. There was no knitting involved and I expect that it would be a totally manageable fine motor skills activity for kids ages 6+ (adult supervision, please).


First, gather your supplies: 




Assemble the bod, using a chain of paper clips: 



Then start wrapping! 




At the head, wrap halfway up the paper clip and then bend it in half.



Wrap as you would to make a yarn ball, turning to make sure it’s building up into a nice even sphere.



Finish your doll with some ‘bone’ embroidery using stem stitch or running stitch. Norah assured me that my clumsy needlework was ‘folksy’ and ‘authentic’…I’m going to go with that! Secure a knot at the back of the doll: 



Then do your best stitchin’: 



You might want to bend the exposed edges of the paper clips slightly so that the wrapped yarn doesn’t slip off. You can use your Morty doll as a charm on a bag or as a pendant. He’s awfully jangly so I think I’ll turn mine into a marionette puppet!





15 Comments Post a comment
  1. It’s fantastic!

    October 30, 2008

    October 30, 2008
  3. kids need a halloween project and I think we have the necessary supplies…thanks!

    October 30, 2008
  4. Carole #

    Super! These will go with my knitted spiders and pumpkins! Thank you for a great idea. Morty would be great on the carry-all bag as well!

    October 31, 2008
  5. Deborah MacDonald #

    I think this would be nice to make just as an ordinary doll. The kids would enjoy making a whole family!!

    October 31, 2008
  6. Katrina #

    What a great cute and quick project. Thanks!

    October 31, 2008
  7. knittaphantom #

    Arrgh, really my kind’a guy. Usefull idea indeed.

    October 31, 2008
  8. Morty is a cute Day of the Dead doll. Thank you:)

    October 31, 2008
  9. debbie #

    this is so cool my grandkids will love this

    November 2, 2008
  10. I love this! For my older crafty daughter, she would’ve loved doing this. Too bad I am just reading this now, five days after Halloween. D’Oh!

    November 4, 2008
  11. this is fantastic! I`d love to make one of those!

    December 21, 2008
  12. Donna #

    Was wondering if anyone knew what the global gifting would be for Peru?

    February 5, 2009
  13. Paula Zeszotarski #

    I made some of these last year with a few variations. I made the “skull” in white yarn and used six-strand embroidery thread to make a crown of rosettes (triple french knots) and leaves (petal stitch).

    This year, I’ll be making some all white “mummies” with my god son and niece.

    October 7, 2009
  14. Wow, amazing weblog format! How lengthy have you ever been blogging for?

    you make running a blog look easy. The entire
    glance of your website is wonderful, let alone the content material!

    May 2, 2013

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