I absolutely love knitting, so when I saw this video from behind the scenes of Coraline, I had to try it in miniature!
The intricate detail in Althea Crome’s work is breathtaking. My skills as a knitter mean I probably wouldn’t have too much trouble making something like this for a real person, but at such a small scale I knew it would be impossibly fiddly, so I would have to go back to basics.
The needles I bought are 0.7mm in diameter (which in hindsight is maybe a little too small for a beginner). It took a while to get used to holding them, as they feel quite bendy and delicate.
Normally when I’m knitting I don’t have to concentrate too much on my technique – if it’s something simple I can even knit while watching TV (which used to freak out some of my uni housemates!). But knitting at this scale needs proper concentration. I was very aware that a dropped stitch this small would be a nightmare to fix, so I went slow and steady until I started to get the hang of it. I used some scrap sewing thread and decided to try a few rows of stocking stitch (knit a row, purl a row).
This is what I’ve done so far and I’m really pleased with it. I managed to change colour after a few rows, and I slipped the first stitch of each row to create a neater edge. I love how real it looks; I’d like to keep going with this and maybe turn it into a full scarf (that could one day become part of a tiny Newt Scamander costume…). However, I think it might take a while to get it finished, as I could feel my eyes starting to ache with the strain of staring at something so tiny after just a few rows. I might need to invest in a magnifier or a pair of glasses if I’m going to do any more tiny knitting!