CAL Episode 5: The finale

Crochet doll finished

Ok, doll makers. You are my patient friends who have been waiting and waiting, so without further ado, let's give them finished.

Firstly, I MUST point you in the direction of the most amazing crochet doll maker:
Beth at By Hook, By Hand. She publishes loads of free patterns for dolls and clothes and is where I learned to make dolls and their hair. DO go and visit her- she has patterns for all types of dolls and the most amazing wig-making tutorial too.


Hair

Ok, this is what you do:

With your chosen hair yarn and with the same hook, you need to crochet the same pattern as the original head and repeat until you have a snug fitting cap which covers the area where you want hair on your doll.

CAL

I used 2 strands together of a thinnish yarn to make mine. You could experiment with mohair or other fluffy yarn, too. 

Round 1
5 sc in magic ring OR
Ch 2, 5s c in 2nd chain from hook. (5 sts)

Round 2
2 sc in each sc (10 sts)

Round 3
(1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (15 sts)

Round 4
(2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (20 sts)

Round 5
(3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (25 sts)

Round 6
(4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (30 sts)

Round 7
(5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (35 sts)

Round 8
(6 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (40 sts)

Rounds 9- ?
Sc 40

Repeat until you have enough of the head covered, then turn out the right way.
This makes a wig cap and means that you don't get bald patches on your doll. (Don't sew onto the head just yet)

Here's how I made my doll's hairstyle (bunches/pigtails), but you could do whatever you want here- be creative and have a try. Anything you don't like can be easily changed, so don't worry.

You now need to wind lengths of yarn for the hair itself. Decide on roughly the length you'll need and then choose a book of the same size to wind the yarn around. Remember to opt for slightly longer hair than you think- you can always trim it later. 

CAL

Cut the yarn at one end only- this gives you double the length.

CAL

For bunches/pigtails, I found the best method is to surround the edges of the wig cap first.
Push your crochet hook through the V of the stitch:

CAL

Hook the yarn and pull through: 

CAL

Now pull the tails of the yarn through the loop and tighten the knot.

CAL

CAL

That's it.
Repeat around the edge.

CAL

Now to make the centre-parting.
Make a chain the length of your wig from the middle of the forehead to back of the wig cap.

CAL

Lie the chain in front of you.
You will add the lengths of hair, as you did for the wig cap, but ONLY through the top loops of the V.

CAL

Work along the top row.

CAL

Turn around.
Now work the hair through the (now) top loops again.

CAL

Hair (nearly) done!
Ok, we're on the home stretch now:
Get yourself a long length of cotton and a sharp needle and stitch the wig cap to the head. Make sure it fits tightly and go round a couple of times.
Then stitch the centre parting from the middle of the forehead to the back.

CAL

Now, style!! 
High pigtails, or low? A pony tail? Long hair? or short?
It's up to you!

CAL

Check out Beth's blog for other hair ideas, too!

What about a dress?

Crochet doll dressed!

Here's the link to the lovely Molly Chicken's blog, where I found instructions to make my dolly's reversible dress.
Simple and quick. 
[And I am a complete sewing novice and managed this with no problems.]

Crochet skirt

This is for you guys and gals who did a nifty bit of back-loop-only single crochet on Round 8 of your doll's body.

Image from Fotolr Photo Studio HD!

Ok. Put the skirt colour onto your hook with a slip knot and hold your doll upside down, with its legs in the air, with its back facing you.

Hook through the first loop you can see and make a single crochet.

Cal

Continue with Round 1: Single crochet around (24 sts)

Cal

Round 2: (1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (36 sts)
Rounds 3- desired length: Sc 36.

Cal

Finish off and weave in ends.

Cal

Have I forgotten anything?
I do hope not.

You should have a lovely Monk, Kat, Doll, Bunny, Bear or maybe something else in your hands.
Hug them now, give them a name and feel super-proud, especially if this is the first crochet toy (amigurumi) you have ever made.

I hope you've enjoyed playing along with this CAL.
Enjoy your week and do post your finished pictures in our Flickr CAL group- click over there on the right to join up.

See you soon.
Xx  

10 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I'm a new follower, and just finished my first Monk! Absolutely love him , thanks so much.
    Celeste x

    ReplyDelete
  2. She is absolutely precious! Hope you won't mind me linking up to your 5 episode CAL at Tangled Happy. It's amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. http://ypuntoalicante.blogspot.com.es/13 September 2012 11:19

    MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi, I'm a newly amigurumi maker and I made one little girl very happy with this Cal! So, thanks so much.
    I wrote about it in my own blog about this pattern and the kitty I made. It's in turkish but you can still check it out if you like.

    http://rubyglinda.blogspot.com/2012/10/bayramda-totorolar-size-de-gelebilir.html

    xx Duygu

    ReplyDelete
  5. how great is this blog..how kind are you for sharing and giving such easy to do instructions
    thank you so much

    ReplyDelete
  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thank you so much for this pattern. It's super adorable! :) This is what I did with mine..

    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g311/hopelessxteen/2013-01-30222103_zps09f3529e.jpg

    ReplyDelete
  8. Just finished my first dolly and she's gorgeous! Thank you so much for the pattern. I'm not on Flickr so I have emailed a couple of pics for you to share if you wish. I can't wait to make many more and try my hand at a couple monkeys to join them x

    ReplyDelete
  9. Finished a lovely doll. I LOVE this pattern! If you'd like to see it check out my blog... http://addictedtoturquoise.blogspot.ca/2013/07/doll-love.html

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi There,
    Yesterday I started making one of your Dilly Dot dolls. She has been quick to make and your patterns are incredibly easy to follow.
    I'm loving it!
    I can't wait to try the Imps. They are super cute!
    Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas.
    Lisa

    ReplyDelete

Fancy sharing your thoughts? How super!
If I can, I'll reply directly to you. If you're a no-reply blogger, then alas, I cannot.
Have a fab day. Xx