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Crocheted Dolls: Perfect Way to Use Up All Your Scraps

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Children LOVE dolls!  They love something to cuddle, take care of, and sleep with.  These crocheted dolls are very soft and huggable.

Hannah Ruth, is a lovely two-year old girl.  I spotted her cheerfully cuddling her new baby doll from her shoebox.  Her mother told me that Hannah had found a ragged doll with a broken head in a garbage bag.  She had brought it home and used to place it beside her when she slept.  How happy she was when she received a brand new doll today.  Her whole family was amazed at how God answered that little desire of Hannah’s heart.  They were reminded once again that truly God answers prayers.  God can hear every word, thought, and desire. Even the slightest whisper of a child, He can decipher.

Such a sweet story isn’t it?  That was observed during an Operation Christmas Child distribution of shoebox gifts.  Doesn’t it touch your heart?  Makes me want to give every child a doll to hold!

Here is a fairly EASY pattern – using just SINGLE CROCHET!  You can make these crocheted dolls for either boys or girls.  And don’t over stuff them!  They seem more huggable and soft when just a little “under” stuffed.

There are a number of variations you can do to make each doll unique.  You can extend the body color to the arms, just changing the tips to look like hands through a sleeve or with the legs to look like pants. Use up all your bits and scraps wherever your imagination takes you! Fancy eyelash, pom-pom, variegated or other fun yarns could simulate belts,  skirts, etc.   With my craft ADD, I’m unable to make 2 that look alike.  Without faces they are considered “folk dolls” but you can add eyes or a mouth if you prefer. 🙂

CROCHETED DOLL INSTRUCTIONS:

Use a Size G/6/4mm crochet hook – It is important to use a small hook!  (Like THESE from Amazon.) Otherwise the spaces between the stitches are too wide and expose the stuffing.  Then the doll’s surface isn’t as smooth.  Use medium weight yarn (I always use Red Heart like THIS ONE from Amazon.)

Read INSTRUCTIONS below, OR CLICK HERE TO PRINT THEM to save for later!

HEAD

  • Round 1:  Chain 4, join with slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring, then make 6 single crochet in the ring, slip stitch join in beginning stitch.  (6 sc or single crochet)
  • Round 2:  Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join in beg sc.  (12 sc)
  • Round 3:  Ch 1 (2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc) 6 times, join in beg sc. (18 sc)
  • Round 4:  Ch 1 (2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 2 sc) 6 times, join in beg sc. (24 sc)
  • Round 5-9:  Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join in beg sc.
  • Round 10:  Ch 1, (sc decrease –(meaning skip ) in first 2 sc, sc in each of the next 2 sc) 6 times, join in beg sc. (18 sc)
  • Round 11 and 12:  Repeat Round 5.
  • Round 13:  Ch 1, sc decrease in first 2 sc, sc in next sc, (sc dec in next 2 sc, sc in next sc) 5 times.  – fasten off.  (12 sc)

ARMSMake 2

  • Round 1:  Chain 4, join in first ch to form a ring, 6 sc in ring, join in beg sc. (6 sc)
  • Round 2:  Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join in beg sc. (12 sc)
  • Round 3:  Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join in beg sc.
  • Rounds 4-12:  Repeat round 3.  At end of last round, fasten off.

LEGS – Make 2 

  • Same as the arms, just make 15 rows instead of 12.

BODY

  • Round 1:  ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each remaining chain across, and join to form a circle.  (24 sc)
  • Round 2-12:  Ch 1, sc in each sc around and join.
  • Round 13-18:  Ch 1, sc in most sc around, just decrease each row by 2 sc….so row 18 will be 12 sc.
  • Fasten off.  This makes a tube that is wider at one end (by the legs) and narrower at the top (for the head).

ASSEMBLE

Stuff each part, not too tightly, as this keeps it cuddly.  I use a chop stick to get the stuffing into the hands and feet.


Stitch each part closed – I prefer to use thread–even using white thread on dark wool is fine.  It nestles down into the yarn, unseen, but holds really tight.  You could even use thin dental floss…that is unbreakable!

Then stitch all together.  By stitching them closed before assembling, the arms and legs are more bendable and huggable, and don’t just stick stiffly straight out.

Once you get the hang of this, they do work up fairly quickly.  Perfect for children in your own family, and make extra to donate for shoebox appeals, foster care programs, or even for first responder programs (to give to children in distress).

(P.S. Autumne had an idea of making little circles of fleece, cutting a little x or hole in the center and making a new sew skirt!)


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Comments

  1. That’s amazing that you can crochet the doll in single crochet! Thanks for your post! I’d love to have you to guest post for my blog. Email me. 🙂

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