Small Crochet Doll for Charity

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Copyright 2005 Gail W. Mayes - All Rights Reserved.

I designed this small doll to be used for charity purposes. It's approximately 7" tall and is made in one piece - well, two, actually - the front and the back, which are both the same, crocheted in one piece each and then crocheted together around the edges. I don't like a lot of finishing work, like sewing on the arms and legs, so I was trying to avoid that part. Only the head is stuffed, and the arms and legs curl slightly, but that shouldn't matter. I can make one of these in about an hour.

Please do not post this pattern on your own site, but you may link to it. Let me know if you find any mistakes on this pattern.

There is a teddy bear based on this same pattern here:

Worsted weight yarn, several yards for skin (brown is recommended for many charities), hair, dress and optional sleeping bag, small amounts black, red, and color that coordinates with dress
Small amount of fiberfill
Size G crochet hook

Note: Ch-3 stitches count as the first double crochet on all rounds.

Head and Body (Make 2):
With skin color yarn, Ch 4, join to form ring.
Rd 1 - Ch 3, 11 dc in ring, join to top of ch 3 (12 dc).
Rd 2 - Ch 2, hdc in same st, 2 hdc in ea st around, join to top of ch 2 (24 hdc).
First Arm - Ch 10, dc in 4th ch from hook and in ea rem ch, sl st in same st on head (8 dc).
First Leg - Ch 15, dc in 4th ch from hook and in ea rem ch, sl st in next st on head (13 dc).
Repeat for another leg and another arm, in that order.

On first side, end off yarn. On second side, ch 1 but don't end yarn since it will be used to crochet the two sides together.

You can embroider the face now, or wait until after the doll is finished. I think that it's easiest to do it now, before the two halves are sewn together.

Crocheting Sides Together:
Holding both sides together, with face facing up, sl st in ea st around, starting with right arm. Join right leg, left leg, and left arm. Sl st around most of the sts on the head. Stuff the head lightly with fiberfill. Sl st in rem sts on the head. Fasten off yarn, leaving a 12" tail.

Thread yarn needle with this tail, and weave yarn to the top of where the legs join. Sew the legs together, starting at the top, for several sts. This forms a bit of a body for the doll. Weave in all yarn ends.

If you haven't already done so, embroider the eyes, nose and mouth.

Attach black yarn with a sl st in last st on right side of head (with face up). *(Ch 6, sl st in same st, ch 6, sl st in next st) across top of head. Fasten off yarn.
(Thanks to Chrismouse for this much-improved method of crocheting hair).

An alternate method of doing the hair -
Using double strands of black yarn and yarn needle, attach yarn to first stitch on head. Make a loop stitch:  Loop yarn twice around index finger of left hand (right hand for left-handed crocheters), insert needle in same stitch under all strands and draw needle through, remove finger from loops and draw needle through stitch again to tack the loops in place. Don't pull this last stitch too tightly or it will pull out the loops.

Repeat in each stitch around head.

If you haven't already done so, embroider on the eyes, nose and mouth.

Rd 1 - With dress color yarn and leaving 8" tail at beginning, ch 16, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea st across, ch 3, turn (15 sc).
Rd 2 - Dc in next 3 sts, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next 5 sts, ch 1, sk next st, dc in last 4 sts, ch 3, turn (13 dc and 2 ch-1 sps).
Rd 3 - Dc in ea st and ch-1 across, ch 3, turn (15 dc).
Rd 4 - Dc in ea st across, ch 3, turn (15 dc).
Rd 5 - Dc in same st, 2 dc in ea st across, turn (30 dc).
Rd 6 - (Ch 4, skip next st, sl st in next st) across, ending last sl st in top of turning ch. Fasten off yarn.

Finishing Dress:
Tack both edges of beginning row of dress together in the back, using beginning tail of yarn. Weave in yarn ends on dress and doll. Put dress on doll, pulling arms through ch-1 spaces on Rd 2 of dress. With yarn color that coordinates with dress, tie small bows on dress and in hair (skip these bows if the doll will be for a very young child). Put a drop of Fray-Check on bow knots to keep them from untying.

Optional Sleeping Bag/Pillow:
Rd 1 - Ch 18, dc in 4th st from hook and in ea st across, ch 3, turn (16 dc).
Rd 2 - Dc in ea st across, ch 3, turn (16 dc).
Repeat Rd 2 until length of sleeping bag is enough to wrap around doll, from head to feet, twice. This will vary, based on how tightly you crochet and the yarn used. I used a total of 26 rows.

Finishing Sleeping Bag/Pillow:
Fold the top three rows down and sew the top row to the bottom of the bag to form a pillow. Stuff lightly. Sew the edges of both sides of the bag. Weave in ends.

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Last modified: June 30, 2006.