“There are two kinds of people, those who love dolls and those who don’t yet know that they love dolls” – Gayle Wray (Doll Designer)
Although I wouldn’t consider myself a huge doll fan or that I ever was, crochet dolls have done it to me. Their possibilities in creativity of styling and shape are enormous. Just a new haircut can mostly not be undone. With crochet dolls you have a pretty safe gift for a kid (no chemicals, potentially no loose, small stuff to choke on), a great personalized item for a friend (ever tried to copy a person into a doll?) and they are considerably less wasteful than usual toys (less to no plastic). You can even include a fairtrade or recycled cotton addition to your doll.
After coming back to trying new body shapes a few times , I’ve now got a small collection to share with you (for beginners and intermediates). So here they are: my recent works – each to some degree unique in itself – accompanied by a free pattern so that you can immediately start making your very own crochet doll:
1. Ami, the Student
Characteristics: Ami is 14 cm tall and was crocheted using a yarn at a recommended hook size of 2.5-3.5. The doll is based on my Amigurumi Doll (my first of its kind and you’ll see room for improvement there), now with an appropriate outfit. For the cloths, I mostly used a yarn of weight 0 (lace), apart from the jeans-dress for which I used a super fine yarn (2.0-2.5 mm hook size recommendation). Except for the beige cardigan, I’ve worked with a 1.0 mm hook on the outfit. The outfit-pattern includes the wire glasses, cardigan, dress, shoes and knapsack. The doll-pattern is a guide for the naked doll and the hair. Both patterns come as separate downloads.
2.1. Crochet Barbie
Characteristics: this beauty was crocheted using lace yarn (recommended hook size is 1.25-1.5) and she is about 15 cm tall. I designed her to reach the look of a barbie, well shaped on the butt and the upper body, and she got quite some laughs when I showed her around (details matter) 😉 Like all of my dolls here, she is a one-piece crochet doll. She wears a casual, sporty style, but the dress from the Evening Queen (below) fits her too. The free pattern includes the entire doll with the clothing.
2.2. Evening Queen
Characteristics: this crochet doll is a variant form of the doll above and the pattern can be easily adjusted to be used for a male body too. The free pattern includes the entire doll as pictured, including the outfit (jumpsuit, shoes, bag).
3. Miss Winter
Characteristics: I love winter and just by looking at her, I feel the desire to put on a warm sweater, a pair of boots, get the coat out of the closet and get out into the wet freshness! Differently to the other crochet doll styles, I increased the proportions of her head and lower part of the body. I worked with two types of yarn sizes: a fine yarn (recommended hook size is 2.5-3.5 mm) and a medium sized yarn (recommended hook size is 5-6 mm). The free pattern includes the instructions for this appr. 24 cm doll with her entire clothing.
4. The Traveller
Characteristics: together with Miss Winter, The Traveller belongs to my bigger crochet dolls (23 cm). With a shirt, hiking trousers, hoodie and a knapsack this male doll is ready to conquer the world!
Characteristics: this crochet man with a slightly bald head is with 13 cm size (incl. the hat) considerably small (safety eyes have a length of 8 mm) and was worked with different yarn types (from a 1 mm hook to a 2 mm hook). The countryman’s body was worked in one piece with colour shifts from skin-colour to white (shirt) to blue (jeans). The rest (hat, shoes…) is crocheted separately.
I hope you have a favourite figure among my crochet dolls for tryout! In case a mistake sneaked into a pattern, please write me and I’ll correct it as soon as possible!