The first Raggedy Ann doll was the creation of author Johnny Gruelle in 1915 to accompany his Raggedy Ann fairy tales, according to the Raggedy-Ann website. Whether you have a vintage Raggedy Ann or are creating a new one, it is easy to add the red hair that made this cosy rag doll famous. Raggedy Ann dolls make a faithful companion to the owner of this bit of history.
Thread the needle with approximately 18 inches of the red crochet thread. Push the needle in under one side of the centre seam on the head of the doll and through to the other side. The needle should just barely go underneath the fabric.
Leave a tail of about 6 inches of thread, as suggested by the Oh Sew Dollin website.
Place the needle back into the first hole and exit out the same hole, as you did the first time, creating a circle of thread. The circle of thread should be about 5 or 6 inches in diameter.
Cut the thread, again leaving a 6-inch tail.
Make circles on both sides of the head where you want the pigtails placed, using the same method. Make sure to leave the circles of thread about 5 or 6 inches in diameter.
Cut the red yarn in approximately 10-inch strands, depending on how long you want Raggedy Ann's pigtails to be. You will need 10 to 15 strands.
Cut three to five strands of red yarn 4 to 6 inches long for the fringe.
Slip the longest bundle through all three of the circles--one circle at a time--on the doll's head. Arrange the strands so they are not wrinkled or folded.
Place the shorter bundle of yarn through only the top circle of crochet thread.
Pull the threads tightly on all three of the circles and then tie them in knots. Trim them after they are tied.
Bring the yarn for the fringe forward and trim the ends if needed.
Tie a ribbon around each of the pigtails, if desired.