Crocheted dolls are more popular than ever thanks to amigurumi, the Japanese art of crocheting or knitting small dolls that have large heads and exude cuteness. Faces can be the most challenging part of making dolls. Often features are embroidered on top of crochet stitches to form faces, but getting the right look can be difficult. Features can be included in the pattern as you crochet, but it requires precision and can be bulky. An easier way to crochet a detailed doll face is to make the pieces and attach them to the head.
Crochet a circle of white or ivory. Double or triple crochet stitches work well for eyes. Do at least two rows. This forms the white of the eye. Add rows to make it as large as necessary for your project. Complete two of the same size.
Choose a colour for the iris of the eye such as blue, brown or green. Crochet a circle slightly smaller than the white circle. Make two.
Use black thread for the pupil of the eye. Make two small circles for the centres of the eyes. Use a needle and white thread to embroider two or three small stitches on the pupil. Place the stitches next to one another lengthwise to make a square. This forms a highlight on the eye. Repeat in the same place on the other pupil.
Stack circles on top of each other in order: white, iris, and pupil. Use straight pins to temporarily attach the eyes on the doll head.
Chain a length needed for eyelid with skin-coloured thread. Turn and single crochet two rows. Attach black thread and crochet one or two rows to form an eyelash line. Finish off. Make a second eyelid.
Chain a length of pink or red thread for lips. Turn and single crochet one or two rows and finish off. Use the same steps and black thread to make optional eyebrows.
Position all parts on the head with pins. Sew the parts to the doll head. Hide the stitches as much as possible. Make a small nose using three or four stitches of the same yarn used for the head or embroider on using a different colour for more emphasis.
You can also crochet with embroidery thread, or hold three strands of regular cotton together and use as crochet thread. Use different colours for subtle variations. Sew on rounded, shiny black buttons or beads instead of crocheted irises.