How to Crochet Dolls

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How to Crochet Dolls
Choose a child's favourite colours for your crocheted doll. (ULTRA F/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A crocheted doll makes a heartfelt gift for a small child who likes stuffed toys. It's easy to crochet a small, simple doll in one sitting. This doll pattern is comprised entirely of single crochet, and it only requires that you stitch together three pieces, since the head and body are worked as one. The doll's teardrop-shaped body serves as the doll's entire lower half, similar to legless Russian babushka dolls. This doll is the perfect size to fit into a small toy bag or purse, and its simple design is easy to embellish with your own creativity.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Polyester stuffing

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Instructions

    Body and Head

  1. 1

    Make the base of the body. Chain two and make six single crochets in the second chain from the hook. You now have a circle. The rest of the figure will be worked in rounds.

  2. 2

    Increase the size of the circle. Make two single crochets in each of the next six stitches for a total of 12. Single crochet in the next stitch, make two single crochets in the following stitch, and repeat five times for a total of 18 stitches. Single crochet in the next two stitches, make two single crochets in the following stitch, and repeat five times for a total of 24 stitches. Single crochet in the next three stitches, make two single crochets in the following stitch, and repeat five times for a total of 30 stitches.

  3. 3

    Make one single crochet in each stitch around. Repeat six more times, for a total of seven even rounds of 30 stitches each. Your circle should now resemble a tube.

  4. 4

    Decrease the size of the opening. Single crochet in the next three stitches, single crochet the following two stitches together, and repeat five times for a total of 24 stitches. Make one single crochet in each stitch around for another row of 24.

  5. 5

    Continue to decrease. Single crochet in the next two stitches, single crochet the following two stitches together, and repeat five times for a total of 18 stitches. Make one single crochet in each stitch around for another row of 18.

  6. 6

    Fill the body with polyester stuffing until the figure is firm. As you complete the body, fill with more stuffing as you work each round.

  7. 7

    Continue to decrease. Single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet the following two stitches together, and repeat five times for a total of 12 stitches. Single crochet the next two stitches together, and repeat five times for a total of six stitches. Make one single crochet in each stitch around for another row of six single crochet. This row represents the doll's neck.

  8. 8

    Make the head by increasing stitches. Make two single crochets in each stitch around for a total of 12. Single crochet in the next stitch, make two single crochets in the following stitch, and repeat five times for a total of 18 stitches. Single crochet in the next two stitches, make two single crochets in the following stitch, and repeat five times for a total of 24 stitches.

  9. 9

    Make one single crochet in each stitch around. Repeat two more times, for a total of three even rows of 24 stitches each. Stuff the head with polyester stuffing. Fill with more stuffing as you work each round.

  10. 10

    Single crochet in the next two stitches, single crochet the following two stitches together, and repeat five times for a total of 18 stitches. Single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet the following two stitches together, and repeat five times for a total of 12 stitches. Single crochet the next two stitches together, and repeat five times for a total of six stitches. Slipstitch in the next stitch, and cut a tail of yarn. With a yarn needle, sew the head closed with the tail.

    Arms

  1. 1

    Chain two, and single crochet five times in the second chain from the hook to make the first round. Make two single crochets in each stitch around for a total of 10. Make one single crochet in each stitch around for another row of 10. Single crochet in the next three stitches, single crochet the next two stitches together, and then single crochet in the next five stitches for a total of eight.

  2. 2

    Fill the arm with polyester stuffing. As you do the next pattern to complete the arm, fill the arm with stuffing as you work the rounds.

  3. 3

    Single crochet in each stitch around for two more rows of eight single crochets each. Single crochet in the next three stitches, single crochet the next two stitches together, and single crochet in the next three stitches for a total of six. Slipstitch in the next stitch to join. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

  4. 4

    Repeat the pattern to make another arm.

  5. 5

    Sew the arms on either side of the doll's neck. Use the yarn needle and a contrasting colour of yarn to embroider a face onto the head of the doll. Weave in ends with the yarn needle.

Tips and warnings

  • Change colours as you work the rounds to give the illusion that the doll is wearing clothing or has hair.
  • Wrap a handful of rice in a piece of cling film and place it at the bottom of the doll's body before filling with stuffing. This will weigh down the bottom of the doll, allowing it to stand upright.
  • Add hair to the doll by threading pieces of yarn through the sides of the stitches on the top of the head.

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