Friday, 4 November 2016

Crochet Amigurumi Doll CAL - Ep3 Arms and Hair

Welcome to episode three of my latest crochet-a-long! for my Amigurumi dress up doll crochet pattern, where each Friday for the next few weeks I shall be releasing a new written pattern and video tutorial for the lead up to Christmas.

In my third tutorial today I show you how to crochet the arms and make the hair. I hope you enjoy.

The episodes will include (subject to change)
Episode 1: 21st October: Head and Eyes
Episode 2: 28th October: Body and Legs
Episode 3: 4th November: Hair Tutorial and Arms
Episode 4: 11th November: Dress Pattern
Episode 5: 18th November: Bag and Accessories

This pattern is in US terminology, but details are given below, and in the video for UK terminology. The finished doll measures about 30cm approx in length.

Why not make a boy doll too, simply change the hair style and I'll add some extra tutorials after the main CAL for some trousers or shorts and tops. Maybe some dungarees. Let me know in the comments below what you would like to see in this crochet-a-long.

For the whole CAL you will need the following suggested materials

  • DK/Light Worsted weight cotton yarn (yarn weight of 3) in the following colours; Suggested yarns are for Rico Design Essential Cotton DK but you can use any yarn you like!
    • A skin colour - suggestions: Rose 01 (pink) or Nougat 78 (brown) 
    • A hair colour - suggestions: Banana 63 (yellow) or Nougat 78 (brown)
    • An eye colour - suggestions: Light Blue 27 or Nougat 78 (brown) or Grass Green 66 
    • Colours for clothes and accessories - suggestions: Fuschia 14 (dark pink), Violet 20 or any of the colours named above
    • Black and White for eyes
  • 3.5 E/4 crochet hook or any hook that is suitable for the yarn you are using
  • Toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing. I chose 100% polyester toy stuffing available in my most craft stores
  • Yarn needle and scissors
  • 1 small button measuring 1cm in diameter, if making the bag

Terminology and conversions for today's tutorial
US single crochet (sc) = UK double crochet (dc)
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
ea = each

Video Tutorial - Arms and Hair


Written Pattern - Arms and Hair

Arm (make two)

Round 1
Ch4, sl st in first ch to form a loop, crochet 6sc into loop, do not join round - (6)

Alternatively you can work the magic loop and crochet 6sc into a magic loop

Rounds 2 - 4
1sc in ea st around - (6)

Round 5
*2sc in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts* rep from * once more - (8)

Rounds 6 - 24
1sc in ea st around - (8)

Finish by stuffing your arm up to the hand using some blunt scissors. Fasten off and sew onto body. Repeat steps 1-24 for second arm.

Hair 

Step 1
Take your hair colour and cut 60-70 strands measuring how long you want your hair to be from one side to the other. The centre of your yarn strand will be at the top of the head.

Step 2
Cut a really long strand of the same hair colour and place it vertically down on a table. Now place your 60-70 strands on top horizontally (you can also add them 2-3 at a time if easier), making sure the vertical strand is in the middle.

Step 3
Make a slip knot on your hook and take 2-3 strands of your hair yarn, and placing your hook over them hook the long vertical piece of yarn and work a slip stitch, catching the 2-3 strands as you do so. Take another 2-3 strands and repeat process until you can slip stitch all the way across your hair strands in the centre. See video if unsure.

Step 4
Place the long tail end of your long strand at the front of your doll's head. Sew along your slip stitched seam, catching and joining the head as you do to secure. Now sew back up along one side of your seam, and again back down to the base of the neck on the opposite side of your seam. This extra sewing secures the strands even more and stops them from being pulled out as much.

Step 5
You can leave your hair like this if happy, which works well for plaits, but for better coverage fold over one set of your strands to the other side and hide your seam. Repeat steps 1-5 again for the opposite side, making sure to sew very close to your previous seam.

Pause your work here and tune in next week for Episode 4 Dress Pattern!

If you would like more crochet tutorials and patterns to enjoy then please do check out my channels;

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© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in an offline crochet group. Items made from any of my patterns can be sold in your own stores. Patterns are not for re-sale. Thank you.