I tried my best to write out the patterns as I went along but some things will be hard to explain. I took lots of pictures of the process so hopefully that will help. I am new to crochet so please bear with me. I'm learning as I go!
So lets start with Coraline. This is NOT a complete pattern, but hopefully it will help those who know enough about crochet to get their own doll made:
Any questions, please ask!!
Head: With cream color yarn
1. Create a magic circle
2. Then create 6 sc in the ring.
3. 2sc in each sc. (12)
4. 1sc, 2sc in next sc (18)
5. 2sc, 2sc in next sc (24)
6. 3sc, 2sc in next sc (30)
7. 4sc, 2sc in next sc (36)
8. 5sc, 2sc in next sc (42)
9. 6sc, 2sc in next sc (48)
10. 1sc in the back loops for 2 rows (48)
11. 1sc in each sc for 10 rows (48)
12. 1sc in the next 2sc; Crochet 2 together until you are left with 10 stitches
***Here you can make the neck as long as you want. Don't worry, you will use a dowel or wire to stiffen the neck later.
13. I chose to stitch around 10 stitches for 5 rows.
***Switch to the color you will use as Coraline's shirt. I chose a multi colored purple
14. Then stitch 2 in each stitch (20)
15. 1sc, 2sc in next sc (30)
16. 1sc in each around (30)
17. 3sc, 2sc in next around. Stitch in last 2 (37)
18. 4sc, 2sc. Stitch in last 2 (43)
19.1sc around for 4 rows (43)
20. 10sc, 2tog [3times]
21. 5sc, 2tog (34)
22. 6sc, 2tog stitch in last 1 (29)
21. 1sc around for 6 rows (29)
22. 2sc, 2sc in next sc. Stitch in last 2 (38)
23. Now in front loops only 1sc around for 2 rows
***This is where I put in the dowel about 4 to 5 inches in length. I used hot glue as pictured and put it inside the neck. I used a dowel but you could use something more flexible. It's just so the neck stands firm and the head won't flop over.
Once the glue is dried stuff the shirt firmly but don't over-stuff, shape as you stuff.
***At the bottom of the shirt on the inside you'll see a ridge that was created by stitching in the front loops, this is where you'll insert the color you use for the pants. I used light blue
|arrow pointing to the inside ridge|
1. 2tog around and then 2tog in the back loops around until you close the gap
1. p/u 5 stitches (5)
2. 2sc in each stitch around (10)
3.1sc in each around for 2 rows
*** stop and start other leg as pictured. Please note this is how I did the legs because I wanted them to be stiff but you can use a wire or nothing at all.... your choice!
|Arrows refer to how far the dowels are inserted|
Once the glue had set I continued stitching in each sc around for 5 more rows. I did have a stitch or 2 that got closed up by the glue and so I had to poke holes in them with a needle so I could continue crocheting around.
Maybe there is a better way of doing the legs but I'm just showing how I did them...
|arrows pointing to where I f/o with the pants|
Now for the boots:
OK, as I said, I'm new to crochet and I'm sure there is a pattern for boots and Coat I've lost the notes on how I made them but please refer to the pictures and hopefully you'll get the idea. I'm not happy with the boots as they look more like winter boots than rubber boots... If I could do over, I would not fold over the top part. I would have left them as pictured in the middle.*** I will post a pattern for the boots when I find one. Please feel free to post any ideas!!!
Ok so once you get the boots made and put on the doll time to make arms.
With shirt color:
1. Pick up 6 stitches where you want the arms to be (6)
2. 2 sc in each (12)
3. 1 in each of the back loops for 6 sc on the top half of the arm and 1 in each of the front loops for 6 sc on the bottom half of the arm.
**Do this for for 2 rows. (12)
Now in both loops you do 1sc in each around for 10 rows (12)
In front loops only do 1 sc in each around for 2 rows. Finish off (12)
*** For hands I switched to a smaller hook (3mm) and inserted cream color yarn to the inside ledge just as I did with the shirt and started the hand and then fingers. Please watch this tutorial on doll hands by Golden Jelly Bean. It takes practice but worth the effort!!
The coat I made in pieces and did a best guess as I went along SO very sorry if this is frustrating for anyone. I`m just learning so please bear with me. For the coat you start with one half and chain however many chains you need to go half way around the doll with some room to spare. Think how a raincoat would go around yourself. You would not want it too tight!
Sew the halves together as pictured
For the hood I started the same as I did for the head but with yellow and I stopped at about row 7 or 8. I decided it was becoming too big so I folded it as pictured and stitched it closed. I then attached it to the coat I also added a collar and strings with a bead on each end to make it look more realistic.
1sc in each for 8 rows. (finish off)
1sc in each for 9 rows
for 10th row you 1sc in each of the back loops, ch1 turn, then 1 in each of front loops, ch1 turn and 1sc in both loops for 2 rows. (finish off)
fit pieces together so the top flap folds over front piece and sew sides together.**For the strap I chained 45 and then 1sc in each across. Finished off and sewed to sides of purse. You can make strap any length you choose. I also sewed a loop onto the front flap that fits over a button I sewed on as pictured. This purse now holds the eyes of the ghost children... 3 beads my daughter picked out, lol
Oops almost forgot the ears. I started with a magic circle 6. I pulled the tail to close up the circle and without joining, ch1 turn and 1sc, then 2sc (9) ch1 turn and stitch across (9) finish and sew onto head.
***I will post more soon and show how I made Wyborn.