Sunday, June 19, 2011

Coraline Doll Free Crochet Pattern


yellow crochet doll with blue hair

One of my first doll patterns. This pattern has been revised and is now easier to make, for the updated and easier pattern click here 

The pattern below has been retired and no longer will receive pattern support if needed. Please use the revised pattern that comes with a video tutorial.


Copyright 2011 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved

Read me  ~>  Work in continuous rounds, do not join. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn with a 3.75 mm hook.
Read me ~> How to read the rows: Each row has a sequence as given below. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.
Read me ~>  It's a good idea to add in a marker at the end of row 2 and move that marker at the end of every row. I just use a short length of yarn and pull it through the last stitch I put in at the end of every row.

This Coraline Pattern has been translated to Russian! See here

REVISED Video Tutorial here 2014


st = stitch
sc = single crochet
2tog = 2 stitches together 
ch1 = chain one
sl st = slip stitch
f/o = finish off
BLO = back loops only
FLO = front loops only


HEAD:


1) Create a magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc, 2sc in next st   (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st, 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in next 3st, 2sc in next st (30)
6) 1sc in next 4st, 2sc in next st (36)
7)  1sc in the BLO (36)                 
8-17) 1sc in each st for 10 rows (36) 
18) 1sc in the next 2st then 2tog for 1 row
19+)1sc then 2tog until you are left with 8st

* Before the hole gets too small stuff and shape head 


NECK:

1-3) 1 sc in each st for 3 rows (8)
4) 2sc in each st (16)

*switch to yellow yarn on the last stitch

BODY:

1) 1sc in the next 7st, 2sc in the 8th st. Do this 2 times (18)
2) 1sc in each st (18)
3) 2sc in the 1st st, 1sc in the rest (19)
4-11) 1sc in each st for 8 rows (19)
12) 1sc in each of the next 18 st, 2sc in the last st (20)
13) 1sc in each of the next 19 st, 2sc in the last st (21)
14) 1sc in each of the next 20 st, 2sc in the last st (22)
15-16) 1sc in the FLO for 2 rows. Finish off

* Stuff the neck and the upper part of the body firmly, shape as you stuff. Add a pipe cleaner for neck stability

By crocheting in the front loops for the last 2 rows you created a couple edges on the inside as pictured below. This is where you insert the color you will use for the pants. Use the edge that is furthest from you when you look inside
1) Insert and 1sc around for 1 row
2+)In the BLO, crochet 2tog until you close the gap. Should look as pictured below


Now take the bottom edge of the coat and roll it down to expose the area where you will add the legs as pictured below


LEGS:

1) pick up 6 st in a circle (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc in each (12)
4) 2tog, 1sc in the next 4st, 2tog, 1sc in the last 4st (10)
5) 1sc in each (10)
6) 2tog, 1sc in the next 3st, 2tog, 1sc in the last 3st (8)
7-9) 1sc in each for 3 rows (8)

*(switch to yellow on the last stitch)

TOP OF BOOTS:

1) 2sc in the 1st stitch, 1sc in the next 3st, 2sc in the next st, 1sc in the last  3st (10)
2-4) 1sc in each for 3 rows. Finish off
BOTTOM PART OF BOOTS:

1) magic circle (4)
2) 2sc in each st (8)
3-5) 1sc in each st for 3 rows (8)
6) CH1 and turn, 1sc in the next 4st, CH1 and turn, 2tog twice. Finish off.
DO NOT STUFF. Sew to boot as pictured below


Optional* Once you have the boot sewn together, shape the hollow part with your fingers until you are happy with the shape and put in a stitch or 2 to hold that shape together.

Top rim of boot:

Chain a length that will fit around the top of the boot. 1sc in each, finish off and sew to boot.

ARMS:

1) Magic circle 4 (4)
2) 2sc in each (8)
3-5) 1sc in each st for 3 rows (8)
6) 2tog, 1sc in the next 2st, 2tog, 1sc in the last 2st (6)
7-13) 1sc in each st for 7 rows (6)

*Do Not Stuff the Arms
*switch to skin color on the last st.

HANDS: Now you can either make fingers as I did or make a fingerless hand as pictured. Here is my tutorial on how to crochet doll fingers on youtube if interested ~> how to crochet fingers & a thumb

1) 1sc then 2sc (9)
2) 1sc then 2sc (13)

3+) this is where you go on and make fingers. Might be easier to switch to a smaller hook and make the fingers. Any length you choose.

If not:  1sc then 2tog until you close the gap. Add a thumb if you want to!

To attach the arms thread yard through the inside part of the upper arm as pictured below then continue that thread though the body and on through the inside of the other arm pull it tight and knot off, doing them this way gives you jointed arms!

Yahooo!! You're almost finished, now for the fun part... my favorite part of making dolls. Adding hair and creating a face that gives the doll it's personality!

Now I like to root the hair into my dolls. Coraline has a part to the side of her head so to make this style look it's best I rooted most of it and then lay the rest over the head and sewed it in place as pictured below.

pictured here is another Coraline doll with same hair style

Roll some yarn loosely  around your hand then snip through the middle as pictured

Once you have all the yarn you want on the head and you've styled it the way you want it and sewed some of it down there will still be some areas that you'll find as pictured.
I take a chunk as pictured above and run a bead of hot glue along the head and gently drop the hair in place and smooth over it with my hand. I do this around the back too. I like the way the hair stays put when I do it this way. But if you are not good with the glue gun then this is something you shouldn't do but rather just sew it in place

Ok, so for the eyes and mouth, nose and so on, it is all up to the creator. I chose buttons because they look great I think! I glued these in place also. The nose is created by inserting a length of yarn through the back of the head and out through where the nose will be. Use a needle and crochet hook to build and shape the nose. Once you've finished run the tail of the yarn back out through the back of the head and knot off. Hide in the hair. The same goes for the eyebrows and the mouth.

The dragonfly hair clip I made with pipe cleaners and glued in place. 
Oh, almost forgot... the button key necklace I made simply by taking a key charm and gluing a button on it! SO cute!!


So now we're finished and you have your own Coraline doll!

  Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and help keep the patterns free. If you do give a donation, please accept this note as my sincere thanks and know that you have helped a great deal.
Many Blessings to you!



Copyright Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go All rights reserved 

You may sell finished products. Do not reprint this pattern on any site, magazine or book. If you'd like to share this pattern please provide a link back to it.  


74 comments:

  1. Hi! Nice blog. Thank you for the pattern.


    http://eglenceliyumak.blogspot.com
    http://adagurumi.blogspot.com

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  2. I got to get to work on making the doll! My sister won't stop bugging me to make her one!

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  3. Your dolls are great, and thank you so much for your generosity in sharing them :-) I love to crochet dolls and share the pattern as well; it is ALWAYS a pleasure to meet a kindred spirit.

    Beth

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  4. Thank you Beth! Such a beautiful message that made my day :) Wow, you are such an inspiration to so many... I've shared your blog on my facebook page a couple times. So Happy to meet you!! Yes, nice to meet a Kindred spirit for sure :)

    Sharon

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  5. What a great pattern and so nice of you to share!
    I'm also a great believer of sharing free patterns.
    cheers suki

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  6. Love them!! I have no words!

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  7. awwww... thank you Uggae! I really appreciate that and I'm so glad you like them :)

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  8. What an awesome Coraline doll! My three-year-old was obsessed with Coraline last year and I couldn't find any kind of pattern anywhere on how to crochet her a Coraline doll, so I had to make one out of felt and cloth. It turned out great, but I would have much rather crocheted her one. Your pattern is amazing. I might have to crochet her this one now, too, right along with Wuss Puss. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  9. Thank you so much Larna! I do appreciate the kind words. My kids LUV the Coraline movie and that was my motivation to make the dolls too. They are fun dolls to have :)
    Thanks again, have a super day!!

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  10. If you want to see my Coraline:

    http://blogoflamia.blogspot.com/2011/10/coraline.html

    Thank you for the pattern :)

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  11. She's really great Lamia! I am so excited to see her... if you could , please post her photo on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AwesomeAmigurumi

    Thank you for sharing :)

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  12. I love the doll! I love the hands, face, everything about it. I have to say your technique for the hair interests me greatly. I make dolls and I have yet to make one with a "head of hair" like your Coraline doll. The way you did it looks simple enough. I'm planning to make an Alice in Wonderland doll. I'm wondering, do you think the rooting technique would work best for her as well? I'm also wondering, how many rows did you do? I can see from the picture the one row before you sew on the top part of her hair, but what about under that row?
    If you could answer any of these questions it would be greatly appreciated.

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  13. Hello Devious One! I usually do 3 or 4 rows and skip a row in between.

    I think this technique would be perfect for Alice, the only thing is because the top cap isn't rooted you'd really have to sew it in place quite well to ensure none slips out. You could also run a hot bead of glue down each side of the part on the very top and that would hold it securely too.

    Thanks for the message and if there's anything else please don't hesitate to write again :)

    Sharon

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  14. PS Devious One... I meant a hot bead of glue "on the under-side" of the yarn hair of each side of the part on top :)

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  15. Thank you for getting back to me! I just may try that! :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. I posted my Coraline Doll and link to your Blog. Take a Look if you want:
    http://an-is-on.blogspot.com/2011/12/coraline-crochet-doll.html

    An

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  17. Thank you An! I like the pictures you posted, very nice :)

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  18. My daughter, 18 loves Coraline. I am hoping to finish this as a Christmas present for her to take back to college. She will be soooo pleased

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  19. That's awesome Bowser! Thanks for the message and wishing you and your daughter a wonderful Christmas :)
    XO

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  20. My 7 yo son Xander loves Coraline (actually my son, my 13 and 17 yo daughters as well lol)
    Although Coraline is a female and a "doll" I am currently working on her for my boy. He will be so excited to pull her out of a box this Christmas. I may try to make a "Xander Button Eyed Doll" to package with her :) (building off your design). I think that would make it extra special for him :) only trouble is the whole procedure is covert due to school schedule and impending winter break! Lol
    Thank you so very much for sharing this amazing creation of yours and giving me a way to improve his Christmas this year :) I'm sure requests will be made for Wybie and Wuss Puss after he opens this gift!

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  21. @Figment of your Imagination, So happy to hear that! I can't tell you how awesome it is knowing my doll patterns are used to make someone's day a bit more special :)
    Good luck with your doll and wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!!

    Sharon XO

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  22. I don't crochet, this is amazingly adorable. I'm now searching for someone to make this for me.

    Thank you for the kindness.

    Merry Christmas.

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  23. Thank you Wild Magnolia and a very Merry Christmas to you as well :)

    Sharon XO

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  24. Thanks for sharing your patterns - it´s so generous! I would never do a single stich without people like you ;)
    Your Coraline was done in two days! I just couldn´t stop :)
    You´ve mentioned Kindred Spirit ... what about Anne of Green Gables as a next project? ;)
    Pavlina

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  25. You're welcome Ploduska!! I just seen your Coraline doll and she's gorgeous!! Love her so much and would love it if you posted pictures of her on my facebook page! My fb is Amigurumi Freely and the link is on the top left side of this page.

    Anne of Green Gables is a lovely idea, not sure when I could get to that but there is a blog I know of that does similar dolls called "By Hook By Hand" http://byhookbyhand.blogspot.com/

    Thank you again!

    Sharon XO

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  26. Wow, your patterns are amazing!! My daughter is crazy about Coraline and it is so hard to find anything, she will be so so excited when I show her them! I do a lot of knitting but I'm not great at crochet. I've only ever made blankets but recently managed a baby cardi. I'm definitely going to have go at your Coraline patterns. Thank you so much for sharing them xx

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    1. That's great Snoops! Glad you found the patterns and I bet you'll do a great job. I really want to learn to knit and made it my resolution for 2012 but so far no time to learn... hopefully soon :)
      Thanks for the post!
      Sharon XO

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  27. WOW! Awesome! I have to crochet this! She's my favorite character! Thank you so much for the pattern!

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    1. I LUV Coraline too. I fell in love with her almost right away. I've seen the movie many times and each time is great, lol
      So glad you are making a Coraline of your own <3

      Sharon XO

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    2. Hello, Sharon, I'm new at blogging and crocheting. But the reason I start crocheting is your Coraline doll. Thank you so much! Check out my brand new blog and my creations :) http://lizisfactory.blogspot.com/

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  28. You are sooooooo talented. Keep up the great work:-)

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    1. Thank you so much FiberTech Guy! I appreciate your awesome message :)

      Sharon

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  29. I absolutely adore your Coraline! At times, it's a toss up between Coraline and The Other Mother when it comes to my favorite character from the book. I haven't seen the movie.

    I'm currently working on a Coraline of my own. Ok... a Coraline for my daughter. I wanted to modify my a bit, but since the first one is my daughter, the only thing I've changed is the hair color, and the outfit. It's gold. Besides those two things, my daughter wanted her Coraline to be "just like yours!"

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    1. How wonderful to read your message today Opal! I appreciate it very much.

      I never heard of Coraline until I watched the movie, and of course I became a huge fan. I have the audio book now and I am looking for a good illustrated copy of the book but so far no luck. I'm not sure there are any.

      I'm so happy to hear your daughter will soon have her own Coraline doll. She is lucky to have a mom like you :)

      I look forward to seeing your doll once she fully emerges into the world!

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  30. I can't thank you enough. Really.
    I LOVE CORALINE!!

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    1. awww, that great RoseLily, so glad you found the pattern!

      Sharon XO

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  31. I love Coraline and have seen the movie many times over. I enjoy your crochet along and one day I will complete my Coraline. I appreciate the time and effort you put into making your videos. Thanks!

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    1. such an awesome message! Thank you, I appreciate that!

      I've seen Coraline many times as well... it never gets old! I want to one day make more of the characters, when time allows me too that is!

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  32. MY QUESTION;
    HOW TALL THE DOLL?
    I’M ASKING BECAUSE I LIKE TO WORK WITHIN A CERTAIN DOLL HEIGHT. U DID A WONDERFUL JOB WITH MAKING THIS PATTERN LOOK EASY. NOT EVERYONE CAN DO THAT, AND U ARE VERY GOOD AT THIS; ALL THE WAY FROM THE USE WORDS, TO THE WAY U TOOK PICTURES. THAT IS WHAT I CALL A JOB WELL DONE. THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH A GIVING PERSON. YOU DESERVE A HUG FOR USING YOUR TALENTS IN SUCH A GIVING WAY. U ALSO DESERVE A HAPPY DANCE FOR MAKING THE WOULD BETTER PLACE TO BE IN. YOU ARE EXTRA SPECIAL BECAUSE U SPREAD THE JOY OF CROCHET WITH THE WHOLE WORLD. U SCORE A BIG 10, IN MY BOOK..DOUBLE THANKS,
    FROM; Mrs. Sandy, in Georgia.

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    1. Hi Sandy! First I have to say a big thank you for the wonderful message ~> Hug Received and Returned!!! And I also really appreciate you taking the time to write :)

      The doll is 10 inches tall but that will vary depending on your stitch tension and hook size. I used a 3.7m mm hook and my crochet stitches are fairly tight.

      Thanks again!
      Sharon XO

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  33. I DON'T KNOW WHAT SELECT PROFILE IS ALL ABOUT, OR WHAT TO PUT INTO THE URL. SO I PICKED ANONYMOUS. SORRY IF THAT IS A PROBLEM.

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  34. que linda.....me encanta Caroline...la he visto ene veces
    Muy bello tu trabajo!!!!

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    1. muchas gracias ... Me alegra mucho que les guste mi Coraline :)

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  35. Hi sharon

    I got to ask
    can i translate your free patters to dutch and put them on my free website?
    Can you email me?

    Thanks anna

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    1. Hi Anna, do you have a link to your blog? I'd like to see it

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  36. Love your doll! My daughter wants me to make her a Coraline doll.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you like it and I hope you get one made for your daughter. Thank you for taking the time to comment, I do appreciate it :)

      Sharon xo

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  37. Sharon,
    I made my legs indepedent from the body. I'm confused about how to attach them. Did I miss something? Thank you so much for the pattern!
    pjcwomyn

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    1. roll the bottom of the coat up and place the end of the leg on the body. It might be helpful to place the 2nd leg too and pin them in place to get a good idea how they will look and how much space you need to sew both legs on. Once you have an idea where one leg will go just sew in right onto the body using a length of yarn the same color as the legs and a yarn needle. Sew the top edge of the leg to the body... I hope that helps. Planet June has a little photo tutorial on sewing amis together. You might want to take a look. Just highlight copy and paste into your address bar http://www.planetjune.com/blog/joining-amigurumi/

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    2. I thought that might be the method, but I'm new at this so thought I better be sure. Thank you so much!

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    3. for sure! I'm glad it helped and feel free to write again if there's anything else :)

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  38. HOLA yo ya tengo casi terminada mi Coraline pero no se como hacer las pequitas de la caraa

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    1. Hola He utilizado un marcador marrón poner pecas en la cara

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  39. Hi ~
    Thank you for the pattern~
    I have completed this doll about a year ago ~
    I liked Coraline Doll that cool expression
    Thanks again~~
    If you want to see my Coraline:~~
    http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/jw!l150hGSBGBZI.hu1IJABedSHeA--/article?mid=2766&prev=2774&next=2728&l=f&fid=41

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    1. Hello! I just seen your beautiful Coraline on facebook!! She turned out fantastic. If you'd like, please share on Amigurumi Freely and I'll put her on the wall there :)

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  40. Thanks for your praise,I feel very excited ~ ~
    I also completed Wybie last year, just have not stitched,
    Thank you for the pattern again~
    Today is the second day of Chinese New Year, wish you happy like us here ~
    Feel free to visit to my blog to see my other Amigurumi~~

    http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/jw!l150hGSBGBZI.hu1IJABedSHeA--/article?mid=2766&prev=2774&next=2728&l=f&fid=

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    1. Thank you! If you do finish up Wybie I invite you to share his photos on Amigurumi Freely:) I featured your Coraline tonight, I love her a lot! I can see many people will love her too. I will go visit your blog again...

      Thanks again for sharing with me. It was wonderful to see your photos. You made me so happy :)

      Happy Chinese New Year!!

      Sharon Ojala xo

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    2. ok~~when I finish up Wybie,I will share the photo on Amigurumi Freely,
      He is also a mini version.

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    3. That's great, I can't wait!! Your mini Coraline has been a huge hit, everybody fell in love with her :)

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  41. Really?! That's surprising to me.
    Maybe next week I'll get it finished.

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  42. Hi, I have finished Wybie and also shared on Amigurumi Freely!

    Thanks for sharing your patterns !

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    1. That's awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your great works!

      They both are in the member's album :)

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  43. Thnaks,Sharon!
    I am looking forward to your more creative works!

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  44. Thank you for sharing your pattern, This doll is so cute! Coraline has always been may favorite.

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you like the doll, Coraline is one of my favorites too :)

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  45. hello

    i am new to the whole crochet thing, and i found this and thought it was amazing. i wanted to ask what kind of yarn do you use to make this? i would like to try my hand at it but i don't want to buy the wrong kind.

    Thank you

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    1. Hello, welcome to crochet! It's exciting, I hope you enjoy it and go on to make many wonderful things. I use Red Heart worsted weight acrylic medium #4 and I used a 3.75 mm hook but a 3.5 or 4mm would work just as well. Keep me posted on how everything goes for you!

      Sharon

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  46. Love your pattern! Originally just wanted to find a fingers pattern, and your video is so easy to follow! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. thanks so much! I'm very happy to hear you are enjoying the pattern :)

      Happy Crocheting!!

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  47. wanna crochet the dragonfly clip !

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  48. Hello May I ask something? I make a doll, but the hair I want to do curls. You know how to do that? Thank you

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