amigurumi · crochet

New Doll

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Quality test passed.

When I first donated some of my items to the animal charity auction, I didn’t think it would end up with a commission request. I usually don’t want to sell my items because it’s strictly a hobby for me and I want to enjoy making whatever I choose, for people I love and for myself. I also think selling hand made items is not easy, especially those that require more work: either they have to be under-priced (considering how time consuming they can be) or too expensive for most people to want to buy them. But somehow I couldn’t resist this request, mainly because it was for a doll, and I remembered how much I’d enjoyed crocheting them!

The time to crochet it finally came and as expected, I loved every minute of it so much!

 

I chose the tried and tested Monja Doll pattern by CAROcreated Designs once again. I knew from the previous time I’d crocheted it that the neck wasn’t very sturdy so I amended the construction by crocheting head and neck in one piece. It’s better although not quite as sturdy as I’d like it to be. I also amended the leg construction – the original pattern is for the doll which can stand, while mine cannot. I’d love to make it as in the pattern but I don’t have tools for that so my doll can only sit.

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But I think she’s just as adorable even if she can’t stand!

I also crocheted less curly hair this time – they are wavy and nice.

When the doll was ready and I started crocheting her clothes, I just didn’t feel happy about them. The pattern has some really cute outfit but I couldn’t resist the thought that knitted garments are just so much nicer and softer…

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The first crochet skirt. I didn’t like it so it got replaced.

I used the Amelia Doll Tunic pattern but in fingering weight yarn since my doll is smaller (and I wanted to use up the leftovers of this lovely yarn) and knitted it longer, as a dress.

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At first it was a cardigan but since I decided to remove the skirt, I frogged the hem and knitted it longer, as a dress.

Once the dress was ready, I crocheted also a shawl of my own design.

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Even a doll can have something shiny, right?

I must admit that I had so much fun with making the clothes that I’m seriously tempted to crochet another doll, for myself, just to knit clothing for her with all the colourful yarn scraps I have! I guess I’m not as grown up as my age suggests πŸ˜‰

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My embroidery skills definitely need to be improved though. This is such a crooked smile…

The doll will go to a little girl waiting for her this week, and I can go back to my Arizona CAL and do some knitting again. It was such an enjoyable break from adult stuff though!

15 thoughts on “New Doll

      1. I got a book a while back called my crochet doll but I have been so busy on other things that I haven’t started it yet. Your pattern is far cuter ❀

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      2. CAROcreated Design has some amazing doll patterns, I’d love to try them all one day! I hope when you find the time to crochet the doll (or a few) from your book, you’re going to enjoy it like I have!

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  1. I think you should make yourself a doll like you suggested. Your “left overs” would find a good use, you could have a lot of fun, and in the end you could end up with a doll with a fabulous wardrobe — what a gift for a special little someone — or you could auction it and donate the money to a children’s charity like UNICEF or Save The Children, etc. I think it would be a giggle — a source of fun, silly little projects with a big potential to be very special.

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  2. If you want to pretend to be a grown-up, you could always make the shawl for an adult human! Then, cos you designed it, sell the pattern rather than the item.. πŸ™‚

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