In this crochet pattern I show you how to crochet a pretty doll. The dangling doll hase overlong arms and legs, which make it ideal for carrying and dangling for children. The clothes can be changed and you will also find here patterns for different garments for the dolls and animals of the Slenana series.
Here you find the size specifications for the crocheted dangling doll.
|Crochet Hook 12 (shown example)||137yds / 1.75oz, 100% cotton||26cm|
|Crochet Hook 11||120yds / 1.75oz, 100% cotton||37cm|
For our little doll we crochet first the head and then the legs and the body in one piece. Then crochet our arms and ears. Finally, all parts are sewn together and also embroidered a nose. If you want you can still crochet clothes for your doll.
Crochet the head for the doll from top to bottom in spiral rounds with only double crochet stitches (UK!). When crocheting you can Attach Safety Eyes and the head is filled and stuffed.
Crochet the legs for the doll from bottom to top in spiral rounds with only double crochet stitches (UK!). Then the legs are filled and stuffed. Cut off the thread of the first leg but not at the second to go on with the body.
Before we can start with the body we have to crochet together both legs. How to do this I show you step by step in the tutorial for crocheting the legs together.
Crochet the arms for the doll from the finger tips to the shoulders in spiral rounds with double crochet stitches (UK!).
Now fold the opening flat that the hook is on the right side. Then always stitch into the front and the back to crochet the opening together.
If you want, you can still crochet ears for your dangling doll, but you do not have to. Crochet the ears for the doll in just one round and tie them later with the thread ends to the head.
After you have crocheted all the parts we can finish the dankling doll. I recommend you to fix all parts with pins to see if the positions are correct. So you can quickly adjust the individual parts, if something is wrong.
In addition you should make sure to keep the positions exactly, so that later also all the clothes for the Slenana series will fit.
First we sew the head with the long end of the thread around to the body. In this case, both openings are positioned so that the center of the front coincides. If you’ve never done this before, the tutorial for sewing open parts together will help you.
Now you can also sew the arms to the body by using the appropriate thread ends. They are sewn horizontally around the 29th round of the body, ie 2 rounds under the head. They are 7 stitches apart on the front and are located on the right and left sides of the body.
This way you have completed a simple dangling doll, which can serve as the basis for very individual dangling dolls. Because by simply creating a few very individual details your dangling doll gets a very personal touch and you can make almost everything out of it.
If you want you can crochet ears for your dangling doll and tie them around the round under the eyes with 5 stitches distance to the eye on the right and left of the head. Be careful not to swap your ears and point the longer earlobes down. Perhaps you will get help in the tutorial to tie up small parts.
First, we will make the hair, which will completely change the look of your dangling doll. You can create long, short, thin, thick, smooth or textured hair in a variety of colors to create a unique character. If you’ve never done this before, the hair tie tutorial will probably help you.
Now you can customize the face as you like by adding small details that have a big impact.
Darning yarn makes it easy to embroider eyebrows, eyelashes, a mouth or freckles in matching colors.
A nose you simply design with the yarn from the body with horizontal stitches around several stitches in the middle between the eyes until it has the desired volume.
With textile paint or acrylic paint, you can easily make cheeks and shades.
Lastly finish the clothes for your dangling doll and give it a distinctive look. There are different instructions for very different clothes available that fit all dolls and animals of the Slenana series! If that’s not all that easy for you just look for one of the ready-made designs for Slenana Dolls.