Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Meet Bleuette

As mentioned in my last post, I've had the idea of creating a Bleuette doll in crochet for a long time.  Bleuette is a doll with quite a history, and an even more amazing wardrobe :-)

She started life in 1905 as a give-away (thats right!) promotion to little French girls to subscribe to a girl's magazine...La Semaine De Suzette, which translates as 'Suzette's week.'   The magazine's publishers were devout Catholics, and they were worried that the secularization of French public education would be detrimental to the development of young French womanhood.  Thus the magazine, and its aim to help promote their (the publisher's) ideals of what a young Frenchwoman's accomplishments should be.

One of these things was a proficiency with needlework and hand sewing, and Bleuette is the perfect little companion to sew for!  La Semaine De Suzette published hundreds of patterns, from 1905 thru 1960, for their little Frenchwoman, Bleuette.

There is a lot more to Bleuette's history, and her now incredible popularity.  In 1905, 20,000 Bleuettes were initially produced by the French company SFBJ, but 60,000 subscriptions were received before the first issue was even published!  Bleuette continued to be produced until 1960.  Now, many talented doll artist create reproduction Bleuettes.  The doll in the middle of the picture above is one such reproduction, by Jackie Chimpky.

Here is the pattern to create you own Bleuette in the medium of crochet.  I used a size D crochet hook and both Vanna's Choice and Red Heart Super Saver to make these dolls ;the Super Saver worked up slightly larger (and was harder on my hands!) than the Vanna's Choice.  This is a very tight gauge for worsted weight yarn; 5 single crochet  to 1 inch; but it creates a very firm fabric for stuffing and jointing.  Crochet Bleuette is 11 1/2 to 11 3/4 inches tall with her wig.

Crochet Bleuette

She is jointed using strong craft thread; two strands doubled (so you are passing four strands through the body...you need this strength).  Other supplies you will need are  a three inch dollmaking needle, 9mm acrylic eyes, and a plastic lid from a yogurt or cottage cheese carton to stiffen the bottom of her feet.


I used purchased wigs for this doll, in size 7, which is the head circumference.  Here are a couple of sources for wigs:

http://dollsupply.com/shop/

http://www.dollspart.com/

There are a number of online sources of information and patterns for Bleuette;  a Google search will turn up many.  Here are some of my favorites:

The Bleu Door  a free repository of many of the patterns published by La Semaine De Suzette, and maintained by Janie Hile

Bleuette Manikin  This is a wonderful free pattern offered by Judi Ward.  It is a simple manikin doll pattern with Bleuette's measurements, but it also makes a very charming, Bleuette size doll (without the joints).

Bleuette in Cloth online class  This is Judi Ward's online class for making a Bleuette in cloth, complete with joints!  It is a great dollmaking class.

Bleuette Sewing Club  This is a yahoo group dedicated to sewing for Bleuette.

Grab a hook and some yarn, and make your very own little piece of doll history; enjoy the day, and enjoy the crochet :-)

118 comments:

  1. Your Bleuette is such a pretty doll! Thanks for sharing your pattern :) Wish you a beautiful day (or night), sweet thoughts from France ;)

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  2. Oh my GOODNESS! She is absolutely *stunning*, and what a perfect size! You always make such beautiful work. :)

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  3. This is absolutly fabulous!
    I love them, they are incredibly pretty!!!

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  4. I love them.....i really like the wigs on crochet dolls. i can't wait to see them dressed.i know the outfits will be amazing. :) ~Anne~

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  5. Oh Beth,

    I'm so excited to try out this pattern and I've dropped my other project just to do so. Already, the arm construction so cleverly designed. I love how you BLO, worked the outer stitches around the upper arm to create the socket. The little hand and fingers is delightful. Just when I was getting on a roll, I ran out of stuffing. Arrrrg!!!! So my Bluette will have to wait until tomorrow to get stuffed. I love working with your patterns because each one is a learning experience. I didn't realize that the original Bluettes were so petite. I thought they were the same size as the American Girl dolls (18"). So the size is also a joy.

    Thank you my dear friend for the pattern, to learn new techniques and for being a good friend.

    Regards,

    Joyce

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  6. She is amazing just like all your work. Can't wait to try and make her. Can't wait to get settled in new place and start crocheting again.

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  7. Thank you ALL so very much for your good words :-) I'm looking forward to seeing lots of little crochet Bleuettes in the near future!

    Dear Joyce, your words always, always, mean so much to me, as does your friendship. You are such a kindred spirit :-)

    Beth

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  8. *thunk* (that is the sound of my jaw hitting the floor). wow, beth, these are incredible.

    you are so talented! i love these!

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  9. Another lovely doll! I's amazing how you always succed in making such lovely, desirable dolls. I want to start immediatly, but there are so many projects wating. Hartelijke groeten, Beerta

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  10. Your Bleuettes are DARLING! I also LOVE Jackie Chimpky's Bleuettes--I have quite a little family of them. Now I can hardly wait to make my own crocheted Bleuettes-- Yours have such sweet faces! Cordially, Colleen

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  11. That dolls are amazing!! Absolutely incredible and gorgeous! I'm under their spell! I love them and admire your talent.

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  12. Beerta, thank you for your kind words :-)

    Colleen, thank you so much :-) I would love to see a pic of your lovely Bleuette family; I've been saving my pennies to purchase another Jackie Chimpky Bleuette.

    Thank you, Bluefairy :-)

    Beth

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  13. It is amazing! I have to crochet one:D - waiting for my siss to buy me sme yarn from the local shop )hopefully she'll find some good one. This is exciting:P
    Hugs
    rux

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  14. Thank you so much, dear Rux :-)

    Beth

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  15. Oh my she is am stunner another on my to do list at this rate I will have to live to a really ripe old age!

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  16. Oh my goodness Beth...the dolls really are really beautiful to me. I really like their faces and their joints. Moveable dolls are much more fun and that kind of hair is much more fun because when I was little I enjoyed and appreciated combing and styling my dolls hair and I know other little girls will appreciate it also.

    Carolyn

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  17. By the way They make me smile and bring so much joy and peace to my heart.

    Carolyn

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  18. Thank you so much, Typs :-)

    Dear Carolyn, thank you, always, for your good words :-)

    Beth

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  19. oh Beth, you have outdone yourself! Time for me to get hookin'. LOL!

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  20. Hey there, Ellen! Lookin' forward to seeing what you create :-)

    Beth

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  21. Goodness, I think your versions are cuter than the original! What adorable dolls. I've been working on my own alteration of the Lily S&C dolls, but it's so tempting to try these too! So many projects, so little time!

    Beccolina

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  22. Thank you for such nice words, Beccolina :-) And I know just what you mean about 'so many projects, so little time!'

    Beth

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  23. I am so excited! Anyone who is not familiar with Doris Thurlow should google her. Now I have a doll perfectly sized to the clothes that she designed!
    Diane

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  24. Diane, I have some of her patterns; they are beautiful, but I think I would go blind crocheting with such fine thread :-)

    Beth

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  25. Doris' patterns are beautiful. I made a porcelain bluette a number of years ago and have a seen her patterns.

    Joanne

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  26. Oh wow, your dolls are adorable!!

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  27. Beca, thank you for your good words. Joanne, I admire anyone who can create a porcelain doll!

    Beth

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  28. Hi Beth!
    You have a blog reader in Sweden! I just love your work, the dolls are amazing.
    Can you please tell me how you get the rosy cheeks on your dolls.
    I will keep on reading your blogg it´s great.

    Love Jenny

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  29. Hi Jenny! How wonderful to be able to reach out and touch between here and Sweden :-)

    I blush my dolls cheeks with a simple crayon. Rub it on lightly, then use a clean scrap of cotton knit and rub the color in to even it out. That's all :-)

    Beth

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  30. Hi Beth!

    Internet is an amazing thing, isn´t is? Thank you so much for telling me how to make rosy cheeks :-) I will try to make my own Bleuette doll now, with rosy cheeks :-) One more question, how do you find the time to make so many things?
    I must say it again, I love your dolls.

    Have a nice day!

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    1. Oh yes, Jenny; the internet is wonderful. I am a naturally introverted person, but the internet lets me meet so many wonderful people, without feeling overwhelmed.

      Thank you so much for your good words; I look forward to seeing your blushed Bleuette :-)

      Beth

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  31. I love this doll but I can't print the pattern out.. can you possible make it printable? Reading patterns off the computer is about impossible for me..
    thanks!

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    1. Hi Laura,

      When you click on the link for the pattern, you should have the choice of opening the file or saving the file to your computer. If you save the file to your computer, you should be able to then open and print it.

      If this does not work, send me an email at: dollmaker46203 [at] gmail.com and I will email the PDF file to you.

      Beth

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  32. This pattern gives me so many idea's it's truly a wonderful creation. With the ideas in mind i have a question. I was wondering if i gave you all the proper recognition you deserve would it be alright to use this pattern for dolls to sell at a local anime convention. if no I completely understand!
    Again truly love this pattern!!!!!!

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    1. If you give me designer credit, you can make and sell as many dolls from this pattern as you like. Thank you for asking, and giving the design credit to me. It would be fun if you put this blog on your hang tag...that way others might come and make their own dolls as well :-)

      Beth

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    2. Thank you so much and will do ^^ you definatly deserve that much and alot more all this effort you did ^^

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  33. iT'S the best crochet pattern i've ever seen! Thank you. You're great!

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  34. How tall is the Bluette doll? I am looking for a doll that will fit the crochet patterns for 7 1/2" - 8" dolls.

    These patterns were very popular in the 1950's and are still available, but the dolls are few and far between to find.

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    1. Hi Paula,

      She is about 11 inches tall, worked in worsted weight. I want to make one in sportweight, which would make her smaller, but how much smaller I'm not sure.

      Beth

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    2. Paula, if you are looking for a smaller doll, the Pocket Spirit and the Mini Free Spirit are in the seven to eight inch range. Both are freely available here...look on the left sidebar for these doll patterns.

      Beth

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  35. it's so beautiful!! i'm french and english pattern is not easy to me but thanks to share it, i will try to do this lovely doll.
    sorry my english is not wonderful lol
    have a nice day

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    1. Your English is MUCH better than my French! Thank you for your kind words :-)

      Beth

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  36. Hi, i cant download your lovely bleuette doll pattern. I clicked link but page didnt open. I tried several times. How can i get the pdf. Im new at amigurumi and realy want to make beautiful dolls. But no1 wants to share, so i just watching them :-( u shared but page cant open. Can u help me pls.

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    1. You need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order to open a PDF file. It is free, and you can get it here:

      http://www.adobe.com/downloads/

      On the right hand side of this page is a tab that says "get Adobe Reader" Click on this and it should take you to a page where you can download, for free, the reader.

      If this is does not solve the problem, get back with me and we will do something else.

      Beth

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    2. hi again. im really busy last days. so i couldnt answer. that isnt my priblem ,adobe programs.. i have all programs that i need. but when i click "crochet bluette" a new page (something like site.google....) trying to appear, but it cant. no files when i click, just page. but as i said it also doesnt opened. if thrre is anything u can help, i really will be so happy. and same problem other links,
      thank u very much help me or not...

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    3. Send me your email address and I will email the PDF to you. My email is:

      dollmaker46203@gmail.com

      I've forwarded the problem you are having to Google; maybe they will have some idea about what is going on.

      Beth

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    1. Thank you so much, Shashi! I recognize you from FOCD, and I'm honored that you have visited my blog :-)

      Beth

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  38. Hello Beth!! All your dolls are very lovely,I get here because I was looking for the buelette pattern but din´t find it.. regards!!

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    1. Just a bit above the picture of the legs are the words Crochet Bleuette in hyperlink. Click on this and it should take you to the pattern. Or, look on the left hand sidebar for Crochet Bleuette, where you will find the doll pattern and several clothing patterns. This is just under the picture of the two crochet Bleuettes.

      Beth

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  39. What a beautiful site! Thanks for all the free patterns! I'm expecting a girl and I can't wait to share all these dolls with her :)

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  40. Ilove this site and truly love dolls, I collected dolls for a while but gave up when the grand children came along. Want to make a Bluette, kind of xcared of the joints.

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    1. Hi Evden,

      Don't be afraid of the joints...they are really very simple! If you can do the single crochet stitch, you can make this doll :-)

      Beth

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  41. I'm thinking about making a mother nature doll using this wonderfull pattern!

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    1. This sounds like such a cool idea, Lindsay; this pattern is wonderfully adaptable to just about any kind of doll. Would love to see yours when you are done :-)

      Beth

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  42. I have some questions. On the Upper legs, I can't make the second half of the row for the upper leg loop to save my soul. Every time I make a sc the yarn over to complete the stitch hides the first seven sc.
    Also, if I wanted to make a shorter version of the doll, would I just subract an equal amount of rows from the straight sc rows?

    Help?

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    1. Hi Alyxandria,

      To make the first row of the upper leg, you want to work in just one loop of the sc's that you used to close the body. So, you work in the loops facing you for seven stitches, turn the body, then work in the seven unworked stitches back to the beginning.

      If you want to make a shorter doll, to keep the proportions looking good, I would take two rows out of the torso, and an row each out of the upper and the lower leg.

      Hope this helps a bit!

      Beth

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  43. I just wanted to say that this is a wonderful pattern, and I'm already working on my own Bleuette who will eventually become everyone's favorite time lord. Unfortunately, I'm stuck on round 12 of the upper leg. Maybe it's just me, but I just can't follow the directions. Sc the next four scs, then in BLO sc next 13 sts. I'm using a stitch marker and this puts me horribly out of sync with the. marker. Is this supposed to happen, or am I doing something horribly wrong?

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    1. Actually, you will in fact be slightly out of sync with this round...you work the first four sc to place yourself at the back of the leg, then work a full round from this point. You'll notice also there is no round 13...this is just a typo, or else I can't count :-)

      Hope this helps,

      Beth

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  44. I just finished making my own little Bleuette for my grandma for her birthday a few days ago. I blogged about it and you can see the finished doll here: http://kateedidit.com/bleuette/
    Thank you so much for this pattern! My grandma is going to love it!

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    1. Your doll is some kind of awesome! Beautiful work, and very hard to believe this is your first doll, or your first time crocheting with 'tiny yarn' :-)

      Beth

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  45. Hello again! I was wondering if it was alright to sell the finish products with credit to you of course. I thought I saw someone ask before and you said it was alright but I just wanted to make sure. Also, how much do you think these cuties are worth?

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    1. Yes, you may certainly sell dolls made from any of my patterns, and I do appreciate the designer credit on your hangtag :-)

      As far as what they are worth, this is always a hard question. You at least should get out of the doll the cost of your materials. Then, something for your time. One way to gauge what you may be able to sell your doll for is to look at similar items on Etsy. Take into account the quality of your own work.

      And bear in mind, you can sell your doll for whatever people are willing to pay for it. Unfortunately, most people have no idea how long it takes to make something like this!

      Good luck!

      Beth

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    2. For some reason I never received an email that you had replied to this and I was just browsing through all the comments just now and happened to see that you had replied!
      Oh, thank you so much!!!! I really do enjoy your patterns so much! I'm making another Bleuette this week just to test wigs and clothes on!! I've become a bit obsessed at this point. These Bleuettes are lovely and so sweet looking. I can't imagine anyone not wanting one. They are just exquisite. Thank you so much for allowing me to sell the finished product. I will be sure to make it known where design credit needs to be given!

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!

      Kate

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    3. Hi Kate! Glad you saw the response :-) I've always loved Bleuette, but the 'real' ones are so expensive! This way one can have a whole roomful of Bleuettes, and each one an original, without breaking the bank.

      And thank you for your good words on the simple bed. These really are a lot of fun, and once they are painted or stained, look like the real deal. Enjoy the crochet!

      Beth

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    4. Hello again! I know what you mean about breaking the bank. :) These dolls are really beautiful and in comparison very, very cheap to make. My grandma has had hers for over a month now, and every time I say hi to her she says, "Hi Katelynne, I sure do love my doll." or something to that effect. She's in love. I felt I ought to say thank you again. I just finished making my second one, which I was going to keep, but my niece's birthday is coming up and my sister said she would really like a doll like my grandma's (darn, I'm never going to get to keep one), and I decided to make it into Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I am just finishing up the clothes and things now. The next doll is going to be Cinderella, for my other niece. I would be finished, but for some reason the head came out too small so I have to remake it. I just thought I'd let you know how thoroughly I've been enjoying making these dolls!

      Oh, yes the bed! That's what I was going to buy yesterday!! I knew I was forgetting something! I went and got yarn for all the different skin color options and I thought, "I'm forgetting something really neat." I will have to write that down now. I can't wait to try making a bed.

      I certainly will enjoy. You, too!

      Kate

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    5. I'm delighted you hear your Grandmother likes her doll; a handmade doll is a precious gift indeed :-)

      Beth

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  46. Hi! I love your pattern for this doll and am in the middle of making my own :) Unfortunately I'm a little stuck on the body section, on number 27. Where it says to 'Flatten the last row', what exactly does that mean? I begin to think I understand it but then I'm unsure once I start on the first upper leg. I'm sorry if this is a dumb question! I'm more than a little new at crocheting ^^;

    Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope to hear back from you ^^

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    1. When you get to round 27, you have completed the torso of the doll. At this point, you have 28 sc stitches. We want to crochet the torso closed, so we flatten this round such that you will work through a double thickness of stitches, 14 in all, to close the bottom of the torso. When you complete this, you will have 14 sc across the bottom of the torso, and it will be closed up. I like doing this better than flattening and sewing the bottom closed.

      You then work the first upper leg on the first seven sc at the bottom of the torso. You do this by working in the front loop of the first seven stitches, then turn and work back to the beginning in the unused back loops, giving you a round upper leg of 14 stitches.

      Hope this helps!

      Beth

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  47. I'm looking forward to getting to try Bluette! I do have to ask, though, what is your hook size in mm? Some older D hooks are 3.00mm, while some others are 3.25mm.

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    1. The D hook that I used was 3.00mm. Hope you enjoy making Bleuette :-)

      Beth

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  48. So cute! Thank you for the pattern :)
    Laura

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  49. Hi. I was wondering what the circumference of the uper arm (or lower) is? both my d and E hook equal up the gauge and near the length, but the size around is drastically different. I don't have a physical bleuette yet to check.

    i always love your work. :) :)

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    1. Thank you for your good words. I measured one of my Crochet Bleuettes, and her upper arm is 2 7/8 inches in circumference; the lower arm is 2 1/8 inches.

      Beth

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    2. Thank you. That was really helpful. I have one last question here, on jointing the top and bottom arms together. The top of the top arm is where the arm was started to be crocheted, correct? and we go down that, through the hole at the bottom (where we stopped crocheting) then we go through the lower half.

      I am then going though the third row of the lower arm (I did it horizontally/side to side)

      when I do this I can't get it tight enough without deforming the upper arm. I assume that when its tight enough it sits there without the stuffing from the upper arm, or the thread showing. On mine both the stuffing and the thread show.

      Unless I'm doing it wrong (it seemed pretty straight forward) do you have any tips on this?

      I can't wait till mine comes together. it's a bit like putting together a puzzle where you've made your own pieces. :)

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    3. It may be that your upper arm is not stuffed firmly enough. Or, you may try going through the second row of the lower arm. You should be able to pull the lower arm into the 'socket' of the upper arm and not have any stuffing show. Push the stuffing back up into the upper arm a bit, and see if this helps. Slightly deforming the upper arm is not really a problem.

      Give it a try and see how it looks!

      Beth

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  50. Where can I find the pattern for this cutie?

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  51. Never mind previous post...I found it! Thank you for sharing your awesome pattern!

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  52. Hi,
    I just love your pattern. I have a question. For the upper arm...row 12 we SL st in blood...did that. Row 13 says to sc in free front loops. Do you mean to go back to the front loops of row 12 or work in the front loops of row 13?
    Thanks
    Donna

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  53. Hello,

    Love this pattern! Thanks for sharing. I do have one question though. For the upper arm...row 12 we sl st into blo .......done. row 13 says to SCC in free front loops. Would that mean go back to the front loops of row 11 or the news loops made in row 12?

    Thanked again.

    Donna

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    1. Hello Donna,

      For round 13 you work in the free loops from round 12. Round 12 was worked in the back loops, so round 13 is worked in the front loops. You will end up with a ridge of sl stitches inside the arm that create the socket for the lower arm to fit into.

      Hope this helps,

      Beth

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  54. Would love to join your Blog but not sure how. Also, would love to try some of your free doll patterns. Are they available somewhere? I just love looking at all your creations. Just itching to try my hand at making one or two or more!!
    Thanks again.
    Gail

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    1. Hi Gail,

      All of the patterns are available here on the blog. Look on the left sidebar and you will see the different dolls and toys there are patterns for. Click on the links and they should open PDF files that you can download.

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  55. I would like to try and make this dear little Bleuette. Would you be able to give me some idea of the quantity of yarn I should buy?
    Most grateful for the pattern
    Regards
    Lesley

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    1. Hello Lesley,

      I really like Vanna's Choice yarn for this doll. It is an acrylic, but has a softer hand than most. It doesn't split and the resutling doll is very nice. Paton's Candadiana would also be a good choice as well.

      Hope this helps,

      Beth

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    2. Thank you. How many balls would I need?
      Regards
      Lesley

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    3. Lesley, one skein of Vanna's Choice will make at least one, and possibly two dolls.

      Beth

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    4. Thank you. I think I will try and use the Vanna's Choice. It sounds nice and soft but still robust
      enough for play.
      Many thanks again for the pattern. I will try and let you see a picture when I am done.

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  56. I am working on Bleuette for the first time, my arms came out the perfect measurements but my head came out 8 in circ. I'm going to start it over but I was wondering if you had any suggestions. I'm using the red heart super saver yarn. I LOVE your patterns and I'm so glad I found your blog!!

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    1. If your head looks good, I would go ahead and use it! Everyone crochets a bit differently and as long as the result is pleasing, that is all that matters :-)

      Thank you for your good words!

      Beth

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  57. Hi. I am at the stage of adding the arms to the body and would be grateful for a little clarification.
    I have done the first part:
    "run the needle through the inside of the upper arm, then place the arm against the body to determine where you want the pivot point of the shoulder to be. Insert the needle at this point and run straight
    through the other side of the body.
    Insert the needle through the inside of the upper arm of the second arm, then run the needle back
    through the body, two stitches from the first point of entry, and back through the inside of the upper
    arm of the first arm. Pull on both the tail threads and the threads still in the needle to snug up the arms
    to the body"
    For the second part:
    "Run the needle through the body, the second arm, back through the body and the first arm, gently
    pulling the arms to the body"
    Does the needle go right through the upper arm to the outer part or is it just a repeat of the first section which goes through the stitches of the inner arm only?
    Many thanks for a great pattern.
    Lesley

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    1. Hi Lesley,

      It is a repeat of the first section. For this doll I wanted the jointing not to be visible on the outside of the upper arm, so only the inner arm stitches are used. I've done it both ways, on other dolls, and I think this looks better.

      Glad you like the pattern :-)

      Beth

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  58. Great, thanks. I've only ever done it straight through. It's great to learn a new technique.

    Lesley

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  59. Finished my crochet Bleuette. Had so much fun making her. I've posted her on Craftster
    http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434979.msg5227997;topicseen#msg5227997
    if you want to see her. Many thanks again for this lovely pattern.

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    1. Lesley, I am totally blown away by your Bleuette!! Not only is she lovely, but the knit clothing is to die for.

      Even better, your experience in Russia and the universal language of creativity gives me hope our poor planet has a future. With needles and hooks in hand, we will bring peace to the world :-)

      Thank you so much for sharing.

      Warmly,

      Beth

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    2. I finally got around to writing up the patterns for her clothes. The post is on Craftster again http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435251.0#axzz3BCAeGCet
      For Craftster members they are attached as .pdf files for download but I have also included plain text versions in the post for non-members.
      You are welcome to use the patterns anyway you want.

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    3. Lesley, these are such lovely pieces for Bleuette; thank you so much for sharing your time and talent with everyone!

      Warmly,

      Beth

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    4. You are most welcome. You set us all an example with your own generosity.

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  60. Have never used dolls eyes before. Do they glue on or do you sew them on? Thanks. Kerrie

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    1. Hi Kerrie,

      The kind of eyes I used on Bleuette, and most of my crochet dolls, have a shank that the eye is attached to. This pokes through the crochet fabric and is secured with a washer that grips the shank on the wrong side of the work.

      Here is a link to a site that shows these eyes, and sells them:

      http://www.suncatchereyes.net/

      I hope this helps,

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  61. Many thanks. I found some a my local craft shop. Have never seen them before so wouldn't have known what I was looking for!
    Kind regards
    Kerrie

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  62. Hello, Beth.

    My name is Dana and I wanted to share to share my finished doll with you and my appreciation for your offering the pattern. She turned out beautiful, though not perfect. I embroidered her features.

    http://www.ravelry.com/projects/DanaCScott/crochet-bleuette

    I just need to dress her now, but her new 'mom' said no dresses or skirts. :) I'll have to look around.

    Blessings and abundance to you for the New Year.

    Cheers,

    Dana

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    1. She is a totally awesome doll! I love her face, and I love her style-able hair. Beautiful work, thank you so much for sharing with me :-)

      Have a wonderful 2015 filled with joy and dollmaking!

      Beth

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  63. Hi Beth,
    I've made your doll for my 5yo and it's her most favourite doll ever!
    I have a quick question for you:
    My mother-in-law is part of the country women's association in Australia. They have craft stalls where they sell things for fundraising. She mentioned today she would love some for the stall. Wanted to check if it's possible to sell the finished product? I know the pattern isn't to be sold but wanted to check before I speak to her again!
    Kind regards
    Kerrie

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    1. Hi Kerrie,

      I'm delighted that your daughter lover her crochet Bleuette :-) And you may certainly make and sell dolls from this pattern. I ask that you credit me with the design on the hang-tag, that is all. And thank you very much for asking!

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  64. Hi Beth!

    Thank you for posting this pattern! I'm stuck on round 19 of the body. It says "Sc in the first st (two sc in the next st) three times, sc in the next st (two sc in the next st) three times, sc in last 16 sts. 30 sts"
    It adds up to 34 sts for me. Am I missing something or doing something wrong?

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Emily,

      This is where you shape the little bum for Bleuette. The repeat stitches are the ones in parenthesis, so you do as follows:

      Sc in the fitrst st, then (two sc in the next st) three times. You now have a total of seven stitches...

      Sc in the next st, then (two sc in the next st) three times - another seven stitches for a total at this point of 14 sts,

      then sc in the last 16 sts, which should give you a total of 30.

      Hope this helps!

      Beth

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  65. Hi Beth


    Thank you for sharing this pattern. I want to make this doll, I just need to know if it is made in the round. Thank you, Renee

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  66. This doll is lovely! I'm trying to make it right now, but I have a quick question...when I made the head, it turned out very tall and egg-shaped, a lot taller than the pictures you provided imply. But I have counted and counted to ensure I have the right number of stitches. Is the head meant to come out tallish like that?

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, the head is a bit taller than it is wide. But, if you do not like this shape, then remove a couple of the rounds from the head. I like to set the eyes low in the face, which gives a more child-like look, and once of the reasons the head is shaped so.

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  67. Hello! I am loving this pattern! But I am stumped at the hands! I can not figure out how to do them. Please help?

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    1. The hands are worked across the three single crochet stitches that you used to close the lower arm. The first ch3 will make a thumb, by simply chaining three, then sl st in the same st as the chain three. Now you have a little bump; the thumb. The first finger is made by making a chain three, then slip stitch in the second chain from the hook, and in the next chain, and then in the next sc. You can see that this is a bit longer than the thumb, and makes the first finger.

      Continue to chain three and work slip stitches in the second and third chain for the rest of the fingers, then fasten off.

      Hope this helps!

      Beth

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    2. Yes it does! Thank you so much!

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