Sunday, January 10, 2016

Adelaide and Little Alice

I know the Lalylala patterns by Lydia Tresselt have been around for a while, but in the last week they have completely captivated me.  Adelaide, from Lalylala's Kira pattern, is my first doll.   The pattern is extremely well written, and the doll has such an endearing quality.

I crocheted Adelaide and little Alice from Knit Picks Palette yarn with a size 1 steel hook (close to a B hook, 2.25mm).  Adelaide is 10 inches tall, and Alice is 2 1/2 inches.  I gave Adelaide some soft brown braids with worsted mohair yarn, and had fun with colors; the perfect antidote for grey winter days!

Adelaide also has a move-able head; something that is easy to do with any crochet doll that has the head made separately from the torso.  Any doll can be done this way.  Below is a quickie picture tutorial of the process:


Just modify the torso to create a neck stub, and when stuffing the head leave a cavity for this neck stub to fit up into.  It is as simple as that, and creates a charming movement to the doll, and preserves the nice round shape of the head.

I think Adelaide needs some friends!

20 comments:

  1. Hi, I have visited your blog for 2 months and liked and loved your cute and beautiful dolls. I especially appreciate the high-quality.
    Greetings from Finland and a Happy New Year 2016!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, and for your lovely words :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  2. How beautiful! I, too, love seeing what you are making. You are so very talented!

    Hugs from Port Canaveral,
    Lois

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    1. I am always delighted when you stop by, Lois; thank you!

      warmly,

      Beth

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  3. Todas tus muñecas son encantadoras, pero esa pequeña Alice acaba de robarme el corazón! :)
    Un abrazo!

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    1. Muchas gracias por tus dulces palabras,

      con gusto,

      Beth

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    1. Thank you very much :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  5. Oh,they are so cute!
    Well done!

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  6. With your magic fingers, Adelaide has come to life in glorious color. What a lovely twist you have put on this pattern.

    Hugs, Joyce

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    1. Your hug is much enjoyed and needed today...wind chill below zero! Thank you, always, for your sweet words my friend :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  7. Beth they are adorable so much so I've ordered the wool from knit picks to make my own, I've had that pattern for some time now and forgot all about it didn't give though of making two cute little girls from it...you are always an inspiration...a very happy new year to you... Amber x

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    1. Amber, I was the same way. I have had the Kira pattern for a couple of years, but looking at how other people have used this pattern inspired me...I am happy to pass on the inspiration to you :-)

      enjoy the crochet!

      Beth

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  8. Beth,

    I totally love these dolls too, although I have yet to make any. But, now I am inspired to try one!

    - Momma Cat

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    1. I am sure you will really enjoy making these dolls; they have such an endearing sweetness :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  9. Dear Beth,
    I just stumbled upon your blog and I very much like your work. The idea to add a remouvable head to crochet dolls is really stunning and I would like to ask you, if I could add this to a free doll pattern I am working on for my little crochet blog. Of course, I would name and link you as it is your idea. I would be very happy to add this wonderful feature to my doll. If you would like to have a look at my blog first, you will find it on http://flauscheinhorn.mareikeschumacher.de
    With all the best wishes for you and your work,
    Mareike

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    1. Hi Mareike,

      I would love for you to spread the word on this way of making crochet dolls! This idea is not original with me; I learned this technique from the cloth-doll-making world, Judi Ward specifically. So yes, use it and share it, and I'm happy if you will link back to my blog.

      I have lots of free patterns to share with everyone...I'm glad you found me :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  10. Oh my gosh! How cute! Your work is always to perfect. I really like this removeable head, I have made several of your dolls and the head technique works like a charm. Great ideas, and yes, I enjoy Judi Ward, also and have made dolls from her wonderful patterns.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Linda :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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