Saturday, December 30, 2017

Delightful Big-Head crochet dolls

My latest crochet obsession is a pattern which is freely available from Ravelry.  It is Laura Tegg's Weebee doll.  Not only is the doll pattern free, but Laura has several clothing patterns for free as well, in addition to some paid patterns.

My dolls were made with Knit Picks Brava Sport and a size C (2.5mm) crochet hook.  They are about 7.5 inches tall, with adorably large heads. 

I like to make my dolls with move-able heads, so below you will find a picture tutorial for how to do this.

Almost any crochet doll pattern can be adapted to make a move-able head. 

 In this case, this is Laura Tegg's Weebee doll pattern with a move-able head. Simply work the body pattern as instructed to the point just before you increase to make the head. Instead, make a neck stub seven or eight rows long, tapering the last two rows as shown above.

 Make the head separately beginning at the neck end with an opening that fits snug over the neck stub (same number of stitches as the neck stub before you taper it). Join in a ring so you have an opening at the bottom (as shown in the middle image at the top), then work the head increases as written, closing the opening at the top of the head (as shown in the upper right image).

 Stuff the head firmly, but make a hollow up the center that you can insert the neck stub into; the fit should be very snug. Joint the head to the neck with four strands of craft or carpet thread and a dollmaking needle, as illustrated in the middle row of images.

 Tie off the carpet thread at the top of the head with a secure double knot. The wig cap or hat will cover this.

 Finally, take the yarn tail from the beginning of the head and join to the first stitch of the head at the neck opening and pull tight. Bury the yarn end in the head.

 Olive and Owen and I wish you all a happy new year; filled with the blessings of crochet and kindness!

8 comments:

  1. How precious! What talent! Thank you for the tutorial for the moveable head. Your little people and critters are just so darling!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Lois, and for your sweet words.

      Happy New Year to you, your sweetie, and your sweet dogs :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  2. I love it when you get obsessed. It’s catching because I set aside my Pica Pau obsession to come play Big Head WeeBee dolls with you and Anna Grube. All of your WeeBee’s are adorable but I think little Ivy is my fave so far. I’m almost finished with my first WeeBee. I love their fat little tummies. They are a nice size too. Incorporated the changes you helped me with and my girl came out to your size and head circumference. Looks like your having some snowy days your way. Stay warm and keep off the ice and I’ll stay away from grass covered holes. Hugs to you my dear friend.

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    1. Dear Joyce, thank you for such good words! I love playing dolls with you, even when we are playing with different dolls :-)

      I can't wait to see your WeeBee...do you do Facebook? I don't, but Larry does, and he found a WeeBee Appreciation Society there. 8000+ members and tons of pictures. And just WeeBee goodness; no politics, religion, family drama, and on and on. Just WeeBee talk :-)

      Take care of yourself; let the healing process takes it time. It will seem like forever, but it isn't.

      Thinking of you,

      Beth

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    1. Gracias, Isabel! Que tengas un bendito año nuevo.

      con gusto,

      Beth

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  4. gracias por tus trabajos y por tu generosidad. Te admiro.
    Feliz 2018

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    1. Muchas gracias por sus amables palabras. ¡ que las bendiciones fluyan en 2018!

      con gusto,

      Beth

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