It has been a long while since I designed a new doll. As I get older, I find working with the finer yarns I enjoyed using are harder to see and work with. Yet I still like smaller dolls.
And with prices going up everywhere, good value-priced yarns become more desireable to me. My favorite is Red Heart Super Saver. A particularly good yarn for making toys, as it wears like iron, and comes in large skeins that are valued priced. Not to mention, a boodle of colors, including some great skin tones.
So here is a very simple crochet doll, using worsted yarn for the body, hair, and clothing. She stands eight inches tall without the wig cap. Being retired, I can make the doll in one day, and have the evening to read or watch a movie! There is no definition for feet or hands. She is crocheted in one piece, with the arms crocheted into the body. No internal frame or special neck stabilzing, except for a twisted rope of yarn.
And, she is just in time for the Friday after Thanksgiving! Instead of pounding the pavements looking for gifts, you can curl up with a cuppa tea or coffee, your favorite yarn, and make a doll that will delight a boy or girl. Oh yes, and nibble on leftover turkey!
Here is the pattern for Simple Doll, with several different wig caps:
And here is the pattern for Simple Doll's wardrobe, which also includes a nightgown. With these elements, you can make all kinds of outfits. Put long sleeves on the dress, make a blouse out of the nightgown, a sweater dress out of the pullover.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving, and enjoy the crochet!