Sunday, October 30, 2022

Nightgown and Victorian Undies for Emma and her friends


I am still having a lot of fun playing with this new doll design, Emma.  She is 11 inches tall, with very simple jointed arms and legs.  You can find the pattern for the doll on this blog, a couple posts back.  She is developing a nice wardrobe; today's addition is a nightgown and some Victorian favorite to make!

Emma's Nightgown and Victorian Undies

As always, enjoy the crochet!

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Accessories for Emma, Zoe, and Jennie


On a pattern role with this doll.  She now has some new shoe selections, a cloche cap, and a sweater than can be made as a vest, cardigan, or hoodie!

Accessories for Emma

Enjoy the Crochet!

Monday, October 3, 2022

Tops and Bottoms for Emma and her Friends

 Emma's friends, Jennie and Zoe, have new outfits to wear.  Two different styles of tops, that can be adapted to dresses, and cargo shorts and blue jeans.  The patterns are freely available here to download.

Tops and Bottoms for Emma

As always, enjoy the crochet!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

New outfit for Emma

 A new outfit for Emma, which includes a strapped skirt, underwear, Mary Jane shoes and a sunhat

Emma's New Outfit

Saturday, September 3, 2022



I got a bee in my bonnet to make a doll with simple joints.  Joints at the elbows, wrist, knees, and ankles.  A doll that did not require lots and lots of stitches to make up.  A simple doll.  So here is Emma, crocheted with worsted weight yarn and a D hook.  Her clothing is sportweight yarn.  She is 11 inches tall and easy to dress.  Her wig cap is simple, and for more wig ideas, please see Sandy Nordwall Eggers pattern on Ravelry:  Cute Hair Styles for Dolls

Emma, A Simple Jointed Doll

Enjoy Emma, and enjoy the crochet!

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Sauron defeated...and yet...


Sauron defeated…and yet…

What of this Middle Earth we claim as home

Where fires burn where no dragons roam.

Where coasts are drowned as surely as Westernesse

And the Wise have sailed; sailed to the West.

Orcs breed, but not in Misty Mountains cold;

In City Canyons built on gold;

In Empty places where fear and hate

Are allowed to stew and percolate.

Dark Lords reign in Corporate Towers

And promise pain to those that cower

Among the wreckage of Middle Earth

That greed and corruption now devours.

For Men above all desire Power.

Beth Webber 8/25/2022

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Another outfit for Hitty!

 DK weight yarn on the left; size 10 crochet cotton on the right

One more outfit for crochet Hitty, done in both DK weight cotton (1.75oz/140yds) and size 10 crochet cotton.

Full skirted dress in size 10 crochet cotton

Apron Pinafore in size 10 crochet cotton

Full skirted dress and apron pinafore in DK weight cotton

Enjoy the crochet!

Revisiting Crochet Hitty and her clothing

 Having updated Joyce's crochet Hitty pattern, I thought an update on her wardrobe would be a good idea too.  Size 10 crochet cotton was a favorite medium of mine for making small doll clothing, but as my hands get a bit older, and my eyes a bit dimmer, manipulating and seeing the stitches has become less than fun.  And honestly, crochet has to be fun!

Above is an example of crochet Hitty's camisole and petticoat.  On the left, they are worked in DK weight cotton yarn; on the right, size 10 crochet cotton.  There is more detail and better drape with size 10 cotton, but I am happy with the way the DK cotton outfit turned out.  One thing that occured to me as I was making the DK weight outfit:  crochet the petticoat to the last round of the camisole, and reduce the bulkiness at the waistline!

Here are links to both of the patterns:

Camisole and Petticoat in size 10 crochet cotton

Camisole and Petticoat in DK weight cotton

Crochet Hitty also has a tee shirt and overalls in DK weight yarn:

And here is a link:

Overalls and Tee Shirt in DK weight cotton

Coming soon...a full skirted dress and apron pinafore in DK weight cotton.  And if you are wondering what DK weight cotton is, look for cotton yarn that is 50 grams (1.75 ounces) and 125-130m (135-140 yds).  Sportweight falls in this catagory as well.

Enjoy the crochet!

Friday, July 29, 2022

Looking back


Five years ago, my friend Joyce  created a pattern to make a Hitty from crochet.  Between the two of us, we made dozens of dolls, with wardrobes and accessories and keepsake boxes.  It was great doll fun.

Fast forward.  A few days ago someone asked me for these patterns, and she was directed to the blog posts that contained them.  As I scrolled through the posts, I was reminded of all these wonderful dolls, our enjoyment, and also of so much  that  both Joyce and I have learned in the way of dollmaking techniques since this pattern was first created.

So I went back to the pattern, and tweaked it with some updates, added options for leg and arm attachment; made the torso and head as one piece, with a stabilized head that won't wobble and isn't made in two pieces.  

I changed the yarn from fingering to dk weight (a concession to my ageing eyes).  So here she is, all of six inches tall,  along with a simple outfit made of cotton dk yarn.  If you are not a carver, now you can crochet your own Hitty!

Swing and Jointed Leg Hitty pattern

Undies, A-line dress, and Sunhat

Enjoy the crochet!