Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Good Thing Come in Small Packages
Of all types of dolls, small dolls are my favorites. The kind that fit snuggly in your hand; that you can put in your pocket or carry in their own little bag. Shortly after Free Spirit was born, I was thinking about making a mini version. Meet Jenny and Carina, the first Mini Free Spirits. She stands a little over seven inches tall, and is crocheted from worsted weight yarn.
I used Fibre Crafts 'Cindy' doll as the body model; there have been some really cute crochet patterns published for this doll, a couple of them are shown above. There are still a couple in print (unfortunately, the ones above are not). So, if you are fortunate enough to have collected some of these patterns, great! If not, I have several patterns for clothing for this new doll.
As I was making this doll, I got a bit carried away with accessories. The little bed is made from a broken picture frame, wooden spools, and some twigs from the back yard. The bench and chair are from a very old pattern for clothespin furniture, that has managed to stay with me through several moves. I did have to search frantically for it after our last move :-) The coverlet and afghan are block patterns from the book "200 Crochet Blocks" worked in sportweight yarn.
The patterns for the doll and clothing are located here and on the left sidebar:
Doll pattern: http://sites.google.com/site/designbybethann/home/links/FreeSpiritMiniDoll.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1
Dress and Sunsuit: http://sites.google.com/site/designbybethann/home/links/FSMiniSideToSideBodiceDress%26SunSuit.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1
Mohair Sweater: http://sites.google.com/site/designbybethann/home/links/FSMiniMohairSweater.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1
Below is Carina, in the dark braids, and Jenny, with the curly red hair. Carina is wearing a dress from the pattern that comes with the Cindy doll; made without any alterations :-) The Mini Free Spirit Doll pattern includes instructions for both hair styles below, plus several others that are very easy.
She works up faster than Free Spirit, and is just a lot of fun to make. I hope you enjoy her!