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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Crochet Comfort Doll Pattern

A week or so ago, I came across this video by LoomaHat and really enjoyed watching it. I have a set of looms that are buried somewhere in my closet and since I didn't want to dig them out, I decided to crochet a version.

Here's my take on a Crochet Comfort Doll.

Comfort Doll before adding extras


Materials:


  • Worsted weight yarn in the colors of your choice
    I used 5 different colors in this sample doll
  • small amount of black yarn for eyes
  • small amount of pink yarn for lips
  • extras such as buttons, lace, beads, etc for decorating
  • FiberFill or ClusterStuff for the stuffing
  • Pom-Pom maker of your choice (commercial, cardboard, fingers)
  • Size I/9 5.5MM crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
Advanced beginner level project due to the color changes and needlework.

Notes:
For the color changes I followed this diagram posted on LoomaHat.com. The eyes, nose and mouth were all done by following the directions from the video link posted above. Chain 1 in each row does not count as a working stitch.


Comfort Doll with extras added: buttons, elastic bracelet for a necklace, flower on the hat.


Pattern:
Change colors according to the diagram.


Chain 40. Join with a slip stitch to beginning chain being careful not to twist the chain. Chain 1.

Row 1: Single crochet in same space as join and in each stitch around. Join to top of first single crochet made (not the chain one). Chain 1. (40 sc)

Rows 2 - 52: Repeat row 1 making color changes as indicated in the diagram. [When making color changes just tie off last color and join new color with a Single Crochet]

Tie off and leave a long tail for closing the top. But don't close it yet, the top will be the last to be closed.

When you're finished with this part you should have a sleeve of various colors.

Sleeve before stitching and stuffing.



Turn the sleeve inside out and stitch closed Row 1 (feet). Turn back to right side out.

To make the "legs":
Flatten the sleeve and choose which part will be your front. Taking a string of yarn in the same color as the feet, sew a seam in the middle of the sleeve taking care to make sure the allowance on both sides is even. Switch to a string of yarn the same color as the pants and continue to seam up until there are 4 rows left of the "pants" color. Tie off and push ends to the inside of the piece.


Begin stuffing the piece, snugly but not too firm. Once the piece is stuffed to your liking, weave the top together with the long tail and pull tightly to secure. Don't worry about the puckering at the top because it will be hidden by the pom-pom.

To make a neck:
Weave a string of yarn the same color as the face around the row where the face meets the shirt. Pull tight, tight, tight and tie off with 2 or 3 knots to secure. Push the ends of the yarn to the center of the piece.


To make the "arms":
Use a string the same color as the shirt and sew a seam by weaving in and out at the sides of the piece. To make sure the arms come out even, decide on a stitch count to follow: my arms are 7 stitches across. To get this I held the piece with the side facing me and picked the one stitch closest to the center of the side; counting 3 stitches to either side of the center I placed stitch markers before sewing. Then I repeated the process on the other side. Using the stitch markers as guides, make sure the arms are even before you begin sewing them. When the arms are complete it should look like it's hands are in it's pockets!




Follow the directions from the video (link above) to make the face. I didn't add ears to mine but you surely can if you wish. I did do more than 3 passes for the nose (5) because I didn't feel like it was standing out enough with just 3.

Make a pom-pom in the color of your choice and tie it to the top of the piece with the tail from the head. Trim the ends to match the length of the yarn in your pom-pom.

Adding extras:
Feel free to glue or sew extras to the piece as you wish. I added buttons, a crochet flower to the hat, and an elastic bracelet to act as a necklace.

As I type this post I have two other comfort dolls in the making lying on my desk. They work up quick and look adorable!


Peace and blessings to you,
~~Karen~~





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