Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hair inserts.Part 4.

Welcome to the hair tutorial, Part 4.
This time we will just do photos with simple notes.
Take your time and please send those photos to share on our Little Pigtail Girl CAL  group on Ravelry.
Using Lionbrand Homespun for hair. Wrap around book  or magazine for as much of the hair you want on the doll.

Cut one side  for this yarn , that is her long length for the pigtails. You decide your length if no pigtails;)

I add a thick contrast yarn and map out the hair line around the head.

I use at least 2 strands of yarn at a time which covers and gives a great hair line with a hook.

I pull through the loop slowly, so as not to fray the yarn. Take your time and enjoy this part.

The hair is now pulled throught the loop and you can see the length take shape.

I usually start with the back then work around to the front and finally,  around to the back. With this thickness, you may not have to fill the whole head as I did here. With regular yarn, I use 3 strands and work around. We'll review later.

Her majesty sweetly waiting for her hair to be completed.

She has stated that she wants to look like the poster girl but without bangs.  I tied her hair up with yarn like a ponytail.

 I separated the hair and made sure there are no gaps around the hair line and tied with yarn and added ribbon. She gets a trim at this time or shape the bangs here. You may embellish with ribbon or gems as you go at this point.

This is how she looks and is very happy as you can see. She will be going on her trip to San Antonio, Tx soon with her new family. What a lucky girl!

Thanks for sharing this CAL with us. We will be making  more  dolls with different types of hair , outfits and giveaways. Send us your photos on Ravelry.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Part 3 Adding the the body and arms.

Welcome back to the Little Pigtail CAL.
After adding the shoes and build up to the connection of the legs, the picture tutorials will help in  showing the
body process.

Photo A. 5 rows of 24 sts make the trunk.

The first picture shows how the 2 legs are completed and connected.
  • 1. There is a total of 24 stitches per row. 
  • 2. From the Part 2 24 sts were already created when the 2 legs were connected.
  • 3. Go ahead and work a total of 5 rows each having 24 sts. See photo A.

Photo B. Dec to 18 inc on this row.

The second picture show that the 5 rows are completed.
Now to begin decreasing up to the chest.
  • 1. After the 5 rows done, *1sc in the next st and dec in the next st* repeat 5 times around.. [18]
  • Refer to Photo B.

The next row will be the building of the chest.
  • For the next 3 rows, sc in the 18 scs.
  • Refer to Photo C.

Photo C. Adding the next 3 rows of 18sts.

Now, this is something I do in order to work the rest of this area a little easier.
  • From the yellow marker to the tan marker
  • 1 sc to the next 4 sc  and that becomes the beginning stitch.
  • Refer to Photo D.

Photo D. Making a new beginning st.

Photo E. Making the hand.
  Let's stop with the body for a bit and work on the hands and arms.
1. Ch 2.

2. Add 4 sc in the 2nd ch. [4]

3. *2 sc (inc) in the next 1 sc* and repeat in the next 3 sc. [8]

4.Sc in the next 3 sc and * 1 triple crochet (tc) in the 4th sc (to make a thumb) and 1sc in the last 4 scs. [8]
* this optional if you feel like just keeping the tc out.

Photo F. View of the making of the hands in the round.
  5. Dec in the first st and 1 sc in the next 4 st and dec in the last 2 st. [6]

6.  1 sc in the next 6 st  for 5 rows [6]

7. Refer to Photo F and G.

8. This is one way to make the hand and arms.

9.  For those who have arthriris and love to crochet in less pain, I will cover another simpler way to make them. 
Photo G. Looking at how the hand and arms look like to the body.

Photo H. Adding the dress for the chest.
  Let's fining the chest by adding our colored yarn for the top. (The colored yarn will be added to the arms  later by the 2nd technique below.)

1. Starting with your different colored yarn for the dress, 1 sc in the next 18 st. [18]

2. Work  4 more rows, [18]

3. I am using a DK yarn and it looks way smaller but use what you have and add your total of 5 rows. I like the petite charm.

Photo I. Adding the 3 rows of dress yarn.

Photo J. Making the hand back and forth vs. in the round.

This is the arm done differently.
1. Ch 5 and turn.
2. 1 sc in the next 4 ch. Ch1 and turn. [4].
3. *2 sc (inc) in the next sc* and repeat in the next 3 sc.Ch1 and turn.  [8]
4. 1 sc in the next 3 st, tc in the 4th st, and 1 sc the last 4 sc. Ch 1 and turn. [8]
5. Dec in the 1st sc, 1 sc in the next 4 sts, dec in the last 2 sc. Ch1 and turn. [6]
6. 1 sc in the next 6 st for 5 rows [6]
7. Adding the new colored dress yarn,
1 sc in the next 6 sts for a total of 3 rows.
8. Refer to Photo J. Do the same for in the round arm and hand.

Photo K. 2 different arms. On the doll was worked in the round. The unattached done open and sewn to the side.

Photo L. Arms added to the body.
  Now the arms are attached to the body. Yippee.
Keep going.....Because now you need to add the head to the body.
Refer to Photos L and M.

Photo M. Head attached to the body. Isn't she cute?


Photo N. Picking up 18 sts around the chest to add the skirt.

Once the doll is in one form, we need to add the dress.
Now you may make the dress separate and attach or you may just pick up stitches from the chest and
circle around and keep adding  all away until you get to size of the skirt size you want. I have done it both ways.
First, let's add it as the photos were shot.
1. I picked up 18 stitsches around.
2. 2 sc in ech of the 18 sts [36]
3. 1 double crochet in the next 36 sc around.
4. Try to continue #3. for 4-5 rows.
5. My last row was just a simple decorative border of shells every other st. You may use your own.

Photo O. Our adorable doll with her skirt finally added.

All she needs is her wavy curly hair.

Please enjoy this session. You may embellish as much as you like. This is your project. Looking forward to seeing your work. Happy Crocheting! Valis