I have been crocheting and knitting since I was about 5 years old. My Grandmother taught me and I took to it like a duck takes to water! My mom did some knitting and crocheting, but my Grandmother was the queen of the art. She would not only make articles of clothing, but she would knit me amazing outfits for my Barbie dolls. I still have them and treasure them greatly.
Now, taking up the tradition of my Nanny (her Grandmother name), I am crocheting and knitting for my grandchildren. My two granddaughters are still too young to dress their dolls, but I plan on making clothes for a dolly hope chest-and keep them for when they can play with them.
If you don’t already know how to crochet, there are a lot of great You Tube instructional videos. They even have step by step instructions-very detailed. You can make almost anything you’d like for your dolly wardrobe. So, to start you out, here is a pattern for a scarf that can be adjusted in every way to fit any doll. The size will change in accordance with what hook you use, what yarn you use, and how many stitches you add to the beginning chain. Here’s my dolly scarf pattern:
Row 2: chain 3 – DC in second stitch and each stitch across (chain three is the first stitch) – 5 DC stitches – turn
Row 3: chain 1 – SC in each stitch across making sure to SC in the last stitch which is the chain turn stitch – 5 stitches
Row 4 – ? - repeat rows 2 and 3 alternately until you reach your desired length.
See what wonderful variations you can come up with for this pattern. Make sure you share! I would love to see them.
Next Week: Ichimatsu Dolls. (Japanese)
Have a great week and thanks for reading!