BB Dolls

BBDolls - 3This week wanted to talk about amigurumi doll’s hair making. If you ask me, it is the hardest part of finishing the doll and making her look the way we imagine. At least it is for me.

Tried so many different versions of hairs to be done on the doll, and hardly ever was satisfied with the final outcome. Those tapestry way, with wool and pulling out hair by hair; works fine I guess. Eats a lot of wool, but what you can do with it is either freaking out looking doll or to make it look “decent” is pony-tail(s) or braids.

Then there is a wig making. Sorry to say, but for that am complete idiot. Tried it several times, but each and every doll looked so sad with this helmet looking wig on.

Crocheting “discs” as I call them (small round pieces) and placing one or two on top of the head, as you can see at some of my doll photos in the gallery, worked fine. Liked the results. Making tassels to go with them or braids, and placing them on sides or top of the head….. yes, many possibilities and are easy to make, and at the end doll looks nice. Cute and “dolly”.

I wanted more out of hair! That kept me busy thinking and trying.

I am sure I didn’t invent anything new; specially to those that are in amigurumi world for quite some time, but it is new to me.

For today I made one new pattern that I called BB Dolls. Made few different hair styles so you can see the possibilities that can be done. Encourage all of you to give it a try and play with it for a while. Specially to ones that love dolls as much as I do. Hair making this way is fun! Really is! 😉

The pattern for entire doll I tried to make simplest possible. For some problem might be making legs and body in one peace, but if so, just make two legs and body separated, counting the stitches used in the pattern.

For any questions you might have, I am here, and will be glad to help you.

So here we go with the BB Doll pattern

Abbreviations:

Sc: Single crochet

ch: Chain

St: Stitch

inv.dec: invisible decrease

Materials you will need:

2 mm crochet hook

8 ply cotton yarn in various colors

4,5 mm round, black, wooden beads for eyes

stuffing of your choice

needle for sewing up the body parts together

embroidery thread if you will want to sew on the eyelashes to the doll’s eyes

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CH 6

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 4. 3 2sc in last st. Turn Continue your work stitching around the other side,  Sc 4, 2sc in last st.   (12 sts)

R2: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next st*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)

R3: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st*, rep 6 times. (24 sts)

R4: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next st*, rep 6 times (30 sts)

R5: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next st*, rep 6 times (36 sts)

R6-10: Sc 36

If you are using safety eyes, place them between row 10 and 11, leaving 6 stitches between them.

R11: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st*, rep 12 times (48 sts)

R12: *Sc 7, 2 sc in next st*, rep 6 times (54 sts)

R13-R17: Sc 54

R18: *Sc 7, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (48 sts)

R19: *Sc 6, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (42 sts)

R20: *Sc 5, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (36 sts)

R21: *Sc 4, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (30 sts)

R22: *Sc 3, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (24 sts)

R23: *Sc 2, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (18 sts)

R24: *Sc 1, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (12 sts)

Fasten off and stuff head firmly. Stuff little by little and form so you shape the head nicely.

HAIR

R1: stitch 4sc in magic ring ch1 turn around

(Do not close the ring, chain one and continue stitching backwards, as you would with the flat peace. We will be crocheting the rows here. Every row finish with the chain1, turn around,  and continue stitching in the second stitch from the hook.)

R2: 2sc in each st (8 sts) ch1 turn around

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next st*, rep 4 times. (12sts) ch1 turn around

R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st*, rep 4 times (16 sts)

R5: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next st*, rep 4 times (20 sts)

R6: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next st*, rep 4 times (24 sts)

R7: *Sc 5, 2 sc in next st*, rep 4 times (28 sts)

R8-13: Sc 28

R14: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st*, rep 8 times (36 sts)

R15: Sc 36

Ch1 and begin single crochet stitching to the side, toward the top of the head, where magic ring and first row is started.

Reaching the magic ring we will start making bangs.

Slip stitch 1 in the magic ring, chain 10, and return back slip stitching 9 at each stitch on the chain.

Slip stitch again to the magic ring, ch 10, return back slip stitching to 9 stitches on the chain, slip stitch to the magic ring, and repeat 3 more times, or until you create desired number of the bangs. (in my case there are 5).

Finishing last peace of hair, single crochet to the working side of the hair, and continue sc into each last row stitch (14 sts).

Reaching the end, tie off and leave long end for sewing the hair on the head.

Here are few samples of what you can do. Some you could see at presentations photo on the start of this post. Would have been to much if I tried to write down each and every pattern for different hair styles I’ve done; but as I said, if you will need any help, feel free to contact me and ask. Will be glad to help you.

Hair we are making in this pattern is the one shown on the first photo published here; look at the last doll in the line. One with light brown hair (yellow and blue dress).

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LEGS & BODY

Leg1:

R1: 6 Sc in magic ring (6)

R2: 2 sc in each st around (12)

R3:  *2sc in one st, sc1* x6 (18)

R4: 18 sc

R5: Inv.dec6, sc6 (12)

R6: Inv.dec3, sc6 (9)

Stuff the bottom of the leg.

Change color of the thread and continue with R7.

R7-R16: 9 sc

Tie off and leave long end for sewing later. Stuff the leg.

Leg2:

R1: 6 Sc in magic ring (6)

R2: 2 sc in each st around (12)

R3:  *2sc in one st, sc1* x6 (18)

R4: 18 sc

R5: Inv.dec6, sc6 (12)

R6: Inv.dec3, sc6 (9)

Stuff the bottom of the leg.

Change color of the thread and continue with R7.

R7-R16: 9 sc

At this point stuff the leg and bring both legs together.

R17: ch1, sc to the second last stitch on the next leg, sc7, ch1, sc to next leg, leaving one stitch free. Sc8. (18)

Pull out the yarn from the first leg you left for sewing later, through the gap between the legs. So it doesn’t come to your way while crocheting. You will use this yarn to sew this gap after body is done and stuffed.

R18-25: 18 sc

R26: *Inv.dec.1, sc1* x6 (12)

R27-29: 12 sc

Tie off leaving long end for sewing the body to the head.

Stuff the body as firm as you can.

Now take the sewing needle and the yarn there is between the legs (one you left from finishing the first leg) and sew the gap nicely.

ARMS X2

R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)

R2-6: 6 sc

Change color

R7-R9: 6sc

Tie of and leave long end for sewing the arms to the body.

DRESS

R1: 18 Sc in magic ring (18) (don’t close the ring completely)

R2-R3: 18 sc

R4: *2sc in one st, sc next 2* x6 (24)

R5-R6: 24 sc

R7: *2sc in one st, sc next 3sts* x6 (30)

R8-R9: 30 sc

R10: *2sc in one st, sc next 4 sts* x6 (36)

R11: 36 sc

Change color

R12: *ch3, sc in next st* repeat all around

Tie off and hide ends.

Put the dress over the body and sew the body on the head.

Sew on the hair, and finally place and sew the arms (I find it best if you leave 6 stitches looking in front of the dress, between each arm). I also suggest to sew the arms on the dress only. Not only it is easier, but gives you space to sew and hide ends nicely.

And you own BB Doll is done.

I hope you have enjoyed making it, and the hair you have learned will open up a whole new possibilities. Experiment and try different styles. Share what you have learned and teach us something new as well.

Looking forward to see and hear you experiences in making BB Doll. Thank you for staying with me and reading this post. Thank you for following and all kind and sweet comments you always leave behind. Thank you 🙂

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291 thoughts on “BB Dolls

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  2. Hello, thank you for the pattern, I have now made my own BB Doll
    I have made some change to the hair 😉
    Where Can i post a pic for you?
    Henriette
    I am from Denmark

  3. This is a new thing for me…I will definately try this…is there any pattern for animals which you can share with us?

    • there are few animal patterns as well. Try looking at Free Patterns page. All are listed there. You will see the photo and description that will lead you to .pdf you can download and save on your pc

  4. Un fortunetly I always have problems with doll faces and hair these look really cute and doable so grandaughters are getting them for xmas I’ll let you know how I make out

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  6. Started your adorable little dolls. I plan on using colours from light beige to chocolate brown for the skin colour and go crazy with the hair. Thanks lots for the pattern!

  7. Is there a hole in the neck of the dress, to slip it over the neck? Or do I sew the dress to the body and then sew the head to the dress. I just did a ch.2 to start the dress as I don’t do the magic circle.Maybe I should do a longer ch. for the neck?

    • You can work with the chain as well. Important, when making dress out of magic ring is not to close the ring at all. Leave it open so you can sew the head to the body and close it enough to tighten around neck.

      • Thank-you for responding back to me. I You-tubed the magic ring and have 2 dolls made. Thanks for the pattern, they’re so cute!

  8. Ignore my previous post for Jan.5, I went to You Tube for the Magic Circle. Been crocheting for 40+ yrs. and never used it. Doll is finished all but the hair, doing curls. Thank-you so much for the patterns.

  9. Hi there, I’m having a little of a hard time, do I have to do all thee body parts separate then sew all togheter? And also can you give instructions of other kinds of hair like the curly one? Thanks
    Juliana

    • yes, you have to do each part separately and then sew them all together. There are few curly hair patterns you can use and are already written. Look for Winter dolls and Fairy dolls Patterns under Free Patterns page. Those will fit BB doll as well.

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  11. hiya..i love the bb dolls you have made and have started making one for my daughter..so far i have made the head and hair but am having so much difficulty with the legs and body..i dont know whether its just me reading the pattern wrong but i cant seem to find the pattern for the body..at the moment when i follow the instructions for the leg i end up with a shoe like thing..lol..please help

    • This is part for legs:
      LEGS & BODY
      Leg1:
      R1: 6 Sc in magic ring (6)
      R2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
      R3: *2sc in one st, sc1* x6 (18)
      R4: 18 sc
      R5: Inv.dec6, sc6 (12)
      R6: Inv.dec3, sc6 (9)
      Stuff the bottom of the leg.
      Change color of the thread and continue with R7.
      R7-R16: 9 sc
      Tie off and leave long end for sewing later. Stuff the leg.
      Leg2:
      R1: 6 Sc in magic ring (6)
      R2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
      R3: *2sc in one st, sc1* x6 (18)
      R4: 18 sc
      R5: Inv.dec6, sc6 (12)
      R6: Inv.dec3, sc6 (9)
      Stuff the bottom of the leg.
      Change color of the thread and continue with R7.
      R7-R16: 9 sc
      Here starts the body
      At this point stuff the leg and bring both legs together.
      R17: ch1, sc to the second last stitch on the next leg, sc7, ch1, sc to next leg, leaving one stitch free. Sc8. (18)
      Pull out the yarn from the first leg you left for sewing later, through the gap between the legs. So it doesn’t come to your way while crocheting. You will use this yarn to sew this gap after body is done and stuffed.
      R18-25: 18 sc
      R26: *Inv.dec.1, sc1* x6 (12)
      R27-29: 12 sc
      Tie off leaving long end for sewing the body to the head.
      Stuff the body as firm as you can.
      Now take the sewing needle and the yarn there is between the legs (one you left from finishing the first leg) and sew the gap nicely.
      Hope this will help a little.
      Let me know how the progress goes and if you need more help.

  12. Hello there, thanks for sharing your patterns to the crocher lovers. I am making these dolls, and would like to try the other styles of hair you created. Please help. Thank you.

    • Try reading the comments. Many patterns were shared and explained through comments area, and I am sure you’ll find something 🙂
      In case you have special idea on how to make hair, and don’t know how, please feel free to write and ask. Will be glad to help you.

  13. These dolls are the absolute cutest!! Thanks for sharing your pattern with us. I’ve been wanting to make them, but I just can’t seem to settle on a good skin color yarn. However, I really like the skin color yarn you used. Could you let me know of what yarn that is? Thanks!

    • Replied to one of your mails earlier, but if you really wish to buy yarn I used, and I am not sure if it’s available any place on the net….it is called Vera color no:25 (100g-250m), cotton. On the label I have at hand, can’t find producer. Can go to local shop and ask for more details. let me know by mail if you had luck finding anything through these details I gave you and if I can do anything more.

  14. Your bb dolls are the absolute cutest!! I’ve been wanting to make them, but can’t seem to settle down on a good skin color yarn. Could you let me know of what yarn you used for the skin? Thanks for sharing your pattern with us 🙂

    • I used local brand. Try not to be too picky for the yarn color. If you can find nice pastel peach or light peach go for it. These peach shades work excellent for the skin. 🙂

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  16. It was a really good pattern. Easy to do except the part of sewing the legs together. I kinda did it alittle different. Added a few more stitches and made the body alittle more round. But boy did she turn out cute. I made her into a nurse for my daughter who is a cancer nurse. I would love to show you a picture but don’t know how on here. Thanks for the free pattern. Im also looking for a boston terrier pattern if you have one.

    • Glad you enjoyed BB dolls. You can always e-mail me the photo 🙂 I would looove to see her!
      Haven’t done boston terrier so far but sounds interesting one to do.

  17. I’m rather new to crocheting and finding the right yarn is a problem. I find 4 ply cotton yarn but I don’t know a brand or store that has 8 ply. I know you have answered yarn questions but I didn’t find this answered yet. Sorry if I just missed it but I really want to make your dolls. Thanks for your reply

    • Sharon,
      Think describing the right yarn weight is the big problem to most of us.
      At least it was big problem for me when I started here.
      Whichever yarn you can get, you will not go wrong. Important is to match the right hook with the yarn you can buy. Look at the label and suggested hook size on your yarn. Go for size or size and a half smaller hook (when making dolls). This way your work and stitches will be tight and stuffing will not peek out (and you will be able to stuff your doll nice and firm, which is very important).Look for DK cotton yarn, or if this not available go for any sport weight (or 4 ply you mentioned) and you’ll go great.

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