One piece doll

Hello everyone,

All of you that follow me here, by now know that I am in continuous research of something new when it comes to crocheted dolls.

I love dolls and for the few weeks have been inspired with cloth dolls, specially the Holly Hobbie and Raggedy dolls. That is why I tried to make a doll in one piece with flat head; one you would get if sewing the doll.

Have to say that it really was a challenge. By now I have finished the little one. She is 15 cm / 5,5″ tall. Have the pattern and we can start working and making many, many different kind of dolls from this one.

I will share this basic doll pattern just for the doll with you today, but will keep on adding different features and patterns related to her (clothes, hair, shoes making….) as soon as I make them and write the patterns. Will have lots of work with this doll in the future πŸ˜€

As I said, this doll and the pattern is done for the flat looking head. Β If you prefer round head, as most of the ami dolls have, start with sc6 in magic ring and continue increasing each row until you reach 48 stitches. at this point repeat 48 stitches for 5-6 rows, then start decreasing until you reach 18 stitches, from where you can continue following this pattern to finish the body, arms and legs in one piece.

For this doll I used 2 mm crochet hook.

Light peach color yarn, DK

Fiber fill for stuffing.

Tapestry needle for closing the row ends and gaps between the limbs.

All doll is worked in continuous rounds.

 

Abbreviation:

Ch – chain

Sc – single crochet

Sl st – slip stitch

Inc – increase (2 single crochet in one stitch)

Dec – decrease (invisible decrease or 2sctog) – I used invisible decrease

 

- cloth doll inspired crochet -

cloth doll inspired crochet

Ch12

R1 sc10, 3sc in one st, start stitching around the chain (we are making oval), sc9, 2c in one st (24 sts)

R2 inc1, sc9, inc3, sc9, inc2 (30)

R3 inc1, sc12, inc3, sc12, inc2 (36)

R4 inc1, sc15, inc3, sc15, inc2 (42)

R5 inc1, sc18, inc3, sc18, inc2 (48)

R6-R15 sc 48 sts

R16 dec1, sc18, dec3, sc18, dec2 (42)

R17 dec1, sc15, dec3, sc15, dec2 (36)

R18 dec1, sc12, dec3, sc12, dec2 (30)

R19 dec1, sc9, dec3, sc9, dec2 (24)

R20 dec1, sc6, dec3, sc6, dec2 (18)

Begin stuffing the head at this point.

R21-R22 sc18 sts

Stuf the head some more if needed, and continue stuffing the doll as we go.

R23 inc1, sc6, inc3, sc6, inc2 (24)

R24 inc1, sc9, inc3, sc9, inc2 (30)

R25 sc30 sts

R26 inc1, sc12, inc3, sc12, inc2 (36)

R27 inc1 sc15, inc3, sc15, inc2 (42)

R28 inc1 sc18, inc3, sc18, inc2 (48)

We are starting to make arms here.

R1 sc5, sl st to 5th stitch from the end, ch1, Β sc5 (10 sts) -to make it easier …. Mark the first stitch at this row. From this stitch, going backwards, count 5 stitches and mark that stitch too. This will be the 6th stitch you will single crochet and continue till you make 10sc for one arm round.

R2-R8 sc10 sts

R9 dec5

Tie off leaving long end. Stuff the arm from the inner side. Thread the needle and wave the thread through the outer stitches (5 of them) now pull gently, stuck the needle from the center of this circle made and pull it through the arm to close the gap and hide the access thread.

Second arm – slip stitch to the last β€œedge stitch” on the opposite side (of the first arm made) of the row 28

R1 sc5, sl st to the 5th stitch from the end, ch1, sc5 (10 sts)

R2-R8 10 sts

R9 dec5 (5 sts)

Tie off leaving long end for sewing later. Stuff the arm and close the last row as described for the first arm made.

Now comes the rest of the body part.

Slip stitch to one of the stitches closest to either one of the arms. Ch1

R29 sc28 sts

R30-36 sc28 sts

At this point we are starting to make legs. Stuff the body so we can continue.

Now look at the last row. Mark the middle, count (equally) 14 stitches on each side.

R37 sc7, sc to the opposite side (this should be the 7th stitch from your first made in this row), sc7, making circle of 14 stitches for one leg. (same process as for making the arm, but here we have 14 stitches in total)

R38-R49 Β sc14sts

R50 dec7

Tie off leaving long end for sewing. Stuff the leg. Close the last row as described under arm session. You might want to leave the thread available for sewing the gap between the legs (and arms if the gap under arm is visible).

Slip stitch to one of the stitches left on the row36. Ch1 (this should be easy, because you have only 14 stitches left πŸ˜‰

R37 sc14 sts

R38-R49 sc14 sts

R50 dec7

Tie off and repeat as with first leg.

Sew the gap between the legs and under arms if visible.

You have just finished making doll in one piece!

Now dress her, sew on the hair,Β  paint or design her face and let your daughter or granddaughter enjoy!

Like I said, there will be many patterns for this doll available.

Here is another photo of the doll with just the hat on.Β DSC01681

Just to give you an idea what direction the doll I am working on is going πŸ˜€

Hope you have enjoyed. If you ask me, this “one pice doll” is great for kids to play with and is really, really easy to do in any size you like.

Looking forward to hear all of your comments and suggestions. Even ideas on what to do are welcome!

Thank you for your time spent with me here!

Wishing you all wonderful weekend,

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45 thoughts on “One piece doll

  1. Thank you so much for offering all of your wonderful patterns for free to us!

    I too tried to make a doll with a flat head and went about it in a little different way although mine was not seemless. I made a round circle for the face and then did a circle in the hair color for the back of the head and crocheted to the face on the last round leaving an opening where the neck would be to stuff the head. Then I started at the neck and finished the body. I will make a post on my blog soon with a picture of what he looks like. I think I actually like the way yours turned out better but thought you might have fun hearing another way to create the flat head look. πŸ™‚ Oh, my blog is http://www.sariohill.com if you are interested in checking. I’ll probably post the flat head doll this weekend (thanks to your inspiration!).

    I love your ideas and your blog. Keep up the great work!

    Stephanie

    • Dear Stephanie,
      first of al thank you for you comment here. πŸ™‚
      I love hearing different opinions and like to hear new ideas. Can’t tell you how happy I am you wrote about one pice doll, and really am looking forward to see and read about it on your blog πŸ™‚
      This doll is seamless just because I was trying out the pattern. It is my second one made. Now the real work starts with all the details putting together πŸ˜‰
      Glad you like this one, and really can’t wait to see your flat head soon! Thanks

  2. Thank you Vanja. You are so sweet to share all of your patterns for free. I look forward to making this doll for charity.

    Marie

    • Thank you Marie,
      You are very welcome. This doll is great for charity making. It is fast project to do and really cute one too. Hope you will like the outfit when finished and posted here as well.

  3. Love her/him. Going to start this evening when I return from my doctors appt. These would be great for kid in the hospital,little tykes. Excited. My mind is racing with ideas for clothes. Liz Parsons

  4. Thank you for making this pattern available to us. Leonarda Brush

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  5. I really admire the way you set a target and then produce wonderful designs, and then you share them for free…thank you so much. Janette. Xx

    • Thank you dear Sharon,
      Yes indeed there are sooooo many possibilities one can do once gets into the basics of the pattern and the way it’s done. My mind is going crazy with all the ideas I wish to try:D

  6. This little doll is fabulous. I’ve been looking for a small simple one for donations. How Perfect she is! Thank you so much.

  7. I just discovered your blog, and I LOVE it! I’m an incoming college freshman, so I really appreciate that these are all free! I’m working on one of your other dolls and it’s coming out beautifully. Thank you!

  8. Thank you so much for having this pattern here, today I just finished up on my first doll, and I got the body of a second one done. The pattern is just so cute, thanks once again.
    April

    • Thank you April,
      glad to hear you like this little one. She is perfect for small rag looking dolls to crochet.
      If you enjoyed it, the pleasure is all mine. So thank you very much for stopping by and leaving comment.

  9. Reblogged this on barnettedestiny and commented:
    I’ve been looking for a one piece pattern for a doll type, love this thanks so much for sharing. The less piecing together the better, love to crochet but can’t stitch together very well. Really appreciate this pattern.

    • Hi Suzanne,
      Happy to hear your one piece doll is done πŸ™‚
      When it comes to hair, I think the best option would be making the wig similar to one for BB dolls. When making it, just keep trying it on the head until you reach likable length and style.
      If you will need help, let me know.

  10. I’ve been a fan of yours for some time now … once again you have impressed me with your ideas and generosity. Thank you for sharing this doll pattern. Gotta try it asap.

  11. I want to make this doll!! However, after reading the pattern. I do not understand how to do the arms. This will be my first doll.

    • Hi Joyce,
      For the first doll you might want to try something easier. What I can do regarding this one is to make little photo tutorial to make it easier for your try. But with all the work have to delay this for January next year. If you have time to wait till then I will be glad to help you make this doll. Meantime, take my advice and try some other small doll projects to get familiar on how dolls are made.

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    • I would go with 5 or 6 mm. I like smaller eyes on my dolls. You should really try and see what you like better. Try to place on different sizes and see which ones match your dolls the best, or which ones you like the most.

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