When Waldorf inspired baby pattern was presented to you few weeks ago I’ve made a promise to show you some of the works form ladies that have helped testing the pattern long before you saw it. For that reason I feel honored to show and share their work, and this is little something I can do to thank them for their time and kind help.
After almost one moth of break from new posts, returning with, I hope, lovable gift to you all.
New crochet addition to all Waldorf admirers.
Simple testing the head for this pattern has taken our little Facebook group into wonderful doll making adventure. Many new ideas opened and new patterns were created. 25 wonderful and kind ladies have applied to test the pattern. Those that finished came up with the most adorable little princess dolls 🙂 Some we still wait to finish their projects. If ladies agree I will post their photos for all of you to see.
What I am specially satisfied that not matter which weight yarn or size hook was used, the pattern worked well for all.
For the first time we have tried joining limbs with cotter pins, and making joints with whatever we could find at home. Instead of original discs, washers and cotter pins, we mounted cotter pins over buttons, and if cotter pins were not available, wire or paper clips were used. Please feel free to check on home made options on joints. Few photos and how the joints are done I have added HERE
My baby grew to little girl very fast. It is amazing how fast the kids grow these days!!! 🙂 Like mushrooms after the rain. One day I saw her bald and crying and the next one she asked for her hair to be done!
The next day her friend showed ….
The pattern is pretty long.
Pattern has several additions. I will try to explain what each of them will bring and you cna choose from.
Basic Waldorf Inspired Baby includes instructions on how to crochet baby’s body from head to toe.
This is what you will get with the basic Walsdorf Inspired Baby pattern:
During testing the pattern, one of tester ladies and my dear friend wanted to make baby with open mouth, or the mouth baby can place her finger in, pacifier or baby bottle. Based on Waldorf’s baby head she made adjustments and came up with open mouth head which is absolute must have. I warmly recommend everyone to try this technique not just for this baby head, but for any of your baby heads in the future. Thanks to wonderful friend and generous and kind TB Cess, this pattern we can share as addition to basic Waldorf Baby.
This head required more bent arms, so the hand and sucking finger can reach the mouth easily. For that reason I adjusted and added one more pattern for arms. Called it Sucking finger arms. You can make each arm different and still keep the same size and proportion of your baby. Rounds on both arms (one you can find in basic pattern and this one) are equal. The only difference is thumb crocheted separately and added later to position you prefer and position that matches baby’s mouth the best, and this arm is bent little bit more in the elbow.
Hair for Waldorf doll’s I made and I always make following Beth Webber’s photo tutorial. This is the best one on the web I have encountered so far and all of you who are following me for long time by now, know that I keep repeating myself and suggesting By Hook By Hand blog any time I can, because Beth always inspires me with her doll creations. Her patterns and tutorials are easy to follow and yet all are masterly made.
Photo tutorial on how to make wig for your doll you can find HERE
Following this tutorial I have made simple wig cap, and here are few details.
What I have said to the ladies who tested the pattern, when working on the wig, so will tell you too. Same as with crochet work, in wig making and waving the hairs on, you have right and wrong side. While following Beth’s tutorial, pay attention on how the hairs are waved to the wig. It makes huge difference later. If you will need more help regarding this, please feel free to ask and I will make a short post, showing you through photos what exactly to pay attention to.
At the end what is left are the clothes.
Clothes are crocheted in No.5 thread and still using 2 mm hook. Writing pattern for babies clothes and making it perfect to fit everyone, if you ask me, is the hardest part for most of us who write patterns wishing the pattern will work the same for all.
For that reason I tried to make pattern(s) easy enough so each and every one of you can adjust the stitch count based on yarn and hook used. Important is to work with lighter yarn and adjust the stitch count accordingly. By any chance don’t try crocheting clothes with same weight yarn as doll was made of, or even worse, using heavier one. Clothes needs to be light and fluffy. For this doll I have tried to keep clothes old fashioned.
Created little girlish top,
Nice little pants that can fit the baby even if she wears diapers on,and sock looking booties. All are very, very easy to make. You can view them or download them HERE
Little by little we came to the end 🙂 I hope I haven’t missed anything.
Hope you have enjoyed seeing this new baby pattern, and even more I hope you will enjoy every second while making one.
For any questions, please feel free to write and ask.
Wishing you all happy, relaxing and blessed weekend.
I must say that this is my favorite doll and pattern I worked on so far. This doll is just a treasure. She is soft and so darling. The size I reached by this one (30 cm -12 inches) is little bit bigger than the rest of my dolls but that makes her even more beautiful.
I know many of you will give it a try. Specially moms and grandmothers who grew up with one of these jersey sewed dolls with yarn hair. Here is your chance to refresh your childhood memories and opportunity to crochet one Waldorf inspired doll for your daughters, granddaughters or even for yourself.
Here is the pattern I hope you will enjoy
Isn’t she just lovely? Both are 😀 I really enjoy these dolls and hope you will too.
Thank you for your time.
Wishing you all wonderful end of the week and relaxing weekend to come.