How to make crochet doll hair [tutorial]

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Crochet Doll Hair

I am loving the doll frenzy I am into right now. I am a little bit OCD when it comes to details. I want the hair to be perfect. Or at least look like good hair (when perfection is impossible).  I did a lot of researching and googling before settling on the way I did it.  I encourage you to do the same, because every technique is interesting and works for a different style, mine is great for buns.  For a larger image, just click on the one below to see it in more details, the order of the images is from left to right, top to bottom.
 

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First of all you will need to make a crochet chain that barely goes around your doll’s head at the hairline. Slip stitch into the first chain and do a round of single crochet.  Use the same yarn you will be using for the hair.  This looks like a headband and it will serve as the hairline and where you will be stitching the hair.

Pin it around your doll head, do this slowly and carefully, try different styles and placement.

Sew it onto your doll’s head.

Using craft wire insert into a stitch and bring it out again to form something like a skinny U.  This will be used for the bun.  Again do this slowly, because changing where it is changes the whole look.

Using a threaded needle with the hair stitch into the headband and then take the yarn around the wire, keep doing this until the entire head is covered with yarn hair.  

Next wrap yarn around the wire until it is completely covered with yarn.  I kept going until it was quite thick because I wanted a full bun.

Because I am making a Granny doll, I added a little bit of white to one of the temples and wrapped the rest around the bun to give it a fun look.  You can skip this or do it with a different color for a totally different and cool look.

 

Bunnies {free pattern}

I am obsessed with trying to find ways to use up scraps of yarn and leftover partial skeins. If you don’t believe me or haven’t been following long enough you can check these out: Pencil Sleeves, Curvy Pouch, Picture Frames, Pencil Toppers and Coasters.

I have been wanting to make bunnies for a long time and yesterday the idea just popped in my head and I made a bunny.

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And because bunnies need friends, I made another one.
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I even caught them telling each other secrets.
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So do you want to make a bunny

Pattern

Materials

 

DK weight yarn (You can use any weight of yarn, just use needles two sizes smaller than the ball band suggests, so the stuffing doesn’t show)

Size US 2 DPNS

Tapestry needle

Microfilling (or anything you would like to use for stuffing)

Scrap embroidery floss or yarn for embroidering the eyes and nose.

Abreviations

Kfb Knit front and back in the same stitch

K2tog Knit two stitches together.

* … * repeat stitches between the asterisks

Instructions for the body

Cast on 6 stitches, arrange on 3 needles, join in the round and mark the first stitch.

Round 1: Kfb all stitches (12 stitches)

Round 2: *Kfb, K1* (18 stitches)

Round 3: *Kfb, K2* (24 stitches)

Round 4: *Kfb, K3* (30 stitches)

Round 5: *Kfb, K4* (36 stitches)

Round 6: *Kfb, K5* (42 stitches)

Round 7: *Kfb, K6* (48 stitches)

Round 8: *Kfb, K7* (54 stitches)

Round 9: *Kfb, K8* (60 stitches)

Round 10: *Kfb, K9* (66 stitches)

Round 11 – 21 : Knit all stitches around. (66 stitches)

Round 22:*K2tog, K 9* (60 stitches)

Round 23:*K2tog, K 8* (54 stitches)

Round 24:*K2tog, K 7* (48 stitches)

Round 25:*K2tog, K 6* (42 stitches)

 

Now would be a good time to embroider the face and stuff the bunny half full.

 

Round 26:*K2tog, K 5* (36 stitches)

Round 27:*K2tog, K 4* (30 stitches)

 

Add some more stuffing

 

Round 28:*K2tog, K 3* (24 stitches)

Round 29:*K2tog, K 2* (18 stitches)

 

Add some more stuffing

 

Round 30:*K2tog, K 1* (12 stitches)

Round 31:*K2tog* ( 6stitches)

 

Add more stuffing if you can.

 

Cut off a long tail and using a tapestry needle thread through the remaining stitches, pull tight and weave in ends.

Instructions for the ears [Make 2]

Cast on 6 stitches, arrange on 3 needles, join in the round and mark the first stitch.

Round 1: Kfb all stitches (12 stitches)

Round 2: *Kfb, K3* (15 stitches)

Round 3: *Kfb, K4* (18 stitches)

Round 4: *Kfb, K5* (21 stitches)

Round 5: *Kfb, K6* (24 stitches)

Round 6 – 16 : Knit all stitches around

Round 17: *K2tog, k6* (21 stitches )

Round 18: *K2tog, k5* (18 stitches )

Round 19: *K2tog, k4* (15 stitches )

Round 20: *K2tog, k3* (12 stitches )

Round 21: *K2tog, k2* (9 stitches )

Bind off, leaving a long tail.

Finishing

Sew the ears on the bunny and weave in any remaining ends.

Make a pompom and sew it on as a tail.