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Basic Knitting Pattern
Basic Crochet Pattern

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African Comfort Dolls

 

 

Basic Crochet Pattern

Materials/Tools:

G hook

Black, red, white plus at least three other colors of easy care yarn, whatever weight fits

gauge

Stuffing – Fiberfill

Yarn Needle

Gauge: 1 inch = 7 single crochet (sc) and 7 rows.

Pattern:

With black yarn, chain (ch) 37. Last 2 ch are first stitch (st) in first row. Slip stitch in first st of same row, ch 1 and start next row in a round.

Row 1: Continuing with black, sc in second st from hook and in each of remaining ch (should be 35). Ch 1 and slip stitch in first st of same row, ch 1 and start next row in a round.

Rows 2-3: Continuing with black, sc in each st across. Finish off black. This is the “shoes”.

Rows 4 – 14: *With colour A, sc in each st across. Slip stitch in the first st of same row, ch 1 and start next row in a round. Continue from * until you have 10 rows of Colour A. Finish off Color A. These are the “pants”.

Rows 15 – 25: **With Colour B., sc in each st across. Slip stitch in first st of same row, ch 1 and start next row in a round. Continue from ** until you have 10 rows of Colour B. Finish off Colour B. This is the “shirt.”

Rows 26 – 34: ***With black yarn, sc in each st across. Slip stitch in first st of same row, ch1 and start next row in a round. Continue from *** until you have 8 rows of black. Finish off black. This is the “head”.

Rows 35-42:****With Colour C, sc in each st across. Slip stitch in first st of same row, ch1 and start next row in a round. Continue from **** until you have 8 rows of Colour C. Finish off Colour C. This is the “hat”.

You should have a cylinder 32 rows.

Construction:

Flatten cylinder lengthwise and slip stitch bottom (original chain) with black yarn to make an “envelope”. Weave in ends.

Stuff lightly with stuffing. Enough stuffing to pad but not stretch the stitches.

At top of “hat” sew same colour yarn as the top row through all sc and pull tight to make a point.

Do the same, with either colour, between Colour B and the first row of the “head”.

Pull tight enough to delineate the “neck”.

About 5 rows down from the neck and 3 to 5 sc in from sides on both sides, sew with

Colour B down in a straight line to bottom of “shirt” to simulate arms.

About 3-4 rows down from the top of Colour A sew with same colour yarn down to

bottom of “pants” to delineate “legs.” Do the same with black of the “shoes.”

Make “eyes” with French know embroidery stitch and white yarn.

Make “mouth” with two stitches in red yarn to make a V shape.

Note: You can have some fun with this. Make the “shirt” and/or “hat” striped. Add a

pompom to the top of the hat. You can use brown for the “head”.

Basic Knit Pattern

The basic method for making each doll is the same. Begin at the feet and knit a rectangle, changing yarn color for each body segment. The head is stuffed and the neck formed by pulling in with a gathered thread. When the body is stuffed, the feet are formed by pulling with a thread. The arms and legs are defined by stitching through all layers after the doll is stuffed. The number of rows in each part of the doll can be

increased or decreased depending on the individual design. Finished height of each doll is approximately 13 cm (5 inches).

YOU NEED:

Small quantities of Sayelle or similar weight yarn, 1 pr. 2.25 mm (US size 1) needles,

tapestry needle, polyester fibre fill.

To Make:

Work in stocking stitch throughout. Cast on 32 stitches.

Work 4 rows for feet. Change yarn.

Work 14 rows for pants. Change yarn.

Work 12 rows for sweater. Change yarn.

Work 8 rows for face. Change yarn.

Work 11 rows for hat as follows: Rows 1-4 work evenly in stocking st.

Row 5: Decrease 5 stitches evenly across the row (27 stitches).

Row 6: Pearl across row.

Row 7: Decrease 5 stitches evenly across row (22 stitches).

Row 8: Purl across row.

Row 9: Decrease 5 stitches evenly across row (17 stitches).

Row 10: Purl across row.

Row 11: (K1, K2 tog.) 9 times. Draw yarn through remaining stitches and pull up.

To Finish:

1. Sew sides together to form a centre back seam.

2. Stuff head. Weave a single strand of matching yarn across first face row. Draw up to

form neck and secure ends.

3. Repeat for body, drawing in at ankles.

4. Stuff feet and sew up bottom, pulling in as much as possible.

5. With matching yarn, form arms with tiny back stitches through all layers from waist to

2 rows beneath the neck. Define legs in the same way, from bottom to just below

waistline.

6. Embroider hair and facial features as desired.

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