Wednesday, December 1, 2010
American Girl Doll Santa Crochet
I wanted to make a Santa outfit for the two girls I make Springfield and American Girl Doll clothes for as Christmas presents. Locating a free Santa hat pattern gave me hope for the project. However, I did not find a free pattern for a dress and did not want to experiment with trying to download a purchased pattern as our printer only recently has come back to our network. I started thinking about alternatives after finishing the last of the Pilgrim outfits.
I am new to crocheting in general and even newer to doll clothes making. People who have done this for decades surround me. Therefore, I do understand my level immaturity when it comes to the process.
I wanted a pattern I knew I could have success with and complete. Darski’s free Pilgrim outfit had proven to be a wonderful pattern that I could follow and fit as promised when I was done crocheting it. Crocheting the Pilgrim pattern in red seemed a solution to making a Santa dress. After playing with a Barbie Santa pattern, I decided to experiment with adding some white trim. The yarn was a great find at a Christmas Church sale. I would not normally have purchased the yarn because I had no idea if it would work for this type of project. When I looked after the fact in our local craft stores, the yarn is generally $5-6 per skein. However, at the expensive price of $.50 per skein one can take afford to experiment.
The free Santa Hat pattern was a wonderful find. I had never used the popcorn stitch and the author did a wonderful job explaining it. I worked on this Thanksgiving Day. I have trouble just sitting still with nothing in my hands. This project was a great way to keep my hands engaged. That being said, I pulled the popcorn section out four or five times as I lacked the concentration needed to follow that section of the pattern. I think I will make the second one in a more focused environment.
I have at least one more of these to make before Christmas Day. This one needs to be packed and shipped across country. I am trying to work out a plan for a Christmas Caroler outfit. If not this year, then next year is always a possibility.
Barbie and American Girl Doll Free Patterns are listed on my blog at these locations:
Barbie Crochet and Sewing Page
Barbie Knitting Page
American Girl Doll Crochet and Sewing
American Girl Doll Knitting
Additional Doll Patterns also Available on the Holiday Blogs:
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