Friday, April 26, 2019

Baby Doll Carrier

One of the projects I try to finish early in the year are the baby doll carriers as they are hard on my hands. They are a great project to add to the doll donation and I love doing them every year, but I can't say I'm sad when I don't have them on my to do list any longer. For those of you interested in making one, you can find the free pattern here.

Thanks to some wonderful fairy godmothers at Crochetville I won't need to make blankets for the baby dolls or the 18 inch dolls this year as I received some beautiful donated blankets for the doll project.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Doll Donations

I have been blessed with amazing fairy Godmothers on Crochetville who have been supporting my doll donation project. These should have been posted months ago, but I am thrilled I have them posted now. I love being able to go back and look at previous year's donations and it is harder to do when I don't post things.

My MO FGM has blessed me with beautiful blankets and doll clothes this year.

My MS Fairy Godmother sent me doll blankets that are just so pretty. I would never make blankets as good as the ones people send me. The kids are so blessed by all of you.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

American Girl Hearts and Flowers

This was another project I finished but never got posted. It is the Valentine's dress for the 2nd 18 inch donation doll. This is another free pattern that can be found here. I would like to thank the designer Darski who has been a dear friend and amazing contributor to this donation for several years. Her patterns continue to inspire me every year. The shoes are not part of this pattern but they are available in another free pattern here.

I print a number of free patterns every year and I buy or am gifted a number of new patterns each year. One of the fun parts of this donation is to flip through the books and find something to try that I haven't either made before or to revisit a pattern I've not made in a while.

This pattern was such a cute fun pattern and it met goal of a second Valentine's pattern and the chance to visit a pattern I hadn't previously added to my donation project.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Baby Doll Changing Pad

I've been slowly working on finishing off the baby doll diaper bag pieces so they will be ready for the donation. This was a great project to work on during my Skype homeschooling sessions with family members. Since it was pretty simple sc rows it was a perfect project to work on during wait times. I didn't need to count much and the pattern didn't change so I could work on it without needing to focus much on the project. I find it harder to work on projects where the count or stitches change from row to row.

This is part of a diaper bag pattern that you can purchase here.

Monday, April 22, 2019

American Girl Valentine Outfit

While I've continued to crochet, I've gotten sadly behind on documenting my projects. It seemed like a good time to get caught up. I have become a fan of the free 18 inch doll patterns from the blog Adoring Doll Clothes. This pattern is her free Valentine pattern found here. This is an adorable outfit to add to my donation project. It also fits my goal of adding holiday patterns to the donation.

I needed an I hook to get the dress and shoes to fit. I note this so when I go to make this again it won't be such a surprise. I don't mention it for others as I've found my personal gauge is often specific to move.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

Hope all of you who celebrate Easter have a beautiful day with family and or friends.

I'm trying to get caught up on posting my projects but since this one was actually appropriate for the day I figured I'd post it on the holiday. I've a second outfit finished for the 2nd doll but I haven't had a chance to get the picture taken. I also have to download the Easter projects I made for the Easter box I sent out but I'll get there eventually.

This is a paid pattern I purchased years ago and it is available through Maggie's Crochet here.

I've never found the required yarn for the trim but oddly enough after trying various worsted weight acrylic yarns I found cotton dishcloth yarn has been my best bet with this outfit. I've had to change pastel options as I found colors end up getting discontinued in the cotton dishcloth lines I use. However, pastel variegated seems to be popular because while I can't always find the same color I can seem to find a combo that works.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Baby Doll Wipes

I keep finding little projects to work on during my time helping family during my Skype homeschooling sessions. These were a perfect project and now I have my first items ready for both 16 inch baby doll diaper bags. You can find the purchase the pattern for the complete baby doll diaper bag here.

Last year I was fortunate and a friend from Crochetville sewed the diaper bags and I just needed to fill them with accessories. That worked out wonderfully as making the bags isn't my favorite task. As I prepost this I'm working on the changing pad. It is normally a rather dull task as it is straight sc, but it is a perfect task during my skype homeschooling time because it requires little concentration. I just need to make sure I click my row counters to track how far I've come. Even that isn't essential as what is most important is that it is long enough for the doll to be placed on for the diaper change. I still need to make the baby bottles and the diapers. The bottles aren't good projects for my homeschool time but the diapers might not be a bad project to add to my list of items to complete during that time.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Crochet Barn and Farm Animal Finger Puppets

I needed a project to send out as a Valentine's present for a little one and I really wasn't it the mood for traditional Valentine's toys. Since I'd made the Down on the Farm for her birthday and the Farm Cilo Bag for Christmas I decided to stick with the farm theme.

I actually picked this pattern up in 2 places Best Crochet Animals, Toys & Dolls and the DVD Crochet World Collection. However if you don't happen to have either of those you can buy the single pattern at e-pattern central here. The pattern isn't terribly expensive, but if you get on their mailing list you will find they have amazing sales all the time bringing their patterns down to as little as $1 at times.

Notes for making the barn which I hope to do again.

I lined the entire farm with plastic canvas to help it be more of a play toy for little hands. I did two layers for the short sides and sewed plastic canvas between them. I found I was unable to do a double layer for the long piece which makes the roof and larger sides of the house, so I sewed sections of plastic canvas to each separate area to help the section hold its shape. I found this gave the barn more stability.

While I left a margin around the edges for sewing I'd make it larger next time for the trim and other items required to put the barn together. I added black around the roof after I'd sewn it together, as the original pattern did not account for having two sides of plastic canvas. This made things a little tighter but worth the need to add as the stability was greatly improved with the additional plastic canvas.

I then decided I needed more puppets. I do get carried away with these projects. I found the next set of patterns as a free pattern here. These are slightly bigger but more detailed finger puppets. These were my favorites.

Last I turned to one of my favorite finger puppet sets to find a horse only to find as I wrote this the link had moved to Interweave Crochet. The horse is part of a free set of fairy tale finger puppets and you can find the set here. I have made this set many times over the years. The dragon and the knight have been particularly popular.

Once finished I packed them all in to make sure they'd fit as the box was only designed for the original animals in the pattern.

I'm a huge fan of adding books to presents and for the holiday packages I try to go seasonal.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

American Girl Ribbed Navy Sweater

This was the last of the three sweaters from the the out of print Springfield Collection Sweater Trio FCM494. I didn't have any navy yarn on hand when I started this project, but I wanted to be able to search for this sweater. I realized when I want to look for information on working on these sweaters in the past I lumped them all in as sweaters and it isn't as helpful as it could be to read up on my notes.

As with the other sweaters in this pattern I made this year I reduced the hook size from F to E. I also made the headband which I don't think I did the last time I made this sweater. I will be making them with the two sweaters that don't have hoods in the future. It's a nice finishing touch.

As with the previous two patterns I used the Maggie's Crochet Abby, Allie, and Annie PA972 - 01 for the pants. Depending on how these get distributed the pants will mix well with other outfits.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Trina 16 Inch Baby Doll Dress

As I mentioned earlier I've been adapting a variety of patterns to fit my 16 inch doll project to get a wider variety of patterns. I saw this free pattern here and decided to see what I could do to make it fit the 16" baby doll. As written the pattern is too small so I frogged it and based on previous experience I used worsted weight yarn and and I hook to get the size I needed.

Additional notes for myself:

I changed rows 6 and 7 to increase rows following the established pattern. I did begin the back stitches in row 8 as prescribed. I used ties for this dress rather than a button. I just found it easier for my purposes.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

16 Inch Doll Sundress and Hat

As I've mentioned before there aren't tons of patterns that fit the soft bodied 16 inch baby dolls although I do keep finding new ones all the time. Since I donate two dolls a year I do often make multiple outfits from the same patterns. This was the second dress I made from this pattern here.

Notes to myself:

I played with the hat by reducing the increases and I like the look of it much better.

Monday, February 4, 2019

American Girl Hooded Sweater and Pants

As I mentioned earlier as the weather got colder I decided it was time to make some sweaters. This is the second sweater I made from the out of print Springfield Collection Sweater Trio FCM494. I love this hooded sweatshirt/sweater. It's one I try to get to every donation. It's just a fun pattern to make. As with the previous sweater set I went with my favorite pants pattern, Maggie's Crochet Abby, Allie, and Annie PA972 - 01 although this time I made them in black. I figure it will be nice to have different colored pants to mix and match with the kids that get the dolls.

Notes for myself as with the previous sweater I dropped hook size from a F to an E and the puffiness was reduced. I might suggest making the hood with F next time and the body with an E. The hood was a little smaller than I prefer. My pony bead supply is holding up as this is one of the few outfits I use them on so no need to resupply.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Kalia 16 Inch Baby Doll Dress

I've been working on projects while helping family out with homeschooling via Skype. I find having a simple project to work on during wait times allows me to relax and I'm amazed at how much work I can get done. What I've found is projects that have predictable repeats are the easiest to use and I got most of this project finished during those break periods.

Over the years I've adapted various types of gowns for the baby doll projects as there aren't lots of patterns designed specifically for this type of doll. I've been following a blogger for years who designs patterns and makes gowns for preemies and others. I've been adapting her gowns for use with my doll project. You can find the free pattern for this outfit here.

This pattern works up rather quickly. To fit the 16 Inch doll I used an I hook and worsted weight yarn for the pink. I had some lighter weight worsted weight green yarn that I've been trying to use up so that was perfect for this project. I used ties to finish off this project.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

American Girl Cable Loop Sweater and Pants

The weather turned colder and I just felt the urge to start making some doll sweaters. I find as it gets warmer I just don't have the same interest. I've decided to see how many sweaters I can make before I lose interest. My first project was to complete the out of print Springfield Collection Sweater Trio FCM494. This pattern is commonly available on used pattern sites if you are available. This pattern creates a faux cable look and it has been one of my favorites for years because it works up quickly, but it has a look of being a little more complicated than it really is to make. The headband for this pattern uses the same method for faux cables.

For pants I went back to my favorite pants pattern from Maggie's Crochet Abby, Allie, and Annie PA972 - 01 I had momentary panic when I went to find the pants pattern and it hadn't found its way home to the 18 inch doll binder. I really didn't want to have to replace the pattern.

Now for my notes, in the past I've found these sweaters a little bulky. This year I tried experimenting by going down from a f hook to an e and I found the sweaters seemed to fit a little better.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

16 Inch Baby Doll Sundress and Hat

I think this is one off the patterns I've been using the longest for the doll donation. Sadly you need the wayback machine to find it as the blog is gone. However as of writing this it was still there. As always I'd suggest downloading it and saving your copy as these links can go any time. You can find it here.

One of the reasons I like this outfit is that it isn't only just easy to make but it is also easy for little hands for to take the outfit on and off.

For my own notes I make this with worsted weight yarn and in order to make it fit the rounded soft bodied doll it requires a K hook. In order to avoid sewing I join after the first row

Monday, January 28, 2019

Mary Maxim 18 Inch Doll Party Dress

This was a fun kit with lots of details I might never have tried if the kit didn't come with everything needed. I do plan on trying the shoes again. I'd like to try them in black as well. For those interested in buying the kit you can find it here.

I picked up this kit last year when I needed a minimum total to get free shipping as I needed some 5" baby dolls.

This kit uses Mary Maxim Baby's Best DK/Sportweight Yarn I plan on picking up more of this yarn for my doll when I can get a shipping coupon. I like the combination of softness that doesn't split while crocheting. While the shipping is expensive, the cost of the yarn is reasonable. I do wish they had a wider choice of colors, although it is nice to see they have non-traditional baby colors like grey. While it would be nice, I get no benefits for discussing Mary Maxim's doll kits. I like to document what I make for my doll donations every year.

I often find I need to rethink crochet directions. One of my favorite things about this pattern is the pattern writer and I seemed to speak the same crochet language so I really didn't need to make any adjustments. I am hoping Mary Maxim brings out other kits by this designer. I'd be a customer for sure. I know I'll be picking up yarn to make this again for next year's donation.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

American Girl Nightgown

This is the second year I've made the American Girl Little Bluebell Nightgown with the free pattern found here. The only pattern I haven't tried from this designer yet is the sweater and I'm hoping to get to that this year. Her patterns are quick to make and I like the look of them when finished.

One of the things I love about this project is it allows me to use up yarn I have on hand. The last two years I've used blue because I had it left over from other projects but this would work up nicely in a variety of shades.

Now for my project notes, I used an H hook for this project. This project works well with heavier worsted weight yarn. I haven't tried it with my lighter worsted yarns to check for gauge. I used snaps to close the opening in the back.

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