Knitted in the Round 12" Baby Doll - Part 2 - Adding Hair and Face
Part 1 - Knitted in the Round Doll can be found HERE.
Hair, like the face itself, is how you personalize the doll. I chose to use a thick, natural organic yarn, but pick yarns and colors that suit your fancy. Also, I chose a very simple face, with little crescents suggesting eyes and mouth, but if you prefer a more detailed face, or chose to add no facial features at all, it as all a matter of choice. No matter how you decide to personalize your doll, here are the general instructions for adding the hair and facial features.
yarn - you can make it all one color or any combination. You can use a chunky yarn like I did (Lion's Organic Cotton) or use 2 strands of a thinner yarn.
embroidery floss or pearl cotton - in colors of choice
crochet hook to match yarn
ADDING THE HAIR:
Begin by marking the airline of your doll with a disappearing marker.
Cut yarns in desired length. I cut the yarn 4" for the golden haired doll and 6" for the rust/green haired doll. My next doll will have long hair and I think I will cut the yarns 20" long!
Beginning at a neck edge, from the back of the head to the front, slide your crochet hook under 2 strands of yarn. Fold a piece of yarn in half and place the fold/loop on the hook.
Pull the loop through the 2 strands of yarn. Use your crochet hook to grab the 2 loose ends of the yarn and pull them through the loop.
Gently pull on the ends until the knot you just created is secure against the doll's scalp.
Continue adding yarn in this manner until the airline is filled in.
Working from the back to the front, begin adding another row of yarn hairs, staggering their placement with the row you previously completed.
When you come to the center where the head is tied together, it is almost impossible to get a crochet hook through. In those spots I used a yarn needle. To do that, fold a piece of yarn in half and thread the loop through a yarn needle. Slide the needle through a couple pieces of yarn.
Pull the needle and loop through. Slide the needle off the loop, then thread the 2 loose ends through the loop and gently pull on the ends until the knot you just created is secure against the doll's scalp. Use this method on the top of the scalp when you cannot get a crochet hook through.
Continue adding the individual hairs... and boy are there a lot of hairs to add... until you have the head filled in completely to the back hairline, right above the neck. DON'T scrimp on hair. The denser the hair, the more "realistic" it will look. You should not see "bald" patches. BTW... it takes me about 3 - 4 hours to do a head of hair.
ADDING THE FACE:
Using the disappearing marker draw on the doll's facial features.
Using 6 strands of floss or pearl cotton, back stitch the mouth. Then using the back of the needle, start at one end of the mouth and begin sliding the needle under the back stitching, "wrapping" the mouth. (You will probably need to wrap it 10 - 12 times to cover the complete length.) This should accentuate the mouth and give a smooth appearance. Do the same for each eye.
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