It was my nieces birthday today. For Christmas I gave 6 of my little nieces a doll I had crocheted from this fantastic book called My Crochet Doll by Isabelle Kessdjian. The dolls are just so adorable and practically everything is made using double crochet (single crochet US). The terms are in English but as it is mainly all dc (sc) this shouldn’t be too much of a problem for those using US terms.
I did adapt a couple of the patterns to make a skirt and a short sleeved version of the sweater. If anyone would like the pattern alterations let me know and I will be happy to try to write them out. Here are some of the Christmas dolls.
My niece takes her to bed with her so I adapted a pattern for a nightdress to match her. I then crocheted a little sleeping bag (it ended up being a bit of a tight squeeze as I didn’t have a doll to measure). I lined the bag with some velvety fabric and put a little zip in. I had limited time so I used a large hook and three different colours of dk at the same time. It is certainly colourful!
I thought perhaps the doll might want a teddy to cuddle in bed. There is a pattern in the book but I decided to attempt to make my own pattern for a Bunny. I have called him Benjy and I am quite pleased with the end result. (the photo is a bit dark as I took it in the evening.)
She was really please with it and dressed her dolly up straight away and put her in the crib her parents had given her.
I don’t think I need to make any more gifts this month so hopefully I can focus on my one a month challenge for February.
The pattern for Benjy Bunny is below if anyone would like to use it. This is my first so sorry if there are any mistakes or I haven’t explained very well!!
Happy Crafting! x
Benjy Bunny Crochet Pattern
This pattern uses English crochet terms. Crochet terms
dc = double crochet
Materials needed fdc = foundation double crochet
A small amount of yarn in two colours or shades ch = chain
3mm Crochet hook sl st = slip stitch
Stitch marker dc 2tog = double crochet two together
The head, body, tummy pad and tail are worked in a spiral so you will need a stitch marker or a piece of contrasting yarn to mark the starting stitch at the beginning of each row.
For a magic ring I make a very loose reversed slip knot (so it slides on the short thread) and work into that.
Make a magic ring and then work 1 ch, 9 dc into ring, tighten ring. (9 dc)
Round 1 * 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat this pattern to the end of the round. (12 dc)
Rounds 2 – 4 1 dc in each dc round. (12dc)
Round 5 *1 dc in next dc, dc 2tog* repeat this pattern to the end of the round. (9dc)
Rounds 6 + 7 1 dc in each dc round (9dc)
Now stuff the body. (I used the end of a larger crochet hook to push the stuffing in)
Round 8 dc 2tog , repeat to the end of the round. Sl st into next dc and fasten off leaving a long enough tail to
attach head to the body.
Make a magic ring, 1ch and 10dc into magic ring, tighten (10dc)
Round 1 * 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat this pattern to the end of the round (15dc)
Round 2 * 1 dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next dc,* repeat this pattern to the end of the round. (20 dc)
Rounds 3 – 6 1 dc in each dc round (20 dc)
Round 7 *1 dc in next 3 dc then dc 2 tog* repeat this pattern to the end of the round. (16 dc)
Rounds 8 + 9 1 dc in each dc (16 dc) Stuff.
Round 10 * 1 dc in next 2 dc, dc 2 tog* repeat this pattern to the end of the round. (12 dc)
Round 11 1 dc in each dc (12 dc) add more stuffing if necessary.
Round 12 dc 2 tog until the hole is small enough to sl st tog and fasten off.
Paws (make 4)
Row 1 4 fdc, turn. (4fdc) (alternatively – 5 ch, 1 dc in second ch from hook, 1 dc in remaining 3 dc, turn)
Row 2 1 ch, dc in first dc, 1 dc in following 3 dc (4 dc)
Fold in half lengthwise and sl st tog, fasten off leaving a tail long enough to attach paw to the body.
Ears (make 2)
Row 1 6 fdc, 3 ch, turn. (6dc,3ch)
(alternatively – 7 ch, dc in second ch from hook and remaining 5 dc. (6 dc) 3 ch, turn )
Row 2 1 dc in 2nd and 3rd chains from hook, 1 dc in each of the dc of the foundation row. (8 dc)
Fasten off leaving a long enough tail to attach to the head
Inner Ear. Using the contrast colour work …
Row 1 4 fdc, then 1 dc where you would have made the next fdc. (5dc) Sl st and fasten off leaving a long enough
tail to attach to the outer ear.
(alternatively – 5 ch, 1 dc in second ch from hook, 1 dc in next two dc, 2 dc in last dc, sl st and fasten
off leaving a long enough tail to attach to the outer ear)
Sew the inner ear onto the outer ear.
Tummy Pad Using the contrast colour …
Make a magic ring and then work 1 ch, 9 dc into the ring.
Round 1 2 dc in each dc (18 dc)
Round 2 *1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc.* repeat this pattern to the end of the round.
Round 3 *1 dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next dc.* repeat this pattern to the end of the round, sl st into next dc
and fasten off leaving a long enough tail to attach pad to the body.
Tail Using contrast colour…
Make a magic ring and then work 9 dc into ring.
Round 1 2 dc in each dc (18 dc) sl st to next dc and fasten off leaving a long tail. Fasten off the centre but
don’t trim, use this end to stuff the tail. With the long outer end make a running stitch around the
edge of the circle and pull up tight, sl st tog.
All that is left now is to assemble your Bunny.