For many years I focused on making animal toys and pop art characters. For no particular reason, I just liked this type more. Few months ago, however, I was encouraged and inspired by my nieces to try to make a crochet doll. It took me a while to conceptually figure her out but here she is, Poppy with her Puppy.
Poppy is a happy girl, dressed in a navy-blue hooded jumpsuit, cute yellow socks and brown boots. Pieces of clothing are done separately so you can have fun with dressing her up!
Poppy is accompanied with a silly inquisitive puppy. He’s a bit naughty so she has him on a lead.
In this post I will firstly explain supplies used. Then I will go over the crochet doll pattern components.
Crochet Doll Pattern overview
For the first time I used Scheepjes Catona for my project. I made Poppy’s body and head (including face details but excluding hair), as well as Puppy using Catona.
At first I was a bit skeptical about it, as I previously worked with Cahlista on amigurumi Eeyore crochet pattern and I experienced a bit of frustration with it, so I was afraid that it may be same here.
I decided to use it because of the color palette and the fact that 404 “English tea” beautifully resembles natural skin tone. And I must say I really loved it.
Catona is smooth and easy to work with. Unlike Cahlista it doesn’t split or spread. Overall effect looks really stunning and very natural, which is extremely important when making a humanoid doll.
I used following colors:
- 106 „Snow white” – 1 skein
- 404 „English tea” – 2 skeins
- 110 „Jet black” – few meters
- 157 „Root beer” – 0.3 skein
For Poppy’s clothing and hair I used Drops Cotton Merino. This is by far one of my favorite yarns and so I use it wherever I can 🙂 The only challenge with it is the color palette available – on many occasions they wouldn’t have the shade I need (which also makes sense as wool yarns would typically be available in toned colors).
If you cannot (or do not want to) use Catona, then you can try to find a replacement. Based on my experience I would recommend using Schachenmayr Catania, Camilla Cotton, Patons Grace or Alize Bahar. As for Drops Cotton Merino, you may use Cascade Yarns Anchor Bay or KPC Yarn Glencoul.
If you need a hand with choosing alternatives then you may find my blog post on yarn weights useful.
- Crochet hook: 3mm (US D-3) & 2mm (US-B-1)
- Stitch markers,
- Toy stuffing, (Note: if you wish to explore some more options then have a look at my Stuffing for Toys blog post),
- Tapestry needle,
- Sewing needle
- Soft toy shaping wire
- Row counter
- 3 red buttons 15mm (0.6 inch) diameter
- Navy-blue hair band
- Optionally – brown cheek blush
Want to spice up your toy? Add remarkable amigurumi accessories to make your plushie stand out!
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Few Crochet Doll Pattern notes
- 33 cm (~ 13 inches) tall
- 15 cm (~ 6 inches) wide
- 10 cm (~ 4 inches) deep
- 15 cm (~ 6 inches) tall
- 7 cm (~ 3 inches) wide
- 10 cm (~ 4 inches) deep
(using Scheepjes Catona & 3mm hook)
21 sts/25 rows = 10cm/4 inches square in single crochet
Crochet Doll Pattern Overview
The pattern document is a 32 pages long, easy to read PDF. It includes over 40 images guiding through the instructions. It’s written in English and contains all necessary information regarding supplies needed (including yarn quantities), abbreviations and gauge.
Complexity level of this pattern is Intermediate. Skills required include magic ring, single crochet, half double crochet, chain, increase and decrease.
The pattern content consists of 3 parts:
- Poppy’s body – here I provide instructions for making doll’s head, adding hair, making face details, as well as crocheting full body. Note that the only sewing point when assembling the body is attaching head to the rest. Arms and Legs are made separately but work into the trunk so there is no need to sew it
- Poppy’s clothes – instructions include pattern for hooded jumpsuit, socks and boots.
- Puppy – recipe for the little dog, it’s collar and the lead. Both forelegs and hind-legs are worked into the body so there is no need to sew them.
Of course, if at any stage you have any questions or need a hand, I would be more than happy to jump in and help. Just shoot me a note or leave a comment below. Have fun with creating! Check out my other Amigurumi Patterns.
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