How to Crochet an Easy Doll – Amigurumi Advent Calendar CAL Week 3

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It is Week 3 of our Amigurumi Advent Calender Crochet Along (CAL) and we are continuing to learn how to crochet an easy doll using my free crochet doll pattern for Advent Amy! The written pattern and a video tutorial for this part of the project and are available.

This week, we will be crocheting the arms for our doll, adding a nose and learning how to embroider eyelashes on our dolls. We will also be making our advent calendars so that we have a place to store all of our clothes and accessories that we will be making for our dolls over the coming weeks.

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Missed Week 1 and 2 of the CAL? No problem! You can start any time.

Check out the Amigurumi Advent Calender Crochet Along post to learn more about how the crochet along works, find the pattern release schedule and how you can join in and crochet along with us!

Where Can I Get a Printable Copy of this Easy Crochet Doll Pattern?

  • You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern with all three parts of the doll together in one convenient file in my Ravelry and Etsy shops OR

  • Buy the Amigurumi Advent Calendar CAL Bundle in my Ravelry or Etsy shops and get this pattern and all the CAL patterns sent to you when they are released. Pattern updates will be emailed to Etsy buyers and updated in your Ravelry library for Ravelry users.
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This week we are going to be learning how to embroider eyelashes on our amigurumi dolls, crocheting the arms for our dolls and how to add blush to our dolls. After we have completed our dolls, we’ll move on to learning how to create our DIY advent calendars.

How to Gift Your DIY Amigurumi Advent Calendar

When I was developing this idea, I gave a lot of thought to how we would gift this project to someone. I’ll share with you my plan and of course, you can gift it however you would like, but I hope that this will give you a good starting place.

On December 1st, present your intended receipient with you completed doll and the completed (and filled) DIY advent calendar. My plan is to gift the doll without any clothes on and have my daughter discover outfit pieces to use with her doll as she opens her advent calendar. Because I’m doing it this way, I plan to have an outfit piece in each of the first three boxes of the advent calendar.

Should you wish to present your doll already clothed, then you’ll have to make an extra outfits from the outfit patterns we’ll be working on in the coming weeks in order make sure you still have enough to fill the box.

I deliberately planned to have us create our advent calendars this week so that we have a place to store our outfit and accessory pieces as we complete them. As you complete the pieces, place them in your desired box number. I put mine in the box in the order that we are making them.

Important Note About The Supply List for this Doll Pattern:

The supply list shown for this pattern shows the materials needed Weeks 1 – 8 of the Amigurumi Advent Calendar Crochet Along. Not all materials will be used this week. A new/updated material list will be posted starting Week 9.

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Disclaimer:

Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

Skill Level:

  • Easy

Terminology:

  • U.S. Terminology

Supplies:

Abbreviations:

Special Techniques and Stitches:

  • Invisible Finish/Join: FO leaving a long tail. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle.  Place the tapestry needle through the top of the 2nd ST from front to back and pull through.  Place tip of needle into top of the last ST of the round, under the back loop of the stitch, and pull through to the back of the work.  Weave in the end. Learn how to do this with my invisible finish/join tutorial.

  • Picot Single Crochet (PSC): Insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over hook and pull through stitch.  Yarn over and pull through one loop on the hook three times.  Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. Learn how to do this with my Picot Single Crochet Tutorial.

Finished Size:

  • Doll is approximately 10.5” tall


Gauge:

  • Clothing: 4 sts across x 6 rows = 1” square

  • Doll: Rounds 1 – 4 of the Leg = 1.5” across at widest point.

Notes:

  • Gauge is important for ensuring that all of the parts of your doll fit appropriately.  If you don’t plan to match gauge, ensure that you maintain a consistent tension throughout your project. 

  • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.

  • For a cleaner SCDEC, do your SCDEC under the front loops only of each st rather than under both loops.  This is often referred to as an invisible decrease.  Learn how to do this invisible decrease tutorial.

  • In Round 1 of the Body of the doll only, the CH 1 is counted as a st and should be worked into in Round 2 of the body.

You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern with all three parts of the doll together + 1 outfit in one convenient file in my Ravelry and Etsy shops
OR
buy the Amigurumi Advent Calendar CAL Bundle in my Ravelry or Etsy shops and get this pattern and all the CAL patterns sent to you when they are released.

Easy Crochet Doll Tutorial Week 3: Step-by-Step Video Instructions.

Arms (Make Two)

Round 1: Using Colour A, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)


Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)


Rounds 3 – 20: SC around (12) – Add stuffing to the arms as you go.

FO leaving a long tail.  Whip stitch the opening of the arm closed and sew onto the body of the doll, 1 round below the narrowest part of the neck.

Nose


Take a length of Colour A and embroider a nose in Round 30 across 4 stitches.  Sew over the stitches multiple times until the nose sticks out from the face slightly.  FO and weave in end.


Adding Eyelashes

  1. Using the black embroidery thread held double, insert needle through back or side of head and out through the stitch directly next to the inside-center of each eye. 
step 1 of adding eyelashes to amigurumi


2. Bring embroidery thread along the top of the safety eye and insert the needle into the stitch directly next to the outside-center of the eye. 

step 2of adding eyelashes to amigurumi

3. Bring needle out of the stitch directly to the right of the stitch you just came out of (Left for the left eye) and insert back in through the previous stitch. 

step 3 of adding eyelashes to amigurumi, part of this how to crochet an easy doll tutorial

4. Bring needle out of the stitch that is one stitch above and slightly to the right (for the first eyelash on the right side and to the left for the left eyelash).

step 4 of adding eyelashes to amigurumi

5. Repeat with the other eye. FO.

finished eyelashes on an amigurumi doll

Cheeks (Optional)

If you’d like to give your doll rosy cheeks, use blush in your preferred shade and a make-up brush to apply blush to the face. (see a demo on the video tutorial)

How to Create a DIY Advent Calendar for Amigurumi

Now that our dolls are completed, we are going to work on creating out diy advent calendar. You’ll need 24 boxes that measure at least 2.7” square to create the advent calendar(I got these advent calendar boxes on Amazon) a hot glue gun, hot glue gun sticks and any additional items to decorate your advent calendar you may wish to use.

Check out my video on how I make my DIY advent calendar:

Decide on a configuration for how you would like to place your boxes. I placed mine in stacked on top of eachother, with the boxes opening outward because I felt it was the sturdiest way to put them together. I did 4 rows of 5 boxes and 1 row at the top of 4 boxes.

finished diy advent calendar held in a woman's hands

Once you have your configuration decided, use your hot glue gun to glue the boxes together. Once done, use the stickers provided in the box kit (or us number stickers, a marker, etc) to mark the numbers 1 – 24 on the boxes. They don’t have to be in any particular order, just as long as all the boxes have their own unique number from 1 – 24.

At this point, you are done your advent calendar but should you choose, you can decorate the box further to make it more fun for the child you intend to give it to. Some fun additions to the boxes are ribbon, stickers, glitter, puffy paint and more. Your imagination is the limit!

Ready for Week 4? The easy crochet doll shirt tutorial for Week 4 is now ready.

I hope that you enjoyed this how to crochet an easy doll tutorial. I’d love to see your progress you’ve made on your dolls!  Share your projects with me on social media by tagging me @theloopylamb or using #theloopylambCAL in your posts. You can also join The Loopy Lamb Crochet Community on Facebook and share your projects there, chat with other participants and see their work as well. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. 

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