If you know how to do any basic crochet stitch, have a spare 20 minutes and some yarn, you can make your dolls a quick last minute gift they will love!
A few weeks ago I made Natalie a pair of fingerless gloves – they keep her hands warm but she can still use her fingers to do the “important” things, like text, tie her shoes, and pick up her papers. Of course I had to make a set for the dolls – especially once I figured out how easy it was. For the dolls, I didn’t use a specific pattern – I kind of made it up on my own – but thought I could at least share it with you.
- Yarn – any weight or color will do. I used the Pink Shimmer yarn from Red Heart that is easy to find at Joann or most other craft stores that is relatively inexpensive and easy to work with.
- Crochet hook – use the size your yarn recommends. I used a 5.0mm but I think a 4.0mm would have been better.
- Optional – buttons or other embellishments
Step 1 – Crochet a chain long enough to go around your doll’s wrist with ease. I found that 15 was a good number for the American Girl dolls.
Step 2 – Join your chain with a slip stitch through the first chain – be careful not to let the chain twist as you join them.
Step 3 – Chain one, then double crochet in each of the foundation chains all the way around. Technically, you could do any stitch you want, I just liked the height I got from the double crochet stitch – it contributed to how fast I could make these.
Step 4 – When you get back to the beginning, join that row with a slip stitch through the first chain from the first round.
Step 5 – Chain 3. Then double crochet into each of the previous round’s stitches.
Step 6 – Join with a slip stitch through the 3rd chain of the previous round’s first set of stitches.
Step 7 – Chain 1. Single crochet through all the previous row’s stitches.
Step 8 – Join with a slip stitch and then secure the end by tie-ing off and weaving in your loose end.
Step 9 – Use a large eye needle and scrap yarn to attach buttons or other embellishments if you wish.
Paisley just LOVES her new fingerless gloves!
In case you are wondering – the thumb hole is the space in the second round where you started with a 3 chain. It will make a big enough gap for the doll’s thumb to slip into.
Things I would do differently next time – I need to use a 4.0mm hook and possibly decrease the number of stitches in round 3 and 4 for a slightly more snug fit on the palm.
This is the set I made for Natalie and Alex. The pattern for the human sized version is at Creative Yarn – Openwork Crocheted Handwarmers. I think I could use the same open work pattern on the doll sized version if I use a thinner yarn and a smaller hook – to get the scale.
Anyhow, you can really use what ever stitch you know how to do and can get as creative as you wish, but the doll sized version literally take minutes to make and are such a fun and trendy little accessories for your dolls.
- Find patterns galore at RedHeart.com, Ravelry.com, PixieFaire.com and CraftPassion.com.
- Take an online class in crochet, knit and other craft techniques at Craftsy.com.
- My favorite book for learning to crochet is Crochet: Learn to Crochet Six Great Projects (Klutz).
PS – Thanks to Coats and Clark for providing me with the Pink Shimmer yarn 😉