I have been participating in the Wine and Dollies videos with other doll collectors and crafters. In this episode, I talk about my bead organization because I’m trying to find room for my sewing machine, and of course, I have a Cherry Beach Sunset Blythe hanging out with me too. I’m a bit of a chatty Cathy in this video, so get a cup of tea or coffee or wine, and come chill with me.
Amazing what you can find when you start organizing your craft clutter! Look who it is! I found this cute little doll. She was a special favorite of mine from childhood. These “Dawn” dolls are tiny fashion dolls that came out during the mid-1970s.
After showing some of the loom knit hats I made for some of my Blythe dolls on Facebook, I had a lot of doll collectors asking for a pattern. I did not actually use what I would consider a pattern. I basically just used a very small loom, and, well, I explain it in more detail in the video below. You don’t need to know how to knit at all (seriously!) to be able to make one of these cute knit loom Blythe doll hats. Oh, and they also fit other dolls like American Girl dolls too!
This has not been test crocheted for accuracy or gauge. Therefore, I recommend you use this as a recipe and adapt as necessary, especially if you use thinner or thicker yarn than suggested, and check the fit on your doll’s head as you go (as hair thickness can also affect fit). I made this to fit a Blythe doll’s head. However, I have heard that American Girl (AG) dolls have about the same size head, so AG collectors may also find this helpful.
I used Morehouse Farm’s sport weight 2-ply in the “raspberry” colorway. Hook sizes and stitches terms are in US (not UK).
You will need the following tools and supplies:
Your choice of sport weight yarn.
Use the G hook first and later switch to the F hook as indicated in the instructions below.
Start by using a sloppy slip knot to attach yarn to your hook See this link for instructions on the sloppy slip knot:
Note: I suggest working through the back loop of single crochet stitches. This will make noticeable lines around and allow you to count your rows as you work more easily. Use the stitch marker to mark the end of the row and move it as you go onto the next row.
Round 1: Sc 6 times in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Round 2: Sc twice in each st. (12)
Round 3: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next st. Repeat from * 5 times. (18)
Round 4: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (24)
Round 5: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (30)
Round 6: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (36)
Round 7: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 5 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (42)
Round 8: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 6 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (48)
Round 9: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 7 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (54)
Round 10: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (60)
Round 11: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 9 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (66)
Round 12: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 10 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (72)
Round 13: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 11 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (78)
Round 14: Switch to F hook and Sc in each st (78)
Round 15: * Sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts. Repeat from * 6 times, Sc in next 6 sts (71)
Round 16: * Sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts. Repeat from * 10 times. Sc in next 2 sts (60)
Round 17: * Sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 8 times. Sc in next 6 sts (55)
Round 18: * Sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 7 times. Sc in next 5 sts (47)
Round 19 – 20: Sc in each st (47)
Round 21: 2 sl sts
Cut yarn leaving at least a 6 inch tail, and use tapestry needle to weave in and trim off excess yarn.
One element of Blythe doll collecting includes creating a persona for each doll. This can be done by customizing the dolls and often also includes assembling outfits and accessories to go along with their characteristics.
I am currently creating with one of my factory Blythe dolls to give her a feeling of being a young girl from Paris who is interested in the arts. When I discovered some dresses and clothes from CCToys, I knew they would work perfectly for her personality.
I’ve joined in on the “Wine and Dollies” trend that many YouTube doll collectors have been doing where they talk about what they are doing as far as crafting and creating with their dolls, their thoughts on doll collecting issues, and so on. I share some dolly mail in this video and also discuss some doll group discussions I’ve seen online where there is some nastiness when it comes to the fake versus stock doll controversy.