Lola The Doll #1: Dola: The Beginning

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This is part 1 in a 5 part series: Lola The Doll

  1. Dola: The Beginning
  2. Dola: The Body
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  1. Finishing Up

I didn't start out wanting to make a doll. My goal was just to dip my toe into sculpting a face for amigurumi creations.

With this in mind, I began by just making a doll head. From past experience, I knew that a basic head is a ball with some increases for the cheeks.

I grabbed some yarn (Camilla 6/4) and a 2.0 mm hook and started to make a head.
(I used the free pattern provided here as my guide.) 

With skin color, working from top of head, down: 
1: Into magic ring 6sc
2: 6 inc = 12
3:  (1sc, 1 inc) * 6 = 18sc

(NOTE: I like to count my stitches using multiplication like this: 1/2 (the increase) 3, 4/5 6, 7/8 9, 10/11 12, 13/14 15, 16/17 18 ... this way, I know when to increase and when I'm at the end of the row)

4: (2sc, 1 inc) * 6 = 24sc
5: (3sc, 1 inc) * 6 = 30sc
6: (4sc, 1 inc) * 6 = 36sc
7: (5sc, 1 inc) * 6 = 42sc
8: (6sc, 1 inc) * 6 = 48sc
9: (7sc, 1 inc) * 6 = 54sc
10: (8sc, 1 inc) * 6 = 60sc
11: (9sc, 1 inc) * 6 = 66sc
12-23 (12 rows) = 66sc
24: (10sc, 1 inc) * 6 = 72sc (cheeks) 
25: (11sc, 1 inc) * 6 = 78sc

NOTE: 
  • between 22 & 23 rows, I placed the  14mm safety eyes
  • I place them with about 11 stitches between them. 
  • I learned (after) that if you remove the eyes before securing them,  you have a place to embroider in the eye lashes. You, then, put the eyes back in and secure. 
  • also add the eyebrows with the same thread 
  • NOSE: I placed the nose on row 24 ( took the yarn across 3 rows and then wrapped the yarn around it, over and over)
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26-29: (4 rows) = 78sc
30:  (11sc, 1dec) * 6 = 72sc
31: (10sc, 1dec) * 6 = 66sc
32: (9sc, 1dec) * 6 = 60sc
33: (8sc, 1dec) * 6 = 54sc
34: (7sc, 1dec) * 6 = 48sc
35: (6sc, 1dec) * 6 = 42sc
36: (5sc, 1dec) * 6 = 36sc
37: (4sc, 1dec) * 6 = 30sc
38: (3sc, 1dec) * 6 = 24sc
39: (2sc, 1dec) * 6 = 18sc

Stuff the head 
Shape/sculpt the cheeks/eyes and then embroider a mouth. 
Stuff more, as needed.

Check out my  learning curve blog re: sculpting the face 

I experimented with a few different sculpting techniques, as the original goal was just to figure out how to make a good looking doll face.

Basically, to scupt the face, I ended up with this: I threaded a strand of yarn from right eye, to left corner of mouth area, to left eye, to right corner of the mouth area and pulled until I was happy with the results.
 
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And this is where I thought the journey would end. But, I have a head. What should I do with it? Take it apart? Leave  floating head sitting on the shelf? 
"Well, Debbie, you've gone this far...." I heard that little voice say and I continued on with making a body.

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit