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Many of our customers tell us that they are afraid to "tackle" our "Unicorn" or "Baby Beau" Collector Patterns, because they have only previously made simple crochet toys and soft-sculpture dolls which look like "tube sock" construction.  Others tell us that they don't think they have the ability to follow our "Candice" or "Todd" Play Doll Patterns because they have only made afghans or crocheted clothing and this "looks" much harder.   


A Pattern will be printed on our site, for you to test your ability to follow the "How to read a YarnArts Pattern" - directions, listed under the "How to" button.  It will also give a test pattern for customers who haven't tried  soft-sculpture crochet or followed a crochet toy pattern before.  We'd like to entice you to try this terrific hobbie.  If you already follow crochet afghans or clothing patterns, we think you'll be surprised at how much soft-sculture craft ability you probably already have. 

The current pattern we are preparing for this page, is the "dollie" which our "Candice" doll is dragging.   Our Candice doll is made with the same stitches as her dollie, but the "Dollie" is a complete pattern all by itself and a great doll for younger children or a baby's room decoration.  


Candice's Dollie - Free Crochet Pattern

(Although this pattern is openly printed on our website, it is still a Published Rights Protected Pattern & not to be reproduced in part or whole, without written permission of the author)

Free - & dollie (from Candice & dollie pattern)

by Crochet Artist Kathleen Early

Special Note: The amount of yarn and the size of the finished item may vary due to differing tensions used by the individual crocheter. To obtain the best results, do not overstuff. Overstuffing will stretch your stitches, distort the proportions and eliminate many of the fine details, which are crocheted into the design. Use the cover sheet as a guide for assembling and stuffing. These patterns are crocheted in rounds. Mark the beginning of rounds and do not turn unless told to do so. When stitches are listed between parentheses, repeat these stitches, the number of times, given following the parenthesis. Ex: (2 sc in 3, hdc) 2 times. Means place 2 sc in each of the next 3 stitches, hdc in the next stitch, 2 sc in the next 3 stitches, then hdc in the next stitch. We have eliminated the extra wording to shorten the length of our patterns and all YarnArts patterns are written in this format The number of stitches in the completed round is listed in brackets at the end of the round.

Abbreviations: Rnd - Round, Sc - single crochet, hdc - half double crochet, dc - double crochet, trc - triple crochet, ch - chain, sl st - slip stitch, inc’ing - increasing, tog - together, sts - stitches, dec’ing - decreasing, BLO - back loop only, FLO - front loop only, lp - loop, lps - loops, yo - yarn over hook, pc - popcorn stitch (direction for stitch given).

Note: The majority of this pattern is worked in rounds. Do not count joining stitch in round and do not turn unless told to do so. A decrease (dec) is made by working a st over the next 2 sts. Example: sc 2 tog in a rnd of sc’s, or hdc 2 tog in a rnd of hdc’s, are decreases.

Materials: G-hook, H-hook; 4 ply yarn in the following amounts and colors: 1 oz. blue (for dollie), scrap amount of dark brown for eyes, dollie’s shoes and hair, small amounts of off-white yarn (for dollie flesh color)or flesh colored yarn; red crayon (for blushing); yarn needle; small amount of stuffing.

Dollie: With off-white or flesh colored yarn and G-hook ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hk.  [5] Mark for end of rnds.    

Rnd 2: (2 sc) around. [10]

Rnd 3: (sc, 2 sc) around. [15]

Rnd 4: (sc in 2, 2 sc) around. [20]

Rnd 5-7: (sc) around. [20]

Rnd 8: (sc in 2, sc 2 tog) around. Stuff.

Rnd 9: (sc, sc 2 tog) around.Rnd 10: (sc, sc 2 tog) around, sc. End off flesh yarn and tie on blue yarn.

Rnd 11: (sc) around.

Rnd 12: (sc, 2 sc) around.

Rnd 13-17: (sc) around. Stuff.

Rnd 18: In Back Loop Only -BLO (sc 2 tog) around until closed, cut yarn.

Arms: (make 2) With flesh yarn ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hk.

Rnd 2-4: (sc) around. End off flesh yarn and tie on blue yarn.

Rnd 5-9: (sc) around. Stuff.

Rnd 10: Fold flat, sc thru both layers across and end off.

Legs: (Make 2) With brown yarn ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hk.

Rnd 2-4: (sc) around. End off brown yarn and tie on flesh yarn. 

Rnd 5-17: (sc) around. Stuff.

Rnd 18: Fold flat and sc across the end, end off. Fold foot up and st fold in place with matching yarn on yarn needle. This will create the heel of the foot. With blue yarn on yarn needle, stitch on arms and legs. The legs will overlap in the center.

Features & Hair: Using a satin embroidery stitch and brown yarn, embroider brown eyes- this should take only a couple of whipped stitches. With brown yarn on yarn needle, Turkey stitch hair around face and cover the head. (How to embroider a Turkey Stitch: take one tight normal stitch with yarn needle, then loop yarn around your finger and take another tight normal stitch. These two stitches make up the Turkey stitch) Alternating these two stitches will make the hair. Make a short line with red crayon for nose and one for the mouth. Remember this pattern makes a doll's dollie and should not be detailed like the little Candice girl doll which holds it.

Hat: With H-hook and blue yarn ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hk.

Rnd 2: (2 sc) around.

Rnd 3: (sc, 2 sc) around ch 2.

Rnd 4: In BLO, hdc in 14, ch 2, turn.

Rnd 5-6: hdc in 14, ch 2, turn.

Rnd 7: (2 hdc) across (brim), end off. Ch 20, sc around neck stitches of hat, ch 20, end off. Knot ends of crocheted chain for ties. Tie hat on dollie.

Skirt: Join blue yarn in left-over loop on blue bottom of doll for skirt.

Rnd 1: (2 sc) around.

Rnd 2: (2 hdc) around, end off. 

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