Alisha here with a quick pattern to create some super curly locks for any doll! In this example, I will be using the fairy doll that I created, for that pattern you can find the first part here. The last part will be on the blog this Friday so be sure to check it out!
Although this pattern can be quite time-consuming, especially if you want a LOT of curls I think everyone can agree that the end result is totally worth it and very adorable!
- Crochet hook – I used a size 3.25mm though if you don’t have this size you can use something a bit smaller or larger.
- Yarn – We have a local yarn outlet here that sells yarn straight from the factory, so though some is a brand name I couldn’t tell you what was what anymore. You can choose any colour for this really since she is a fairy. However she told me she was a brunette so I used a dark brown hair colour.
Glossary of Terms
dc (uk trc) = double crochet (uk triple crochet)
st = stitch
rd = round
Patterns are in US, with the UK stitches in brackets.
I started my hair at the bottom of the back of the head just behind what would be the ear of the doll. I then worked my way across the back. So to start you can create a loop through the back of the head stitch.
Then chain 10 stitches. As we go up each round the chains will get longer.
When you get to the end of your chain go back three stitches and then crochet 3 dc (uk trc) in each of the stitches until you get back to the head.
This will create the curl. Feel free to play around by adding more dc (uk trc)’s to each stitch to get the look you want.
Add the next curl about 3-4 stitches away from the last one, and continue to the other side of the head.
While creating your curls, especially near the front of the face you want to be conscious of the hair line that you want to keep. I kept mine fairly high up in the head, but you may want to lower it.
When you get to the last curl of the bottom round you will want to move up to the next row. Depending on how many curls you want will depend on how much space you leave between each row. You can see how much space I left in the picture to the left. You can get a good amount of coverage leaving about a half of an inch between rows.
On the second from the bottom row I did a chain of 15 stitches, and then again go back 3 stitches and then crochet 3 dc (uk trc) in each of the stitches until you get back to the head. Continue the round, leaving 3-4 stitches between the current curl and the start of your next curl. You will find that they will start to fall in between the curls of your bottom row which is why you don’t need to make your rows tight.
You can see this in the picture to the right. Each row will lay between the one below. When you get to the other side of the head continue on the same pattern going up the head and start your next row with a chain of 20 stitches. Then again go back 3 stitches and then crochet 3 dc (uk trc) in each of the stitches until you get back to the head.
You continue this pattern until you get to the top, increasing by 5 stitches for each row you create. If you are following along with my doll and continuing making hair with this pattern for her, I did a total of 6 rows. A breakdown of my rounds are below.
Row 1: Chain 10 – go back 3 stitches – 3 dc (uk trc) in each st until end.
Row 2: Chain 15 – go back 3 stitches – 3 dc (uk trc) in each st until end.
Row 3: Chain 20 – go back 3 stitches – 3 dc (uk trc) in each st until end.
Row 4: Chain 25 – go back 3 stitches – 3 dc (uk trc) in each st until end.
Row 5: Chain 30 – go back 3 stitches – 3 dc (uk trc) in each st until end.
Row 6: Chain 35 – go back 3 stitches – 3 dc (uk trc) in each st until end.
The 6th row I created by going into the small circle at the very top of the head, this is what gives the front of the hair a bit of style. Once you have created all of your curls you will want to take a minute and tame this wild beast! The hair will be pretty unruly if yours is anything like mine, but you can style it a bit and the end result is just adorable!