Sunday, April 17, 2016

Elsa - The Ice Queen Crochet Doll

Elsa - The Ice Queen Crochet Doll - AnnaVirginia FashionMy daughter asked for a crocheted Elsa just around her fifth birthday.  I had a newborn and Christmas was coming so things just didn't work out.  But suddenly earlier this year all my kids wanted a Unicorn (I'll be posting more about that project asap!).  I told her I could do the Elsa OR the Unicorn for now, and she picked Elsa.  She waited patiently while I finished the Unicorn orders and then I started on Elsa!

I free-handed this amigurumi doll, but used ideas from some crocheted dolls I'd seen online.  I started with the head and finished at the neck.  She was bald until the very end and looked like an alien!  Then I went on to the bodice.  It was really fun to see that form so nicely!  After it was finished I attached the head/neck to the bodice.  Next I made a pair of legs, attached them, and crocheted the skirt right onto the bodice around the legs.  That wasn't the easiest way to do it, but it is seamless and that looks nice!

After that I made a pair of arms, which turned out pretty skinny, but good enough.  My daughter liked the idea of a "flounce" at the cuff, so we went with that.  Then I attached the cape right to her back and crocheted it that way (which was slightly easier that doing the skirt that way but not much, lol). Yay for not having to sew it on afterword, though!
Elsa - The Ice Queen Crochet Doll - AnnaVirginia Fashion

When I was attaching the head to the bodice I really tried to make her neck stuffed full enough to be strong enough to hold a "yarn full of hair... Hair full of yarn" (I'm thinking of Buzz Lightyear and Jessie there...).  Anyway, I tried to really stuff her head but once I started attached strands of hair, her head began to fall over. Oh well.  The hair is attached in single strands using lark's knots.  I made it thick enough at the top to not show her "scalp, but did it a little more sparse around the rest.  It is still a LOT of yarn.

Anyway, in case you didn't gather this from above, she has full length legs under that dress, but it's not a big deal since the skirt is fully attached and not removable.  The cape is also fully attached and not removable.  I should probably block the skirt and cape, but I don't think my daughter will let me pin the doll to the floor for a couple days to dry out!
Elsa - The Ice Queen Crochet Doll - AnnaVirginia Fashion

My daughter chose what her eyes would be by looking at some other crocheted Elsa dolls and telling me which ones she liked best.  She also chose the mouth style (she drew a picture for me) and chose which color yarn we would use.

I'm in the process of teaching her how to crochet, so she can start designing her own things!  But she loves how the doll turned out and it has earned a place on her bed.
Elsa - The Ice Queen Crochet Doll - AnnaVirginia Fashion
I took notes on what I did so that I can re-create this pattern to make an Anna doll from the Frozen movie (I do have a younger daughter, so that may become a necessity at some point!).  I can eventually type up the pattern, but I don't know how soon that will happen!

1 comment:

  1. So beautiful! My daughter is going to be jealous. ;)

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