It’s finished! I can’t believe that I’ve finished my first Crochet Along project! It’s been a lot of work, and I had to fit it in with all the crazy stuff we have to do during the Christmas holidays. I did make a couple of mistakes. However, the more I did, I feel like I made fewer mistakes and got better at keeping my tension under control. I love the end results, and I’ll probably make more clothes for this doll over time.
The week before Christmas is always so busy! It seems like I’ve just gotten up and it’s already time to sleep. I had only a little time to myself. However, by working a few minutes here and a few there, I managed to finsh the scarf for the MCAL. I chose the deep red color as a contrast to all the blue and white in this set so far.
I finished the hat from the 4th set of patterns! This hat uses Front Post Double Crochet, Bean and Twisted Single Crochet stitches to create rich texture for the hat. While these stitches have already been used on other parts in this project, they all come together in the hat. I am now feeling much more confident about doing these and I’m sure I’ll be using them for other projects.
This pattern is fairly easy. It is a repetitive pattern, so once you understand how it works, it moves along fairly quickly. Here, you see the top part, skirt and button bands are completed. All I have left to do is to sew on the buttons and crochet the sleeves! #weebeeappreciationsociety #weebee #weebeedoll #crochetmakealong
We got the new pattern for the next week of the Crochet Along! This one is for a coat that goes over the cozy outfit! The coat is theoretically made from a lighter blue color. When I purchased my yarn, that color was out of stock. However, I did find this varigated yarn that seemed to cover the entire range of blues that were to be used for this pattern.
As you can see, once I got past the difficulty of learning a new stitch, I was able to move on and complete the top of the ensemble. I think it’s pretty cute, and I would make this again in another color way. The pants are simple enough, and they could be made in many different colors to go with all different tops. #weebeeappreciationsociety #weebee #weebeedoll #crochetmakealong
If you recall from yesterday’s post, I was having problems with the various new things that are in this pattern. The top is adorable, but it uses stitches and techniques that I’ve never done before. I had so many problems that I asked for help in our Facebook group! But I got a great suggestion from one person, which was to watch a video about the “waffle stitch” on YouTube.
As you can see, I didn’t get very far from the previous day. I had a lot of difficulty with how to do the first row where you are supposed to crochet around a post. Somehow, I’ve ended up with twice as many stitches than I should have. I really don’t understand this. I will have to post in the Crochet Along Facebook Group and ask for some help.
I got alot done! I finished the pants, and now I’m working on the top to the cozy winter set. These design rows have turned out to be a little bit of a challenge. I have frogged them out several times, because what I didn’t just didn’t look like the photo of the finished top. I think I finally have it now. #weebeeappreciationsociety #weebee #weebeedoll #crochetmakealong
The next section of patterns is a cute sweater and pants, in medium blue and white, for our doll! I didn’t get very far, because we were very busy. But I did get most of the top part of the pants done! This part fits nicely around the doll. #weebeeappreciationsociety #weebee #weebeedoll #crochetmakealong
I did it! I finished all of the patterns for the first week of the MCAL! I finished the wig yesterday. I haven’t sewn it to the head of the doll. I’m not sure I’m going to do that, since the way it is now allows me to change her hair any time I wish. The “space buns” were pretty easy to make, and easy to sew to the wig.
I accomplished a lot over one day! The doll base is finished. Although this is a varigated yarn, I think it’s not a bad choice for a doll body! Her little nose is in place, and her cheeks have a nice blush. And I love the way these blue, blue eyes came out! I don’t often make this color eyes, but I love the color for this project! I made a few mistakes that I didn’t see until it was too late to fix them, but over all, it came out cute!
The head is half done! Now that I am working in a spiral manner, I am making good progress on the doll. I think I will be able to finish the body before it’s time for the next set of patterns for this project! This doll has a pretty big head. It reminds me of the “pumpkin head” dolls that were popular many years ago. #weebeeappreciationsociety #weebee #weebeedoll #crochetmakealong
I made a lot of progress on Monday. Now, the arms are attached and the body portion is finished. I did make a couple of mistakes, mostly in doing a stitch or two properly. I didn’t see them until after the arms were attached, and I decided to leave them, since the doll will be dressed at the end. Now to see if I can get the head done properly!
Sundays are much like Saturdays. Anything that isn’t done on the first day of the weekend has to be done on the second! I did make some progress. I finished the legs and began the process of joining them and starting the body. I actually got further than it shows here, but first, I did single stitches instead of half-double stitches, so I had to frog* back. Then I kept getting the count wrong… and had to frog back some more!
As you can see above, I didn’t get all that far on Saturday. In our household, Saturday is “chore” day. We often have a lot of errands to run. I try to get the menu planned for the upcoming week. And if I am lucky, we do the grocery shopping. It’s also the main day to go to the other side of town, if necessary. Arts and crafts are at the bottom of the list, and often get bypassed.
One of the things I’m doing to get “back to normal” is to continue learning to crochet. To make sure I have accountability and continued motivation, I’m participating in a “make along”. This is where a group of people work on a project together, with specific goals over a space of time. In my case, I decide to do a Weebee Doll month-long project. At the end of the project, I will have a sitting, Weebee Doll with a complete winter outfit.