did you use safety eyes for the joints? If so how did you manage to get the backs on them.
Yes, I used safety eyes. Because the pattern is worked from the top of the head down you make the arms first and put the eye part into the arm so the long part is sticking out. Then you start the head, and when you're a few rows into the neck you put the long part of the eyes through the neck where you want them (keeping in mind that when you stuff it the neck will stretch out a bit so they don't look like they're shrugging) and put the washer on to keep it in place, though not too tight otherwise the arms wont move as freely as you may want them to.