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« on: September 07, 2017 07:47:01 AM »

My toddler is absolutely enthralled with the classic version of Annie. The songs, the dancing...he loves it all.

Naturally, I had to make him an Annie of his own to cuddle. He was thrilled!  Cheesy

I used the Free spirit pattern for the doll and improvised the hair and dress. Doll is wool stuffed with wool; dress, bloomers, and hair are cotton. I did a bit of soft sculpting of the face and needle-felted her eyes and mouth.





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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2017 08:43:11 AM »

She's wonderful! We have borrowed as many versions of Annie as we can get from the library lately, our kids think she is the best. The dress you made is fantastic. What stitches did you use for her hair? It looks great! Clever to needle felt her features, very unique.

I've been working on some doll bodies lately myself, just making it up as I go. So far so good but like this doll (the original and yours) crochet stitches seem to twist so the face does not stay aligned with the body. I haven't minded very much on my dolls and yours looks as sweet as can be so I'm not going to bother trying to correct it. I was just happy to observe and learn something I didn't know about and see it in other people's work too so I'm aware it's a thing I can expect in future. I crocheted a bobble for the first doll's nose that can't be changed and I've given her a bum so she will look dramatically off to the side, ha. I will add the second doll's nose at the end, live and learn, right?
How clever to use a spool to stabilize the head, I was thinking about how to get a dowel in there that wouldn't move around or poke out. I will save empty spools just for this now.
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2017 08:50:32 AM »

she's perfect!  What a lucky lil guy!
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2017 12:03:14 PM »

She's wonderful! We have borrowed as many versions of Annie as we can get from the library lately, our kids think she is the best. The dress you made is fantastic. What stitches did you use for her hair? It looks great! Clever to needle felt her features, very unique.

I've been working on some doll bodies lately myself, just making it up as I go. So far so good but like this doll (the original and yours) crochet stitches seem to twist so the face does not stay aligned with the body. I haven't minded very much on my dolls and yours looks as sweet as can be so I'm not going to bother trying to correct it. I was just happy to observe and learn something I didn't know about and see it in other people's work too so I'm aware it's a thing I can expect in future. I crocheted a bobble for the first doll's nose that can't be changed and I've given her a bum so she will look dramatically off to the side, ha. I will add the second doll's nose at the end, live and learn, right?
How clever to use a spool to stabilize the head, I was thinking about how to get a dowel in there that wouldn't move around or poke out. I will save empty spools just for this now.

Thanks!

Her hair is just a wig cap, and every other stitch or so I attached a chain of 6-9 stitches, then single-crocheted back towards the cap...all the way around.

I wanted the doll to be soft, no hard parts, because boys tend to whip these things across the room, so no spool in her neck. Being so floppy, her head may seem crooked, but it's just the way she is laying on her curls that make it look that way. (The head and body are made separately in this pattern, so any crookedness would be from sewing it on crooked, not the pattern.)
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2017 12:07:30 PM »

Hmm, that makes sense. Thanks for the clarification. I made mine all one piece. I have seen some dolls where there's a running stitch of another colour added along the way to gauge the natural twist. Being new to crochet I wasn't aware that happened.

The hair is ingenious, I will have to try doing it like that. Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2017 12:33:20 PM »

Oh, how sweet is this? She has a cute Waldorf-type face and that hair is amazing!
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2017 01:54:48 PM »

Great job, especially on her hair--you captured the classic Annie look perfectly!
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2017 03:54:05 PM »

Now if I could just persuade you to make me a Mrs. Hannigan/Carol Burnett doll, life would indeed by good!

Love her!
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2017 07:55:36 AM »

Hmm, that makes sense. Thanks for the clarification. I made mine all one piece. I have seen some dolls where there's a running stitch of another colour added along the way to gauge the natural twist. Being new to crochet I wasn't aware that happened.

The hair is ingenious, I will have to try doing it like that. Thanks!

Working in the round eliminates a seam, but it's like building pottery using the coil method...it's a big spiral. I've seen amigurumi made with a seam, where you join the ends of each round (I'm working on a dragon that's written that way). I got the idea for the hair from doing octopus tentacles - they curled up so nicely, like locks of hair.

Oh, how sweet is this? She has a cute Waldorf-type face and that hair is amazing!

Thank you! I was going for the Waldorf look. Also, in the original comic, Annie was drawn with big, pupil-less circles for eyes. The actress in the movie had blue eyes.

Great job, especially on her hair--you captured the classic Annie look perfectly!

Thank you!

Now if I could just persuade you to make me a Mrs. Hannigan/Carol Burnett doll, life would indeed by good!

Love her!

I'd love to make Ms. Hannigan! The entire cast would be fun to make, they're all such memorable characters. Warbucks, Grace, Punjab, Sandy, Rooster, Room Service...
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2017 09:25:22 AM »

Rooster. Love Tim Curry, he is so fabulous. That would make the best dolly ever.
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