Thursday, May 28, 2015

Drops of Sunshine Dangle Earrings - Easy DIY

I have been sitting on this post for awhile. This is the third Thursday - Yikes! But I have been unable to decide on a name, finally I think these shall be the "Drops of Sunshine" Dangle Earrings. Thanks to my boyfriend, Chad, for the name. He's so supportive of my craft!

Materials I Used:
     - 2 10mm Gold Accented Charms of the Jewelry Basics Teardrop Accent Set Brown by Cousin (JoAnn's)
     - 6 (3 each) 6mm Round Gold Beads by Darice
     - 4 (2 each) 2" Silver Plated Eyepins by Darice
     - 2 (1 each) 2" Silver Plated Headpins by Darice
     - 2 (1 each) 20mm Surgical Steel Earring Wires (AliCsSupplyShop on Etsy)
     - 2 Round Nose Pliers 
     - Wire Cutters (also called Side Cutters)
Material Notes:
     All supplies except the Earring Wires purchased at my local JoAnn's.     
I went back to JoAnn's to purchase some more of the gold accented charms but they were gone - neither of the JoAnn's in my area carry them in store anymore. I've linked to the Cousin site link above.
     The eyepins and headpins are not hypoallergenic, but since these pieces don't come in contact with the skin, it will be fine for anyone with sensitive skin. The surgical steel earrings wires are perfect for anyone with sensitive skin as they are hypoallergenic! If you don't have any allergies, feel free to also use silver plated earring wires too.
     I regularly like to use two pliers in my projects - one in each hand. Normally, I will note that one pair will suffice but for this particular pair, a second pair is needed to work the final step of this pair. This could vary depending on the materials you are using, and whether or not you follow all of my steps.

Time Spent:
     I had this pair of earrings done in about 15 minutes. It took me longer to brainstorm the layout than to assemble the earrings.

Measurements:
     These earrings measure 2.25" in length. If you use the Basic Loop rather than the Wrapped Loop, your earrings will come out a smidgen shorter.

Tutorial Notes:
     I made wrapped loops for my pendants - I have a photo tutorial here, Forming a Wrapped Loop.
You could always just use a Basic Loop, but I like the stability and clean finish of the wrapped loop.

Tutorial:
First things first, settle on the layout. I went through three different layouts before I decided on this one. Originally, I was going to make just one pair of earrings using both components from the Teardrop Accent Set and one wrapped loop charm but then I decided against it.

If you are following along with me, I first created one wrapped loop charm on an eyepin, one half wrapped loop charm on an eyepin, and one wrapped loop charm on a headpin - shown above.
1 - Begin working the wrapped loop, but before you start
wrapping, make sure to string on your charm.

2 - Make sure when you string on your charm that the 
wrapping on the eyepin is going to be facing the direction that you want.
You want the wrapping of each to look consistent.

3 - I held my pliers at the join of the two pieces to stablize it, 
and used my other pair of pliers to work the wrapping.

4 - First dangle completed. The earrings would look nice with just a simple dangle. If you like it like this, just work the wrapped loop on a headpin instead of a eyepin and attach the earring wire to the top of the charm.
1 - Open the bottom loop of the charm you just attached.
Remember to open away from you, and not side to side.

2 - Attach the headpin, and close the loop.

3 - Again, you can stop here. Or you can continue.
1 - Open the bottom loop of the remaining wrapped loop, 
and attach to the top loop of the charm. Close loop.

2 - One thing left to do before attaching the earring wire.
Notice the top loop is not facing the direction we need it to.
If you were to attach your earring wire now, they your earring would be hanging sideways. 
1 - Same photo as the last.

2 - Here you'll need both pairs of pliers.
Turn the pendant 90 degrees to the left, and with one pair of pliers
grab hold of the wrapped loop (shown). 
With the other pair of pliers, grab hold of the top wrapped loop (not shown).

3 - Turn hands inward enough so the top loop has the hole facing you while laying correctly. And now you are ready to attach your earring wire! 
Open the loop of the earring wire, attach to your piece and close.
Make sure when you attach your earring wire that your piece is facing the correct way. It's very easy to attach it backwards. Hehe.
Now you have a beautiful pair of earrings that glisten like the sunshine!

This is one of my favorite ways to make earrings. I have several pairs made similarly. I would love to see your version! Please share on the EyeLoveKnots Facebook page.

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Interested in Purchasing a Ready Made Pair of these Earrings?
     I have one pair of these Drops of Sunshine earrings available, and will be in the EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop shortly. Since the charms are no longer available at my local craft store, I am not sure if I will be able to make more, but feel free to send me a message with your custom request and I will search around for the charms.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Party #38 - String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Sponsored Giveaway

Welcome to the 38th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 21st as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.
This week I shared my Bubble Dress Crochet Pattern Review.
Pattern by Family Bugs.
My boyfriend, Chad, his brother, Lucas, and I drove down to visit their dads side of the family for the Memorial Day weekend. It's just under two hours away from us. Their dad, Kirk, held a little party for everyone. He lives in a beautiful house right on a lake. You can see a glimpse of the lake view in the middle, right photo. 
It was such a gorgeous day out with a nice breeze, and just enough sun to keep us happy. The large tree in the photos provided lots of shade for us.
A flag was hung from the same large tree. The breeze keep it flying free through the day and into the evening.
And the day was filled with yummy food, family, friends, and cornhole. It's a popular game with this family - a game I had never heard of until I started coming around to family functions. There were several games played through the day, but none that I took part is as I am terrible at the game. Hehe.

What did you do to celebrate? Leave me a comment below - I'd love to know!


Most Clicked:
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom: 

Knit Scarf from Solines Verden. This is such a sweet little fashion scarf. And quick to work up! There is a free pattern attached from Drops. It could easily be made longer if you wanted to continue the pattern.

Sweet Baby Doll Stuffie from Posh Pooch Designs. This Sweet Baby Doll Stuffie is so cute! It was designed as a gift for a little girl who is getting a new sibling soon. It's a great idea to practice cuddling and holding baby with. And besides that - a great little stuffie for any little girl! I know I had a large amount of baby dolls that I played with as a little girl. Great gift for birthday, Christmas or just because.

Mayflower Candy Sandals from Milena Places. No pattern attached but an adorable pair of baby sandals! I love the addition of the pansy like flower attached to the top.

Wave Carpet from Solines Verden. I am in love with the wave/ripple pattern. I recently started working up blankets using it, and am sure to add many more projects in the future. This rug is a blanket addition! I think above all, I love the random placement of colors. So neat!

EyeLoveKnots Yarn Favorites:
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Wrap Around Baby Shoes from Ginx Craft. These Wrap Around Shoes are so neat! There is a pattern attached for us to purchase. I had added it to my When I Learn to Knit board, since I am love with the knit look but don't knit (yet). They have a neat texture, and cozy look.

Tuxedo Hat from DiPaul's Designs. This is such an interesting and fun hat! It's quite different from anything I have seen. The design is from Creative Threads by Leah, and would make a fun gag gift to a groom-to-be and/or prom.

Small Dog Flag Bandanna from Posh Pooch Designs. These little dogs look so cute wearing their new bandanna's! I wish my cat would keep one on, I would love to make him one. Hehe. I will be adding this to my list. What fun! AND - free pattern - thanks Sara!

Sofa Union Throw from My World of Crochet. A throw for a section - WOW! The time and patience put into working up this is great! And the finally throw is just beautiful! Very inspirational.

Crochet Hand Warmers from Julie's Lifestyle. Here's a fun, easy and quick hand warmers/wristers pattern from Julie! These make great gifts, and are so easy and quick to work up - you can make one in each color!

Star Music Box from Hip Met Haken. This is such a sweet gift for baby! And post includes two free pattern links for us so we can make our own. You could easily add some items hanging down like a mobile from the bottom of the star, or leave as is. So sweet!!

Sophie's Universe CAL Part 16 from Hakel Fieber. This throw is coming together so nicely! With just two more parts to go - it's such a beautiful piece full of lovely colors! I really love the solid white band with the little butterfly stitches.

Cacti Embroidery Box from Delineate Your Dwelling. I love how popular cross stitching has become! It's such a fun craft, and I love the nontraditional way it is going working on chairs, aprons and this neat Cacti Embroidery Box! So cool!! I need to hit up the local thrift stores for something with holes in it so I can make something similar. Very creative, and neat Amy - thanks for sharing!

Chevron IPad Cover from Unique Yarn Designs. Stephanie shares a free crochet pattern for a IPad Cover using the Chevron pattern. I love the look of the chevrons in crochet. Notes are included to make the cover smaller, or larger. You could use the same basic idea to make a cute phone or laptop cozy too!

A Yellow Dress from My World of Crochet. This is such a cute sundress! I have been wanting to make one for myself, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. The adjustable straps is a great idea - I have used this on a dress I made for my little cousin. And the bright yellow color is just lovely! Love it!

Colorful Squares Throw from Rusyena. This is such a lovely post. It is full of gorgeous flowers, and scenery. Such a beautiful day for a picnic, with a handmade blanket to enjoy the lunch on.


My Philosopher Favorite:
I have really been into knit projects lately. I found this I Knit a Baby Sweater post on The Philosopher's Wife, and have added it to my When I Learn to Knit board on Pinterest. I really would like to learn to knit, and should actually start trying rather than continue to drool over knit projects. Hehe. But knitting needles are much more expensive than crochet hooks, and I am just not ready to invest in it like that. I may see about using the large knitting needles I have on hand to try something with that.
Left to Right, Top to Bottom:
**Keep in mind dye lots are unique - note on the last two above. Both are named "Kiwi" but there is a clear distance. If ordering, make sure to get enough from the yarn dye lot to ensure the least variation.  

This Week's Giveaway is sponsored by STRING THEORY Hand Dyed Yarn, Inc. This is actually going to be a month long giveaway with multiple chances to win - THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO ENTER!

There are a few things on the Rafflecopter that can be completed daily, like leaving a blog post comment (2 opportunities daily), commenting on a link that's already been shared by another (1 entry daily), linking up a project (1 entry daily). 

One lucky winner will receive a $60 Gift Certificate to the String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Shop. I know everyone could use a little yarn to add to their stash. We never have enough, isn't that right?

If you haven't had the chance to visit the String Theory shop and gallery, head over! The shop tabs are located on the left-hand side of the site. Each is very unique, and has it's own little story found on the top of each page.
I think my favorite is the Caper Sock - "a luxurious blend 80% merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon, springy with great stitch definition." Doesn't that sound amazing?! I would love to try some of this yarn to make a lacy Summer scarf, or perhaps a late Spring/early Fall shawl - what about you?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Must be 18 Years or Older to enter. US only. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond to notification, or another winner will be chosen. Social media not affiliated with this giveaway. String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn, Inc is responsible for prize fulfillment, not EyeLoveKnots nor The Philosopher's Wife.
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The Yarn Fanatic Party will begin every Monday afternoon, and run through Sunday night. You have all week and weekend to post your fantastic yarn related projects!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and YARN RELATED; ie Crochet, Knit, with an extension to include Cross Stitch, Needlepoint on Plastic Canvas and Embroidery.
Also make sure you are linking up to your blog post, and just just your blog's home page.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bubble Dress for Dress-Up Doll - Crochet Pattern Review - Family Bugs

On Sunday, I shared my Crochet Pattern Review for the Dress Up Doll by Sarah of Family Bugs. As promised, today I am sharing my Crochet Pattern Review for the Bubble Dress.

Materials I Used:
  - Small Amount of Simply Soft Yarn in Soft Blue & Dark Country Blue (JoAnns)
  - G6/4.25mm Crochet Hook
  - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
  - Bubble Dress Pattern (Paid Pattern)

Pattern Notes:
     A loop is formed on the first row of the dress to attach to a button to hold the back of the dress shut. I did not add this button, but you may choose to. 

Time Spent:
     I was able to finish the dress in just over an hour - pre-embellishments.

The Polka Dots took me just over half an hour to finish. This time includes the sewing and weaving of the ends - estimated.

The Shamrock, Heart and Tiny Flower each took just five minutes to work up, sew on and weave in ends.

Measurements: 
     My dress measures 6.25" in length.

Pattern Notes:
     I did work up each of the embellishments just so I could test out the pattern as written, but I did not end up adding any of the embellishments to my dress as I really liked it as is with just the belt.
I do like simplicity and ease of the embellishment pieces though, and I will be using them for other uses in the future.

     I worked my dress a little differently than written because I could get the back to fit right - specifically the arm holes, and the back opening.

My Adjustments:
I worked the beginning chain as 32, but went right into the second chain of the piece omitting the loop that is created by working into the fifth chain, and continued single crochet down the row.
I worked Round 2 - 7 as written, with a 31 stitch count, and worked two single crochet decreases in Round 8 to get back on track according to the pattern.

At the end of Round 8, I laid the piece with the wrong side facing and pulled the ends of my rectangle piece around to form a link shape. I then overlapped the last two stitches, and then worked the first round of the belt with the right side of the dress facing. The first two stitches went through both layers of the piece. I joined to the first stitch at the end of the round, and worked all the remaining rounds with a join. This join was earlier than suggested in the pattern, but I did so because I thought it made the belt area look better - otherwise it is open, see photo below.
The arrow indicates the row that I joined.
You can see where the join was done according to the pattern 
with the light blue part.
I just didn't like the belt part being open.
This image shows the gap that would have existed had I left the top as is and attached a button at the top - shown by my thumb. 

With the overlapping of the two ends, I didn't have to worry about the back of the dress looking stretched out as it did previously, and it keeps the whole back covered without the need of attaching a button. 
My version is shown above, with no need of a button.


For the straps, I put the dress on the doll, and then eye balled it. 

With the dress laying back side up, attach yarn in the fifth stitch to the left of the opening, chain 6 for the strap, skip 7 stitches, slip stitch into the next stitch, chain 1, single crochet in the back bumps of the chains, slip stitch into the first stitch. Fasten Off.

With the dress laying back side up, attach yarn in the fourth stitch to the right of the opening, chain 6, skip 7 stitches, slip stitch into the next stitch, chain 1, single crochet in the back bumps of the chains, slip stitch into the first stitch. Fasten Off.

OVERALL, it was a fun project to work up - different from what I have been working. If you are interested in purchasing a finished Dress Up Doll with Bubble Dress, feel free to send me a message with your custom request. I am undecided whether these will be added to the shop. I will definitely be buying some more outfits for the doll, and working up some more Pattern Reviews.
You can find several options in the Family Bugs Ravelry Shop.
Are you interested in having someone test out your patterns? Or share Pattern Reviews on your patterns? Please contact me! I LOVE sharing the talents of other designers :) And trying new projects and patterns.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Party #37 - String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Sponsored Giveaway

Welcome to the 37th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 20th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.
Recently I answered a call from Family Bugs requesting Pattern Reviews of her patterns in exchange for the Free Pattern. I received the pattern for this Dress Up Doll, and the Bubble Dress. Yesterday I finished editing the photos for this post, and got it up. The Dress Review will be up on Wednesday.
Make sure to check out my Dress Up Doll Crochet Pattern Review!
It's a great gift idea for a little girl - birthday, Christmas, just because. Hehe.
AND! There are so many dress options, many for just $1!

I have been kind of quiet this week. Some of you follow EyeLoveKnots on Facebook, and may have heard that I the contract for the parking company I work for will be ending soon and myself and co-workers will all be out of a job effective June 1st. You can understand how this has bummed me out, and left me uninspired and unmotivated. BUT! Perhaps, this is the kick in the butt I needed to get deeper into my crafting and business.

I will be traveling to a semi-local flea market in a few weeks, and if all goes well - I will be setting up a booth to sell my items. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice? Either on holding a booth, or things you might buy at a flea market or may have had a lot of luck with when you had a booth somewhere? 


Most Clicked:

Hekla Tablecloth/Mandala from Lunamon Design. This mandala is GORGEOUS! I LOVE the colors!! Though there isn't a pattern attached, this is a great inspiration for us all. And I love that Monica took time to mention Veteran's Day, honoring those in Norway who fought. As much as I don't like to think about the sad things going on in the world, it's great to pause and think of those who fought and still are.

Puerperium Cardigan from Sam the Knitter. This is such an adorable little top! I am in love with the green color. I have grown quite fond of it recently, and may now need to make myself a top in it. AND - have you seen the cute little penguin buttons lined down the side?! It really adds interest to the top, and shows there's no limit as to when and what you can and can't use certain themed things on. So cute!

EyeLoveKnots Yarn Favorites:
Embellished Onesie from Over the Apple Tree. I have been looking at this doily pattern from Red Heart. It's on my ever growing list, but I wouldn't have thought to use it in this manner. What a great idea! This would be such a sweet gift idea at a baby shower.

Crochet Blanket from Solines Verden/Solin World. I love the sweet combination of pink, white and green. I love the combination for Spring or a little girl. Pair that with my love for granny squares and you get one of my EyeLoveKnots Yarn Favorites. Love the blanket Soline!

Stitch Sampler Blanket from My Little Shop of Treasures. I have been seeing a lot of sampler blankets around lately - two of the bigger ones being the Moogly CAL and the Sophie's CAL. I really like this one because it is differently stitched lines to create your standard size blanket, rather than squares put together as your "standard" sampler blanket. Too cool!

DIY African Flower Pillow Squared from A Day in My Life. I think the Crocheted African Flower is such a beautiful piece! This pillow with be a nice addition to any part of the house. I will have to add this to the list - my couch could definitely use some new cushions with a splash of color. Can't wait to see it when it's done Crystal!

Dancing Dragonflies Scarf from Crochet is the Way. What a beautiful, lacy piece! I am thinking with a worsted weight cotton yarn (like Lion Brand's Cotton Ease, or Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton), this would make a cute accessory for this Summer. I think made in Orange, I could even pass it off as a spider web type thing. I am excited to try this scarf!

Yearning for Seaside from Atelier Marie-Lucienne. I have been in a beachy/nautical mood lately, searching lots of that theme for home decor pieces. This post is full of great ideas for some additions including this adorable starfish, as well as a link to a wavy pattern for blanket and matching pillow and similar stuffed creatures like fish, octopus and more. What a neat post!

Tulip from My World of Crochet. Looking for a tulip flower that won't die? I have been lately, since it's my mom's favorite flower. This thread made tulip is so precious. I am definitely adding it to my list. Frame it and we've got my mom's next Mother's Day gift. Never too early to plan ahead, hehe.

Stitchwort Slippers from Ginx Craft. I have not heard of the Stitchwort Flower, but there is such a pretty collection of them on these slippers. I love it on top of the textured look of the chunky yarn used. It kind of reminds me of the crinkly appearance of Lion Brand's Homespun Yarn. Beautiful pair of slippers!


My Philosopher Favorite:

I really love this Swirl Hat Knit with Never Enough Thyme from The Philosopher's Wife. The photos are great, and the yarn color is so rich. Pair that with the texture and I am in love. 

Left to Right, Top to Bottom:
**Keep in mind dye lots are unique - note on the last two above. Both are named "Kiwi" but there is a clear distance. If ordering, make sure to get enough from the yarn dye lot to ensure the least variation.  

This Week's Giveaway is sponsored by STRING THEORY Hand Dyed Yarn, Inc. This is actually going to be a month long giveaway with multiple chances to win - TWO WEEKS LEFT TO ENTER!!

There are a few things on the Rafflecopter that can be completed daily, like leaving a blog post comment (2 opportunities daily), commenting on a link that's already been shared by another (1 entry daily), linking up a project (1 entry daily). 

One lucky winner will receive a $60 Gift Certificate to the String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Shop. I know everyone could use a little yarn to add to their stash. We never have enough, isn't that right?

If you haven't had the chance to visit the String Theory shop and gallery, head over! The shop tabs are located on the left-hand side of the site. Each is very unique, and has it's own little story found on the top of each page.
I think my favorite is the Caper Sock - "a luxurious blend 80% merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon, springy with great stitch definition." Doesn't that sound amazing?! I would love to try some of this yarn to make a lacy Summer scarf, or perhaps a late Spring/early Fall shawl - what about you?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Must be 18 Years or Older to enter. US only. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond to notification, or another winner will be chosen. Social media not affiliated with this giveaway. String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn, Inc is responsible for prize fulfillment, not EyeLoveKnots nor The Philosopher's Wife.
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The Yarn Fanatic Party will begin every Monday afternoon, and run through Sunday night. You have all week and weekend to post your fantastic yarn related projects!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and YARN RELATED; ie Crochet, Knit, with an extension to include Cross Stitch, Needlepoint on Plastic Canvas and Embroidery.
Also make sure you are linking up to your blog post, and just just your blog's home page.
We encourage you to:

*Become a Follower of the blog where you linked up. Following both is also greatly appreciated!
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dress Up Doll - Crochet Pattern Review - Family Bugs

Do you follow Family Bugs? It was one of the first blogs that I started following, primarily because in the beginning I wanted to make hats and wasn't able to create my own based off of measurements yet. The Basic Beanie from Family Bugs is a great place to start. I have since learned how to work up my own based on size and such, but I still enjoy reading the other posts of Family Bugs, and seeing the new projects. Recently, I answered a call requesting bloggers to work up Pattern Reviews in exchange for the pattern for free. Since I love doing Pattern Reviews, and am always looking for something new to try, I jumped on it. Sarah sent me the Dress Up Doll and matching Bubble Dress for the Dress Up Doll, and I got to work.

In this post, you will find the Dress Up Doll Pattern Review, and on Wednesday you will find the Bubble Dress Pattern Review and finished pictures of my doll.

Materials I Used:
     - About Half a Skein of Simply Soft Yarn in Dark Country Blue and Bone, and about a Quarter of a Skein to a Third of Soft Blue (JoAnn's)
     - G6/4.25mm Crochet Hook (as recommended in the pattern)
     - Two 0.5" Light Blue Buttons for Eyes
     - 10 6mm Light Brown Chenille Stems (Pipe Cleaners) by Tree House Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Light Brown Pipe Cleaners
     - A few handfuls of Polyfil Fiber (Stuffing) by Fairfield (JoAnn's)
     - A Small Amount of Black Embroidery Floss for Mouth
     - Hot Glue Gun and Stick
     - Dress Up Doll Crochet Pattern (Paid Pattern) by FamilyBugs

Material Notes:
     I did have to redo the dress, which I worked in mostly the Soft Blue so I lost track of how much was used but it wasn't much, as the only other thing I used it for was the built in garments.
     The light blue eyes I used were part of a variety pack from JoAnn's. I bought the variety pack about two years ago so I am not sure on much of the button package details. I couldn't find it online for this post.
     The pipe cleaners came in a package like this photo from the 100 Value Pack, but I only got the 25 package. "6mm" makes you question the size, but it's just the standard pipe cleaners that I am sure you have used in many other projects before.

Time Spent:
     The doll took me about a combined 6 hours to complete, with each section adding about an hour and the hair with two.

Measurements:
     My doll measures 14.75" in length by 5.75" wide with arms laying by sides. 

My numbers vary from Sarah's but no biggie. It's really up to you!

Pattern Notes:
Left: Continuous Round;
Right: Slip Stitch Join and Chain 1.
You can see the seam on this one,
starting above the "O" and going in
a diagonal.

     In general, I did not turn my work because I wanted the shiny right side to be showing. I worked one arm and leg as written with the join, and one arm and leg in a continuous manner. I definitely prefer the continuous manner so there is not visible seam, and it keeps the limbs tighter and less puffy. If you choose to work with the join and chain 1, I suggest working the first stitch into the first stitch so it keeps the seam straight, rather than counting the chain 1 as a stitch and working into the second stitch.

I did not weave in many ends. I was able to knot most of my tails together. Really the only weaving I did was in the beginning tails of arms, and the beginning tail of the head. The cool think about all the tails being on the inside of the doll is you don't need to make your tails look neat. I weaved them in and out of the piece three or four times and then left the remaining tail piece hanging inside. It works great as extra stuffing.

Head:
My head came out to a funny shape. I am not sure if it is because I worked it without turning that it became kind of stretched out. I questioned it the whole time it was all a WIP, but didn't redo it. I ended up stitching up the head as is with a few extra stitches placed in the base of the back of the head so it wouldn't be so floppy and odd-shaped - shown to the right. If I were to re-make the doll, I would omit 3-5 rows of the head and work the decreases sooner.

Also to help with the floppiness, I did use the pipe cleaners in the neck trick, however, instead of using four folded in half, I used two folded in four since I was looking at a smaller space, and had already stuffed the body and head.

The eye trick is pretty cool. I added my buttons at this time since it was most convenient for me, and then continued on and added the mouth when suggested to in the pattern. 
While I was working on putting the eyes in, I was kicking myself for carrying my darker yarn all the way around as it was pulling out around the nose area. I tried to move the stitches over the yarn a little but still. This is particularly because I didn't drop my yarn at the color change, but I definitely suggest doing so.
While I think the eye trick is cool, I did not nail it this time. I think I got more of a turtle look - hehe. If I were to remake the doll, I think I would just leave out the eye/nose trick and either stitch on the button eyes or use some embroidery floss to create some eyes.

I was lazy and just hot glued the eyes onto the doll, but since hot glue sticks to yarn so well - those buggers are going anywhere anytime soon. Keep in mind, if they do come off - they pose a choking hazard to small children.

Overall, the head is the only thing I really am not the happiest about on my doll. I wish I would have taken the time to redo the head, but the doll kind of took quite a bit of time and I wasn't feeling like going back at the end.

Arms:
     I weaved my ends in after the first 5 rounds. I don't recommend waiting too long as the arms are skinny and harder to turn inside out than for example the head.

I love the idea of using the pipe cleaners in the limbs to add bend-ability and flexibility. I do recommend putting in the pipe cleaners first, and the stuffing around them, otherwise the stuffing will pose a problem. The pipe cleaners do not go through it easily. Find below photos showing how I worked this process, but first a note: I suggest curling the ends of your pipe cleaners so they do not poke out of the doll once she is finished. You can easily do this with jewelry pliers if you have those handy, but you can also do it with your fingers. I did not think about this until the doll was completed and I noticed the ends were poking out. Not child safe.
I placed my pipe cleaners in, fold first, and pushed them forward. 
I then took the back end of a crochet hook that has a wooden handle, 
and pushed in stuffing, little by little.
I tried using a big ended crochet hook, like an M13/9mm 
but the metal was just sliding right through the stuffing.
Attaching the arms to the body is very easy, and no sewing necessary!
That's my kind of assembly. 
And you can work over you tails and tie them together so no weaving either :)
Very clever.

Legs:
     All tails in the foot and leg can be knotted together so no weaving is required. I dropped the previous color after working that first stitch over the two tails, and pick it back up at the continuation of the color, pulling taught. To keep the round shape, I used my middle finger to round out the foot. Otherwise, your piece may flatten from pulling the yarn tails around.
At the end of Round 6, I dropped the skin color, and then picked it back up at Round 8. This created a heel-like shape for the foot. Very cute.
I began Round 10 with a chain 2, and then repeated Round 7, but for the remaining rounds, I worked a chain 1 and single crochet around, rather than repeating Round 7 because I didn't like the bubbly-ness that was created by it, and I didn't like the hole that was created by the double crochet join. 

To even out the spiral (from working in the continuous manner), after completing the last round work a single crochet in the next stitch and a slip stitch in the next stitch joining in your new color at the last yarn over.
After Round 9, I worked a chain 1, not a chain 2 as written.
I stuffed the foot after Round 9, and then worked four more rounds and stuffed again so that when I added my pipe cleaners, they would not poke through the backside of the foot. I did not do any more stuffing until I completed my legs as I worked them the same way as I did the arms. I put in my pipe cleaners positioning them on the front side of the legs so the bend would be like having a knee.

I was able to work Round 1 of the Body over the tails from the legs, so no need to weave in the ends from the legs.

Body:
     I began the body with a chain 1, rather than a chain 2 since the stitches around were single crochets. 

Make sure to follow the first line. Don't add the same number of chain spaces on both sides as you will feel like doing because you will end up with too much slack. I know, because I did that! And was confused why it didn't look and feel right, until I reread the line of the pattern.

For the beginning of Round 1, I began it with a chain 1, instead of a chain 2 because I do not like slack and hole that is created by a chain larger than the stitches to follow. Because I dropped it down a stitch, I had to add an extra single crochet into the chain 2 space to get back on track with the pattern.

I sewed up the crotch after working one full round in the skin color so I could work over a few stitches of the undergarment color. After whipstitching the crouch closed, I took the needle into the piece and knotted it together with the tail from the undergarment.


I worked the body in a continuous manner, as I did many of the other pieces. A note for working in a continuous manner - you may need to adjust the stitches to even things out. I had to work a single crochet 6 in the beginning of Round 21 to center the arm on the side, and end with a single crochet 2. It's quite alright to do so! In fact, you need to or your doll (or finished piece) will be uneven. All the time you put into crocheting the piece, make sure everything is even and centered.

My underwear came out kind of small - I recommend adding an additional round or two to raise the band.

Hair:
      I cut a total of 204 strands of yarn 10.5" in length. I added the hair with the doll laying flat and legs facing away from me around most of the piece, except the very front of the hair. I added it with the dolls legs facing me so the hair would flip out differently in the front. 
I added my first line of hair starting in the posts
of the line where the colors meet.
I added a full line across the base of the head for two rows so it would be nice and full, and then I began skipping two lines in between the remaining placement - shown above. This gave the hair a nice layered look. 
At the crown of the head, I skipped one line, rather than two.
I LOVE the layered look of the hair from behind.

OVERALL, it was a fun project to work up - different from what I have been working. If you are interested in purchasing a finished Dress Up Doll, feel free to send me a message with your custom request. I am undecided whether these will be added to the shop. I will definitely be buying some more outfits for the doll, and working up some more Pattern Reviews.
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