Today I have a crochet pattern that I made for the base cap of doll wigs. On Wednesday I will provide a tutorial for making the curls. And follow up with a tutorial on how to cut the hair and latch them in. I am in the process of making a "Fancy Nancy" inspired doll for my daughter's 3rd birthday. I have made up the pattern for the doll's body and the embroidery for her face. I plan on posting that for y'all next week. Hopefully I will get to clothes and a costume or 2 as well before her birthday. (I also have a great idea for tulle that I have to get done before her Bday and post out here.) Too many things to enjoy doing, if only we didn't need sleep! (And I love sleeping too.)
I made this doll about 2 years ago. As you can see her hair is still lovely and curly, despite being my little one's "darlin'." When I made her I was unsure how to attach a wig or what the best method was. I did not want to do the rooted method, it seemed to tedious and delicate. I didn't want to glue hair or a cap on because I was afraid it wouldn't survive washing and playtime. I wanted to make a durable wig to go on a doll that could be loved and played with for years. I can crochet and knit, so I thought that was a good way to form a base cap. It works wonderfully.
Here's my method:
First you crochet the base cap--that is today's pattern. Then you take your acrylic yarn and make it permanently curly (that is Wednesday's tutorial) or leave it straight. Afterwards, cut the yarn to the appropriate lengths, and latch hook it onto the base cap--that is Friday's tutorial.
I use Worsted Weight yarn. You could use finer or thicker yarn but you would have to adjust your pattern to end up the the same size base cap.
MR – magic ring – a method of creating a tight starting round
Sc – single crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Ch – chain
Sl St – slip stitch
Round 1: (Using MR method) 6sc in ring, join with slip stitch in top of the first sc, pull tail to tighten the base of the stitches so you have a very small opening and a nearly perfect circle = 6sc
Round 2: ch 2, (2hdc in each sc)6x, sl st in 1st hdc = 12hdc
Round 3: ch 2, (hdc in hdc, 2hdc in hdc)6x, sl st in 1st hdc = 18hdc
Round 4: ch 2, [(hdc in hdc)2x, 2hdc in hdc]6x, sl st in 1st hdc = 24hdc
Round 5: ch 2, [(hdc in hdc)3x, 2hdc in hdc]6x, sl st in 1st hdc = 30hdc
Round 6: ch 2, [(hdc in hdc)4x, 2hdc in hdc]6x, sl st in 1st hdc = 36hdc
Round 7: ch 2, [(hdc in hdc)5x, 2hdc in hdc]6x, sl st in 1st hdc = 42hdc
Round 8: ch 2, [(hdc in hdc)6x, 2hdc in hdc]6x, sl st in 1st hdc = 48hdc
1/2 Round 9: ch 2, 2hdc in hdc, [(hdc in hdc)7x, 2hdc in hdc]3x, sl st in hdc, tie off = 29hdc
Here is what the cap looks like for my latest doll. It will stretch out over the head when the "hairs" are attached and I sew it on. You want the cap to be snug. I'll have the pattern and tutorial for her next week!
Looking for a doll to put it on?