Free Crochet Doll Pattern- The Friendly Mae


The Friendly Mae Doll is a free crochet doll pattern, about 9 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide (not including the arms and hair.) Mae works up fairly quickly so she is a great last minute gift or item for craft fairs. For Mae, I recommend using size 4 worsted weight yarn in whatever color you prefer. This particular one used Red Heart Super Saver in Aran. I also recommend I Love this Yarn in Ivory and Stylecraft Special Chunky in Cream. The hair is Lion Brands Silky Twist. The dress is Red Heart’s with Love. The beauty of the doll is that you are able to customize her in any way you would like! Enjoy making her! 





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You will need:
Approx 100 g size 4 yarn
Crochet Hook in Size 4.0 or 3.75
Tapestry Needle
Polyfil or preferred stuffing
12 mm safety eyes
stitch marker
Yarn for dress
Lion Brand Silky Twist or Homespun for Hair (Shown in Java and Cream)
  

Abbreviations
SC- single crochet

SC INC- single crochet increase (2 SC in each stitch)

INV DEC
- Invisible decrease (put hook through the FRONT LOOP ONLY of two consecutive stitches [two loops on hook] Yarn over pull through both loops. [two loops on hook] Yarn over pull through two loops)

Magic Circle- Make a loop, leaving a long tail to work with. Insert hook in center of loop, yarn over and draw up a loop. Yarn over, pull through to make the first chain (this does not count as a stitch!). Continue to crochet over the loop and tail with the number of stitches called for. (If you need 6 SC, then crochet 6 SC inside the ring.) Pull the tail to close the circle.

Always move your stitch marker to the last stitch in the round. This pattern is worked in continuous rounds.


*Lightly Stuff as you go!
Legs
Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 6
Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12)
Round 3: SC in first, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (18)
Round 4-18: SC in each stitch around. (18)
Fasten off.
Repeat for the second leg but do not fasten off. Instead, chain 3 and then SC in the next stitch of the other leg. Take care to crochet over the tail left over by fastening off. SC around the entire leg. When you come to the three chains, SC in each chain around the next leg. SC over the chain back to the other leg. In the last SC on the last chain place your stitch marker. (This is round 19.) 

Please watch this video on how to attach the legs!
Rounds 21-34:: SC around (42)
Round 35: 4 SC, INV DEC, repeat around. (35)
Round 36: 3 SC, INV DEC, repeat around. (28)
Round 37: 2 SC, INV DEC, repeat around.(21)
Round 38: 1 SC, INV DEC, repeat around. (14)
INV DEC  until you have 12 stitches on the round
Round 39: SC in each stitch around. (12)
From here we will be increasing the head. From this point I am resetting the number on the rounds. Round 40 of the body is now Round 1 of the head. It will be easy to see.


Head
Round 1: SC in first, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (18)
Round 2: SC in first 2, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (24)
Round 3: SC in first 3, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (30)
Round 4: SC in first 4, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (36)
Round 5: SC in first 5, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (42)
Round 6: SC in first 6, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (48)
Round 7: SC in first 7, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (54)
Round 8-20: SC in each stitch around. (54)
Place the safety eyes in between rows 13 and 14, nine stitches apart. Sew on eyelashes here. This is also a good time to place the foam roller or dowel if you are using one. Make sure to stuff the neck around the dowel as well as you can.
Round 21: SC in the first 7, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (48)
Round 22: SC in the first 6, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (42)
Round 23: SC in the first 5, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (36)
Round 24:  SC in the first 4, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (30)
Round 25: SC in the first 3, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (24)
Round 26: SC in the first 2, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (18)
Round 27: SC in the first, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (12)
Round 28: INV DEC around. (6)
Fasten off and carefully sew the remaining hole closed. Leave a long tail to make the nose. Use the tips in this article to make the nose!
 

Arms
Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 10. (10)
Rounds 2-14: SC in each stitch around (10)
Change to color of sleeves.
Round 15: INC in each around. (20)
Round 16-19: SC in each around. (20)
Round 20: INV DEC in each around. (10)
Round 21: SC in each around. (10)
Stuff and attach to body. For very round sleeves stuff more. For more relaxed sleeves stuff less. Pinch the top flat and sew them on between rows 36 & 37.

Hair
(If you used a 3.75 hook for the doll use a 4.0. If you used a 4.0 use a 4.5)
Use the Lion Brand Silky Twist yarn. It is the best yarn I have found for this type of hair. As you crochet let some of the little loops in the yarn come through… do not crochet too tightly. Looser stitches will let that cute hair come through! I would pull up little fluffs as I went. Also check the “wrong” side. It may look better on the doll than the other!
Round 1: In a magic circle, 6 SC.
Round 2: SC INC in each around. (12)
Round 3: SC in first, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (18)
Round 4: SC in first 2, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (24)
Round 5: SC in first 3, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (30)
Round 6: SC in first 4, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (36)
Round 7: SC in first 5, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (42)
Round 8: SC in first 6, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (48)
Round 9: SC in first 7, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (54)
Rounds 10-11: DC in each stitch around. (54)
Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew on.
I switch to the DC because it helps to have some “movement” when you sew the hair on. Adjust the hair as needed when you sew on. I liked to pull it when I wanted a little “wave.” Pin the top with pins as you sew. This will make it MUCH easier.
 

Ears
Chain 3. In first chain place two DCs. Fasten off and pull tight. Sew onto head on the same rows as the eyes.


Bow
Chain 5. In 4th chain from the end place 3 TRC. Chain 3 and slip stitch in the same hole.
Chain 4 from the last chain. 3 TRC in the same hole. Chain 3 and slip stitch back in the same hole. Fasten off, leaving a LONG tail. Wrap around and tie.

Either chain long enough to go around the head or use a piece of yarn. Tie the bow to the band.


Make the Dress
To make the dress, chain to a length that will reach around the body. Due to the variations of yarn, amount of stuffing, and which hook you use, it is really difficult to give an exact number. Make it long enough to overlap the slightest bit. I chained a couple more than the number of stitches around the body, which for Mae, is 42. Connect the chain with a slip stitch, making a circle. Make sure that the chains do not twist. Chain 2.
Rows 1-11: DC in each stitch across. Slip stitch to the first DC. Chain 2.
Row 12: DC INC in each stitch across.

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew on.
Bring the dress right under the pink puff sleeves. Sew along the top of the collar.

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