-Black plus at least three other colors of easy care yarn, whatever weight fits gauge
-Fibrefill for stuffing
Gauge: 1 inch = 7 single crochet (sc) and 7 rows.
-With black yarn, chain (ch) 37. Last 2 ch are first stitch (st) in first row. Slip stitch in first st of same row, ch 1 and start next row in a round..
-Row 1: Continuing with black, sc in second st from hook and in each of remaining ch (should be 35.) Ch 1 and Slip stitch in first st of same row, ch 1 and start next row in a round.
-Rows 2-3: Continue with black, sc in each st across. Finish off black. This is the “shoes”.
-Rows 4-14: * With colour A, sc in each st across. Slip stitch in first st of same row, ch 1 and start next row in a round. Continue from * until you have 10 rows of Colour A. Finish off Colour A. These are the “pants”.
-Rows 15-25: ** With Colour B, sc in each st across. Slip stitch in first st of same row, ch 1 and start next row in a round. Continue from ** until you have 10 rows of Colour B. Finish off Colour B. This is the “shirt”.
-Rows 26-34: *** With black yarn, sc in each st across. Slip stitch in first st of same row, ch 1 and start next row in a round. Continue from *** until you have 8 rows of black. Finish off black. This is the “head”.
-Rows 35-42: **** With Colour C, sc in each st across. Slip stitch in first st of same row, ch 1 and start next row in a round. Continue from **** until you have 8 rows of Colour C. Finish off Colour C. This is the “hat”.
You should have a cylinder 32 rows.
1. Flatten cylinder lengthwise and slip stitch bottom (original chain) with black yarn to make an “envelope. Weave in ends.
2. Stuff lightly with stuffing. Enough stuffing to pad but not stretch the stitches.
3. At top of “hat” sew same colour yarn as the top row through all sc and pull tight to make a point.
4. Do the same, with either colour, between Colour B and the first row of the “head”. Pull tight enough to form the “neck”.
5. About 5 rows down from the neck and 3 to 5 sc in from sides on both sides sew with Colour B down in a straight line to bottom of “shirt” to simulate arms.
6. About 3-4 rows down from the top of Colour A sew with same colour yarn down to bottom of “pants” to form legs. Do the same with black on the “shoes”.
7. Embroider face with eyes and smiling mouth
WHERE TO SEND YOUR FINISHED DOLLS
We are sending Comfort Dolls to a variety of agencies at this time. Two or three times a year, Drops of Grace from Texas, USA needs dolls usually for Rwanda, and we have a group of people that work with World Vision Canada that also need dolls about 3 times a year for Malawi. If there is no ‘ALERT’ on our main page for dolls – then ICross is the place to send them off!
Canada, V8M 2C3
More info about Icross can be found on their SITE.
IF ANYONE finds out about other agencies in the USA, Europe, or even Australia or NZ that is doing similar for the kids in Africa or developing countries, leave us a comment with a name and link and we’ll check it out and add it to our data base.
I’ve had many people ask how to send them, what will it cost etc… I send mine in a padded envelope, second largest size available, and just stuff as many in as I can (about 15-20 dolls). My friend uses a box. It costs us about $12.00 to mail them, and postage is always more expensive to mail inside Canada, than for my global friends to mail into Canada.