Crochet at Work includes patterns for 20 different career dolls. Each pattern includes written instructions and helpful photographs. You can even customize your career doll with features from the other included amigurumis to make more than 100,000 doll combinations.
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Crochet at Work
Crochet at Work is 136-pages in length. It includes beautiful and helpful photographs, detailed written pattern instructions, a fantastic stitch guide with diagrams and a plethora of amigurumi doll customization options!
You will find the table of Contents on pages 5-6, an introduction to the Designer, Kate McCully on page 133 and a comprehensive crochet stitch guide beginning on page 12.
The Tools and Materials section explains the basic tools you may need to make your crochet doll. To learn how to position your crochet doll eyes, how to change yarn colors neatly and how to stuff the dolls (among other tips), read pages 10 and 11.
Before you begin to make your crochet doll it is important to review the How to use this book section (page 6-7). There are a few steps you need to follow before you pick up your crochet hook and yarn.
Here’s a quick summary of the steps you need to follow to make your crochet doll:
- STEP 1: Choose the doll (page 30-129)
- STEP 2: Choose the body shape (page 16-23)
- STEP 3: Choose the skin and hair color
- STEP 4: Choose the hairstyle
- STEP 5: Make the crochet doll
- STEP 6: Make the accessories
You can see examples of the some of the customizations you can make for your dolls on pages 130-131.
- Footballer (Canada/USA = Soccer Player)
- Police Officer
- Racing Driver
Crochet at Work provides you with 3 different crochet doll body shapes for every career doll in the book. For example, if you are making the Astronaut, you can choose to make it in any of the three Body Shapes. There are instructions provided for each size.
Body Shape A
- 9.5 inches (24 cm), follow pattern on pages 18-19
- used for the Astronaut, Builder, Footballer, Pilot, Chef, Diver, Police Officer and Racing Driver
Body Shape B
- 8.25 inches (21 cm), follow pattern on pages 20-21
- used for the Singer, Soldier, Teacher, Lumberjack, Doctor and Firefighter
Body Shape C
- 7.5 inches (19 cm), follow pattern on pages 22-23
- used for the Scientist, Vet, Dancer, Farmer, Athlete and Explorer
You can customize your dolls with any of the following, or even a combination of the following hairstyles.
- Hair cap
- Short Hair
- Longer Bob
- Long curly hair
- Short curly hair
- Long hair
- Long beard
- Short beard
- Variations: Long curly hair, bunches, short curly hair, long hair, double bun
The crochet stitches used to make the crochet dolls in Crochet at Work include:
All of the projects are written in UK crochet terms.
If you are used to following US crochet patterns, don’t let the fact that these are written in UK terms hold you back! You can find the US equivalent terms on page 132 and since each stitch is explained in the Crochet Stitches section, with helpful diagrams, it is easy to double check how a stitch is being made.
- slip knot
- chain (ch)
- double crochet (dc) – US single crochet (sc)
- half treble (htr) – US half double crochet (hdc)
- treble (tr) – US double crochet (dc)
- double treble (dtr) – US treble (tr)
- decreasing (dc2tog) (US sc2tog)
- invisible decrease
- working into the back loop only (blo)
- mattress stitch (sewing)
Which Crochet at Work Doll is your favorite?
I personally love the Lumberjack, the Explorer and Teacher!
I can so many different purposes for these crocheted dolls. Whether they are gifts for adults in these occupations, or crochet dolls made for children who aspire to work in a specific trade or line of work when they grow up.
These crochet dolls are also fantastic for children whose parents hold one of these jobs. I love that each doll can be customized to any of the 3 sizes and that the crocheter has control over what colors, hairstyles and features to use for their finished crochet doll projects. You can learn a lot about amigurumi dolls from this well put together book!
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