One Very Old Doll

United States
December 26, 2015 6:03pm CST
Okay so perhaps "very old" is not the best way to describe it. This is the doll that I have talked about on here before. It's one of the ones that my mom made years ago. She used to make these dolls, crochet gowns for them, and sell them at flea markets. This is also the doll that I described the stitched used. I hope that I was right in my description. I have tried my hand at needlecraft so I know a little bit about the stitches. This is just the dolls arms, head, and torso as the bottom is stuffed with cotton. I remember stuffing these dolls with cotton with my mom. What stitches do you recognize in this piece? *this picture also serves the purpose of showing how dark my walls are, another thing I've discussed. here.
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@sallypup (20809)
• Moses Lake, Washington
27 Dec 15
The colors are tender. I don't know what stitches are here cause I flunked crocheting and knitting several times.
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• United States
27 Dec 15
Yes very "baby" colors. They have faded somewhat with time, but for the most part are the same color as they were when it was first created. I believe there is a lot of single stitch, some double stitch and variant of a popcorn stitch. My problem was always tension with crocheting. I either crocheted too tightly or not tight enough.
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@sallypup (20809)
• Moses Lake, Washington
27 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum I wonder how humans decided babies must be clothed in muted pinks or blues?
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• United States
27 Dec 15
@sallypup Interesting question. Especially since I've heard that bright colors are supposed to be helpful to a growing toddler's imagination. Who knows?
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@T_gray (7898)
• Salina, Kansas
27 Dec 15
I know how to knit and crochet but I couldn't tell you a stitch name just by looking at it. My mom could. My best friend probably could too. I'm just not that good. But I still enjoy doing it here and there
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• United States
27 Dec 15
I was never very good. I did make a bag once using mostly single stitch crochet. It was nice but the cast off was what got me. Plus the tension was all over the place on it, some parts "tighter" than others. Have you or anyone you know ever used "PLARN" ? I don't think I'd be very amused using that to stitch with.
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@T_gray (7898)
• Salina, Kansas
27 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum I've made a few things including a couple blankets and a scarf for my bestie. I've worked with a lot of yarns but plarn is not one of them. That seems like it would be awkward
@sharon6345 (106614)
• United States
27 Dec 15
I can't wait to learn how to do that It's beautiful.
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• United States
27 Dec 15
I am not sure how she did it. I bet it would be simpler to do each "ruffle" and then sew them together.
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@sharon6345 (106614)
• United States
27 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum That would be pretty as well. Thanks for letting me know.
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@kevin1877uk (36118)
27 Dec 15
I can knit but not crochet although i was shown how to when I was about 8 or 9 by my grandma so sorry I don't know what the stitches are.
• United States
27 Dec 15
I always thought knitting and crocheting were nearly the same. My mom and aunt were taught but my grandmother's friend. My aunt didn't take up with it, but my mom used to go crazy crocheting and picking out yarns and patterns. I've been told that knitting is much easier. Do you ever knit on a loom?
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@kevin1877uk (36118)
27 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum No it different, I use needles to knit with, two mainly but have used 5 needles for knitting in rounds and a circular needle before. Crochet is done with an hook, I know how to do a chain but that about all I know. I really must learn how to crochet myself. I learned to knit when I was seven.
• United States
27 Dec 15
@kevin1877uk I only really mastered the single and double crochet, but my big problem was the tension. I always used the J hook (supposedly the hook to go for when beginning as a crocheter).
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• Preston, England
27 Dec 15
lovely looking doll, very professional looking
• United States
28 Dec 15
It's faired well through the years as well. I estimate this was made in the early 90's.
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• Preston, England
28 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum A lot of teddy bears were made intentionally to look over 100 years old even while brand new
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• United States
29 Dec 15
@arthurchappell I could see the appeal in that. I would definitely want something like that for it's vintage charm.
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@Rohvannyn (3137)
• United States
27 Dec 15
Looks like a zigzag pattern to the crocheting - you only use one or two stitches anyway, right?
• United States
27 Dec 15
My mom was the one who made this doll. She was taught by a friend of my grandmother's. I don't remember how old my mom was when she learned, but she and my aunt both learned at the same time. I know there are many different stitches in crocheting, but they are all variants of the single and double crochet stitch.
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@Rohvannyn (3137)
• United States
27 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum I wish English had "you in the general sense" like Japanese does! I was referring to you as in "people who crochet." Your mom did a great job.
• United States
28 Dec 15
@Rohvannyn I thought you might have been referring in the general sense but wasn't sure. Too bad words don't come with facial expressions! Oh wait they can!
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@TRBRocks420 (60923)
• Banks, Oregon
27 Dec 15
My Grandma used to have a bunch of dolls like that.
• United States
27 Dec 15
I don't know how old the pattern she used to make these are. I imagine atleast the 1950's or so, but could be older.
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@TRBRocks420 (60923)
• Banks, Oregon
27 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum I don't know either. I can knit, but suck at crocheting lol.
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• Philippines
27 Dec 15
@TRBRocks420 you can knit and crochet, too?
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• United States
27 Dec 15
I know nothing about crocheting, but that is a beautiful doll and yes your walls are as dark as mine.
• United States
27 Dec 15
I tried my hand at it but could not crochet. There are so many things I'd love to crochet if I only I knew how. I have the overhead light on, which is hurting my eyes a bit more and causing a headache. Without it though it causes a headache. Gah! lol
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• United States
27 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum My sister tried to show me how to knit, I was a klutz! Can you turn the light off?
• United States
27 Dec 15
@Carmelanirel2 I have three light sources in my room. Two are lamps that only give off enough light for the area that they are in. The overhead light is very bright as it has no cover. It also makes the room so hot in the warmer months. If I had natural light to work with it wouldn't be so bad.
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@softbabe44 (5959)
• Vancouver, Washington
27 Dec 15
I have never understood them but have seen them before.
• United States
28 Dec 15
Dolls or crochet stitches?
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• Vancouver, Washington
29 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum crochet stitches
@zaga_cleuth (1414)
• Philippines
9 Apr 16
Sorry but i find doll a bit creepy. But nice dress for the doll. Wow!
• United States
9 Apr 16
The eyes are blue. What you are seeing are the lashes.
@alberello75 (13015)
• Genova, Italy
27 Dec 15
I, despite being a male, I would say that your mother did a wonderful job!
• United States
28 Dec 15
men can appreciate the crafting arts as well!
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@celticeagle (114326)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Dec 15
The scalloping stitch(not sure of the name) is one and whatever the regular one I see is. I used to do a lot of crocheting when I was very young. Back when people still made doilies.
• United States
27 Dec 15
Shell stitch? I don't know but that just popped into my head. I think the "Scallop" you talk about is something my mom used to call "Shell".
@jaboUK (50132)
• United Kingdom
27 Dec 15
The doll is beautiful and a lot of work has gone into it. I wouldn't have a clue about crocheting.
• United States
27 Dec 15
YEs I am not sure how much time it took her each doll. I tried crocheting, but the tension always got me. I've thought maybe I could do knitting on the loom but haven't tried yet. I don't want to make the purchase and not be able to utilize it.
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@jstory07 (57174)
• Roseburg, Oregon
27 Dec 15
The dress on the doll is beautiful. I would have bought one for my daughters if I saw them at the flea market.
• United States
27 Dec 15
I haven't been to a flea market in years. I am not sure if people still crochet dresses for dolls. My mom did the whole thing. Crocheted the dress, and assembled the doll.
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