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Yarn Doll

Let’s go back in time when frontier mothers made yarn dolls for the entertainment of their girls. Many stories came alive with these simple toys.


860-170 Vannas Choice® Yarn: Pea Green  1 ball
 Note: (A)
860-107 Vannas Choice® Yarn: Sapphire  1 ball 
 Note: (B)
860-126 Vannas Choice® Yarn: Chocolate  1 ball   
 Note: (C)
Large-Eyed Blunt Needles   
6 in. (15 cm) piece of cardboard 


Wrap A around cardboard 26 times. Cut a length of A, and thread doubled into large-eyed blunt needle. Insert needle under all strands at upper edge of cardboard. Pull tightly and knot securely near strands. Cut yarn loops at lower edge of cardboard. Cut a length of B and wrap tightly around loops 1 1/2 in. (3.5 cm) below top knot for neck. Knot securely; thread ends into needle and weave ends to center of Tassel.

Separate 6 strands on each side of Tassel for arms. Divide strand on one side into 3 groups of 2 strands each. Braid for about 2 in. (5 cm). Wrap ends with a length of B, then trim just below wrap.

Repeat for second arm.

Wrap remaining strands of Tassel with B about 1 1/2 in. (3.5 cm) below neck to make waist.
Divide strands below waist tie into 2 groups. Wrap each group with B for ‘knee’ and ‘ankle’.

With C, embroider straight stitch eyes.

Trim all ends.

This craft reprinted courtesy of Lion Brand Yarns.

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