Fiona McFernleaf is my latest crocheted fairy doll, inspired by the wonderful free patterns by Beth Webber over at By Hook, By Hand, who offers all of her crochet doll patterns for free! Beth also offers free patterns for knitted dolls – but unfortunately I cannot knit to save my soul!
If you’ve visited my blog before, you know that I’m a huge fan of the crochet dolls created by Beth, and Fiona is a combination of two of her patterns – Bleuette and Free Spirit; complete with a movable head, jointed elbows, hands, knees and feet.
Fiona stands 15 1/2″ tall and has been crafted using Bernat Baby Sport yarn in Ecru and a size F (3.75 mm) hook.
Overall I’m pretty happy with the way Fiona McFernleaf, the crochet fairy turned out. I still have trouble with facial features for the dolls and need to refine my techniques. Like anything else, this will come over time with trial and error. The facial features (eyes, nose and mouth) looked fine until I added her hair and then all of a sudden everything seemed off – eyes and mouth too big and nose too small 🙁 Removing them was not an option as I don’t think I could have done so without ruining her face! That’s the trouble with attaching things too well and doing a darned good job of hiding the ends! Oh well, next time I’ll use a smaller hook for the eyes and mouth and come up with something different for a nose.
When planning Fiona’s fair clothes, all of which are crocheted using DK weight yarn and a size D (3.25 mm) hook with #10 cotton and a size B (2.25 mm) hook for the overskirt I chose the colors of spring in pink and green. I also wanted something special for her boots and it took me quite awhile to figure out what I wanted to do. Based on her name, I wanted something that featured leaves.
It took me several tries, but I came up with something I really liked and I wrote the pattern and am offering free to all the crochet doll lovers out there.
This free pattern for the Crochet Leaf Topped Fairy Boots offers instructions for two versions of the boots – one with the leaves standing up straight (shown on the left) and the second with the leaves curling over to the top of the boot. You can download your free pattern from our store – no coupon required, simply add the pattern to your cart and check out!
Until next time, Happy Hooking!