Friday, June 09, 2006

Dammit Doll

I've got another housewarming coming up, and we make fun of this friend a bit because she can get a little angry sometimes, so I thought I'd make her a Dammit doll. For those of you who don't know what Dammit dolls are, this poem might explain it a bit.

Whenever things don't go so well...
And you want to hit the wall and yell...
Here's a little dammit doll
That you can't do without.
Just grasp it firmly by the legs
And find a place to slam it
And as you whack the stuffing out
Yell, "DAMMIT! DAMMIT! DAMMIT!"


This was quite a good project for getting rid of scraps. It didn't take much of any colour and I stuffed the limbs and body with short, otherwise useless lengths of yarn (from the afghan), and the hair was also made with short bits of yarn, although I ended up having to cut a few extra bits, but from pieces of yarn to short to do much else with. I also stuffed the head with a couple of plastic bags so you get a nice satisfying sound when you whack it against something.

I attached the poem (using a small left over piece of pretty card) with a small bit of ribbon off a clothing label, so in the end I didn't have to buy anything new for this, and I used some other recycled materials.

I bought my friend some glasses too, they always come in handy, and I couldn't spend nothing on her!

 
 


If anyone wants to make their own here is a pattern. I wasn't really counting stitches as I was going so that's why there aren't complete stitch counts. As well as that I'm sure there are errors and inconsistencies in this pattern but if you find any let me know and I'll correct it here.

Legs
Start in shoe colour.
Chain 4, sl st in first st.
Ch 1 (counts as first sc), 5 sc, sl st in first st (6)
Ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc in each sc, sl st in first sc (12)
Ch 1, sc in each st, sl st in first sc (12)
(do 5 times in total in shoe colour for shoes)
(do 7 times in total in sock colour for socks). Leave long tail for frills
(do 16 times in total in skin colour for legs)
(do 2 times in total in short colour for shorts)
Finish off, leaving a long tail for joining.
For a frill in second last row of socks attach yarn and do two sc
directly in each st around (optional).
Weave in ends (except joining tail)
Stuff with material of your choosing (plastic bags, yarn scraps, fibre fill)

Arms
Start in skin colour.
Chain 4, sl st in first st
Ch 1, 3 sc, sl st in first st (4)
Ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc in each st, sl st in first st (8)
Ch 1, sc in each st, sl in first st (8)
(Do 8 times in total in skin colour for arms)
(Do 2 times in total in dress main colour for sleeves)
Finish off, leaving a long tail for joining.
Stuff with material of your choosing (plastic bags, yarn scraps, fibre fill)

Head and Body Base
Make 2 - Head: make in skin colour. Body: start in dress colour, change to shorts colour where indicated.

Chain 4, sl st in first st.
Ch 1 (counts as first sc), 5 sc, sl st in first st (6)
Ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc in each sc, sl st in first sc (12)
Ch 1, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc*, repeat until end, sl in first st
Ch 1, sc in next sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc*, repeat until end, sl in first st
Ch 1, sc in next 2 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc*, repeat until end, sl in first st
Ch 1, sc in next 3 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc*, repeat until end, sl in first st
Ch 1, sc in each sc, sl in first st
(Do 8 times in total)
Ch 1, sc in next 3 sc, decrease over next 2 sc, *sc in next 4 sc, decrease over next 2sc*, repeat until end, sl in first st
Ch 1, sc in next 2 sc, decrease over next 2 sc, *sc in next 3 sc, decrease over next 2sc*, repeat until end, sl in first st
(Add filling at this point and change to shorts colour on body)
Ch 1, sc in next sc, decrease over next 2 sc, *sc in next 2 sc, decrease over next 2sc*, repeat until end, sl in first st
Ch 1, decrease over next 2 sc, *sc in next sc, decrease over next 2sc*, repeat until end, sl in first st
Ch 1, decrease over each 2 sc, sl in first st
Leave a long tail and weave through to tighten

Head finishing
Embroider face as desired
Attach hair. Examples of techniques are here and here

Body Finishing
Skirt
In dress colour.
Choose location of skirt and connect yarn. In the first row you are crocheting directly onto the body and so the stitch count may vary.
Ch 3, 2 dc in each st, sl st in first st
Ch 3, 2 dc in each st, sl st in first st
Ch 3, dc in each st, sl st in first st
Change to contrast dress colour
Sl st, *skip stitch, 3 dc in next st, skip stich, sl st* repeat until end. (It’s unlikely this will end up perfectly due to incorrect stitch numbers so there may be an uneven join). Finish off.

Belt
In belt colour.
Choose height of belt. Weave under one and over two stitches. Tie. Either do this prior to attaching limbs and head and use location of knot as a guide, or do it afterwards and position the knot at the doll’s back.

Collar - Crochet directly onto doll after attaching head just below join of head.
Sl st contrasting collar colour onto desired position, 3 dc in same sp, dc in next sp, sc around to front (stitch count will vary), dc in sp 2 prior to start, 3 dc in next sp, sl st in same sp. Finish off

Joining
If using as a dammit doll, joining should be sturdy so sew around each part 2-3 times. Posted by Picasa

MODIFIED 8th August 2007 to make pattern clearer.

3 comments:

blondebabypeaches said...

followed a link from craftser - just wante dto say thanks for the doll pattern my neices will adore this!

Gina Mansolo said...

I saw this pattern and fell in love. I tried to make in 1 day but was sorely disappointed. No pattern for the dress! You can't finish or attach anything. If anyone can tell me how, please email me! I really loved this and want to finish it.

raineedaiz64@yahoo.com

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