This is a step by step tutorial for adding an up-do hairstyle to Eve Gonk dolls.
I’ll be showing you how I created the curly haired bun hairstyle for my Ballerina Gonk, but this technique can be used to make ponytails, or other up-dos.
For down hairstyles, you can follow my guide for Adam Gonk’s hair.
I show you how to make a bun using a hairpiece for Mrs Claus, in the original Christmas Eve Gonk pattern. Here we will be working directly into the Gonk’s head instead.
This technique for adding hair can be applied to other crocheted dolls as well.
What yarn should I use for doll hair?
I have used Chunky (US Bulky) weight acrylic yarn. It is made of 4 twisted plies, which I will be unravelling. Splitting the strands in half gives a loose curl effect. You can keep the hair looking straight, by keeping the strands intact. Using other types of yarn may give different results.
How to add hair to your crochet doll
To make it easier to work into the Gonk’s body, use a smaller hook than you’ve used to make your doll. I’m using a 3.5mm crochet hook.
Cut strands of yarn in your chosen hair colour/s, approximately twice the length of your Gonk’s body. I have used a blend of Light Brown and Beige, for a mousy brown hair effect.
Use pins to mark out your hairline. I have positioned my hairline 2 rounds above the nose, sloping down to 2 rounds above the shoulders, and 9 rounds down from the centre at the back.
Insert hook through from the round above, to a gap level with your marked hairline. Fold a strand of yarn in half and pull the fold through to create a loop on hook. Pull both ends through the loop to attach.
Insert the hook through from the next gap above, into the same gap as the previous strand, and attach another strand.
Repeat Step 3. and Step 4. to create a dense line of 2 strands, all the way around the hairline. Try to keep as close to the marked line as you can, adjusting the angle of entry where needed.
Take one half of an attached strand and split the plies to help ﬂatten the yarn. Use your yarn needle to feed the split strand into the centre of the hairline circle, exit at any other point within the circle and trim the excess yarn. Repeat for each of the attached strands, covering the ‘scalp’ with half of the hair, all the way around.
Unravel the remaining strands into 2 pairs of 2 plies, to create the loose curl effect (or leave them intact for a straight haired look). Gather the hair and tie it up into a ponytail, using a strand of yarn, leaving a few curls loose at the front. Here, you can keep your ponytail, or style other up-dos, instead of continuing with the ballet bun.
Part the ponytail centrally, and twist the hair into a bun. Keep the yarn from tying strand separate, you can thread them through the body to hold them out of the way. Twist the hair clockwise, tucking the hair under as you go, to create a tight bun.
Separate the plies of the tying strand, and use them to tack the ends of the bun into place. Thread the loose front curls down through the base of the hairline to position them downwards.
Finish by trimming the loose curls to your desired length.
Have fun creating different hairstyles for your Eve Gonk!
Don’t forget, you can add down hairstyles, using the same technique shown for Adam Gonk here.
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