How to Make Short Doll Hair with Yarn


Hey everyone! I’m Lizfaerie and today I’m going to show
you how I made these short hair styles for some of my crochet dolls. I’ve gotten a lot of requests for a short
hair style, and I’m finally happy with the look I got with this technique, so I’m pretty
excited to share it with you all. You actually won’t need much for this tutorial. A few things you’ll need are:
Some yarn. I’ll be using this variegated rainbow yarn
from Red Heart brand. You can use any color yarn, but I haven’t
actually tested this technique on anything but worsted and Aran weight yarns, so I’m
not positive on how thicker, or thinner, yarns would change the look. If you try it, let me know how it goes in
the comments! You’ll also need a doll to add the hair to. You can find a link to my doll tutorials in
the description below. One thing to note, though; for this style
of hair, I’ll be adding the hair before I make the rest of the doll’s body. So I have an unfinished doll head here. I’ve just finished the first row of decrease
after lengthening the head. This is just to make it easier to sew in the
ends, but of course you could still do this with a finished doll. I’ve also cut off a long yarn tail of the
yarn I’m using to make the doll, so I can finish more with it later. And I’ve wrapped it up and secured it with
a small rubber band, so it doesn’t get in the way as I’m working the hair. You’ll also need a sharp yarn needle. Make sure it’s a sharp needle, or it will
be really difficult to install the hair. I use a darning needle. And you’ll need a grooming brush. You could get away with using a regular brush
for this, but I find that the grooming brush is more gentle on the yarn, and actually works
faster with minimal damage. So if you can get one, use a grooming brush. And when you’re done you can use scissors
or a razor to style the hair. Just be careful with those sharp edges. Some optional materials are:
Some pins. I’ll be using these to mark my doll’s scalp,
so I know where to place the hair. If you want you could use a wig cap for the
doll, so that less of the doll’s scalp shows through the hair. You can find my wig cap tutorial in the description. But I won’t be using a wig cap for this doll. First I’m going to mark the scalp with pins
all around the hairline. At first I’ll just make a circle of pins all
around the head. Then I’ll add more pins along the sideburns, around the ears, and at the
back of the head. If you want a more simple look, you can just
leave it as a circle around the head. Next I’m going to thread my darning needle
with my yarn. And fasten the yarn to the doll. So put the needle through the inside of the
head to the back of the head, through the neck hole. Then stitch around once to secure the yarn. Now the next part depends on how you want
to style the hair later. For my doll, I want the hair to have a more
swept back look, so I’ll make my stitches straight vertical lines, parallel to the eyes. If you wanted to make a middle or side part,
leave the part area bare of stitches, so you can see the scalp through the hair at the
part, and work the stitches out from the part, with long horizontal stitches perpendicular
to the eyes. Or you could also start at the crown of the
head, and work the stitches out from the top middle of the head, in circles. It all depends on how you want the hair to
flow. For this doll, I’ll start at the hairline. So put the needle through to front of the
scalp, where you want the hairline to start. And sew lines all around the hairline, keeping
the flow of stitches the same as the flow of the hair all the way around. So I’ve filled in the entire hairline. Now I’m going to fill in the rest of the hair,
keeping to the same flow of lines I made around the hairline. Since I’m using a variegated yarn, I’m going
to try to make a gradient effect with my doll’s hair, so I’m going to try to match the colors
all over the head. You don’t have to do this if you want, you
could just place the colors randomly. And of course, if you’re just using one color
for the entire head, you won’t have to worry about this. Now I’ve finished filling in the whole head. You don’t have to do this, but I like to,
just to add more strength and volume. I’m going to add another layer of stitches
on top of the stitches I just placed. And once again, I’m going to make sure to
match the colors all over the head to make a gradient effect. And I’m also going to add some eyebrows to
the doll. I just need to make sure the piece of the
yarn I use for each brow matches, since I’m using a variegated yarn. If you want you could make the brows a solid
color, but I’m going to make them a gradient, like the hair. Next I’m going to use the grooming brush to
brush out the yarn I just placed on the head, until it resembles hair. Do this very carefully. Make sure you don’t brush any of the skin
tone yarn. Try covering up any areas you don’t want to
brush. I’m using my hands, but if you like you could
use a small cloth. For the smaller areas of hair, like the sideburns
and the eyebrows, I’m just going to use my needle to gently pull some of the fibers loose,
instead of the brush, to make sure I don’t accidentally brush the skin. Then use the brush to grab and pull out those
fibers. And now the hair is finished! Well, not quite. He looks a bit like a treasure troll. Which is fine if that’s the look you want. But that’s not what we’re doing here, so let’s
trim that hair! First I’m going to use my scissors to get
the top of the head to a length I like. Make sure to cut the hair vertically with
the scissors, rather than horizontally, so that the cut doesn’t look blunt and choppy. You want to feather the edges as much as possible. While I’m at it, I’ll go ahead and trim those
wild eyebrows, too. If you want to, you could leave it at that. But if you want the hair even shorter, we
can trim it with the razor. I’m just going to shave off the ends of the
hairs until they’re a length I like. I’m going to shave the back of the head up
to the crown. And the sideburns. And I’ll also, carefully, shave the eyebrows. When I finish shaving the back of the head,
I’ll give it another once over with the grooming brush to help add some volume. And then I’ll go back in with the razor, just
to trim those extra fibers. Next I’ll brush the hair back. And then use the razor to blend the front
hair with the back hair. And now the hair is done. Now I just need to finish making the rest
of the doll! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, give it a like or share it on
social media. If you want to check out some of my other
doll hair tutorials, there’ll be a link at the end of this video. If you want to support my work, consider donating
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Patreon, like seeing my videos before everyone else! Find more information about that at Patreon.com/faerierings. I really love how this technique turned out. Be sure to let me know what you think in the
comments section. And if you use this technique, I’d love to
see what you came up with! Send me pictures at any of my social media
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