Crocheting for My Dolls House

As you might remember from my earlier posts, recently I've been experimenting with dollhouse-sized versions of another hobby of mine, crocheting. I've been having a blast!

 

These projects are so rewarding because most of them can be finished in an hour or two. A tiny 1:12 scale doily is only 2 or three rounds of crocheting. I've finished a whole handful of them this past weekend to decorate nearly every flat surface in my dolls house, not to mention enough doily rugs to cover the hardwood floors of my dolls house. Now I'm moving onto the bed, which I hope to pile high with blankets and pillows.

The tiny stitches of these doll house-sized linens look intricate, but crocheting simple patterns at this scale is actually not that different from any other type of crocheting. If you know how to make a dishcloth or a granny square, you can make these too! I've found that the key to getting the right lacy look is to use thin cotton crochet thread, not yarn, for these projects. The one big difference I've found between crocheting for a doll house and making full-scale accessories is that my eyes need to take a break every once in a while after I've spent a few hours staring at a thin crocheting hook and thread.

I found that there aren't too many doll house-scale crochet patterns out there, but that hasn't stopped me. I started with full-scale patterns that could be used for doll house decorating. A doily becomes a rug, a dishcloth doubles as a tiny bedspread, and an edging pattern is transformed into lacy curtains for my dolls house. Blankets and pillows are simply squares and rectangles with a bit of edging made up on the spot. What I love about these tiny handmade accessories is how beautifully delicate they look even though the patterns aren't all that complicated.

Next time I'll share photos of the finished bed. In the meantime, I hope some of you can share your doll house crafts to further inspire me!