I've been wanting a ginger haired boy Waldorf type doll. So I made one! Here's Russell. His named even means redhead in old Anglo-Norman!
Russell didn't come together as easily as some of my dolls. When I tied his head, I didn't anchor the strings around the cheeks. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. I found out with Russell that it's wiser to anchor them!
Here are photos of a head (not his) with the cheek strings not anchored on the left and anchored on the right.
When I pulled the tight fabric "skin" over Russell's head, the left cheek string slipped up. I didn't noticed it right away when I could have easily fixed it. But when I did see it what had happened, I figured it probably wouldn't matter a lot. It did.
By the time I had the doll's head stitched on to the body and the first layer of head was attached at the center top of his head, a raised ridge had formed across his rather flat left cheek. There was no way to move the strings back on the finished head. What to do???
I finally took a deep breath and decided to carefully clip and unpick all the stitches holding his head to his body. I don't recommend doing this. The fabric skin is a knit and can easy develop runs. I was fortunate. No damage occurred. I was able to pull up his head covering just enough to put the strings back in the proper position. Then I anchored them and stitched the head back onto the body. Whew.
Russell now has two chubby cheeks. There is a line across his left cheek where the ridge had been is just barely visible. He's staying with me, so I'm fine with that.
I designed most of his clothes except his sweater is pattern which is the "Heart to Heart Pullover Vest" designed for Heart to Heart Bears based in Shanghai, China. It's available on Ravelry.com. I needed to narrow it bit through the body but the pattern made that adjustment easy to do. I drew the pattern for his socks but got the idea to form the toe seam from socks sold by Bamboletta.com.
Here are his moccasins. If found some rawhide laces for crafts at Joann's. They are rated safe for children age 14 and older. Fine for my doll, but not something for a young child. But they sure are cute!!