Disc Jointed Dolls and Plushies
Posted September 21, 2013on:
Jointed amigurumi dolls are crocheted dolls, or plushies with fully movable arms, legs and head. There are made with disc joints that are pinned in the extremity of each part. There are different kind of joints: the plastic disc joint which come in three parts (the disk, washer, and safety washer). The cotter disc joint, also in three parts (the hardboard disc, washer, and split pin). Some discs come with a metal nut and bolt.
The ones that I have are plastic, I bought them on ETSY. I will admit that they are hard to pin, but once they are in place, there is no worry that your disc will get loose!
It’s better to pin before you finish stuffing any parts. For instance, if I work on a head, and body, I start on working on the body before I finish the head in order to pin them together. Same with the arms and legs. (If you work with this kind of plastic pins).
I haven’t tried the metal joints yet, but I have a feeling it might be easier to work with them than the plastic ones. There are other alternatives to join dolls, such as thread, buttons, or safety eyes. I am not a fan of threaded joints, it didn’t feel secure enough to me. I haven’t tried the option with the buttons, but I like the safety eyes, I used the on several occasions and they are easy to work with. Just pick ones that are big enough for the job.
As for the size of the doll joints, it will depend on your doll. Here is a size chart:
20 mm joints – amigurumi under 9 inches (22.5 cm) tall
30 mm joints – amigurumi around 10 inches (25 cm) tall
35 mm joints – amigurumi around 13 inches (3.30 cm) tall
45 mm joints – amigurumi around 16 inches (40 cm) tall
65 mm joints – amigurumi around 20 inches (50 cm) tall
If you are interested in working with joint crocheted dolls, there are a lot of cute patterns available on ETSY. I wanted to link the one I bought last year, a really cute vintage jointed bear, but unfortunately the lady (Bluebeary Treasures) retired and is no longer selling patterns. I made two bears with it, I used her pattern as a base, and took off on my own from there.
What I love about jointed amigurumi dolls is the fact that you can give them a pose. You can move their head from side to side, have their arms up and down, or have them sit or stand. It really gives your doll some personality!
Whether you use plastic joints, or metal, thread, buttons, or safety eyes, the best thing to do is to try different options, find out which one work the best for you. I intend to try cotter disc joints next to see if I like them better than the plastic ones, so I will probably make another post on the subject in the near future.
I hope you have found this post helpful and informative. In the mean time, Happy crocheting!