About Betty

Joy is the designer, knitter and crocheter behind Betty Virago.

A lifelong doll collector and maker of all things crafty.

Joy lives in Leeds with her cat, Pixie and is studying a Textile Art & Craft degree at Huddersfield University.


Her blog has a strange mixture of posts mainly about textiles, Christianity and social awareness.

Joy enjoys working with wool, star trek, teaching, annoying the cat but what she loves most is when she gets emails from people who like her work (hint hint!)




20 thoughts on “About Betty

  1. Hi, me again!
    Thank you again for your help with the legs. I think I got the hang of it…
    Thought I should post a picture of the doll I made with your pattern ;)

    Crochet – Daryl Dixon:

    Take care and crochet on :)

    1. He’s brilliant

  2. I don’t know if it is ok to ask this here…

    I recently purchased your “crochet doll pattern” and have a little problem with the lower legs…
    I just don’t get the 20 sc… I got the 13sc from the first part, but I can’t get to the 20sc in the second part… Do I turn it around after 1) and do the sc or do I crochet around the whole foot?

    Got my problem right there in your .pdf —-> 2) 2sc in 1sc, sc in 3, 2sc in 4, sc in 3, 2sc in 2 (20)

    Thanks for your help,

    (PS: Sorry for my bad englisch, I am from Vienna.)

    1. This is a perfect place to ask. Let me have a look at the pattern and I’ll get back to you.

    2. Ok, you continue working around, but if it’s easier to join the round and chain 1 before starting round 2 that will work, you can also turn the foot and work that way if it’s still difficult.
      If you imagine the foot, you start round 2 at the back of the foot. You increase 1, then Sc along the side to the toe, increase 4, Sc back to the heel and increase 2.
      I hope that helps.

      1. YEAH! I got it! Your tips helped a lot, Thank you!!!

      2. Great, I’m currently making several of these dolls for my final university project so keep watching this blog! And let me know if you need more help.

    3. Oh, and your English was perfect, no need to apologise!

      1. Thank you!

  3. I admire your courage to make and find your own place in this funny old world. Keep calm, and crochet on!



  4. I’m impressed by your creativity and hard work – that photo with sea insipired patterns is genial! I would like to learn more about spinning and everything – from sheep to sweater. I’m from Serbia, and the closest I got there is a conversation with a nice woman from small serbian village. “You have sheep? Who shears them?”- “I do.” – “Wow! And then?”- “I spin the wool.”- “And… then?” – ” I knit socks and sweaters.” Enough said.

    1. The Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers has an online community that might be able to give you information on spinning.
      Also Interweave have some great downloadable DVDs that show you what to do.
      Keep searching, I’m sure you’ll find out what you need.
      Thank you though for the very lovely comments.

  5. I don’t. The pattern for the slippers comes from the paid for pattern for the crochet doll. I think though, if you download all the free patterns you might be able to find it somewhere.

  6. hi, do you have a free pattern for the ballerina slippers?

  7. Hi Betty!! Your patterns and workmanship are excellent😊. I’m looking for a pattern for the dolls underwear. I can’t seem to find it on your blog. Could you please help me? Maybe email me the link? Thanks

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment.

      The underwear is included in the doll pattern, which you can buy on Ravelry or Etsy.
      Hope that helps

  8. we have seen your ballerina outfit on ravelry but struggled to find the doll pattern could you please help

    1. Have emailed you two links to the pattern, but if you still can’t get it let me know

  9. Hello, fellow crafter! :) Almost all the blogs I follow are fellow crafters too! I love the fact you are so creative, and I can draw some inspiration from you, looking forward to more clay designs from you! Take care!

    1. In that case I will get working on some more clay makey makes

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