Crocheted History: Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn

Happy Tuesday, crafters!

I had a very long three-day weekend that mostly involved re-wiring the living room with Mr. M., but I was able to squeeze in a couple of fun projects for a dear friend of mine.


My friend is getting her Masters in history and is specifically studying Henrician reform. She loves Anne Boleyn, and as a gift to her, I made her a crocheted Anne Boleyn doll a while back. It was one of the first dolls I had ever made, and as a result had some flaws. So I decided to make her a new one.

Like the previous Anne Boleyn doll, her head does come off. But unlike the previous one, I got smart and decided to use magnets instead of velcro (a serious improvement).


Here’s a Tuesday Tip for you: if you’re crocheting with magnets, make sure they are strong enough to still pull through at least two layers of crocheted work.

For instance, the first set of magnets I used worked fine through one layer and almost worked through the second layer, but they would not hold up her head once I had sewn on the hair and hood.

To accompany Anne, I made a Henry VIII doll, trying to match him as close as possible to his famous portrait. I used some beautiful gold thread I had bought forever ago to get the shimmering detail in his coat and for his jewelry. The detail in his hat was made with a single long strand of white crochet thread, which did the trick.


I think they are both adorable, and they look even better in person. This has opened my eyes to all kinds of other dolls I could make. Personally, I think a crocheted Amelia Earhart would be wonderful! Think of all the wonderful possibilities!

In the meantime, what do you think of Henry and Anne? Let me know in the comments!

Published by Alex Mikkelborg

I fell in love with crochet in college, and since then I've made hats, scarves, afghans, stuffed animals, Christmas ornaments and so much more! I also recently taught myself how to knit, and now I have twice as many reasons to buy more yarn! "She who dies with the most yarn wins!"

2 thoughts on “Crocheted History: Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn

  1. Hi, I really love these and was wondering if there was a pattern available? Thanks Millie

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