Traditional Hair Section 2 - The First Layer
Step 1: Take your marking pen and draw a line down the center of the doll's head - starting at the top of the forehead (where the hair will start) and finishing at the back of the crown.
Step 2: Draw a line around where you want the hairline, gently slope your line towards the "ears" and follow around the back of the neck, mirroring as best as you can on the other side. There is no right or wrong here, place this line wherever you think is best.
Step 3: Draw a third line from "ear" to "ear" (sorry about the blurry pic!). I'm drawing my line a little high in the pic out of preference. You can place your line wherever you like!
Step 4: Pin your first layer of hair into place along the center part. You can also use safety pins.
Step 8: You will repeat steps 6-7. The only difference is that instead of using large basting backstitches, you will want to make your stitches much smaller. You want these stitches to be extra secure, for they will be openly exposed to your child's hands. Also, secure your thread every 5-10 stitches by sewing in place a few times. Only sew down about 2-3 strands of yarn at a time. You will start sewing this line approximately 3" beneath your "ear to ear" line and follow around the nape of the neck.
Step 8: When your two sides meet on the back of the neck, combine, adding yarn if needed, to make sure that all of the skin on the head is covered, especially between the 2nd and 3rd line. If there is some head exposed between the 1st and second, no worries, it will get covered up by the next layer.
Step 9: when you are finished, your doll should look something like the final two pictures. Don't worry if it isn't super-neat, it will be covered up by other hair, and your doll forgives you. Time to move on to the next section (which is way easier)!