In my former life, I designed and knit stockings for doll makers or collectors of Victorian dolls. I preferred to knit them rather than crochet them, but found that crochet thread was the most authentic-looking thread to use. Most were lace patterns I found in Barbara Walker's Treasuriy books. I liked DMC's Cebelia 20 and Inox needles sizes 00 to 0000, depending on the size of doll and the particular stitch pattern. It was a little awkward at first, but as it is with other needles, you soon adapt and soon it is no different than larger needles. For larger items, crochet thread like -#10 can be carried double and knit with #4 needles and looks great.