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Kirsty Crochet Doll

24 Jan

This 6 inch crochet doll features a removable dress, for added play value, and a defined scalp section for ease in attaching hair strands. The doll’s limbs are attached as you go – so there’s no need to sew anything on at the end, asides from facial features and hair.

Kirsty Crochet Doll

If you haven’t previously made any dolls, or other amigurumi critters with hair, you simply attach the strands the same way that you’d attach scarf fringing. Using a small crochet hook (or darning needle), pull the middle of a short length of yarn through the fabric – so you have a loop on one side and the 2 tail ends on the other. Pull the tail ends through the loop and give it a firm tug to secure. (If giving to a young child, you may additionally wish to secure the tail ends with a double knot.)

Kirsty Crochet Doll Pattern

All rounds begin with a standard turning chain and are joined with a slip stitch – except for the last round of the dress. (See pattern for further details.)

Size: 6 inches tall
Yardage: 45-67 yards
Needles: 4mm (US: 6/G), darning needle, sewing needle
Yarn: DK (US: light worsted) in at least 2 colours
Materials: toy stuffing, thread (US: cotton)

Leg A

Rnd 1: magic loop of 6 dc sts
Rnds 2-10: dc6

Fasten off and proceed to LEG B and BODY.

Leg B & Body

Rnd 1: magic loop of 6 dc sts
Rnds 2-20: dc6
Rnd 21: dc3, dc6 (into LEG A), dc3 [12 dc]

Fill legs with toy stuffing.

Rnds 22-27: dc12

Fasten off, fill body with toy stuffing, and proceed to ARM A.

Arm A

Rnd 1: magic loop of 4 dc sts
Rnds 2-6: dc4

Fasten off and proceed to ARM B and HEAD.

Arm B & Head

Rnd 1: magic loop of 4dc sts
Rnds 2-6: dc4
Rnd 7: dc2tog, dc6 into BODY, dc2tog into ARM A, dc1, dc2tog into ARM A & BODY, dc4, dc2tog into BODY & ARM B, dc1 [16 dc]
Rnd 8: dc2tog to end [8 dc]
Rnd 9: dc2tog, dc2, dc2tog, dc2 [6 dc]
Rnd 10: 2dc to end [12dc]
Rnd 11: *2dc, dc2, rep * to end [16 dc]
Rnds 12-14: dc16
Rnd 15: *dc2tog, dc2, rep * to end [12 dc]

Switch to hair colour yarn.

Rnd 16: dc12
Rnd 17: dc2tog to end [6 dc]

Fasten off with long tail for sewing, and fill head with toy stuffing.

Sew facial features e.g. eyes and mouth. Sew head opening closed and weave in ends. Use a small crochet hook or darning needle to attach short lengths of yarn to head, and trim the hair to desired style.

Dress

Rnd 1: ch24 and join with slst
Rnd 2: dc24 BLO
Rnd 3: tr24
Rnd 4: *tr2tog, tr2, rep * to end [18 tr]
Rnd 5: *tr2tog, tr4, rep * to end [15 tr]
Rnd 6: tr15
Rnd 7: tr13, tr2tog [14 tr]
Rnd 8: no tch, ch5, skip 1, slst6, ch5, skip 1, slst6

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Abbreviations

BLO = back loop only
ch = chain
dc = double crochet (US: single crochet)
dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
rep = repeat
slst = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
tch = turning chain
tr = treble (US: double crochet)
tr2tog = treble 2 stitches together

This pattern was tested by the lovely Mnemosyn, and wandabennett. <3

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Amigurumi Owl Adaptation

21 Jul

My daughter recently requested that I make her something Harry Potter themed. Inspiration saved me at the last-minute, when I decided my Mini Amigurumi Penguin would adapt very nicely into a speedy amigurumi owl!

Pigwidgeon

To make this version, you will need 8mm (US: L) and 5mm (US: 8/H) crochet hooks and assorted DK (US: worsted) yarns. I used a mix of white, cream and brown yarn colours to create some visual texture depth. The original pattern includes feet but I omitted those entirely. Instead, I’ve added some ear tufts. The amigurumi owl directions, below, reference the original pattern, which is available here: Mini Amigurumi Penguin.

Body

Use the larger hook and 3 strands of DK yarn. Do not change yarn colours midway.

Wings

Use the larger hook and 3 strands of DK yarn. Blanket stitch the edges of each wing and use blanket stitch to attach the wings to the body. (I used brown along the top edge of the wings and white along the other edges.)

Eyes

Use the smaller hook. After working the magic loop, do not fasten off – work a second round as 2dc (US: 2sc) in each st and then fasten off. Sew French knots for normal pupils or use satin stitches to create crazy winking pupils.

Beak

Do not crochet the beak. Use satin stitches to fill in a sewn, triangular, beak area.

Ears

With a darning needle or fine hook, pull 3 to 5 short lengths of yarn through the head – where you’d like to place an ear. Firmly knot all the yarn together and trim the ends, so they are about an inch long. Gently unravel the yarn plies, so the ear looks nice and fluffy. Repeat for the second ear.

The finished amigurumi owl reminded me strongly of Pigwidgeon but my daughter assured me that it looks like Hedwig. Who am I to argue? The main thing is: my daughter loved her new stuffed owl. :)

Amigurumi Tooth

20 Dec

For emergency Tooth Fairy gifts, this amigurumi tooth makes a cute – and FAST – mini plushie friend. You only need oddments of yarn and a very small amount of toy stuffing. Size it up or down with different needles or substitute toy stuffing with scraps of yarn! This is perfect for knitting, while the Tooth Fairy waits for your child to fall asleep… :)

Amigurumi Tooth in white DK yarn

Amigurumi Tooth Pattern

Cast on 6 sts using 4mm (US: 6) needles and DK (US: light worsted) yarn.

Row 1: kfb, k4, kfb [8 sts] [RS]
Row 2: pfb, p7 [9 sts] [WS]
Row 3: kfb, k7, kfb [11 sts]
Row 4: pfb, p10 [12 sts]
Row 5: k12
Row 6: p2tog, p8, p2tog [10 sts]
Row 7: k8, k2tog [9 sts]
Row 8: p2tog, p5, p2tog [7 sts]
Row 9: kfb, k5, kfb [9 sts]
Row 10: pfb, p8 [10 sts]
Row 11: kfb, k8, kfb [12 sts]
Row 12: p12
Row 13: k10, k2tog [11 sts]
Row 14: p2tog, p7, p2tog [9 sts]
Row 15: k7, k2tog [8 sts]
Row 16: p2tog, p4, p2tog [6 sts]

Bind off and weave in or trim the yarn ends. Make a second tooth.

Tooth Assembly

Sew optional features to RS of one tooth piece; I used French knot eyes and a running stitch smiling mouth. Arrange your teeth pieces, WS together, and whip stitch edges – leaving a small gap of about an inch. Fill your amigurumi tooth with toy stuffing and then continue to whip stitch the gap and fasten off the ends.

By way of variation, you could blanket stitch the edges in a contrasting colour or use different colours for the front and back tooth pieces. The amigurumi tooth is worked sideways so, if you want to use multiple colours or self-striping yarn, any stripes will run vertically. If you’re not fond of sewing, you could crochet the edges together and use scraps of felt for the optional facial features.

Abbreviations:
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
kfb = knit through front and back loops
p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 stitches together
pfb = purl through front and back loops
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side