Saturday, October 27, 2018

Fetița cu acuarele / The watercolour girl - crochet doll

As I describe myself lately, I'm a crochet enthousiast training myself to becoming a pattern designer. And how else to begin this journey if not by allowing myself to complete such challenges as creating alike-dolls for young girls? Bellow you can contemplate my first doll, inspired by a pretty dressed girl, whose picture I found randomly in HappyButtonStore on Etsy. 

For the doll body and shoes, I used Tella pattern provided by Knottellaa on her youtube channel and facebook page. I created the dress and beret using my own imagination. Later at some point, I might be able to create a doll body of my own, and then transform this first alike-doll atempt into a pattern for you. It would be so nice, wouldn't it?


As a matter of fact, my objective regarding the creation of personalized dolls is creating opportunities for pattern design. So I hope it won't take long until I will be able to present you my first full doll pattern.
I release this new opportunity that I've created for myself with a contest for my romanian followers - you can find details here.

Technical details: I used Alize Bahar/Catania Originals cotton yarn, with a 2.25 mm Clover Amour hook. For the hair, I used a romanian silk (100% viscose) yarn, that I brushed after installing it on the doll head. I painted the eyes using textile colours on a piece of thin cotton cloth, then I glued them on the face. The pallette is cutout from felt, and the colour drops are crocheted with a 0.75 mm hook using embroidery yarn.
Hope that you like The Watercolour Girl as much as I do! 😍

Later Edit: Aquarella is actually the second doll I created, I almost forgot about the Girl in the Teapot, made for writer Laura, 3 years ago!


Monday, October 22, 2018

Miss Piggy - Free amigurumi pattern

Oh, I've never been more excited about something as I am about Miss Piggy right now! As a matter of fact, I'm writing this post in a very much hurry, just to be able to show you Miss Piggy wearing her sweeeet ruffled dress (which, by the way, was recycled from an old shirt). In the same time, I'm giving you the opportunity to make a Miss Piggy of your own, courtesy of Yana Dym Sky, her designer, which allowed me to publish my english notes describing her pattern.

As I said before, my notes are not as detailed as the original tutorial, so if you want further guidance, please watch Yana in action on her youtube channel - you can find the first part of Miss Piggy video tutorial here.

By clicking right here, you will find a short guidance for the abbreviations I'm using. For this doll, I used Clover Amour hook size 2.25 mm, with Catania/Alize Bahar cotton yarn - tight crochet for the body and loose crochet for the dress. I'm not sure about the size of the eyes, maybe 10 mm, but you can experiment with several sizes and decide what's good for you, depending on the size of your finished toy :)


R1: magic ring, 6sc
R2: 6inc (12)
R3: 1sc, 1inc (18)
R4: 2sc, 1inc (24)
R5: 3sc, 1inc (30)
R6: 4sc, 1inc (36)
R7: 5sc, 1inc (42)
R8: 6sc, 1inc (48)
R9: 7sc, 1inc (54)
R10-R16 (7rows): 54sc (54)
R17: 9sc, (1sc, 1inc)x6, 1ch, skip 1sc, 10sc, 1ch, skip 1sc, (1inc, 1sc)x6, 9sc (66) (insert later the safety eyes in the holes created by skipping 1sc)
R18-R20 (3 rows): 66sc (66)
R21: (9sc, 1dec)x6 (60)
R22: (8sc, 1dec)x6 (54)
R23: (7sc, 1dec)x6 (48)
R24: (6sc, 1dec)x6 (42)
R25: (5sc, 1dec)x6 (36)
R26: (4sc, 1dec)x6 (30)
R27: (3sc, 1dec)x6 (24)
R28: (2sc, 1dec)x6 (18)
R29: (1sc, 1dec)x6 (12)
R30: 6dec (6)
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing to the body.

2. EARS (make two)

R1: magic ring, 6sc (6)
R2: 6sc (6)
R3: 6inc (12)
R4: 12sc (12)
R5: (1sc, 1inc)x6 (18)
R6: 18sc (18)
R7: (2sc, 1inc)x6 (24)
R8: 24sc (24)
R9: (3sc, 1inc)x6 (30) R10: 30sc (30)
R11: superpose the final row, crochet together 14sc, leave long end for attaching to head.


R1: magic ring, 6sc (6)
R2: (1sc, 1inc)x6 (12)
R3: 1sc, 3inc, 4sc, 3inc, 1sc (18)
R4: 1sc, (1sc, 1inc)x3, 4sc, (1sc, 1inc)x3, 1sc (24)
R5: 1sc, (2sc, 1inc)x3, 4sc, (2sc, 1inc)x3, 1sc (30)
R6: BLO, 30sc
R7: 30sc
Fasten off, leaving long end for sewing to head.


R1: magic ring, 6sc
R2: 6inc (12)
R3: (1sc, 1inc)x6 (18)
R4: (2sc, 1inc)x6 (24)
R5: (3sc, 1inc)x6 (30)
R6: (4sc, 1inc)x6 (36)
R7: (5sc, 1inc)x6 (42)
R8: (6sc, 1inc)x6 (48)
R9: (7sc, 1inc)x6 (54)
R10-R19 (10 rows): 54 sc
R20: (7sc, 1dec)x6 (48)
R21-R22: 48sc
R23: (6sc, 1dec)x6 (42)
R24-R25: 42sc
R26: (5sc, 1dec)x6 (36)
R27-R28: 36sc
R29: (4sc, 1dec)x6 (30)
R30-R31: 30sc
R32: (3sc, 1dec)x6 (24)
R33-R34: 24sc
R35: (1sc, 1dec)x6 (18)


R1: magic ring, 6sc
R2: (1sc, 1inc)x3 (9)
R3: 9sc
R4-R5: (join the two parts): 18sc
R6-R10: 18sc
R11: 8sc, 1dec, 8sc (17)
R12: 17sc
R13: 8sc, 1dec, 7sc (16)
R14: 16sc
R15: 8sc, 1dec, 6sc (15)
R16: 15sc
R17: 8sc, 1dec, 5sc (14)
R18: 14sc
R19: 7sc, 1dec, 5sc (13)
R20: 13sc
R21: 7sc, 1dec, 4sc (12)
R22: 7sc, 1dec, 3sc (11)
R23: 6sc, 1dec, 3sc (10)
R24: 6sc, 1dec, 2sc (9)
R25: sc a few stitches to be able to fold it the right way, then stitch together to end, leave long ends for attaching to body.


R1: 7ch
R2: from 2nd ch from hook, 5sc, 6sc in last ch, 5sc (16)
R3: 5sc, 6inc, 5sc (22)
R4: 3sc in first sc, 4sc, (1sc, 1inc)x6, 5sc (30)
R5: 1inc, 1sc, 1inc, 4sc, (2sc, 1inc)x6, 5sc (38)
R6: 1sc, 1inc, 2sc, 1inc, 33sc (40)
R7: 40sc, crocheted from the back
R8: 40sc in top 2 loops
R9-R10: 40sc
R11: 4sc, 1dec, 13sc, 1dec, (1sc, 1dec)x4, 7sc, change color
R12: attach middle back, 13sc, 5dec, 11sc (29)
R13: 11sc, 4dec, 10sc (25)
R14: 1dec, 10sc, 1dec, 11sc (23)
R15: 9sc, 3dec, 8sc (20)
R16-R18: 20sc
R19: 1dec, 18 sc (19)
R20: 19sc
R21: 1dec, 17sc (18)
R22: 18sc
R23: 1dec, 16sc (17)
R24: 17sc
R25: 1dec, 15sc (16)
R26: 16sc
R27: 1dec, 14sc (15)
[left leg]
R28: 11sc, 1dec, 2sc
R29: 10sc, 1dec, 2sc
R30: 9sc, 1dec, 2sc
R31: 6dec, fasten off
[right leg]
R28: 3sc, 1dec, 10sc
R29: 3sc, 1dec, 9 sc
R30: 3sc, 1dec, 8sc
R31: 6dec, fasten off


The dress I used for my Miss Piggy was just designed by me, so I'm presenting you this version. For the original version, please check Yana's tutorial here.

R1: 32ch, turn, slst into the 6th ch
R2: 2ch (counts as dc), 3dc, [1dc, 1ch, 1dc] into next ch, 2dc, [1dc, 1ch, 1dc] into next ch, 8dc, [1dc, 1ch, 1dc] into next ch, 2dc, [1dc, 1ch, 1dc] into next ch, 6dc, turn
R3: 2ch (counts as dc), 1dc, (2dc in next dc)x2, 2dc, 5ch, skip 8 stitches, 1dc, 2dc in next dc, (2sc, 2dc in next dc)x3, 1dc, 5ch, skip 8 stitches, 2dc, (2dc in next dc)x2, 4dc, turn
R4: 2ch (counts as dc), 2dc, 2dc in next dc, 3dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc, (1dc in next ch)x2, 2dc in next ch, (1dc in next ch)x2, 2dc, 2dc in next dc, 3dc, 2dc in next dc, 2dc, 2dc in next dc, 3dc, 2dc in next dc, 2 dc, (1dc in next ch)x2, 2dc in next ch, (1dc in next ch)x2, 1dc, 2dc in next dc, 3dc, 2 dc in next dc, 2dc, 6ch, turn,
 R5: sc around

Dress shoulders: working on R3, 4dc in first 1ch space, 2dc, (2dc in next dc)x2, 2 dc, 4dc in 1ch space.

Hope you Miss Piggies will turn out just as cute as mine. Thank you, Yana Dym Sky, for the hard work invested in creating this beautiful pattern!

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Please make sure you read the first part of the amigurumi tips series - how to read the patterns proposed on this blog, before you proceed to making this toy.

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