Best Friends Amigurumi- Free Pattern

Woo…it’s getting hot out there (94 today, 98 tomorrow!). While I’m busy sitting in the A/C working on new patterns to share with you, I thought I would re-share with you a pattern that doesn’t take any real amount of lap space/coverage. I made these dolls a little over 3 years ago. They are almost completely customizable…you can change the color of their clothing, skin, hair…and make them to look like your own little girl! If you prefer embroidered eyes you can do that instead of using safety eyes, or you can pick a safety eye in the color of your choice!
Enjoy!
~Amanda~

Crochet On The Brain

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I made these dolls in the Spring of 2015, but have just now typed up the pattern for them. A little girl who lives local to me now owns them, and the last I heard she sleeps with them nightly and they are her “Best Friends”. So, I’ve named this pattern for that 🙂 My husband and I had named them Myrtle (on the left) and Mavis (on the right), but of course you are free to call them whatever you wish! The colors are completely customizable. You can use whichever colors you wish to, perhaps make them look like your own little girl! Each doll is roughly 11 inches tall. Gauge really isn’t important, so long as the stitches are tight together so that the stuffing doesn’t pop through. The pattern was very lengthy to type out, so please overlook any typo’s I might’ve made 🙂 On that note…

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Grenadine Doll- Done?

I *think* the doll is done. I don’t know if I should add more to it or not. I’ll be making a second doll sooner or later and incorporate a few minor changes to it before I publish a pattern for it. For now, this is what it looks like, and Olivia has a new doll to play with ❤🤗😚

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What do you think?

~Amanda~

WIP Wednesday- May 16, 2018

Another week of progress made 😁 The doll that I wrote about in last week’s WIP Wednesday is coming along nicely. I’m actually quite proud of it! Usually I am my own worst critic when it comes to designing something new.

For now, I am calling this 14 inch tall doll “Grenadine”, because that’s the primary color used.

I realize that I sewed her head on a wee bit crooked, but I’m ok with that. It adds character, lol. (She looks proud and headstrong this way, don’t you think? Lol)

Last night after Olivia went to bed I went onto YouTube and watched a few videos for inspiration and instruction on how to create lovely eyes. I usually suck at making faces, and don’t embellish with, for example,  eyelashes. I think what I did turned out well. After the hair(line) is done, I might even add eyebrows!  I don’t know if the ears are too big (the critic, again), but once the hair is added maybe they won’t look too big.

The pins on her head represent the hairline. I *think* I have brown yarn on hand, but I might not have enough. If not, Grenadine might have lilac colored hair (or blue, or red or bright orange…lol).  I know, I should’ve checked through my yarn stash before beginning this project!

Along with the hair, I have to still make her little skirt (which I SHOULD do before adding hair, so I don’t crochet her hair into the skirt!).  Oh, and probably little shoe straps, perhaps with buttons, to cover up the color change.

So, I think that’s all I have to say about Grenadine right now.

Next, here’s a sneak peek at the new free pattern I’m planning to publish on Friday coming up:

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Have a great day everyone! And remember…

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(I found this pic on Pinterest, lol)

~Amanda~

WIP Wednesday- May 9, 2018

As you can see, I’ve decided to try (again) a weekly post of my WIP’s . I did this a couple of years ago, but I didn’t keep up with it. Fingers crossed that it’ll work out this time around 🤗 (I find that since I’ve been paying for my blog I make better use of my time and make sure I keep publishing more regularly here!)

In my most recent Weekly Update I mentioned that I’m now working on an amigurumi doll. So that is the focus of this WIP Wednesday.

This is what I’ll call the “prototype “. I’m using Red Heart Super Saver,  left overs from the Ripple Blanket I made earlier this year (which is technically still a WIP since I still haven’t weaved in all of the yarn tails!).

The skin color is Aran, the clothing is Grenadine (the pink), and I’ve included little white socks. Oh, and the safety eyes are 12 mm black. There are still a few more decreasing rounds to go, to shape the top of the body, and then of course making arms and adding hair and a face to the head, and then sewing it all together. If you look closely you will see that I’ve crocheted in only the back loops around the waist; this is so I can add a little skirt attached directly onto the doll.  To cover my color changes I’ll probably add little shoe straps and a button, and when I make the second of this doll I’ll use a non-jogging color change method. I probably should’ve done that first time around! Lol

For the second version of this doll, I will be using the Mainstays brand of yarn for the body, but still in the color Aran. Red Heart use to sell a color, which I believe was called something like “blush” (?), which was better suited for flesh-tone. I couldn’t find it though when I was in the yarn aisle the other day at Walmart.  But I noticed that the Mainstays “Aran” is slightly darker than Red Heart’s , so I picked that up.  I also couldn’t find a light enough brown,  which would more closely resemble my daughter’s skin tone (I’ve used Red Heart Super Saver’s “warm brown” in the past). So the Mainstays Aran will hopefully do.

I am also thinking that I might make a boy version of the doll. But we’ll see. Or even a naked version, with removable clothing. I have so many ideas going through my head at once, lol. Just don’t hold me to any of these ideas…no guarantees or promises that I’ll do all of this! Lol.

What I’d also like to do is make animals, but for some reason I’ve never been able to make them work, unless of course I follow someone else’s pattern. I guess making/designing dolls is easier for me because I really don’t have to stop and think about their shape too much. On a side note, you can see a couple of my previous doll designs here: Valentine Doll  and Best Friends Amigurumi.

So there ya have it, my “first” WIP Wednesday.  I hope you enjoyed the read 😁

~Amanda ~

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Best Friends Amigurumi

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I made these dolls in the Spring of 2015, but have just now typed up the pattern for them. A little girl who lives local to me now owns them, and the last I heard she sleeps with them nightly and they are her “Best Friends”. So, I’ve named this pattern for that 🙂 My husband and I had named them Myrtle (on the left) and Mavis (on the right), but of course you are free to call them whatever you wish! The colors are completely customizable. You can use whichever colors you wish to, perhaps make them look like your own little girl! Each doll is roughly 11 inches tall. Gauge really isn’t important, so long as the stitches are tight together so that the stuffing doesn’t pop through. The pattern was very lengthy to type out, so please overlook any typo’s I might’ve made 🙂 On that note, please let me know if you do find any mistakes.

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Best Friends Amigurumi

© Amanda Bryant 2016

Supplies Needed:

4 mm crochet hook

12 mm plastic (black) safety eyes

Polyester Fibrefill

Stitch marker

Yarn needle

Worsted weight yarn- I used Red Heart Super Saver in the following colors:

For Myrtle:

Skin- Aran (Color A)

Dress- Orchid (Color B)

Hair- Coffee (Color C)

Socks- Light Pink (Color D)

Shoes- Black (Color E)

Mouth- small amount of dark pink (Color F)

For Mavis:

Skin- Warm Brown (Color A)

Dress- Medium Thyme (Color B)

Hair- Coffee (Color C)

Socks- Claret (Color D)

Shoes- Black (Color E)

Mouth- small amount of light pink (Color F)

Special Notes:

-The head and body are crocheted as one piece, starting at the top of the head. Arms, legs, ears, hair and the skirt are added afterward.

-The hair is created as a wig, which is then sewn in place to the top of the head.

-The skirt is crocheted onto the body after the body is made, using the free front loops of Rnd 36 of the body. You will hold the doll upside down while creating the skirt, and work in the round.

-With the exception of the skirt, the doll is made in a continuous round, not joining each round. Use a stitch marker to mark the beg/end of each round.

-The nose is made using a small cluster of hdc’s.

-When placing the eyes, stuff the head and mark (with a pen or marker) where the eyes should go. Then remove the stuffing and secure the safety eyes on the marked spots. Once the eyes are secure, you can then re-stuff the head.

Abbreviations Used:

ch- chain

sc- single crochet

hdc- half double crochet

sc2tog- single crochet 2 sts together

sc3tog- single crochet 3 sts together

sl st- slip stitch

Instructions:

Head & Body-

Starting at the top of the head, with A, ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook ( 6 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (make 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in the next sc)  Repeat around. (18 sc)

Round 4- (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (24 sc)

Round 5- (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (30 sc)

Round 6- make 1 sc in each sc around (30 sc)

Round 7- (make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (36 sc)

Round 8- make 1 sc in each sc around (36 sc)

Round 9- (make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (42 sc)

Round 10-13- make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Round 14- make 1 sc in each of the first 20 sc’s, make 3 hdc’s (for the nose) in the next sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 21 sc’s (44 sts)

Round 15- make 1 sc in each of the first 20 sc’s, sc3tog (which will be the 3 hdc’s that you made in round 14), make 1 sc in each of the next 21 sc (42 sc)

Round 16- make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Round 17- (make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (36 sc)

Round 18- (make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (30 sc)- **Now is a good time to place eyes, at about round 11 of the head (see “Special Notes” at top of page)

Round 19- (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (24 sc)

Round 20- (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (18 sc)

**Stuff head, taking care to help shape the nose

Round 21- (make 1 sc in the first sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (12 sc)

Rounds 22-23- make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 24 (starting body)- make 2 sc in each sc around (24 sc)

Round 25- With B, (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (30 sc)

Round 26- (make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (36 sc)

Rounds 27-30- make 1 sc in each sc around (36 sc)

Round 31- (make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (42 sc)

Rounds 32-25- make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Round 36- working in the back loops only, make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Rounds 37-38- working in both loops again, make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Round 39- (make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (36 sc)

Rounds 40-41- make 1 sc in each sc around (36 sc)

Round 42- (make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (30 sc)

Round 43- (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (24 sc)

Round 44- (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (18 sc)

**Stuff the body firmly. Make sure the neck is stuffed firmly to help hold up the weight of the head and hair.

Round 45- (make 1 sc in the first sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (12 sc)

Round 46- (sc2tog) Repeat around (6 sc)

Sl st in the next sc, fasten off. With a yarn needle weave yarn tail through the remaining stitches, pull tightly and close securely.

Legs (make 2):

With E, starting at the bottom of the shoe, ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (6 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (make 1 sc in the first sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (18 sc)

Rounds 4-5- make 1 sc in each sc around (18 sc)

Round 6- (make 1 sc in the first sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (12 sc)

Rounds 7-8- With D, make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc) (this is the sock)

Round 9- With A, working in back loops only, make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc) (this is the round where the sock’s ruffle will go)

Rounds 10-14- Working in both loops again, make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc). *Stuff legs firmly as you go.

Rounds 15-18- With B, make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc).

After Round 18, sl st in the next st, fasten off leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Squeeze the leg closed and using the yarn tail stitch across the top of the leg. Tie off, but don’t cut the yarn. You will need the remainder of the yarn tail to sew the leg to the body. Sew the legs to the bottom of the body.

Arms (make 2):

With A, and starting at the hand, ch 6

Round 1- sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each of the next 4 sc across (=5 sc), then sc in each ch across the opposite side of the foundation chain (10 sc total)

Rounds 2-5- make 1 sc in each sc around (10 sc)

Round 6- (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (2 x’s) (8 sc)

Rounds 7-14- Stuffing firmly as you go, make 1 sc in each sc around (8 sc)

Rounds 15- 18- With B, make 1 sc in each sc around (8 sc )

Round 19- make 1 sc in the first sc, then flatten the open end closed, ch 1, sc through both thicknesses, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew arms to sides of body, as shown in the photos.

Ears (make 2):

With A, ch 2

Round 1- make 4 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (4 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around (8 sc)

Round 3- make 1 sc in each sc around (8 sc)

Sl st in the next sc, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff the beginning yarn tail inside the ear, fold ear in half and with the yarn needle and the long ending tail, sew the ear shut. Sew the ear to the side of the head, the top of the ear beginning at Round 11 of the head (will line up with the eyes). Do the same on the other side of the head with the other ear.

Sock Ruffle:

With the leg upside down, re-attach D in Round 9 of the leg, in the front unused loops. (Ch 2, sl st in each of the next 2 sts) repeat around, and join with a sl st to the bottom of the first ch-2. Fasten off. Repeat for other sock ruffle on other leg.

Mouth:

With F, stitch mouth on to the face. Pull the stitches in tight at both the top corners to help shape the face and smile.

Skirt:

Holding the doll upside down, attach B with a sl st to the front loops of Round 36 of the body (preferably on the backside of the doll so that joins are not too noticeable). There are 42 loops going around.

Round 1- Ch 1, make 1 sc in the first front loops and in each of the next loops around, join with a sl st to the first sc (42 sc)

Round 2- Ch 1, (make 1 sc in each of the first 6 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around, join with a sl st to the first sc (48 sc)

Round 3- Ch 1, (make 1 sc in each of the first 7 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around, join with a sl st  to the first sc (54 sc)

Round 4- Ch 1, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc (54 sc)

Round 5- Ch 1, (make 1 sc in each of the first 8 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around, join with a sl st to the first sc (60 sc)

Round 6- Ch 1, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc (60 sc)

Round 7- Ch 1, (make 1 sc in each of the first 9 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around, join with a sl st to the first sc (66 sc)

Round 8- Ch 1, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc (66 sc)

Round 9- (skirt ruffle)- (Ch 3, sl st in each of the next 2 sts) repeat around, join with a sl st to the first sc and fasten off.

Belt:

With D, cut a strip of yarn long enough to wrap around the waist twice, adding a few extra inches to tie off. Fold the yarn length in half and with a yarn needle, stitch around Round 35 of the doll’s body (weaving through every other stitch). Secure and fasten.

Hair:

With C, follow Rounds 1-12 of the head to create the wig piece. After Round 12, sl st in the next sc and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the wig to the head.

Bangs- Cut 18 strips of yarn, each about 4 inches long. Fold each one in half and loop through 18 consecutive sc’s of Round 12 of the wig piece, to form the bangs.

Pony Tail- Cut 18- 12 inch strips of yarn. Fold each in half and loop through Rounds 1 and 2 of the wig piece.

Sew hair piece to the head, at a slight angle. Stuff lightly if needed to fill out. Trim bangs. Fluff up bangs to hide any uneveness.

Hair Ties (make 2- 1 in color B, and 1 in color D)- Ch 55. Tie both around the base of the pony tail (double knot). Trim the length of the pony tail to even out.