Mystery Ami CAL – April

Mystery Ami CAL April

Can you believe April is here already? Neither can I!

This month, we’re going to be making two separate dolls for the Mystery Ami CAL. That’s right…TWO! We’re going to have twice the fun this month, so I hope you’re ready!

Because we’re making two separate dolls, I’ve labeled the pattern pieces for “Doll #1” and Doll #2). If you’d like to make just one doll, you can follow the directions for only that doll. I’ve also broken down the materials list (below) to show the different materials required for each doll as they are not the same as each other. They are, however, complimentary in style–I hope you’re as excited about them as I am!

Each week, I’ll post a new portion of the doll patterns. We’ll start with the head/body, then the hair, then the arms, and then the finishing details.

As each week is posted, it will be available within this same post–just scroll down a little ways to find the next week’s portion of the pattern.


April Materials List

Skill Level: Easy +

Difficulty -EasyPlus

5bd9e291-3c46-4df5-b8be-8c6983359a18Supplies for doll #1:

  • Size D/3.25mm hook
  • 1 skein (there will be leftovers!) of Vanna’s Choice yarn in the following color(s): white, red and mustard
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing (available at most craft stores)
  • #10 crochet thread in black
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Supplies for doll #1:

  • Size D/3.25mm hook
  • 1 plastic safety eye, 6mm (yes, just one!)
  • 1 skein (there will be leftovers!) of Vanna’s Choice yarn in the following color(s): beige, black, honey and red
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing (available at most craft stores)
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Stitch Guide

You will need to know a few different types of stitches in order to make these dolls. Below is a guide to help you with the abbreviations of the terms and stitches used in these doll patterns (written in US terms).

sl st = slip stitch

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

hdc = half-double crochet

dc = double crochet

inc = increase

dec = decrease


April Mystery CAL

Week 1 Pattern: Head, Torso and Legs

Head – Doll #1

Rnd 1) In RED, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 6 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Join to the beginning of the round and ch 1. (6)

Rnd 2) *sc inc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Rnd 3) *sc inc, sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (18)

Rnds 4-7) 18 sc. Join and ch 1. (18)

Rnd 8) *sc dec, sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Carefully stuff the head, but do not overstuff!

Rnd 9) *sc dec* x 6. Join and ch 1. (6)

Rnd 10) 6 sc. Join and ch 1. Do not cut the yarn, but continue onto the torso. (6)

Torso – Doll #1

Rnd 11) *sc inc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Rnd 12) *sc inc, 3 sc* x 3. Join and ch 1. (15)

Rnds 13-15) 15 sc. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for weaving. (14)

Insert some stuffing into your doll’s torso, but leave room for you to work the stitches for the beginning of the legs–you can also stuff what’s left of the torso when you stuff your doll’s legs!

Leg#1 – Doll #1

Insert your hook into the back center-most stitch of round 15 of the body. With RED, ch 1.

Rnd 1) 8 sc. Join to the 1st sc of the round and ch 1. (8)

Rnds 2-3) 8 sc. Join and ch 1. (8)

Insert some stuffing into your doll’s leg.

Rnd 4) *sc dec* x 4. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving.

Leg#2 – Doll #1

Insert your hook into the 8th sc of round 15 of the body (this is the same stitch in which you worked the last sc of rnd 1 of leg#1). With RED, ch 1.

Rnd 1) 8 sc. Join to the 1st sc of the round and ch 1. (8)

Rnds 2-3) 8 sc. Join and ch 1. (8)

Insert some stuffing into your doll’s leg.

Rnd 4) *sc dec* x 4. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving.

Head – Doll #2

Rnd 1) In BEIGE, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 6 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Join to the beginning of the round and ch 1. (6)

Rnd 2) *sc inc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Rnd 3) *sc inc, sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (18)

Rnds 4-7) 18 sc. Join and ch 1. (18)

Update 4/10/18: I’ve realized that I accidentally gave the wrong instructions for the placement of this doll’s eye–apologies! The eye actually needs to go into the 12th stitch of round 5, not the 8th. You’re going to want this eye to be the doll’s left eye. So sorry!

Rnd 8) *sc dec, sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Carefully stuff the head, but do not overstuff!

Rnd 9) *sc dec* x 6. Join and ch 1. (6)

Rnd 10) 6 sc. Change to BLACK and cut the BEIGE yarn. Join and ch 1. (6)

Torso – Doll #2

Rnd 11) In BLACK, *sc inc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Rnd 12) *sc inc, 3 sc* x 3. Join and ch 1. (15)

Rnds 13-15) 15 sc. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for weaving. (14)

Insert some stuffing into your doll’s torso, but leave room for you to work the stitches for the beginning of the legs–you can also stuff what’s left of the torso when you stuff your doll’s legs!

Leg#1 – Doll #2

Insert your hook into the back center-most stitch of round 15 of the body. With BLACK, ch 1.

Rnd 1) 8 sc. Join to the 1st sc of the round and ch 1. (8)

Rnds 2-3) 8 sc. Join and ch 1. (8)

Insert some stuffing into your doll’s leg.

Rnd 4) *sc dec* x 4. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving.

Leg#2 – Doll #2

Insert your hook into the 8th sc of round 15 of the body (this is the same stitch in which you worked the last sc of rnd 1 of leg#1). With BLACK, ch 1.

Rnd 1) 8 sc. Join to the 1st sc of the round and ch 1. (8)

Rnds 2-3) 8 sc. Join and ch 1. (8)

Insert some stuffing into your doll’s leg.

Rnd 4) *sc dec* x 4. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving.

Finishing the Legs – BOTH Dolls

After you’ve made your doll’s legs, you’ll probably notice a small gap between them where they should be joined. Use the tail ends of your yarn and a yarn needle to stitch any opening between the legs closed. Weave in ends.

If you see any opening at the base of the doll’s feet, you can use the tail ends of your yarn and a yarn needle to stitch that opening closed as well, then weave in your ends.

 

Above (left): Doll #1 (I forgot to take a photo without the arms, so I guess you get a little sneak peek!)

Above (right): Doll#2


Week 2 Pattern: Hair & Mask

Mask – Doll #1

Row 1) With MUSTARD, ch 4. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work 3 sc. Turn and ch 1. (3)

Row 2) 3 sc. Turn and ch 1. (3)

Row 3) sc inc, sc, sc inc. Turn and ch 1. (5)

Row 4) 5 sc. Turn, but do not fasten off. (5)

img_4632At this point, you’re going to start working the first of two “points” on the top of the mask.

Mask Point #1, Row 1) Continuing from where you left off with row 4 of the main mask, ch 1. Work 2 sc. Turn and ch 1. (2)

Mask Point #1, Row 2) sc dec. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (1)

Now you’ll make the second “point” on the top of the mask. Insert your hook into the last st of row 4 of the main mask (you’re basically working in the opposite corner, level with the first “point”. With MUSTARD, ch 1.

Mask Point #2, Row 1) 2 sc. Turn and ch 1. (2)

Mask Point #2, Row 2) sc dec. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (1)

Hair – Doll #2

Rnd 1) In HONEY, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 7 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (7)

Rnd 2) *sc inc* ‐ repeat 7 times. Join and ch 1. (14)

Rnd 3) *sc inc, sc* ‐ repeat 7 times. Join and ch 1. (21)

Rnds 4‐6) 21 sc. Join and ch 1. (21)

TIP: Try this hair piece on the doll as you go. If at round 4 (or 5) you think that the hair piece fits okay, skip round 5 (or 6) and continue. Depending on your tension, your hair piece may be too long if you complete all of rounds 4-6. Skipping one or two rounds will shorten the piece.

Rnd 7) 7 sc, hdc, 3 dc inc, hdc, sl st, hdc, 7 sc. Fasten off. (24)

Use the tail ends of the yarn and a yarn needle to carefully sew the hair piece onto the doll’s head, being careful to work your stitches behind the “bangs” (rnd 7). Weave in ends.

 


Week 3 Pattern: Arms

Arms (Make 2) – Doll #1

Rnd 1) In RED, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 6 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (6)

Rnds 2-4) 6 sc. Join and ch 1. (6)

Rnd 5) 6 sc. Join and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. (6)

Weave in all ends of your doll’s arms by pulling them through the length of the arm, then trim. Do this for all of the tail ends for the arms EXCEPT for the long tails that you left for sewing.

Using the long tail that’s left, sew the opening at the top (“shoulder”) of the doll’s arm shut so that it is basically sewn flat across. Then sewn the arms to round 11 of the doll’s body so that the now flat part of the doll’s arm lays nice and flat against the doll’s body. Repeat for the second arm.

Arms (Make 2) – Doll #2

Rnd 1) In BEIGE, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 6 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Change to BLACK. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (6)

Rnds 2-4) In BLACK, 6 sc. Join and ch 1. (6)

Rnd 5) 6 sc. Join and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. (6)

Weave in all ends of your doll’s arms by pulling them through the length of the arm, then trim. Do this for all of the tail ends for the arms EXCEPT for the long tails that you left for sewing.

Using the long tail that’s left, sew the opening at the top (“shoulder”) of the doll’s arm shut so that it is basically sewn flat across. Then sewn the arms to round 11 of the doll’s body so that the now flat part of the doll’s arm lays nice and flat against the doll’s body. Repeat for the second arm.

 


Week 4 Pattern: Finishing Details

Chest Piece – Doll #1

Rnd 1) In WHITE, ch 3. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work a sc dec. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough of sewing/weaving. (1)

Finishing – Doll #1

Use the tail ends of your yarn and a yarn needle to sew the chest piece to the doll’s chest.

Cut a strand (about 8″) of CHOCOLATE yarn. Use your yarn needle and this strand of yarn to embroider on the doll’s eyebrows and facial hair, including sideburns!

Now cut a long strand (about 12″) of MUSTARD yarn and embroider on the gold armor details. See photos for placement if necessary.

If desired, cut a strand of SILVER BLUE and embroider “booster/blaster” details onto the palms of the doll’s hands (and feet, if you’d like!).

Weave in all ends and trim any excess yarn.

Cape – Doll #2

Row 1) In RED, ch 6. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work 5 sc. Turn and ch 1. (5)

Row 2) 5 sc. Turn and ch 1. (5)

Row 3) sc inc, 3 sc, sc inc. Turn and ch 1. (7)

Row 4) 7 sc. Turn and ch 1. (7)

Row 5) sc inc, 5 sc, sc inc. Turn and ch 1. (9)

Rows 6-8) 9 sc. Turn and ch 1. (9)

To finish, sc around the edge of the entire piece. Then fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving.

Eye Patch – Doll #2

Rnd 1) In BLACK, ch 3. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work a sc dec. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough of sewing/weaving. (1)

Finishing – Doll #2

Cut a strand (about 8″) of HONEY yarn. Use your yarn needle and this strand of yarn to embroider on the doll’s eyebrows and facial hair.

Carefully sew the eye patch to the doll’s head using the tail ends of your yarn and yarn needle, making sure to place the eye patch so that it is level(ish) with the doll’s remaining eye. See photos for placement if necessary.

Use the tail ends of your yarn and a yarn needle to sew the cape to the doll’s back. Make sure the “thinner” end of the cape (where row 1 of the cape started) is sewn to the back of the doll’s neck/shoulder area, whereas the “thicker” end of the cape (where row 8 ended) hangs low and free near the doll’s feet.

Weave in all ends and trim any excess yarn.

Here are a couple photos of this month’s dolls. Can you guess who they are? If not, scroll down below to see the big reveal! (I also just realized that in the photo below, Iron Man doesn’t have eyes eyes or mouth sewn on yet…my bad!)


Week 1 of the May doll will be posted next Tuesday, May 1st by 10am PST.

I will also be posting the materials list and stitch guide for the May mystery doll soon, so keep your eye out for that!


And the April dolls are…

…two of my favorite Avengers: Iron Man and Thor!

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Infinity War Avengers GIF by Nerdist.com

I tried to style these dolls as they’ll appear in the Avengers: Infinity War movie, which comes out later this week. How do you think they turned out? Did you guess who they were?

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