Well, we finally made it–December is here! Over the course of the last 11 months, we have made 13 different nerd-themed dolls ranging from fandoms like Star Wars and Firefly to cultural icons like Bill Nye and Bob Ross. It’s been such a fun year making all of these mystery dolls, and I really hope you’ve enjoyed making them as much as I have.
This month, we’ll make our final doll for the 2018 Mystery Ami CAL. This doll will be completed in three weeks, with week 3 being posted on Tuesday, December 18th. This should give you plenty of time to finish making the doll before Christmas!
For this month’s doll, we’ll start first with the head/body, then the arms, and then the finishing details. Scroll down this page to see the materials list and stitch guide for this month’s mystery doll.
Ready to start the last mystery doll of the year? Then let’s do this thing!
Skill Level: Easy +
December Materials List
- Size D/3.25mm hook
- Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn (small amounts of each) in Beige, Black, Chocolate, Colonial Blue, Scarlet, and White.
- Polyester fiberfill stuffing (available at most craft stores)
- 2 (two) 6mm plastic safety eyes (or you can embroider the eyes on with thread)
- Yarn needle
If you find it helpful to use stitch markers when making amigurumi, feel free to do so for this pattern!
You will need to know a few different types of stitches in order to make this doll. Below is a guide to help you with the abbreviations of the terms and stitches used in this doll pattern (written in US terms).
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half-double crochet
inc = increase
dec = decrease
December Mystery CAL
Week 1 Pattern: Head & Body
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 sc of the round and ch 1. (6)
Rnd 2) *sc inc* – repeat 6 times. Join and ch 1. (12)
Rnd 3) *sc inc, sc* – repeat 6 times. Join and ch 1. (18)
Rnds 4-7) 18 sc. Join and ch 1. (18)
Insert the eyes into the 8th and 12th stitches of round 5, so that there are 3 sc stitches
between the eyes.
Rnd 8) *sc dec, sc* – repeat 6 times. Join and ch 1. (12)
Carefully stuff the head, but do not overstuff!
Rnd 9) *sc dec* – repeat 6 times. Change to WHITE and cut the BEIGE yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing. Join and ch 1. (6)
Rnd 10) In WHITE, 6 sc. Join and ch 1. (6)
Rnd 11) *sc inc* – repeat 6 times. Join and ch 1. (12)
Rnd 12) *4 sc, sc inc* – repeat 2 times, then 2 sc. Join and ch 1. (14)
Rnd 13) 14 sc. Join and ch 1. (14)
Rnd 14) 14 sc. Change to COLONIAL BLUE and cut the WHITE yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing. Join and ch 1. (14)
Rnd 15) In COLONIAL BLUE, *4 sc, sc inc* – repeat 2 times, then sc inc, 3 sc. Join and ch 1. (17)
Rnds 16-18) 17 sc. Join and ch 1. (17)
Rnd 19) In BACK LOOPS ONLY, *sc dec, sc* – repeat 5 times, then sc dec. Join and ch 1. (11)
Carefully stuff the body, but do not overstuff!
Rnd 20) In BOTH LOOPS, *sc dec* – repeat 5 times, then sc. Join and fasten off. (6)
Use the tail end of the yarn and a yarn needle to sew closed the opening at the base of the body. Weave in ends.
With COLONIAL BLUE, insert your hook into the FRONT LOOP of the first st of rnd 19, ch 1. Then begin rnd 21.
Rnd 21) *sc inc, sl st* – repeat 8 times. Sl st in the last st of the rnd. Fasten off and weave in ends. (25)
Week 2 Pattern: Arms
Arms (Make 2)
Rnd 1) In BEIGE, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 5 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Change to COLONIAL BLUE and cut the BEIGE yarn, leaving a tail long enough for weaving. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (5)
Rnds 2-4) In COLONIAL BLUE, 5 sc. Join and ch 1. (5)
Rnd 5) 5 sc. Join and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. (5)
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 3 of the December doll will be posted Tuesday, December 18th.
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