Is it just me or is this year going really fast?
I honestly can’t believe just how fast this year is zooming by. How is it already June? My day job is gearing up for the busiest few weeks out of the year, and I’m absolutely inundated with WIPs at the moment…I feel like I need a nice long staycation where I can relax in my pajamas with some wine and some quality crochet time.
Ah, now that’s a nice dream, am I right? My life’s not going to slow down any time soon, but that’s okay–these next few weeks will keep me so busy that it’ll feel like time is really flying past.
And besides, with a new month comes a new doll for the Mystery Ami CAL, and that’s always exciting!
This month, we’re making one of my all-time absolute favorite nerdy characters–and that’s the only hint you get! I’m hoping this month’s doll will remain a better mystery than the last few dolls we’ve made–you guys have been guessing our doll’s identities correct as quickly as week 1! So here’s hoping this one is a little more challenging.
Every week this month, I’ll post a new portion of the doll’s pattern. We’ll start with the head/body, then the hair, then the arms, and then the finishing details. Sound good?
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.
Ready to get started?
Skill Level: Easy +
June Materials List
- Size D/3.25mm hook
- 1 skein (there will be leftovers!) of Vanna’s Choice yarn in the following color(s): beige, colonial blue, eggplant, radiant yellow, rust, and scarlet
- Less than 24 inches of #10 crochet thread in black
- Less than 24 inches of crochet thread or a thinner yarn in gold (optional)
- Polyester fiberfill stuffing (available at most craft stores)
- 2 (two) 6 mm plastic safety eyes
- Yarn needle
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
dc = double crochet
inc = increase
dec = decrease
June Mystery CAL
Week 1 Pattern: Head & Body
Rnd 1) In SKIN TONE, 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. Join and ch 1. (6)
Rnd 10) 6 sc. Change to EGGPLANT. Join and ch 1. (6)
Rnd 11) In EGGPLANT, *sc inc* – repeat 6 times. Change to COLONIAL BLUE. Join and ch 1. (12)
Rnd 12) In COLONIAL BLUE, *4 sc, sc inc* – repeat 2 times, then 2 sc. Join and ch 1. (14)
Rnds 13-14) 14 sc. Join and ch 1. (14)
Rnd 15) *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) 17 sl st. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough to weave in. (17)
Week 2 Pattern: Hair
Rnd 1) In RUST, 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)
Rnds 3-4) 14 sc. Join and ch 1. (14)
Rnd 5) *sc inc, sc* – repeat 7 times. Join and ch 1. (21)
Rnds 6-8) 21 sc. Join and ch 1. (21)
Rnd 9) 6 sc, hdc, 2 dc inc, 3 sc, 2 dc inc, hdc, 6 sc. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing.
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). Also, make sure to add a little stuffing into the top of the doll’s hair before you sew the piece on completely! Weave in ends.
Week 3 Pattern: Arms
Arms (Make 2)
Rnd 1) In SKIN TONE, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 5 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (5)
Rnd 2) 5 sc. Change to COLONIAL BLUE. Join and ch 1. (5)
Rnd 3) In COLONIAL BLUE, 5 sc. Join and ch 1. (5)
Rnd 4) 5 sc. Join and ch 1. (5)
Rnd 5) 5 sc. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (5)
At this time, you can either sew the arms onto the body or wait until week 4. We’ll be doing some detailed stitch work later on, so you may find it easier to do that work without the doll’s arms attached. Either way, it’s up to you! (If it helps you decide, I sewed my doll’s arms on before the stitch work–it wasn’t hard to work around, but you still have to work around the arms!)
If you want to sew the arms on now, use the tail ends of your yarn and a yarn needle to 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 of the June doll will be posted Tuesday, June 26th by 12pm PDT.
Can you guess who we’re making?
Do you know who our June doll is? If you think you know who exactly we’re making this month, leave your guess in the comments section below!
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