Mystery Ami CAL – September

Mystery Ami CAL September

I’ll let you in on a little secret: this month’s doll is not Yoda. When I planned out this CAL at the beginning of the year, I had originally intended to make Master Yoda in September (don’t worry–I’m sure he’ll make an appearance at some point).

But as I sat down to start working on everyone’s favorite Jedi Master, I just wasn’t feeling it. Sometimes you have the best intentions for a project, but you wind up losing your motivation for that project. That’s exactly what happened with me and Yoda.

So I set my Yoda amigurumi project on the back burner and tried to think of someone else to make. Someone fun, someone who’d get my crochet juices flowing, someone who’s a bit of a pop culture legend.

While out shopping over the weekend, WHAM: an idea just hit me. I’m a bit sad we’re not making Master Yoda, but I promise–this month’s doll is pretty special.

The best part? This doll is worked very similar to most of the dolls we have made so far this year. If you’ve been crocheting along with me all year, you already have the skills and the know-how to make this doll.

We’ll start first with the head/torso/legs, then the arms, then the hair, and then the finishing details and bonus accessories. (Note: I’m still working on the accessories, so I’ll update the materials list once I figure those out!)

So, if you’re ready to get started, just keep scrolling down this page. Let’s do this!

return of the jedi episode 6 GIF by Star Wars


Skill Level: Easy +

Difficulty -EasyPlus

September Materials List

Supplies Needed

  • Size D/3.25mm hook
  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in Beige, Colonial Blue, Chocolate, and Silver Blue
  • 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
  • Scissors

If you find it helpful to use stitch markers when making amigurumi, feel free to do so for this pattern!


Stitch Guide

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

inc = increase

dec = decrease


September Mystery CAL

Week 1 Pattern: Head & Body

Head

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* 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)

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* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Carefully stuff the head, but do not overstuff!

Rnd 9) *sc dec* x 6. Change to SILVER BLUE and cut the BEIGE yarn. Join and ch 1. (6)

Rnd 10) In SILVER BLUE, 6 sc. Join and ch 1. (6)

 

Torso

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

Rnd 12) *sc inc, 3 sc* – repeat 3 times. Join and ch 1. (15)

Rnds 13-15) 15 sc. Change to COLONIAL BLUE and cut the SILVER BLUE yarn. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for weaving. (15)

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

Insert your hook into the back center-most stitch of round 15 of the body. With COLONIAL BLUE, 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 weaving.

 

Leg #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 COLONIAL BLUE, 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 weaving.

 

Finishing the Legs

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.

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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. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (5)

Rnd 2) 5 sc. Change to SILVER BLUE. Join and ch 1. (5)

Rnd 3) In SILVER 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 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.

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Week 3 Pattern: Hair

Hair

Rnd 1) In CHOCOLATE, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 8 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (8)

Rnd 2) *sc inc* x 8. Join and ch 1. (16)

Rnd 3) *sc inc, sc* x 8. Join and ch 1. (24)

Rnd 4) *sc inc, 2 sc* x 8. Join and ch 1. (32)

Rnd 5) 32 sc. Join and ch 1. (32)

Rnd 6) 32 sc. Join and ch 1. (32)

Rnd 7) *sc dec, 2 sc* x 8. Join and 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 to the doll’s head. Note that the hair piece will look large–that’s okay! It’s meant to be styled as an afro, so feel free to insert some stuffing between the doll’s head and the hair piece to help give it some shape.

If desired, use Velcro or a pet slicker brush (like this one) to help “fluff” or “frizz” the hair.

Update as of 9/24/18: Below is a photo of week 3 of the September doll. I haven’t frizzed this doll’s hair yet, but you can already tell that our doll has a bit of an Afro look! Can you guess who it is?

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Week 4 Pattern: Beard, Accessories, and Finishing Details

Beard

Row 1) In CHOCOLATE, ch 16. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work the following: 5 sl st, 2 sc, hdc inc, 2 sc, 5 sl st. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (16)

Finishing Details

Use a yarn needle and a strand of CHOCOLATE yarn to embroider on eyebrows.

Using the tail ends of the yarn and a yarn needle, carefully sew the beard to the doll’s face. You can also use the tail ends of the yarn to embroider on a little mustache!

If desired, make the additional accessories as described in the next section of this pattern. You’ll have to shop for a few items and get crafty, but I think you’ll enjoy it!

 

Accessories

These are, of course, bonus accessories that you can opt to make or not make for your doll. They include a mini easel, painting, paint brush, and palette.

I purchased the easel from my local art supply store, but I’m sure that your local big-box craft store like Michaels will have them, too!

For the mini painting, I purchased some mini canvas boards from Michaels. These measure about 2 inches by 2 inches, and they are coated in white Gesso, which acts as a sort of primer for your canvas board. I then painted a pretty starry night using some tiny paintbrushes and acrylic paints, also from Michaels. It’s easier than you’d think! Start with the blueish-purple night sky, add a few stars and some lightly-touched streaking comet tails in white, yellow, and pink. You can even dip the end of an angled brush into some slightly watered-down white paint and then “flick” the ends of the brush toward the canvas to create a speckled star effect–just hold the brush steady a few inches away from the canvas, hold the brush with one hand and use the index finger of your other hand to pull the bristles of the brush toward yourself (away from the canvas) and release. Repeat until you have as many stars as you like, then use black paint to add in your dark forested foreground!

The tiny paintbrush is actually a plastic detailing brush my husband gave me–he uses them for model railroading all the time, and you can find these next to hobby paints or in the precision tool section of a model train/car/plane store. I cut the long plastic handle down so my doll could hold it, then trimmed the bristles of the brush to look proportionate.

img_5753The palette was very easy to make–and very fun! I pulled a button from my button tin that had a (mostly) flat top and a loop on the back, which would allow me to sew the button onto the doll’s hand to make it look like he’s holding it. I then painted the entire button black (front and back) with some acrylic paint. Once that had dried, I used a small paintbrush and a variety of different colored acrylic paints to add some colors to the palette. After it dried, I sewed it to my doll’s hand…and it’s the perfect touch!

Now you can see the full effect of the doll. Waiting for those painted touches to dry caused a delay in this week’s part of the pattern release, but I think it was so worth it–don’t you?

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And the September doll is…

…it’s everyone’s favorite American painter and (I think) the epitome of peace, inspiration, and self-love: Bob Ross!

Fail Bob Ross GIF

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I grew up watching Bob Ross paint on television, and I think you’ll agree that his voice has a way of making you feel calm, happy, and inspired. To this day, whenever I have a particularly anxiety-ridden day, I like to curl up on the couch and watch an episode or two of The Joy of Painting on Netflix…and I feel better!

I hope you’ve enjoyed making your own little Bob Ross amigurumi, and I’d love to see photos! Go ahead and share them on social media, and don’t forget to tag me @twoheartscrochetblog (Facebook) or @twoheartscrochet (Instagram), or use #mysteryamical in your posts!


Week 1 of the October doll will be posted on Tuesday, October 9th.


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