Yet another month has gone by. I don’t know about you, but for me, time seems to be moving really quickly. I have yet to decide if overall this is a good or bad thing though! In a way, it’s good because I just can’t wait to meet my little princesses and am so over the swollen fingers and ankles! On the other hand its not so good because I still have a lot of preparing to do and things to catch up on.
Anyway, the first of this months pattern releases is Princess Peach. Let’s face it, the Super Mario set would not be complete without the Princess that essentially kicked off Mario’s action-packed adventures. As always I tried to remain detail orientated which turned out to be a real pain when it came to the face and hair. I also initially used felt to make the eyes but in the end, opted to print them onto t-shirt transfer paper as I did with Mario and Luigi. You may see some pictures of these felt eyes before I changed them. I have attached the eye PDF file which is to scale (if using DK yarn with a 3mm hook) and includes all four sets of eyes – Mario, Luigi, Peach and Daisy.
Another change that I made to this pattern is with Peach’s dress. Initially, I crocheted it using single crochet. However, when I made Princess Daisy I decided to change this by using double crochet instead. This gave a much better overall look in terms of the drop and flow of the dress.
I believe that the most complicated aspect of this project is the hair. It requires lots of fiddly bits and joining. I have tried to make the instructions as clear as possible as well as including pictures. However, if you still are having some difficulty I am always available to offer assistance and clarify things for you.
A tip for the hands: The fingers can tend to curl up and/or bend in the wrong direction. A way to prevent this is to stiffen them by using starch.
This doll is not fully wired but does have a wire through the body and neck to keep the head up. Princess Peach’s overall finished height is 11.5 inches.
- DK yarn (light pink, fushia pink, yellow, white, nude, brown)
- 3mm crochet hook
- 2mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Fire retardant Fibrefill
- Craft wire
- Black, white, blue, royal blue, fushia pink, yellow and pink felt)
- Felt glue
- Pins (optional)
- Stitch marker (optional)
- MR# – magic ring with the specified number of single crochets
- SC – single crochet (double crochet English)
- HDC – half double crochet (half treble English)
- DC – double crochet (treble crochet English)
- INC – single crochet increase
- hdcINC – half double crochet increase (half treble crochet increase English)
- #in1 – the specified number of SC in the same stitch (i.e. 3in1)
- DEC – invisible decrease
- hdcDEC – half double crochet decrease (2tog – two stitches together method) (half treble crochet decrease English)
- *_______* X# – repeat sequence within the asterisks the specified number of times e.g. *SC, INC* x6)
- FLO – front loop only
- BLO – back loop only
- CC – colour change
- CH – chain stitches
- CH1T – chain a stitch then turn your work
- SS – slip stitch
- SSJ – slip stitch join
- ST/STS – stitch/stitches
- FO – fasten off
You are now complete.
I hope that you are happy with the overall look of your Princess Peach. If any of you are good at embroidery and happen to make Peach, I would love to see how she turns out (even if you don’t embroider I would love to see your Peach!). Practising and refining my embroidering skills is definitely high up on my to-do list. I think that it would add so much more dimension to my amigurumi.
Until the next post, happy crocheting.!