In order to make my King Triton, I just used the doll base pattern for my Arlo doll and made some alterations to make the tail. Below is the pattern to crochet the tail as well as how I customised the doll.
I was not happy with the way that he turned out at first because I wanted his chest to be broader and more muscular. However, once I was done with my customisation I was much happier and feel that it worked out in the end. The only reason that I did not frog it and start again is that with the babies I just didn’t have the time. As I have said before sometimes as you are making things it doesn’t look right but if you keep on going until the end the finished project gives such a different result.
Also, something that I did differently with this project is that I needle felted on the hair, beard and eyebrows. I felt like it would give King Triton a more authentic look. This would not be a good option if your King Triton is intended as a toy to be played with. mine is just for display purposes so it is fine. If you prefer, however, you can just attach yarn for the hair as I have done in my previous projects. This would be a much more durable method.
Lastly, my King Triton’s eyes are more realistic than the original. I did consider copying his eyes exactly as they are in the pictures but felt that all the other dolls have realistic iron-on eyes so I wanted to make him the same.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Arlo doll pattern
T-shirt transfer paper
Darker blue 4ply yarn (I used Scheepjes Catona 511 CORNFLOWER)
Lighter blue 4ply yarn ((I used Scheepjes Catona 385 CHRYSTALINE)
White wool roving
Grey wool roving
- Needle felting needles
- Leather finger protectors
- Foam mat
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and you are happy with the way that your King Triton turned out.
Next month’s pattern releases are Ursula from The Little Mermaid and Hamm from Toy Story.
Until the next post, Happy crocheting!