As you can see this month’s Mini tier patterns is Dolly from Toy Story. You can check out the other characters in my Toy Story Series HERE.
The pattern is kind of short and before she is customised Dolly does dook very basic. However, I did use a more complicated technique that I wouldn’t necessarily call beginner friendly.
The neck was done in the same way that I did Woody, Jessie and Bullseye’s arms and legs. Apart from this technique this pattern is simple and straightforward.
I did not use any craft wire in this project so I was worried that once finished Dolly may be to floppy. However, this was not the case – I even managed to get her to stand unaided whilst taking pictures! This was a pleasant surprise.
Those of you that are familiar with my style will know that I love mixed media and rely heavily on the customisation and finishing touches to bring my projects to life. The significance of this can be seen in the before and after pictures below:
On another note, for the first leg I did a neater and more seamless colour change. Unfortunately, I was distracted by the twins causing havoc and, in my rush, I forgot to apply the same technique to the second leg. Fortunately, my dolls are made for me to keep and display so it’s no bother in the grand scheme of things.
Luckily, I have a large hoard of buttons in my stash. So, I was able to find some that were close enough to the original to complete the look. I even managed to find two flowers shaped buttons for the head! What luck!
Completed Dolly measures approximately 7.5 inches/19cm tall and 5.75 inches/14.5cm wide (arm span).
- DK yarn (sandy nude, dark brown and green)
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Fire retardant Fibrefill
- White, black, dark red and dark brown felt (you can just embroider the eyebrows with the dark brown yarn instead of using brown felt)
- Felt glue
- Large yellow button*
- Large blue square button*
- Medium brown or metallic button*
- Red flower or butterfly button*
- Green flower or butterfly button*
- Stitch marker
*I wouldn’t worry too much about the colour of the buttons if you don’t have the colours specified*
A full list of the abbreviations that I use in my patterns:
- 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 English)
- INC – single crochet increase
- #in1 – the specified number of SC in the same stitch (i.e. 3in1)
- #DCin1 – the specified number of DC in the same stitch (i.e. 3DCin1)
- #HDCin1 – the specified number of HDC in the same stitch (i.e. 3HDCin1)
- hdcINC – half double crochet increase
- dcINC – double crochet increase
- DEC – invisible decrease (if it is a DEC in BLO I tend to use the 2TOG decrease method)
- 2TOG – two stitches together decrease (non-invisible) method
- *_______* X# – repeat sequence within the asterisks the specified number of times e.g. *SC, INC* x6)
- FLO – front loop only
- BLO – back loop only
- CH – chain stitches
- CC – colour change
- CH1T – chain a stitch then turn your work
- SS – slip stitch
- ST/STS – stitch/stitches
- OFFSET – a term I use when adding or taking away additional stitches in order to line up or get the right placement
- = # ROWS – repeat the stitch sequence for the row the specified number of times e.g. 32SC (32) = 5 ROWS
- FO – fasten off
You are now complete!
Was the pattern easy to follow? How did your customisation go? Did you have to make some changes based on what you had available at the time? I would love to see how your Dolly turned out, so send me your progress and/or completed pictures.
Next month’s mini tier pattern is Bookworm from Toy Story. Bookworm is the last pattern I will be posting until September due to my scheduled hiatus. When I return in September the pattern release will be Lots-O’ the bear.
Until the next post, HAPPY CROCHETING!