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This month’s Midi tier pattern is The Emperor from Mulan.
The doll base that I created for The Emperor turned out a little like a patchwork quilt because I did not have enough yarn to complete him. I did not want to pay postage for just one ball of yarn so just used what I had available on hand – which turned out to be 3 different shades. The colour variations are visible on the doll base but fortunately when he is all dressed up you can barely notice.
I was really looking forward to making The Emperor because I already created an old lady doll base for Snow White so wanted an old man one too. Because The Emperor is quite slim there was not as much contouring done, but I hope to tweak this base pattern so that it pairs nicely with my old lady.
For the doll base itself, I tried to approach it a little differently. I decided to crochet it from the feet upwards because when the head is oversized it can be a challenge and quite fiddly to crochet the body.
For added realism of this project I decided to use my white faux fur fabric to do the hair and facial hair. I think that it turned out well and is a time saver too. Though The Emperor would still look good if using yarn to create the hair, I am not sure if the final result would look as polished.
One thing that I have to say about this Mulan series is that I have had so much fun with the characters and clothing. Though parts of it have been tough, it was a welcomed challenge. I have loved the detailed characteristics, the mixed media opportunities, and the variations in colour. It is all so intricate, and I was able to use quite a few new techniques throughout this series. I think that Mulan has been my favourite set to date.
Overall, The Emperor stands at 10 inches / 25cm tall (11.5 inches / 29cm with the hat on).
- 4ply yarn (I used Scheepjes Catona in 404 English Tea)
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- 2mm crochet hook (for the fingers)
- Yarn needle
- Fire retardant Fibrefill
- Yellow, Black, red, brown and beige felt
- Craft wire
- T-shirt transfer printed eyes
- 3 fasteners (such a poppers, hooks, velcro, etc.)
- White faux fur fabric (OPTIONAL)
- Gold thread (OPTIONAL)
- Turquoise brad (OPTIONAL)
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Felt glue
- Stitch marker
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.
I hope you found this character as much fun to make as I did. If you need any assistance, I am always available to help.
In the new year, the January Midi tier pattern release will be Khan the horse from Mulan. So, stay tuned!
Until the new year, HAPPY CROCHETING!