Thursday, June 6, 2013

Fairy Pattern/Tutorial


Fairy Pattern





Notes

This pattern is worked in a continuous round. Do not join at the end of each round, use a place marker and count your stitches often.

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I love the caron one pound for making ami dolls, especially when using a 3.5mm hook. It makes them stiff enough to keep their shape, but still soft enough to cuddle with. In this tutorial I used a glittery green caron yarn which was harder to work with than the caron one pound, but the glitter effect was worth the extra struggle. As always, feel free to substitute yarns and hook sizes when making the fairy, but keep in mind, it will come out slightly different.

The pipe cleaner thing was definitely an experience. I have never tried this before. I recommend using a sparkly set of pipe cleaners so they don’t look bad if they show through a little bit.

If you are making this project for a baby or child, I recommend not using pipe cleaners. Just sew the wings on, they will be a little floppier, but you won’t have to worry about pokes from the pipe cleaner. Safety first!

This pattern is a little more complicated than the previous ones I have posted. Keep an eye out for italics… they are special instructions! 

This fairy is easily customized. Change her skin color, hair, dress color, dress design. Give her shorter hair or longer hair, or glittery hair! Fairies do love glitter, after all. Make the wings larger or smaller, different colors, striped. You could add sleeves to the dress or gloves to the hands. You can make the dress shorter if you prefer. Be creative, and of course share your creations with me, I love to see them!

Materials

Caron one pound cream 0589
red heart with love chocolate E400
caron simply soft party spring sparkle 0003 (green)
caron simply soft party silver sparkle 0008
3.5mm crochet hook
Plastic safety eyes 6mm
yarn needle
2 pipe cleaners

Abbreviations

Sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
inc: increase, two single crochet/two half double crochet in one space
dec: invisible decrease (tutorial in hippo post)
St/sts: stich, stitches

Head

In cream

R1: ch2, in second from hook, sc 6, you may also use the magic circle if you prefer (6)
R2: inc in each sc (12)
R3: (1 sc, 1 inc) X6 (18)
R4: (2 sc, 1 inc) X6 (24)
R5: (3 sc, 1 inc) X6 (30)
R6: (4 sc, 1 inc) X6 (36)
R7: (11 sc, 1 inc) X6 (39)
R8: (12 sc, 1 inc) X6 (42)
R9 – 15: sc  around (42)
R16: (5 sc, 1 dec) x6 (36)
R17: (4 sc, 1 dec) x6 (30)
R18: (3 sc, 1 dec) x6 (24)

attach safety eyes in desired location. I usually put them on row 10 or 11. Begin stuffing head now.


R19: (2 sc, 1 dec) x6 (18)
R20: (1 sc, 1 dec) x6 (12)

Add additional stuffing as needed.

Body

R21: (1 sc, 1 inc) x6 (18)
R22 - 23: sc around. (18)
R24: (2 sc, 1 inc) x6 (24)

Change to green. Now you need to twist your two pipe cleaners together at the end. Make sure it’s a flat attachment; you’ll be crocheting over it. Wrap the pipe cleaners around the doll. The attachment should be in the front. Cross over the back and begin crocheting over the pipe cleaners all the way around the doll. On the second row, make sure to let the ends through the proper side. These are how we will make wings that have form later. For now just continue with the body. See pictures for reference.

R25 - 26: sc around. (24)
R27: (3 sc, 1 inc) x6 (30)
R28 - 35: sc around (30)

Stuff body. Sl st through each st across, leaving a flat edge. Fasten off.














 Legs

In green

R1: ch2, in second from hook, sc 6 (you may use the magic circle if you prefer) (6)
R2: inc in each st around (12)
R3: (sc3, inc) x3 (15)
R4: sc around (15)
R5: (sc3, dec) x3 (12)

Change to cream

R6-14: sc around (12)

Change to green

R15- 17: sc around (12)

Sl st in next, fasten off leaving long tail for sewing. Sew onto flat bottom of body.




Arms

In cream

R1: ch2, in second from hook, sc 6, you may also use the magic circle if you prefer (6)
R2: inc in each sc (12)
R3 -5: sc around
R6: put three incomplete double crochet in the first stitch so they are all joined at the top (this will create the thumb), 2sc, dec, 2sc, dec, 1sc, dec (9-including the thumb)

Stuff the hand now, from here on, stuff as you go up the arm.

R7-19: sc around (9)
sl st in following, fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.
Sew on above green dress line to sides of body.


If you prefer a dress with sleeves, change to your dress color for the last 3 or so rows on the arms. If you would like your fairy to have gloves, use dress color for the first 9 rows of the arms. This will create a long glove, then switch to skin color.

Wings

First slip the other end of the pipe cleaner into the space the pipe cleaner is coming out of.

In silver

R1: ch2, in second from hook, sc 6, you may also use the magic circle if you prefer (6)
R2: inc in each sc (12)
R3: (1 sc, 1 inc) X6 (18)
R4-5: sc around (18)
R6: (2sc, inc) x6 (24)
R7-8: sc around (24)
R9: (2sc, dec) x6: (18)
R10: (1sc, dec) x6 (12)
R11-12: sc around (12)

Now gently slip the wing over the pipe cleaner loop. Adjust so the pipe cleaner is not visible. Sl st in following, fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. Sew wing onto back of fairy. 

Dress bottom

If you want the dress to be more or less frilly, add and remove the rows where you chain groups of three in the front loops. You may also make a shorter dress by fastening off at any point. This dress pattern is very easily altered to fit your liking.

in green

R1: Ch 42
R2: Turn, in the 3rd ch from the hook, hdc. Hdc across, join to create a ring (40)
R3: Ch 2, hdc across, adding 2 inc, join (42)
R4: Front loops only! Sc into front loop only, ch 3, sc into next st. repeat, continue around to end. Sl st into first back loop.
R5: Back loops only! Hdc in each back loop of the sts you used adding 2 inc, join (44)
R6: Return to using both loops. ch 2, hdc around, adding 2 inc. join (46)
R7: ch2, hdc across, adding 2 inc, join (48)
R8: Front loops only! Sc into front loop only, ch 3, sc into next st. repeat, continue around to end. Sl st into first back loop.
R9: back loops only! Hdc in each back loop of the sts you used adding 2 inc, join (50)
R10: return to using both loops. Ch2, hdc around, adding 2 inc. join (52)
R11: using both loops, sc, ch3, sc in following. Continue around. Join.
Fasten off. Sew around body in desired location. I put mine around the 5th row down from the top of the dress.   






Hair

Style hair in desired way.
My hair tips
Choose a part, attach hair along it
Attach hair around the face
Fill in
Don’t put hair in every single stitch unless you intend to use thread, it gets thick fast!
Attach hair longer than you want it to be then trim it to your desired style
Attach loosely until you are sure you’re going to leave it there. This makes it easier to change if it isn’t turning out how you want.