Sunday, 2 March 2014

Melissa & Clarissa


Melissa and Clarissa are two twin sisters - so much alike, yet so different in temperament and personalities. Melissa is intelligent, communicative, full of initiative and vibrant. Clarissa is rather quiet, timid and sensitive, and artistic in nature. As you have probably already guessed, Melissa is an extravert, Clarissa an introvert. Yet despite being so different - or maybe precisely because of that - they get on very well and love each other to bits.



This amigurumi pattern is written using American terminology. Most of it is worked in continuous rounds (using a stitch marker). The white top is worked in rows using the crossed double crochet stitch.

Gauge is not important for this project.


MATERIALS NEEDED:

DK Yarn in
- flesh colour (peach or light pink),
- dress colour (red for Melissa, blue for Clarissa),
- white for lace and top,
- hair colour (brown for Melissa, yellow for Clarissa),
- small amounts of black and red to embroider the eyebrows and mouth.
3.00 mm hook.
Yarn needle.
Polyester stuffing.
Two pairs of 10 mm safety eyes.
A stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.

ABBREVIATIONS USED:

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
inc = increase
dec = decrease
st = stitch
sts = stitches
CC = change colour
BLO = in back loops only
FLO = in front loops only
FO = fasten off

SPECIAL STITCHES USED:

Cross double crochet: skip one st, dc in the next st, dc in the skipped st.

Surface slip stitch: you can find a good tutorial on how to work surface slip stitch here: http://www.crochettoday.com/how-to/how-work-surface-slip-stitch

Head

R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: inc x 6 (12)
R3: (1, inc) x 6 (18)
R4: (2, inc) x 6 (24)
R5: (3, inc) x 6 (30)
R6: (4, inc) x 6 (36)
R7-13: sc in each (36)
R14: (4, dec) x 6 (30)
R15: sc in each (30)
Insert safety eyes after R10 approx. 7 sts apart.
R16: (3, dec) x 6 (24)
R17: (2, dec) x 6 (18)
R18: (1, dec) x 6 (12)
Stuff.
R19: dec x 6 (6)

Torso

R20: FLO inc x 6 (12)
R21: (1, inc) x 6 (18)
R22: (2, inc) x 6 (24)
R23: sc in each (24)
R24: (3, inc) x 6 (30) CC to dress colour.
R25: (9, inc) x 3 (33)
R26, 27: sc in each (33)
R28: (9, dec) x 3 (30)
R29: sc in each (30)
R30: (3, dec) x 6 (24)
R31, 32: sc in each (24)
R33: (6, dec) x 3 (21)
R34: (6, inc) x 3 (24)
R35: (3, inc) x 6 (30)
R36: (4, inc) x 6 (36) CC to flesh colour.
R37: BLO sc in each (36)
Sl st in next st. FO.

Skirt

With the head facing you.
R1: (in FLO of R36) Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st across, ss to first sc. (36)
R2-4: Ch 3, skip same st, dc in next st, dc in sk st, (*skip next st, dc in next st, dc in sk st) repeat from * till end of row, ss to first dc. (36)
R5: Ch 3, skip same st, dc in next st, dc in sk st, (skip next st, dc in next st, dc in sk st) x 4, skip next st, dc in next st, dc inc in sk st, *(skip next st, dc in next st, dc in sk st) x 5, skip next st, dc in next st, dc inc in sk st, repeat once more from *, ss to first dc. (39)
R6: Ch 3, skip same st, dc in next st, dc in sk st, (*skip next st, dc in next st, dc in sk st) repeat from * till there is only one dc left, dc in last dc, ss to first dc. (39)
R7: Ch 3, skip same st, dc in next st, dc in sk st, (skip next st, dc in next st, dc in sk st) x 5, sk next, dc inc in next, dc in sk st, (skip next st, dc in next st, dc in sk st) x 5, sk next st, dc in next, dc inc in next, (skip next st, dc in next st, dc in sk st) x 6, dc inc in last dc, ss to first dc) (42)
R8: Ch 3, skip same st, dc in next st, dc in sk st, (*skip next st, dc in next st, dc in sk st) repeat from * till end of row, ss to first dc. (42)
R9: Repeat R8.
FO

Lace

Attach white yarn to any dc of R9 of skirt.
*Ch 3, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from * till end of row, ss in next, FO.

Hair

Using surface slip stitch, make a line of 11-12 sts in the center of the top of the head, starting from the forehead. Use the left and right loop of each surface sl st to attach strings of hair, as seen in the photograph. Split the yarn before attaching it for a more realistic hair effect.










First Shoe & Leg

Start with brown.
Ch 6
R1: sc in second ch and in next 3, 3 sc in last, working on the opposite side, sc in next 3 ch, inc in the next. (12)
R2: (1 sc, inc) x 6 (18)
R3: BLO sc in next 7, dec x 2, sc in last 7 (16)
R4: sc in next 6, dec x 2, sc in last 6 (14)
R5: sc in next 5, dec x 2, sc in last 5 (12) CC to flesh colour.
R6: BLO sc in next 4, dec x 2, sc in last 4 (10)
R7-14: sc in each (10)
R15: (4, inc) x 2 (12)
R16: sc in each (12)
Sl st
FO
Stuff.

Second Shoe & Leg

Make as first leg, but don't slip stitch and don't fasten off.

Lower body

Join the two legs together in the following way:
Position legs together, making sure the shoes face the right way.
R1: continuing from where you left with the second leg, sc in each st of first leg, then in each st of the second leg. (24)
R2: sc in each (24)
R3: (5, inc) x 6 (30)
R4: sc in each st (30)
R5: (6, inc) x 6 (36)
R6: sc in next 26 sts. Without finishing the row, sl st in next st, leaving long tail for sewing.

Sew lower body to torso, making sure you stuff thoroughly before closing gap.

 


Arms (2)

Start with flesh colour.
R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: inc x 6 (12)
R3-5: sc in each st (12)
R6: (4, dec) x 2 (10)
R7: sc in each (10)
R8: sc in each (10) CC to dress colour.
R9-12: sc in each: (10)
R13: (3, dec) x 2 (8)
R14-17: sc in each (8)
R18: (2, dec) x 2 (6)
Stuff.
R18: dec x 2
FO leaving long tail for sewing.
Sew arms to body.

Hat

With dress colour
Start with a magic ring.
R1: Ch 2, 12 hdc, ss in first hdc. (12)
R2: Ch 2, hdc inc x 12 (24)
R3: Ch 2, (hdc, hdc inc) x 12 (36)
R4: Ch 3, (Sk next st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st) x 18 (36)
R5: Repeat R4.
R6: sc in each (36)
FO
Attach white yarn.
*(Ch 3, sk next st, sc in next st) Repeat from * until the end of row.
Sl st.
FO leaving long tail for sewing. Attach to head and secure by sewing to head in a few places.

Top

With white.
Ch 55.
R1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, ss to first sc. (54)
R2: Ch 3, (sk next st, dc in next st, dc in sk st) x 27, ss into first dc. (54)
R3: Repeat R2.
R4: ch 1, sc in each st across, ss into first sc. (36)
FO.
Attach white yarn.
*(Ch 3, sk next st, sc in next st) repeat from * until the end of row.
Sl st.
FO leaving long tail for sewing.
Wrap top around torso and sew in place using photos as guide.

FINISHING TOUCHES

Embroider eyebrows and mouth.



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