The Lady (Free Pattern)

BONUS COMPETITION! If anyone can think of an awesome name for this pattern, I will change it and give credit and link back if you have a blog or store of your own. And internet cookies*.

*Disclaimer: Not real cookies. Unless you buy some and pretend they were from me.

EDIT: Competition closed, The Lady’s official name is:

Layla Antoinette

The name is an amalgamation of two submissions from Katy the Night Owl and Katnisscrochet. Enjoy your internet cookies ladies!

So last week I asked for people’s opinions and my Lady pattern won the vote, so here she is!

Amiguruthi The LadyAmiguruthi The Lady

She’s posable and everything! The Lady was made as a gift for my brother’s girlfriend, who had requested ‘something for her desk at work’ ages ago. She’s big on history and textiles, especially dress and corset making, so I intended on making a beautiful Victorian style doll with a crinoline skirt. She actually looks more like she’s wearing some kind of space crinoline, but she was well received either way! Free pattern after the jump.

The Essentials

Hook: 3.5mm (E)

Yarn: DK in peach, brown or preferred skin colour, purple DK, grey DK, orange DK if you wish to make my colour scheme, or two dress colours and a hair colour of your choice.

Also Needed: Embroidery thread in black, white and an eye colour (I used blue). Small length of ribbon same colour as your dress trim (silver grey in my case). Thick cardboard. Pipe cleaner.

Finished size: Approx 5 inches tall.

Terms:

CH = Chain

Sc = Single Crochet

INC = Increase

DEC = Decrease

SL ST = Slip Stitch

BLO = Back Loops Only

Body, skirt up

In grey (or dress trim colour), magic circle

Round 1: 6sc into the centre of magic circle [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]
Round 6: {4sc, INC} repeat around [36]
Round 7: {5sc, INC} repeat around [42]
Round 8: {6sc, INC} repeat around [48]
Round 9: {7sc, INC} repeat around [54]
Round 10: {8sc, INC} repeat around [60]
Round 11: Sc around BLO [60] Turns the work at a 90 degree angle
Round 12: {8sc, DEC} around [54]
Round 13: Sc around BLO [54] Leaves a line of bars for the next bit.
SL ST and finish of, weaving in the tail.

The Lady Amiguruthi

Draw around your base on the cardboard, and cut out the circle. Glue (with a prit stick) the card circle into the base. This will give your Lady a flat base and make sure she’s able to stand up.

The Lady Amiguruthi

Body, skirt up continued

In purple or your main dress colour, loop your yarn into one of the BLO bars from the grey round (you can just see them in the photo above – they look like a flat line of stitches running around the top of the base).

Amiguruthi The Lady

Use a yarn needle to take your yarn tail into the base.

Round 1: {8sc, INC} repeat around [60] This will give a slight raise to the layer, implying an underskirt and over skirt.
Round 2: {8sc, DEC} around [54]
Round 3: Sc around BLO [54] Leaves a join line for later.
Round 4: {7sc, DEC} around [48]
Round 5: Sc around BLO [48] Leaves a join line for later.
Round 6: {6sc, DEC} repeat around [42]
Round 7: Sc around BLO [42] Leaves a join line for later.
Round 8: {5sc, DEC} repeat around [36]
Round 9: Sc around BLO [36] Leaves a join line for later.
Round 10: {4sc, DEC} repeat around [30]
Round 11: Sc around BLO [30] Leaves a join line for later.
Round 12: {3sc, DEC} repeat around [24]
Round 13: Sc around BLO [24] Leaves a join line for later.
Round 14: {2sc, DEC} repeat around [18]

You'll see a ridge pattern forming on the skirt

You’ll see a ridge pattern forming on the skirt

Continue on into the Bodice

Round 15-17: Sc around [18]

Add some stuffing to plump out the skirt.

The lady Amiguruthi

Round 18: 3Sc, 3INC, 6Sc, 3INC, 3Sc [24]
Round 19: 3Sc, 18INC, 3Sc [42]
Round 20: 3Sc, 18DEC, 3Sc 
[24]

This forms a bust:

The lady Amiguruthi

Change to your skin tone and continue

Round 21: {2sc, DEC} repeat around [18]
Round 22: {1sc, DEC} repeat around [12]

Stuff the bodice

Round 23: DEC around [6]
Round 24-25: Sc around [6]

SL ST to join and finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

You’ll have the body, plus neck now.

The Lady Amiguruthi

Head

In skin tone, magic circle

Round 1: 6sc into centre of magic circle [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5-6: Sc around [24]
Round 7: 3DEC, 12Sc, 3DEC [18]
Round 8: 2DEC, 3Sc, DEC, DEC, 3Sc, 2DEC [12]
Round 9: Sc around [12]
Round 10: {2Sc, DEC} around [9]

Stuff

Round 11: {Sc, DEC} around [6]

Front view

Front view

Side view

Side view

You should have a shaped head, with a bulbous back and a tapered chin.

Sew your head on top of your neck.

The Lady Amiguruthi

My doll looks squished here – if yours does too just squidge around the stuffing until the shapeliness returns!

Arms (make 2)

In skin tone, magic circle

Round 1: 6sc into centre of magic circle [6]
Round 2: {2Sc, INC} around [9]
Round 3: Sc around [9]
Round 4: {Sc, DEC} around [6]
Round 5-11: Sc around [6]
Round 12: 4Sc STOP. [4] Ch1 and turn. Treat the work like flat work from now.
Round 13: 3Sc, Ch1 and turn.
round 14: 3Sc.

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. You’ll have a thin arm with a bulbed hand at one end, and a flap at the other.

The lady Amiguruthi

Grab your pipe cleaner after you’ve made two. Thread it into one arm:

The Lady Amiguruthi

Then stick it through where the skin tone meets the coloured bust part of your Lady:

Arm removed for clarity in this photo.

Arm removed for clarity in this photo.

Push through until your arm lines, up then measure the second arm against the other side to see how long your pipe cleaner needs to be:

The Lady Amiguruthi

Cut to length, and thread the second arm on.

Use the flaps to sew the arms securely in place onto the body.

The Lady Amiguruthi

Look! Posable arms!

The Lady Amiguruthi

You can leave your dress nice and plain here, but to add the decoration I did there’s three more stages.

Firstly, the Trim.

Insert your hook under the bottom BLO line left in the skirt.

The needle indicates the first BLO stitch of the row. Insert your hook in the one next to it, and work into the lower stitch to make a cleanly joined, unjogged round.

The needle indicates the first BLO stitch of the row. Insert your hook in the one next to it, and work into the lower stitch to make a cleanly joined, unjogged round.

Sc around the BLO line and SL ST at the end to join the round. Finish off and weave in the tail.

Repeat for all the BLO lines.

Amiguruthi The Lady

When you finish those, tie your length of ribbon around the waist. Tie into a neat bow at the back, or stitch into a Geisha style obi if you have a thick ribbon like me.

Last to do is the Sleeve Yoke.

In your trim colour, Ch 27.
Row 1: Sc along the row [26] Ch1 and turn.
Row 2: SL ST along the row [26]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Join the ends to make a circle. Pop the yoke over the head and sew in place.

Sewn together

Sewn together

Sew on to the chest.

Sew on to the chest.

Sew onto the back.

Sew onto the back.

Phew! Just the hair and face to add now. Do this however you prefer. I latched my hair in two sections. Top:

Amiguruthi The Lady Amiguruthi The Lady

Then a couple of bottom layers:

Amiguruthi The Lady Amiguruthi The Lady

The face I embroidered:

Amiguruthi The Lady

And that’s the finished Lady.

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