Roller Derby Ami (Free Pattern)

Guys, I have discovered a new obsession, nearly as life consuming as crochet.

Roller Derby.

For the uninitiated, Roller Derby is basically rugby (or american football) on roller skates, minus the ball. The idea is to get one player on a team of five past the other teams players to score points, and to do that you push the other team’s players out of the way or get in the way of them moving in order to let your jammer (the point scorer) through your wall of blockers. If you’ve ever seen ‘Whip It’ it’s that, only not actually quite as violent, and on a flat track in my case. I’m only very new new to the sport, so not at a game playing level yet until I pass some more minimum skills, but I am loving it.

And as is the case when you love something and also make ami’s, of course you crochet it!

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (2) Amiguruthi Derby Girl (1)

Meet Ami! On the left here she is skating on my boyfriend’s team’s floor. On the right she’s been expertly modelled by my team mate Ninja Nina* from the Halifax Bruising Banditas. Check us out if you’re UK based, we’re recruiting! Check us out if you’re not UK based too of course 😉

*Names are a thing in Derby, as are personalised numbers. Mine is Rainbow D45H, after the My Little Pony character. I’m cool…

Pattern for Roller Derby Ami after the jump.

The Essentials

Hook: 3.5mm (E)

Yarn: DK in black, choice of skin colour (in my case caucasian), hair colour (in my case blue) and team colours (in my case, purple and black).

Also Needed: Stuffing, 10 beads (set of 8 and set of 2), white and black and team colour embroidery thread, pair of 6mm safety eyes, small bit of team colour felt.

Finished size: Approx 10″ tall.

Terms (US):

Ch = Chain
Sc = Single Crochet
INC = Increase
DEC = Decrease
SL ST = Slip Stitch
FLO = Front Loop Only

Note
Replace colours in [square brackets] the the team colour of your choice.

Head

Magic ring in skin colour

Round 1: 6sc into centre of magic ring [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 10-15: Sc around [54]
Round 16: {7sc, DEC} repeat around [48]
Round 17: {6sc, DEC} repeat around [42]
Round 18: {5sc, DEC} repeat around [36]
Round 19: {4sc, DEC} repeat around [30]
Round 20: {3sc, DEC} repeat around [24]
Round 21: {2sc, DEC} repeat around [18]
Round 22: {sc, DEC} repeat around [12]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Insert safety eyes in around row 12 and then stuff.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (5)

Body (bottom up)

Magic ring in [black – shorts]

Round 1: 6sc into centre of magic ring [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 7-8: Sc around [36]

Change colour to [purple – vest] in last stitch of round 8.

Round 9-13: Sc around [36]
Round 14: {4sc, DEC} repeat around [30]
Round 15: {3sc, DEC} repeat around [24]

Change colour to skin colour in last stitch of round 15.

Round 16: {2sc, DEC} repeat around [18]
Round 17: {sc, DEC} repeat around [12]
Round 18-19: Sc around [12]

Finish off and weave in the tail. Stuff.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (6)

Sew the head to the neck.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (7)

(Wow it was dark when I crocheted this! Sorry for the dull photos)

Arms (x2) (hand up)

Magic ring in skin colour

Round 1: 6sc into centre of magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4-5: Sc around [18]

Change colour to [black – wrist guards] in last stitch of round 5.

Round 6: Sc around [18]
Round 7: {sc, DEC} repeat around [12]
Round 8-9: Sc around [12]

Change colour to skin tone in last stitch of round 9.

Round 10-13: Sc around [12]

Change colour to [black – elbow pads] in last stitch of round 13.

Round 14-17: Sc around [12]

Change colour to skin tone in last stitch of round 17.

Round 18-21: Sc around [12]
Round 22: Sc 6 then stop [6] ch1 and turn
Row 23-24: Sc along [6] ch1 and turn
Row 25: Sc along [6]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (8)

Sew the little flap in place onto the body, running up the side of the neck.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (9)

Vest straps

In [purple] ch8

Row 1: Sc along [7] ch1
Row 2: Sc along [7]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew in place over the shoulders to create the vest.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (10)

Legs (x2) (skate up)

In [black – skate colour] ch7.

Round 1: Sc around the chain [12 – 6 sc per side]
Round 2: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 3: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 4: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]
Round 5-7: Sc around [30]
Round 8: 5DEC, 10sc, 5DEC [20]
Round 9: 3DEC, 8sc, 3DEC [14]
Round 10-11: Sc around [14]

Change colour to skin tone in last stitch of round 11.

Round 12-18: Sc around [14]

Change colour to [black – knee pads] in last stitch of round 18.

Round 19-24: Sc around [14]

Change colour to skin tone in last stitch of round 24.

Round 25-31: Sc around [14]

Change colour to [black – shorts] in last stitch of round 31.

Round 32: Sc around [14]

Finish off leaving long tail for sewing. Stuff.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (11)

Sew in place onto the body.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (12)

Toe Protectors (optional)*

*Derby skates cost a lot of money (mine were £135 and that was on offer) so you want to protect the toes when you skate, otherwise they scuff up something terrible. One of the most common ways to do this is with a toe protect, a strip of leather across the tip of the skate. You can add this for authenticity, or not bother if your skater girl is not a for a derby player. If it is for a derby player, they will totally squee at it – I say this from experience!

In [purple] ch 10

Row 1: Sc along [9] ch1 and turn
Row 2: Sc along [10]

Finish off leaving a tail for sewing.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (13)

Attach one end at the top of round 9 of the skate, and the other end underneath skate at round 2. the middle should move freely side to side.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (14) Amiguruthi Derby Girl (15)

Helmet

Magic ring in skin colour

Round 1: 6sc into centre of magic ring [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: FLO {6sc, INC} repeat around [48] (leaves a ring of stitches inside for attaching hair)
Round 9: {7sc, INC} repeat around [54]
Round 10: {8sc, INC} repeat around [60]
Round 11-13: Sc around [60]
Round 14: 30sc then stop [30] ch 1 and turn
Row 15-16: sc along [30] ch1 and turn
Row 17: Sc along [30]
Row 18: SL ST around [30]
SL ST to finish off, weave in tail.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (17)

Latch your hair around row 8, one strand per stitch. I used 38 long strands for the main hair, and 10 short strands for the fringe. You can omit the fringe at the front of the helmet if you wish.

Ring of stitches at row 8 for latching on hair

Ring of stitches at row 8 for latching on hair

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (19)

Use the tail from the magic ring to sew the helmet in place on the head.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (18)

Trim to desired length.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (20) Amiguruthi Derby Girl (21)

 

Chin strap

In black, ch21

Finish off and sew from one side of the helmet to the other.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (22)

Just the finishing touches to add now!

Finishing

1) Using black embroidery thread, embroider the mouth.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (23)

2) Using white or black embroidery thread, add your derby number. This generally goes on the back of the vest, with the skater name above it. It can also go on the breast and helmet. Skaters should also have it written onto their upper arm in black which I neglected to do in Ami’s case (oops).

Front

Front

Back

Back

Helmet

Helmet

3) Using ovals of felt, accentuate the knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards.

Knee

Knee

Elbow

Elbow

Wrist

Wrist

4) Add laces to the skates using embroidery thread.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (30)

5) Add wheels and a toe stopper to the skates using beads. Remember – Derby uses quad skates, not inline skates, although if you’re not making specifically a derby player then you could line them up to create inline skates, and put the stopper at the back, not the front.

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (31) Amiguruthi Derby Girl (32)

There’s your Roller Derby girl, ready to kick some ass and have fun!

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (4) Amiguruthi Derby Girl (3)

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20 thoughts on “Roller Derby Ami (Free Pattern)

        • Hi Kara
          Yes I’d do a commission. They’re a big job so I’d charge £20 for a basic doll (choice of skin colour, but using whatever colours I have in for kit, hair and helmet, and no toe guards or embroidered name/number) and £25 for personalisation (choice of skin, shirt, helmet and hair colour, plus optional toe guards and embroidered name/number). Plus PnP on top for £5 UK or £10 International. If you wanted to place an order it’s probably easiest to message my via my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/amiguruthi 🙂 x

  1. Thank you so much for this pattern!!! I am going to have to make a few sets of these for MVP awards for my daughters junior derby team! Instead of numbers, I will do a J and B and put a star on one of the helmets. This rocks!!!

    • That sounds an amazing idea! I find junior roller debry so cool too – wish it were around when I was a kid. Hope they love them – please let me know what the kids think 😀 x

  2. This is amazing!! I am going to make a set of four of these for MVP awards for My daughters upcoming bout (she is a jammer for the crooked river roller girls–a junior derby team located in Cleveland, Ohio USA). I will send you a picture when they are done. 🙂 thank you for the idea!!!!

  3. I am new to derby (still working on passing my level 2) and have been crocheting for 10-15 years. I LOVE this pattern and can’t wait to try it out! Thanks!!!!!!

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