Pinkle the Ballerina girl

Pinkle the Ballerina girl

     

Pinkle the Ballerina girl – childhood dreams come true

     Deep inside every child have always dreamed to become a famous ballerina when it grows up. I also had such a dream far into the past thats why I decided the continuation of my of rag doll patterns collection to be Pinkle the ballerina girl. I think that it is a unique and unusual gift which will make your little princess feel the spirit of Pinkle within her. The fact that I love making gifts which can not be found in every store, make me believe that this doll would bring happiness to all little princess on this world.

     Materials needed :

  1. Dk weight yarn –
  2. I used Stylecraft Special DK and :
  3. Paintbox Simply DK yarns ( 116 )- Melon Sorbet- main body, hands
  4. Paintbox Simply DK yarns ( 153 )- Blush Pink – dress, boots, bow
  5. Paintbox Simply DK yarns ( 111 ) Bright Peach – skirt
  6. Paintbox Simply DK yarns ( 121 )- Daffodil yellow – hear
  7. Crochet hook size – 3,5mm – US crochet hook size – E
  8. Poly fiber fill for stuffing
  9. Tapestry needle
  10. Scissors

Ballerina ragdoll is made using single crochet stitch. When we incorporate different colors the stitches will be indicated with the letter of the color from the color legend bellow:

Color Legend :

P – pink ( blush pink )          SK- skin color ( melon sorbet )

The doll is made of 6 parts that we will join later with single crochet stitch as our other ragdolls .

Tips and tricks of the patterns :

  1. Color changing – When you switch colors do it always before you finish your last st of the prev color yarn, Just change color before your last YO of prev st and YO with new color then pull through the hook with the new yarn . Here is example with colors – insert your hook into the last stitch of Colour A. Pull up a loop in Colour A. Then yarn over in Colour B to complete the stitch. Continue with Colour B until you need to switch again.

When you change color make sure that you are dropping the yarn in the back of your panel if you wish you can put a stitch marker of the Right side of the panel or piece of string so you will never wonder which one is the correct side.

  1. Incorporating different colors – You can use fair isle crochet technique when changing colors or you can just pull them from back without cutting yarn. Just be sure that you keep the yarn at the backside of panel. In the pattern when we make the head we will need to work different color stitches of some rows. The whole pattern is made using single crochet stitch so when we incorporate different colors the stitches will be indicated with the letter of the color . For example – “ 6W, 12CR , 6W ” – so it means that you should make first 6 stitches with White color, the next 12 with Cream , and last 6 with White color.When it says “ decW” – it means you should decrease with white color yarn .
  2. Do not forget – Make ch 1 and  turn at the end of each row.

Ballerina doll front and back body panels – two parts are worked the same  .

Start with bright pink color yarn

Row 1 : ch 4, sc 3 ( 3 sts )

Row 2 : inc, sc 1, inc ( 5sts )

Row 3-5 : sc across ( 5 sts )

In next 2 rows we will incorporate pink and skin color yarn so the stitches will be indicated with letters indicating the color

Row 6 : 1P, 3SK- work this 3 stitches in back loop only for left leg, 1P ( 5 sts )

Row 7: 1P, 3SK, 1P ( 5 sts )

Switch to skin color yarn. Rows 8-24 are worked in skin color yarn. Stitches will be indicated with sc .

Row 8-16 : sc across ( 5 sts )

Row 17 : inc, sc 4 ( 6 sts )

Row 18-20 : sc across ( 6 sts )

Row 21 : inc, sc 5 ( 7 sts )

Row 22-24 : sc across ( 7 sts )

Tie off. Repeat the rows 1-24 but do not tie off.

Row 6 of right leg : 1P, 3SK- work this stitches in front loops only for right leg, 1P ( 5 sts )

Now you will have two pieces that we will join together in next row as in the picture bellow

Be careful when you join both legs – they must be right side facing you- We increase the legs by 1 side that side should be in your outline.

Switch to light pink color yarn. Rows 25-44 are worked in light pink color :

Row 25 : sc across 1 st leg, ch 2, sc continue on 2nd leg sc across second leg ( 16 sts )

Row 26 : sc 7 , sc 2 along chs, sc 7 ( 16 sts )

Row 27-33 : sc across ( 16 sts )

Row 34 : dec, sc 12, dec ( 14 sts )

Row 35 : sc across ( 14 sts )

Row 36 : dec, sc 10, dec ( 12 sts )

Row 37 : dec, sc 8 , dec ( 10 sts )

Row 38-44 : sc across ( 10 sts )

Switch to skin color yarn. Rows 45-60 are worked in skin color yarn.

Row 45-46 : sc across ( 10 sts )

Row 47 : dec, sc 6, dec ( 8 sts )

Row 48 : sc across ( 8 sts )

Row 49 : ch 3, sc 2 along chs, sc 8 along prev row ( 10 sts )

Row 50 : ch 3, inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 1 in rem chs, sc 9 along prev row, inc in last st (14 sts )

Row 51 : inc, sc 12, inc ( 16 sts )

Row 52 : inc, sc 14, inc ( 18 sts )

Row 53-60 : sc across ( 18 sts )

Switch to yellow color yarn . Rows 61-68 are worked in yellow color yarn.

Row 61 : sc across – work in front loops only ( 18 sts )

Row 62 : dec, sc 14, dec ( 16 sts )

Row 63 : sc across ( 16 sts )

Row 64 : dec, sc 12, dec ( 14 sts )

Row 65 : sc across ( 14 sts )

Row 66 : dec, sc 10, dec ( 12 sts )

Row 67 : sc across ( 12 sts )

Row 68 : 2 dec, sc 4, 2 dec ( 8 sts )

Skirt : Make it with darker pink .

Row 1 : ch 11 , sc 10 ( 10 sts )

Row 2 : sc across ( 10 sts )

Row 3 : ch 3, dc in same st, ( 2 dc in next st , 3 dc in next st ) rep 4 times, 2 dc in turning ch ( 24 sts )

Row 4-7 : ch 3, dc in each st across, 1 dc in turning ch ( 24 sts ).End .

Hands – make 4 with skin color yarn

Row 1: ch 4, sc 3 ( 3 sts )

Row 2-15 : sc across ( 3 sts )

Bow : Make it with light pink

Row 1: Ch 11, sc 10 ( 10 sts )

Row 2-5 : cs across – work in back loop only ( 10 sts )

Assembling pieces together. It doesn’t matter where you will start assembling  .

It will be easier if you attach the small parts on the body and face first then join the 2 body panel together.

  1. First assembly hand pieces together 2 by 2. 2 pieces for each hand. Join hands with sc st.
  2. Make the eyebrows with white yarn using basic tapestry chain stitch to give the doll sleepy expression on face. You can use safety eyes as well if you wish.
  3. Sew the hands to the back panel.
  4. Make the nose using skin color yarn – just make small straight line .
  5. Make the ties of the shoes using the tapestry needle and pink color yarn .
  6. Sew bow on the yellow hair part.

When you join two body panels make sure that the right side of front panel is facing you while you are crocheting with single crochet stitch around .

As you crochet along the outside, you will need to switch colours where appropriate. When switching colours, insert your hook into the last stitch of Colour A. Pull up a loop in Colour A. Then yarn over in Colour B to complete the stitch. Continue with Colour B until you need to switch again.

Stuffing – Stuf the toy when you crochet along . When you go around the leg with sc fill it.

 

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