Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’ll be joining me in this year-long crochet along! We’re going to make a lot of dolls this year, and I hope you enjoy each and every one of them as much as I do.
This month, we’re making the very first doll of the Mystery Ami CAL! I’m super excited about this particular doll. We’ll be starting with a pretty easy, quick doll pattern, so you should be able to fit this month’s mystery doll into your crafting schedule without having to devote hours upon hours of extra time to it–very different from the Solar System CAL, which requires a few hours per week at least! You should be able to make each week’s portion of the pattern within an hour.
Below you will find the materials list and the pattern for January’s doll.
Update: The January mystery doll was the 13th Doctor from Doctor Who!
Disclaimer: These patterns are solely not-for-profit fan activities, and in no way intend to infringe on copyrights held by BBC, Doctor Who, or any other professional Doctor Who-related agencies.
January Materials List
Skill Level: Easy +
Note: This will be a small doll, modeled after my previous mini amigurumi patterns. It will be nerdy in nature. Those are the only hints you get! As a result, you will only need a small amount of yarn to make this doll, but you may need to purchase more in order to have all of the colors required.
- Size D/3.25mm hook
- 2 plastic safety eyes, 6mm
- 1 skein each (there will be leftovers!) of Vanna’s Choice yarn in the following color(s): beige, linen, colonial blue, and midnight blue
- Tiny amount (as in less than 1 yd) of Vanna’s Choice yarn in the following color(s): mustard, brick, and peacock
- 1 skein of Red Heart yarn (there will be leftovers!) in the following color(s): cornmeal
- Polyester fiberfill stuffing (available at most craft stores)
- Embroidery floss and/or crochet thread, black
You will need to know a few different types of stitches in order to make this doll. Below is a guide to help you with the abbreviations of the terms and stitches used in this doll pattern (written in US terms).
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
sc = sc
hdc = half-double crochet
dc = double crochet
inc = increase
dec = decrease
Important Pattern Note:
If desired, you can work these patterns in continuous rounds, rather than joining. The instructions are written for joining, but feel free to use the method you are most comfortable with!
Week 1 Pattern: Head & Body
Rnd 1) In BEIGE, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 6 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (6)
Rnd 2) *sc inc* – repeat 6 times. Join and ch 1. (12)
Rnd 3) *sc inc, sc* – repeat 6 times. Join and ch 1. (18)
Rnds 4-7) 18 sc. Join and ch 1. (18)
Insert the eyes into the 8th and 12th stitches of round 5, so that there are 3 sc stitches
between the eyes.
Rnd 8) *sc dec, sc* – repeat 6 times. Join and ch 1. (12)
Carefully stuff the head, but do not overstuff!
Rnd 9) *sc dec* – repeat 6 times. Join and ch 1. (6)
Rnd 10) 6 sc. Change to MIDNIGHT BLUE and cut the BEIGE yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing. Join and ch 1. (6)
Rnd 11) In MIDNIGHT BLUE, *sc inc* – repeat 6 times. Join and ch 1. (12)
Rnd 12) *4 sc, sc inc* – repeat 2 times, then 2 sc. Join and ch 1. (14)
Rnd 13) 14 sc. Join and ch 1. (14)
Rnd 14) 14 sc. Change to COLONIAL BLUE. Join and ch 1. (14)
Rnd 15) In COLONIAL BLUE, *4 sc, sc inc* – repeat 2 times, then sc inc, 3 sc. Join and ch 1. (17)
Rnds 16-18) 17 sc. Join and ch 1. (17)
Rnd 19) In BACK LOOPS ONLY, *sc dec, sc* – repeat 5 times, then sc dec. Join and ch 1. (11)
Carefully stuff the body, but do not overstuff!
Rnd 20) In BOTH LOOPS, *sc dec* – repeat 5 times, then sc. Join and fasten off. (6)
Use the tail end of the yarn and a yarn needle to sew closed the opening at the base of the body. Weave in ends.
Week 2 Pattern: Arms & Jacket
Arms (Make 2)
Rnd 1) In BEIGE, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 5 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (5)
Rnd 2) 5 sc. Change to LINEN. Join and ch 1. (5)
Rnd 3) In LINEN, 5 sc. Join and ch 1. (5)
Rnd 4) 5 sc. Join and ch 1. (5)
Rnd 5) 5 sc. Join and fasten off , leaving a long tail for sewing. (5)
Weave in all ends of your doll’s arms by pulling them through the length of the arm, then trim. Do this for all of the tail ends for the arms EXCEPT for the long tails that you left for sewing.
Using the long tail that’s left, sew the opening at the top (“shoulder”) of the doll’s arm shut so that it is basically sewn flat across. Then sewn the arms to round 11 of the doll’s body so that the now flat part of the doll’s arm lays nice and flat against the doll’s body. Repeat for the second arm.
Row 1) In LINEN, ch 15. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, 14 sc. Ch 1 and
Rows 2‐6) 14 sc. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
Row 7) hdc dec, hdc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, 4 hdc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, hdc, hdc dec. Ch 1
and turn. (12)
Row 8) sc dec, 8 sc, sc dec. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. (10)
With MIDNIGHT BLUE, insert your hook into the first stitch of row 1 of the jacket (this will be the bottom corner–it doesn’t matter which side).
Row 9) In MIDNIGHT BLUE, ch 1. Then work 8 sc up the side of the jacket. You will now work the raised collar by working across the top of the jacket (basically working above row 8) by doing: sc inc, sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sc, sc inc. Then work 8 sc down the other side of the jacket. Fasten off, leaving tails long enough to weave in. (28)
Weave the MIDNIGHT BLUE tail ends through the jacket, hiding them in the Midnight Blue color used in row 9.
Do not sew the jacket to the doll’s body yet! We’ve got more to do in the next two weeks before we’ll be ready to sew the jacket onto the doll.
Week 3 Pattern: Hair
Rnd 1) In CORNMEAL, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 7 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (7)
Rnd 2) *sc inc* – repeat 7 times. Join and ch 1. (14)
Rnd 3) *sc inc, sc* – repeat 7 times. Join and ch 1. (21)
Rnds 4-6) 21 sc. Join and ch 1. (21)
At this point, you will be working back and forth, creating an opening for the doll’s face.
Rows 7-9) 12 sc. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
Row 10) 12 sc. Ch 1, but do not turn! (12)
Row 11) 3 sc up the side, sl st, hdc, 2 dc inc, 2 hdc, 5 sc, 3 sc down the other side. Join and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. (19)
Use the tail ends of the yarn and a yarn needle to carefully sew the hair piece onto
the doll’s head. Weave in ends.
Week 4 Pattern: Suspenders & Finishing
Suspenders (make 2)
Rnd 1) In MUSTARD, ch 10. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
First, cut the following long strands of yarn (approximately 8″) for sewing the strips to the doll’s shirt: 1 in BRICK, 1 in PEACOCK, 2 in MUSTARD.
Use a yarn needle to sew the stripes to the shirt. I recommend that you start with the BRICK color. Pull your yarn through the bottom of the doll, up to where you want the strip to be, across the front of the doll, and back down through the doll’s body. By pulling the yarn through the doll’s body, you’re ensuring that the tail ends will hide in the body of the doll. If you want to be extra secure, you can pull your yarn through at the doll’s back, tie the ends together, and sew the jacket on over them.
Repeat for each color. Make the BRICK stripe first, then the PEACOCK stripe below it. Then place one MUSTARD stripe at the top and one at the bottom. See photos.
Now that your stripes are on, sew on your doll’s suspenders. Use the tail ends of your yarn and a yarn needle to sew the suspenders to the doll, placing them at the edge of the doll’s “pants”, then working them up and over the doll’s arm and down the other side.
Sew the jacket to the doll’s body using a yarn needle and the tail ends of the yarn from the jacket.
Use a strand of CORNMEAL yarn and a yarn needle to embroider the doll’s eyebrows.
Use a strand of BLACK thread and a needle to embroider the doll’s eyelashes.
Weave in any remaining ends and trim any excess yarn.
Week 1 of the February doll will be posted next Tuesday, February 6th by 10am PST.
And the January doll is…
…it’s the 13th Doctor from Doctor Who! Congratulations to those who guessed correctly over the last few weeks!