My very favorite Disney princess of all-time is Ariel. Who's shocked?! I mean, I planned a whole month of mermaid patterns, so...keep up. ;-)
I couldn't let the month go by without making an Ariel Pocket Princess, now could I? You might be wondering, how could I make a mermaid not in mermaid form? Well, for one, I thought she was cute this way, and two; didn't she want to be human all along? ;-)
These little pocket pals are so great for little hands to play and imagine with! They are great for a variety of ages, and safe for littles with no hard or small parts. My kids will often travel or play with them, as well as fall asleep with them tucked in the palm of their hands.
These are also great stash buster projects! They only take a small amount of each color yarn!
Use any worsted weight yarns in the appropriate colors! These are just the ones I had on hand.
Vanna's Choice: Beige (skin color)
Caron One Pound: Cape Cod Blue (center of dress), Sky Blue (bottom of dress and hair bow), Bright White (top of dress and sleeves)
Red Heart Super Saver: Cherry Red, (hair) Black (eyes)
Crochet hook size F- 3.75mm
Polyester Fiberfill or yarn scraps for stuffing (another great use for those scraps!)
Terms and abbreviations to know:
rnd, rnds - round, rounds
ch, chs - chain, chains
st, sts - stitch, stitchs
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
inc - increase, 2 sts into 1 sts
dc bobble - double crochet bobble, in this pattern, dc bobble is done in part white, part beige. It should be done in such a way that all remaining loops on the hook are beige (for the hand). See pictures below more more details.
Notes: Know how to crochet in rnds. These patterns are worked from the head down, with no joining. Use a st marker as you work to mark the beginning of each rnd. Color changes can be made, by pulling next color through the 2 loops to finish off the previous stitch. As a free pattern, this pattern has not been tested, but is accurate to the best of my abilities. Please let me know if you find any errors!
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Pocket Princess Ariel
Body, beginning at the top of the head, with red
Begin with magic ring
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts
Rnd 2: inc in each st around; 12 sts
Rnd 3: (inc, sc in next st) 6x; 18 sts
Rnd 4-5: sc in each st around; 18 sts
Fasten off red, leaving a very long tail for sewing on those voluptuous bangs.
Rnd 6-9: sc in each st around; 18 sts
Attach white. Drop but do NOT cut Beige. We will be doing some complicated color changes in the dc bobbles, so please refer to pictures. When changing colors, pull the next color through to finish previous st, as pictured above.
Rnd 10: dc bobble (white/beige), sc in next 7 sts, dc bobble (white/beige), sc in remaining 9 sts in white; 18 sts
Fasten off Beige, and attach Cape Cod Blue (your darker blue). Leave white attached, and carry behind your stitches as you work, for rnd 11.
Rnd 11: sc in dark blue in next 4 sts, sc white in next st, sc in remaining 13 st in dark blue; 18 sts
Fasten off white. Attach Sky Blue, and carry Cape Cod for one st in next rnd.
Rnd 12: sc next 4 sts in sky blue, sc next st in cape cod, sc remaining 13 sts in sky blue; 18 sts
Fasten off cape cod. Final rnds in sky blue.
Rnd 13: FLO through this rnd, [(sc, hdc, sc) all in next st, sk next st] 9x; 27 sts
Stop here, before closing. Here, we will be using some black to sew on for the eyes (pictured below), and that long tail you left of red, for sewing on her bangs. (pictured below)
Stuff with your fiberfill, or yarn scraps. I love that I don't have to throw away a single piece of yarn! Yarn scraps are perfect for stuffing these little princesses.
In rnd 14, use the unworked back loops of rnd 12 to begin closing.
Rnd 14: (dec, sc in next st) 6x; 12 sts
Rnd 15: dec 6x; 6 sts Fasten off, and sew closed by weaving your loose end through the last rnd of sts and pulling tight. Knot off and weave in loose end.
Hair, in red
Begin with magic ring
Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring; 4 sts
Rnd 2: (inc, sc in next st) 2x; 6 sts
Rnd 3: sc in each st around; 6 sts
Rnd 4: inc in next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts; 8 sts
Rnd 5: inc in next 4 sts, 2 dec; 10 sts
Rnd 6: sc in next 2 sts, (inc, sc in next st) 2x, sc in next 4 sts; 12 sts
Rnd 7: (inc, sc in next st) 6x; 18 sts
Rnd 8: sc in each st around; 18 sts
Do not stuff. Fold closed and sc through both sts on the fold.
Sew onto the back of her head, just above the hair line.
Bow, in sky blue
Start the bow with a long tail. You will be wrapping that around the center of the bow.
Row 1: turn and sc in each ch across; 8 sts
Row 2: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across; 8 sts
Rows 3-4: repeat row 2: 8 sts
Row 5: ch 1 and turn, sl st across the first 4 sts, *ch 5, turn and sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs,* sl st back into the 4th st of rnd 4, repeat from * to * then sl st into the last 4 sts of row 4, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Using the long beginning tail, wrap it tightly around the center of the bow, causing it to pucker, then knot and sew into the back of the bow.
Sew bow on the back of the head where the seam of her sewn on hair is located.
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