Sprite

Dec 1, 2005
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by Even Howard

Introduction

Sprite

This friendly character flits about in striped tights, a sheer skirt with bells (of course), a cozy sweater, and a little flower cup hat. She is worked entirely in single crochet in the round in the style of Japanese amigurumi. You can play with her shaping, colors, accessories and trimmings to create any little imp you might want to have visiting this winter. I’ve used easily accessible worsted weight yarns, but I encourage you to try to make your own Sprite with stash yarns and fabric scraps you might have about. Also, she doesn’t take much, so if you do buy yarn, you’ll be able to make friends for everyone on your list.

Materials List

  • One ball each of the following:
    • Red Heart TLC Essentials (Acrylic, 6oz) in Claret (dark red), Dk Thyme (dark green), and Med. Thyme (sage green)
    • Caron Wintuk (Acrylic 3oz, 150yards/137meters) in Fisherman (cream)
    • Sensations Beautiful (49% Acrylic, 51% Nylon 1-3/4oz, 71 yards/65 meters) in Off White (fuzzy white)
    • A tiny piece of bright red yarn for the mouth.
      (All of these are worsted weight and you can substitute as you like.)
  • 5.0mm (size H/8) crochet hook
  • Tapestry or yarn needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • A candle
  • Green, light brown, and light pink sewing thread
  • Felt scraps in light pink and forest green
  • 12” (30cm) square of light green organza
  • 20” (50cm) square of green tulle
  • 4 3/8” gold bells
  • 2/3 yard gold trim
  • Pair of 3/8” animal or doll eyes
  • Polyester fiberfill for stuffing

Finished Size

Head measures 4” (10cm) long.

Doll measures 18” (35cm) tall.

Gauge

Don’t worry about your gauge, but your stitches should be tight enough to provide a stiff fabric that won’t leak stuffing!

Notes

Sprite, flyingInc – Increase: work 2 stitches into the same space

Dec – Decrease: work 2 stitches from previous round together

Important: Crocheted dolls and animals make great gifts for kids. Think of all the fun textures and colors you could incorporate! This sprite isn’t for kids though, due to her delicate decorations. If you want to make a kid-friendly version, please consider the following: Don’t include anything that can be swallowed. Details should be embroidered or sewn on securely, and they should be flat (like felt cheeks). Clothing should be durable and fun to put on and take off or sewn on completely. Do use color changes to create clothing or details rather than adding them after.  You can add squeakers or music players inside too! Do sew arms and legs on with several passes. Be especially careful with items for kids under 3 years old, because they are the most likely to chew and pull and swallow!

The Pattern

The Pattern

Head and Body

Beginning at the top of the head with your skin color (mine is the Wintuk Fisherman)  make a yarn loop over two fingers twice and pull up a loop inside of it.  Chain 1.  This is the beginning loop for all the pieces. It's similar in concept to the Magic Adjustable Ring, but is the technique most commonly used when making amigurumi. You will work around the loop and then pull it tight.

Round 1:  Work 6 sc  into center of loop. Slst into first sc to join.  Ch1.  Pull beginning loop tight by pulling loose end of yarn. (6sc total)
Rd 2: Work inc into every sc of round below.  Slst into first sc to join.  Ch1. (12sc)
Rd 3: 1sc, inc1 around.  Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (18sc)  
Rd 4: 2sc, inc1 around.  Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (24sc)  
Rd 5: 3sc, inc1 around.  Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (30sc)  
Rd 6: 2sc “inc1, 4sc” around. 2sc. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (36sc)  
Rd 7: Sc8, inc1 around.  Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (40sc)  
Rd 8: Sc4, inc1, sc 19, inc1, sc 15.  Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (42sc)  
Rd 9: Sc14, inc1, sc 20, inc1, sc 6.  Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (44sc)  
Rds 10-12: Sc evenly around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (44sc)  
Rd 13: Sc20, dec 1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (42sc)  
Rd 14: Sc 12, dec 1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (39sc)  
Rd 15: Sc 5, dec 1, “sc 11, dec1” twice. Sc6. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (36sc)  
Rd 16: Sc 2, dec 1, “sc 4, dec1” five times. Sc2. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (30sc)  
Rd 17: Sc3, dec 1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (24sc)  
Rd 18: Sc2, dec 1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (18sc)  
Rd 19: Sc evenly around. Slst into first sc to join. Change to Sensations Beautiful (or other yarn for sweater) Ch1. (18sc)  
Rd 20-21: Sc evenly around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (18sc)
Rd 22: Sc 8, inc1 around.   Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (20sc)
{You should stuff the head here and if you are sewing features on securely for a child’s doll, now is the easiest time to do that.  Keep the features in the lower half of the face if you will be adding the hat or hair)
Rd 23-24: Sc evenly around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (20sc)
Rd 25: Sc4, inc1, sc9, inc1, sc5. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (22sc)
Rd 26-27: Sc evenly around. Slst into first sc to join. Change to dark green. Ch1. (22sc)
Rd 28: Sc evenly around. Slst into first sc to join. Change to light green by tying on to dk green, but don’t cut the dk green.  Just leave it hanging and you’ll pick it up for the next row. Use this technique to change for the stripes throughout. Ch1. (22sc)
Rd 29: Sc evenly around. Slst into first sc to join. Change to dk green, don’t cut the lt. green!  Ch1. (22sc)
Rd 30: Sc9, dec 1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Change to lt green. Ch1. (20sc)
Rd 31: Sc evenly around. Slst into first sc to join. Change to dk green. Ch1. (20sc)
Rd 32: Sc3, dec1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Change to lt green. Ch1. (16sc)
Rd 33: Sc2, dec1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Change to dk green. Ch1. (12sc)
Rd  34: Sc1, dec1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Change to lt green. Ch1. (8sc)
Rd  35: Dec around. Slst into first sc to join. (4sc)

Cut a 10” tail and pull it through last loop. Weave tail through 4 sc and pull tight to close.  Fasten off and weave in end.

Legs (make 2)

Starting with dark green, make a starting loop as for the head and ch 1 into loop to begin.  Alternate greens throughout as for lower portion of body.

Rd 1: Sc 6. Slst into first sc to join. (Change to lt green). Ch1. (6sc)
Rd 2: Inc1 into every sc of round below.  Slst into first sc to join. (Change to dk green). Ch1. (12sc)
Rd 3: 1sc, inc1 around.  Slst into first sc to join. (Change to lt green, continue to change at this point in each round). Ch1. (18sc)
Rd 4: Sc 8, inc1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (20sc)
Rd 5-6: Work sc evenly around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (20sc)
Rd 7: Sc 3, dec1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (16sc)
Rd 8: Sc 2, dec1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (12sc)
Rd 9-33:Work sc evenly around. Slst into first sc to join. (12sc)

Cut yarn, leaving a 10” tail for sewing later, and fasten off. Don’t weave in yet. Stuff the leg evenly by working small bits of stuffing down into the toe first and then adding more.  A pencil with the eraser end will help to push stuffing down.

Arms (make 2)

Starting with skin color, make a beginning loop and ch 1 into the loop.

Rd 1: Sc 6. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (6sc)
Rd 2:  inc1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (12sc)
Rd 3: Work evenly around. Slst into first sc to join. Change to Sensations (fuzzy white, or your sweater color choice) Ch1. (12sc)
Rd 4: Sc 4, dec1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (10sc)
Rd 5: Sc 3, dec1 around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (8sc)
Rd 6-15: Work evenly around. Slst into first sc to join. Ch1. (8sc)

Cut yarn, leaving a 10” tail for sewing later, and fasten off. Don’t weave in yet.  Stuff the arm evenly by working small bits of stuffing down into the hand first and then adding more. A pencil with the eraser end will help to push stuffing down.

Body finishing

Using yarn tails and a yarn or tapestry needle, place arms and legs as shown below and stitch around each piece, connecting to the body.  Tie off securely and weave in ends.

Sprite body

Face

Sprite faceUse sewing pins to mark face features and decide  on placement.  Secure eyes with fabric glue or per package directions. Mouth is made of two stitches made with red yarn.  You can hide knots behind cheeks or bury them in the stuffing. Cut two 3/4” circles of pink felt for cheeks. Sew cheeks down with lt pink thread.

Hat

Working with Claret (dk red or your hat color choice) ch 45 and slst back into first ch to form a loop. Be careful not to twist the chain.

Rd 1: Ch2, skip first ch below and sc in next.  “Ch1, sk1sc, sc1 in next” around.
Rd 2-18: Ch1 and sc into ch2 space of first round and continue in pattern (ch1, sk sc, sc in sp) around.  Spiral to begin new rows.  Slst into ch1space to close on final round.

Cut yarn leaving a 15” tail and fasten off. Slip thread down 4 rows and tie to secure.  Weave tail through row and pull tight to gather.  Wrap again around gather and tie off.  Weave in end.

Lower edging: Join Claret yarn to beginning stitch and ch3. 2 dc in same space. Skip 1ch, sc in next. “Sk1ch, 5 dc in next ch, sk1ch, 1sc in next ch” around.  Sk 2 ch.  For the last shell work 2 dc into beginning space and join with a slst to top of ch3.  Fasten off and weave in end.

Sew gold trim (optional) to the edge of the hat with a light brown thread.

Scarf

Working with Claret (dk red or your hat color choice) ch 60 plus 2 for turning.

Sc in third ch from hook. “Ch1, skip1 ch, sc1 in next ch” across.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Skirt

The skirt is two layers with a folded felt waistband.

Cut one 12” (30cm) square of organza and fold in into quarters. Cut a 1” (2.5cm) notch off the corner to create a hole in the middle.

Cut one 20” (50cm) square of tulle and fold into quarters. Cut a 1” (2.5cm) notch off the corner to create a hole in the middle.  Cut curves in the edges to create petal shapes when opened.

Sprite's skirt

Finish edges of organza by holding close to a lit candle until edge begins to melt.  Try a practice piece first!  Move quickly around edge to seal. Tulle doesn’t need to be finished.

finish organza edges

Place two skirt layers with organza on top and center holes lined up and pin an 8” x 1” strip of green felt around the edge. Overlap the felt by ½”.

pin skirt waist

After pinning around once evenly, undo one pin at a time and fold felt over to cover edge of skirt layers. Re-pin folded edge around and sew a running stitch along lower felt edge with green thread to secure. Sew 4 bells to corners of organza to finish.

Sprite, just sittin' around.

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Comments

SunCat wrote
on Feb 19, 2006 2:12 PM

Adorable doll! Thank you!

Lauren wrote
on Mar 31, 2006 2:41 PM

Love this doll. I made it for my 8 yr old daughter. She chose green and blue stripes for the stockings and white for the sweater. I crocheted a skirt and added yarn hair. Now I need to make more for her friends! Also, the pattern was very easy to follow and worked out perfectly. Thanks for making a little girl very happy!

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CBM wrote
on Dec 2, 2006 1:07 AM

This is so cute. I'd love to try it. Thanks Even for this pattern.

TraciSue wrote
on Jan 6, 2007 3:07 PM

I love this pattern, so elegant. I so hope to have one done by next December for my youngest niece.

wahmommy wrote
on Feb 13, 2008 1:07 AM
Do you have any info on why the double ring is more common than the magic adjustable ring for amigurumi?
Very curious... Thanks!
CIP (Crochet in Peace)

wahmommy