Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Princess Leia Blankie - Free Crochet Pattern and Tutorial (1)


I don't think little girls should grow up wanting to be princesses.  I'd much rather my daughter play with her doctor set or Duplo.  But somehow, "Pink!" and "Princess!" were two of the first words she enunciated with enthusiastic precision.  Damn Disney and their probably harmful yet gorgeously entertaining cartoons...

So for all you Mums of Princess-wannabes, here's a free pattern to feed your daughters' addictions. At least this way they'll appreciate crafting a bit - hopefully.

May these princess obsessions be short and relatively harmless on our girls' development...





Princess Leia Blankie Pattern: (Please read addendum)
It is relatively easy to adapt this pattern to make the princess you’re after.  For the Star Wars fans out there, I’ve included the pattern for a Princess Leia Blankie in full.  Leia can be adapted to become Cinderella and Snow White pretty easily.  Tips on how in subsequent blog post (here).

Materials: 
You can use any type of yarn you like - it isn't too important so long as the different colours you use are of approximately the same weight. I used a light weight yarn and a 3mm hook for a mini princess that measures about 20cm tall.  I find it easier to think about weight and size according to hook size. If you'd like to make a bigger princess, choose a yarn with a bigger suggested hook size.  E.g. using yarn that requires a 5mm hook will make a bigger, more huggable princess suitable as a security blankie for a baby.

Here's what I worked with:
  • approx. 30g of white yarn (gauge 22sts x 28rows);
  • small amounts of beige, dark brown, grey and black yarn for eyes (if using); 
  • crochet hook 3mm;
  • tapestry needle;
  • polyester filling; and
  • scrap-booking brads (if making for older toddlers).

Abbreviations: 
ch                    chain stitch
sl st                  slip stitch
sc                     single crochet
sc inc               single crochet increase, work 2 single crochets into the same stitch
sc dec              single crochet decrease, crochet 2 stitches together
dc                    double crochet (yarn over hook once before inserting hook, then pull yarn through 2 loops at a time, twice)
dc inc              double crochet increase, work 2 double crochet stitches into the same stitch
dc dec             double crochet decrease, double crochet 2 stitches together
tc                     treble crochet (yarn over hook twice before inserting hook, then pull yarn through 2 loops at a time, 3 times) 
tc inc               treble crochet increase, work 2 treble crochet stitches into the same stitch
st                     stitche(s)

( )                     numbers in brackets denote total stitches for that row
*                         when a stitch pattern is repeated several times, it is enclosed by asterisks.
               E.g. *2sc, sc dec* x2 - means single crochet twice, decrease, single crochet
               twice, decrease.

***** Not that this pattern is worked in joined rounds, so each row begins with a 1ch/a line of ch sts, then ends with a sl st into the appropriate starting st. ***** This is written into R1 of every section to remind you to do so.  Please continue for the rest of the pattern.

Dress [in white]: 
The dress is basically one big doily, the centre of which will be pinched up, and the head sewn on. 

R1: magic ring, 1ch, 8sc into loop, tighten ring, join round with sl st. (8)
R2: 3ch, 6tc inc, tc, sl st into 3rd ch of line of ch sts from start (14, counting line of 3ch at start as 1st)
R3: 6ch, *2tc inc, 3ch* x6, tc inc, 1tc into the base of the line of 6ch at the start of this row (see pic), sl st into 3rd ch of that same line of ch sts (see pic). (49)


insert hook into the base of the line of chain stitches


sl st into 3rd chain - turns the starting chain into a treble crochet stitch

R4: 3ch, tc into the hole created by the 3chs from previous row (see pic), 3ch, *2tc into hole, tc into next st, skip 2 sts from previous row, tc into next st, 2tc into hole, 3ch* x6, 2tc into hole, tc into next st, tc into base of the line of 3ch at the start of this row, sl st into 3rd ch of that same line of ch sts (57)



insert hook into the 'hole' created by the set of 3ch stitches from previous row.

R5: 3ch, tc into next st, *2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, tc into next 2 sts, skip 2 sts from previous row, tc into next 2 sts* x6, 2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, tc into next 2 sts, sl st into 3rd ch of line of ch sts from start. (77)
R6: sl st, 3ch, 2tc, *2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, 3tc, skip 2 sts from previous row, 3tc* x6, 2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, 3tc, sl st into 3rd ch of line of ch sts at start. (91)
R7: sl st, 3ch,  3tc, *2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, 4tc, skip 2 sts from previous row, 4tc* x6, 2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, 4tc, sl st into 3rd ch of line of ch sts at start. (105)
R8: sl st, 3ch, 4tc, *2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, 5tc, skip 2 sts from previous row, 5tc* x6, 2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, 5tc, sl st into 3rd ch of line of ch sts at start. (119)
R9: sl st, 3ch, 5tc, *2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, 6tc, skip 2 sts from previous row, 6tc* x6, 2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, 6tc, sl st into 3rd ch of line of ch sts at start. (133)
R10: sl st, 3ch, 6tc, *2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, 7tc, skip 2 sts from previous row, 7tc* x6, 2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, 7tc, sl st into 3rd ch of line of ch sts at start. (147)
R11: sl st, 3ch, 7tc, *2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, 8tc, skip 2 sts from previous row, 8tc* x6, 2tc into hole, 3ch, 2tc into hole, 8tc, sl st into 3rd ch of line of ch sts at start. (161)
R12: [edge] 1ch, *21sc, sc dec* x6, 22sc. (155) End row and weave in yarn tails at start and finish.

Head [in beige]:
R1: magic ring, 1ch, 6sc into loop, tighten ring, join round with sl st. (6)
R2: 6sc inc (12)
R3: *sc, sc inc* x6 (18)
R4: *2sc, sc inc* x6 (24)
R5: *3sc, sc inc* x6 (30)
R6: *4sc, sc inc* x6 (36)
R7 – R10: 36sc (36)
R11: *4sc, sc dec* x6 (30)
R12: *3sc, sc dec* x6 (24)
R13: *2sc, sc dec* x6 (18)
R14: *sc, sc dec* x6 (12) [now fill the head with polyester filling]
R15: 6sc dec (6). End row and leave a yarn tail at least 10cm long.

Hair [in dark brown]:
The hair piece fits on top of head like a cap.  It is first worked in joined rounds to make a circle, then the fringe is worked before the back of the head is continued.

R1: magic ring, 1ch, 6sc into loop, tighten ring, join round with sl st. (6)
R2: 6sc inc (12)
R3: *sc, sc inc* x6 (18)
R4: *2sc, sc inc* x6 (24)
R5: *3sc, sc inc* x6 (30)
R6: *4sc, sc inc* x6 (36)
R7: *5sc, sc inc* x6 (42)
R8: [work fringe], 3ch, skip 1 st from previous row, 6dc, 3ch, skip 1 st from previous row, sl st, 3ch, skip 1st from previous row, 6dc, 3ch, skip 1 st from previous row, sl st. (16, counting the lines of ch sts as 1) [end of fringe]
R9: [work back of head] 2ch, 23dc, turn. (24, counting 2ch as 1st)
R10: [working on reverse side of hair piece], 2ch, 21dc, turn. (22)
R11: [now on front side], 2ch, 19dc, turn. (20)
R12: [now on reverse side again], 2ch, 17dc. (18) End row and leave a yarn tail at least 20cm long.

Princess Leia’s Buns ;) [in dark brown] make 2:
R1: 6ch, join ends with sl st to make a loop, 1ch (6)
R2: [from now on, work on single loops on outside edge only] *sc inc, sc* x3 (9)
R3: *sc, sc inc* x4, sc (13)
R4: 13sc. (13) End row and leave a yarn tail of at least 8cm.

Arms [in beige and whie] – make 2:
R1: magic ring, 1ch, 5sc into loop, tighten ring, join round with sl st. (5)
R2: 5sc inc (10)
R3 – R5: 10sc (10)
R6: [change to white] 10sc (10)
R7 – R10: 10sc (10)
R11: sc dec, 8sc (9)
R12 – R18: 9sc (9). End row and leave yarn tail at least 8cm long.

Belt [in grey]:
Work a long line of ch sts until the belt measures approx. 35cm, weave in yarn tails.

Making up:
  1. Fit hair piece onto head, the back hair should reach down to about the 4th row from bottom of head, and the fringe should reach down to about row 7 of head. (see pic) Sew hair on head using yarn tail.
    You can place the hair however you like.  I found it cutest with fringe on row 7.
  2. Sew buns onto sides of head and hair.  It should sit above the place where the fringe and back hair meet. (see pic)
    Bun placement - use it to cover up the gap between fringe and back hair!
  3. Sew head onto dress using yarn tail.  Align the last row of the head with the first row of the dress. 
  4. Sew arms onto dress where it meets the head using yarn tail.
  5. Thread belt through the holes at back of dress around R5, then tie it to the front of dress with a bow.
    Thread the belt through the 'holes' round the back for security, then tie it without looping at the front, that way looks prettier! 
  6. WARNING!!!! If you’re giving the blankie to a child under 3 years old, DO NOT use beads/brads/buttons for eyes – they are choking hazards!  Sew Princess’s features on with thread and yarn, or draw them on with fabric pens.  I’m giving Leia to a 4 year old so I’ve used black scrap-booking brads, with pupils painted on with white nail varnish and smaller pink brads as rosy cheeks. I glued them on with E6000 glue (the best glue in the world btw). I’ve also sewn little flicks just above the eyes for eye lashes.

And voila you’re done!!!  The pattern is easily adaptable, simply by changing the colour of the dress and hairstyle you can make different princess.  Check back for pattern for Cinderella and Snow White in subsequent post here






42 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, can[t wait to start!!! Thank you!!!

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  2. What a terrific crochet project-I love it! Thanks very much for posting! :P)
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    Lee Ann
    http://crochetgottaloveit.blogspot.com

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  3. OMG I am confused

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  4. If you tell me which bits you're confused by I can post extra explanations :)

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  5. Got lost in row 2 when it says 6 tc increase. Increase where was my question. But I do want to know if in row 3, it says 49 stitches but I only came up (with my intrepretation) with 28. Perhaps I did not increase enough or something because this put every stitch count off after that.

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  6. "6tc inc" means work 2tc stitches into each stitch 6 times, so you need to increase for every stitch in that row basically.
    As for row 3, have you counted the ch sts?

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  7. I was wondering if you allow people to sell the things they make using this pattern? Or is this for personal use only?

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  8. Please could you send me a Private msg on Facebook to discuss?

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  9. What size brads did you use for the eyes and cheeks?

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  10. Hello,
    I was also curious as to your policy on possibly selling the finished item. Is there any way to contact you besides Facebook?

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    1. If you leave your email here I can contact you. Otherwise you can convo me on Etsy- my shop is Stuff Susie Made

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  11. Oh thank you so much! Two little girls are going to be super happy!

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  13. i love it... thanks you. you very kind... :)))))

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern for free!!

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  15. Thanks for the pattern. Perfect timing with the new movie coming out. I am going to make a couple of these to donate to a children's hospital.

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  16. Hi Susie! Thank you so much for the pattern! I got inspired and designed a Darth Vader head to go with your pattern. Everywhere in the pattern I just refer to you for the parts I didn't design, so I hope you are ok with it like this. If not, just send me a message through my site and I will delete it! http://thepurplelady.net/2016/01/free-pattern-darth-vader-blankie/

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  17. Wonderful pattern!! I was just wondering, what are the dimensions on the finished work?

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  18. Bonjour, merci pour le tuto grace à google, je peux l'avoir en français, moi qui adore faire du crochet surtout les poupées vous remerciant encore pour le partage vous souhaitant une bonne fin de journée.

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    1. De riens Muriel. En fait je me demande si Google Traduction marche bien pour les patrons de crochet? J'aimerais creer des patrons en francais mais pas encore essaye.

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  19. Thank you Susie for this delightful pattern which is very clever. Regards, Michele

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  20. PLEASE HELP!!!! In row 3 I'm going only getting 35 counting the ch3

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    1. If you count the 28 tcs and the 21 ch sts(3 of the beg. 6ch) you get 49. I was confused at first, too. You only do the *2tc inc, 3ch* a total of 6x, not 6 after the first time.

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  22. Hi Susie thank you for the free pattern absolutely gorgeous! I have a question though,working on the hair section and have the fringe done but I am confused after that as to whether I should tie off the crochet or continue actually on the hairpiece I get confused when reading the instructions going back to front of head and so forth, thank you in advance

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  23. Tressa hawxfan@cox.netJuly 14, 2016 at 4:05 AM

    Started with your pattern and adapted it for a generic princess. Used puff paint for cheeks and eyes since it is for a baby. It turned out great and will be used as a topper for the diaper cake. Would love to share the picture with you.

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  25. The "dress" portion of the pattern makes zero sense. It is not user friendly AT ALL, and I am an extremely advanced crocheter, but I am sitting here having no idea what you are taking about....

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    1. Lucky then you're an extremely advanced crocheter so you should be able to figure it out from the photos.

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  26. Lol your pattern is a complete joke. Not even the photos make sense. If someone has to try and figure out photos that don't even make sense, to a pattern that makes no sense, then it needs to be redone. I shouldn't have to try and pick apart your pictures to figure out a written pattern. A written pattern is just that, written words to tell you how to make something. And your written words need revising. I actually resorted to paying for a pattern versus using yours for completely free. No wonder it is a free pattern. If people paid something and this is what they got, you would have some really upset customers. I think you might want to rethink your hobby of pattern writing.

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    1. With this being a FREE pattern, I think you are very rude with your comment. Just how many pattern have you designed and given away?

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    2. Dear Anonymous,
      Many apologies! I'm afraid the sarcasm in my previous message didn't quite get through to you. Let me explain. When I suggested you 'figure it out from the photos', I wasn't actually suggesting you try that. I was sarcastically telling you to go away. And also suggesting your crochet skills are less advanced than you think.
      Now I see why you found my pattern so hard to understand...

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  27. Thank you for the kind words nanabanana52 :) Though I doubt this person has ever managed to follow a pattern, let alone write one.

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  28. Hello, just wanted to say yes your pattern is a little hard to follow even for someone like me that has been crocheting for 20 + years. But if you goggle the terms you can figure it out easy... So hope this helps everyone else... And thanks Susan for sharing your work with us!!

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  29. Hey Susie. This is a really cute pattern. Thanks for sharing. I am attempting it for my neice who is pregnant and a big star wars fan. I am a little confused on the hair section at the back of the head. It looks like you are decreasing but one sided. Going from 24 to 22 stitches in R10 I cannot see how you intend it to he central. It seems to miss the last 2 stitches before turning. Am I missing something? Thanks. Simon

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  30. Hi Simon,

    You're right, R10 turns 2 stitches before the end. It also ends 2 stitches before the end. This is to make the hair line narrower towards the neck to mimic hair pulled up into buns. So R10 will have 4 stitches fewer than R9 in total. Hope that helps.

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