Val the Valentine Girl

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Val has made some cupcakes, and she’s all ready for Valentine’s Day.  This finished doll stands about 10.5 inches tall and makes a cute Valentine’s decoration, or a toy for little hands to play with.

If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop for only $2.00. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do.

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Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

dc: double crochet

hdc: half double crochet

trc: triple crochet

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed (with affiliate links):

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in beigewhiteblack, and dusty blue. Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn in soft rose, rich orchid and soft taupe. A small amount of Bernat Pipsqueak yarn in white. (You can choose any colors you want, of course, but these are the ones that I used.)

I (5.25mm) crochet hook

15mm safety eyes

Yarn needle

Poly-fil 

Heart-shaped button and 2 small white buttons(optional)

Pipe Cleaners (optional)

This pattern is worked “in-the-round”, and stitches are worked through both loops unless otherwise noted. 

Hat:

With soft rose, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Rows 10-17: Sc in each stitch around. (50 stitches)

Switch to Pipsqueak yarn.

Row 18: Sc in each stitch around. (50 stitches)

Tie off.

Make a pom-pom with the Pipsqueak yarn and attach to top of hat.

Head:

With beige, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Rows 10-15: Sc in each stitch around. (50 stitches)

Row 16: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 17: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 18: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 20: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 21: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff with poly-fil.

Curly Hair

Using soft taupe, crochet a chain longer than you want the hair to be. Work 3 sc’s into each chain. Be sure to leave a long tail at the beginning and end of each curl to attach to her head.

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Play around with different starting chains until you get the lengths that you want.

Pull hat onto head and get it where you want it. Figure out the placement of her eyes, but don’t put the backs on yet. Sew hat onto head, then attach hair underneath hat so that it falls over the loops.

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Use the long tails to tie each curl in place. If you want eyelashes, be sure to sew them on before you put the eyes in place. Once you have the hat and hair on, make sure the eye placement is where you want it, and attach the backs. You can sew on a nose and/or mouth if you want to,  but I always choose to leave those off because it makes her expression more neutral. You can also use a bit of blush on her cheeks to give her face some color.

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Body:

With dusty blue, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Switch to white.

Row 8: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Switch to rich orchid.

Rows 9-11: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Row 12: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Rows 13-15: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Switch to white.

Row 16: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Switch to beige.

Row 16: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff with poly-fil. You can leave it as is, or you can attach white on the bottom of her shirt and sc around twice to create the bottom cuff of her shirt. Attach small buttons onto her shirt if you want to. Sew head onto body.

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Arms:

With beige, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 6 sc inside of circle. (6 stitches)

Rows 2-3: Sc in each stitch around. (6 stitches)

Switch to white.

Row 4: Sc in each stitch around. (6 stitches)

Rows 5-14: Sc in each stitch around. (6 stitches)

Tie off. Do not stuff. You can insert pipe cleaners in the arms if you want them to be poseable. You can leave it as is, or you can attach white on the bottom of her sleeve and sc around once to create the cuff of her shirt. Sew onto body.

Legs:

With black, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Rows 2-8: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Switch to dusty blue.

Rows 9-15: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff with poly-fil. You can leave it as is, or you can attach black on the top of her boots and sc around once to create the cuff of her boot. Sew onto body.

 

Poncho

With soft rose, ch 30. Sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Row 1: Hdc in each ch around. (30 stitches)

Row 2: *Hdc inc in first stitch, hdc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 3: *Hdc inc in first stitch, hdc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 4: *Hdc inc in first stitch, hdc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Row 5: *Hdc inc in first stitch, hdc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (55 stitches)

Row 6: *Hdc inc in first stitch, hdc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (60 stitches)

Row 7: *Hdc inc in first stitch, hdc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (65 stitches)

Row 8: Hdc in each stitch around. (65 stitches)

Switch to Pipsqueak yarn.

Row 9: Sc in each stitch around. (65 stitches)

Tie off.

With Pipqueak yarn, ch. 50. Tie off. Weave chain into the top of the poncho to tighten it at the neck once it’s on.

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And there you have you finished doll. Val looks very cute with her poncho on.

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But she’s also very cute without her poncho.

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I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know. Or message me on Facebook. If you create any dolls of your own, be sure to post a photo on my Facebook page so I can see. I love seeing all of the things people are creating, and I’d love to see the different variations that people make of these.

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