Caron® Simply Soft® Dress Up Trick or Treater
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Caron® Simply Soft® Dress Up Trick or Treater

Kids love to dress up, especially at Halloween, and one of the hardest decisions they have to make all year is what costume they'll wear for the big night! This little amigurumi kid comes with three options: a witch (or wizard), a superhero, or a jack o'lantern. Dress him or her up and put the little treat bag into place for some pretend trick or treating. The doll can be customized with different flesh tones and hair color to match the lucky little kid who gets to keep it.

Skill Level:  Intermediate


Allison Hoffman designs amigurumi with a pop culture twist. She loves to make fun toys with a little nostalgia and a lot of detail. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Conan, and Yo Gabba Gabba. She has been published in several magazines and her work has been featured in galleries in New York, Miami and LA. Her first book will be released in September of 2013 from Lark Crafts. 

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Craft Time: varies
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Caron® Simply Soft® Yarn – Bone (A, 1 Skein), Black (B, 1 Skein), Mango (D, 1 Skein) and Grape (E, 1 Skein)
  • Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Yarn – Paprika (C, 1 Skein)
  • Caron® Simply Soft® Party – Red Sparkle (F, 1 Skein)
  • Crochet Hook, Size 3.5mm (US E)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Safety Eyes, 9mm
  • Embroidery Floss – Pink
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Felt – Black
  • Craft Glue
 

Project Instructions

Abbreviations
Ch: Chain
Sc: Single Crochet
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
Sl St: Slip Stitch
Rnd: Round
Rep: Repeat
Sc2tog: Single Crochet 2 stitches Together
Hdc2tog: Half Double Crochet 2 stitches Together
BLO: Crochet into Back Loops Only of each stitch
FLO: Crochet into Front Loops Only of each stitch

 
Head and Body

Starting at the top of the Head, with yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.

Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)

Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)

Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)

Rnd 4: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 3 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (30 sts)

Rnds 5-6: Sc into each st.

Rnd 7: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 8 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (27 sts)

Rnd 8: Sc into 13 sts, sc into FLO (front loop only) of next st, ch 2, sc into FLO of same st, sc into next 13 sts. (28 sts, 2 chs)

Rnd 9: Sc into 13 sts, sc into BLO (back loop only) of next st (from Rnd 8: sc into next 13 sts (27 sts)

Rnd 10: Sc into each st.

Rnd 11: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 7 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)

Rnd 12: Sc2tog around (12 sts)

Change to yarn B at end of Rnd 12.

Rnd 13: Sc into each st.

Insert a stitch marker to hold your place. Insert safety eyes as shown, 6 sts apart and one Rnd above nose. Stuff Head firmly.

Rnd 14: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)

Rnds15-22: Sc into each st.

Insert a stitch marker. Flatten Body you've crocheted so far. Find the middle point of the body. Move the stitch marker to the corresponding stitch and crochet sc until you are at that st. Begin Rnd 23 at this point.

  

Rnd 23: Sc into next 9 sts, skip next 9.

Rnd 24: Sc into first st of Rnd 23 and next 8.

Rnds 25-28: Sc into each st.

Rnd 29: Sc into next 6 sts, skip next 3 (6 sts)

Rows 30 and 31: Ch 1, turn, sc into next 3 (3 sts)

Row 32: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc into next st (2 sts)

Row 33: Ch 1, turn, sc into next st, 2 sc next st (3)

Rows 34-37: Ch 1, turn, sc into each st.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Join yarn at back of doll, at 10th st of Rnd 22.

Repeat Rnds 23-28.

Rnd 29: Sc into each st (9 sts)

Rows 30 and 31: Ch 1, turn, sc into next 3 sts (3 sts)

Row 32: Ch 1, turn, sc into next st, sc2tog (2 sts)

Row 33: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc into next st, sc into next st (3 sts)

Rows 34-37: Ch 1, turn, sc into each st.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Stuff Body and Legs firmly. Fold flaps back at the bottom of legs, lining up Row 37with the back of the leg at Rnd 29 to form feet. Sew along edges of feet all the way around.

 

Use an embroidery needle and pink embroidery floss to make a mouth. Come up at one side, make a loose straight stitch across, back down on the other side, then come up at the middle of the smile, tacking down the loose straight stitch in a smile shape. Refer to photo.


Arms (Make 2)

With yarn A and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 5 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.

Rnds1and 2: Sc into each st (5 sts)

Rnd 3: Sc into FLO of next st, ch 2, sl st into FLO of same st, sc into next 4 sts (5sts)

Rnd 4: Sc into BLO of next st, sc into next 4 sts (5 sts)

Change to yarn B at the end of Rnd 4.

Rnds 5-16: Sc into each st.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. It is not necessary to stuff the arms.

Sew each Arm to the Body at the neckline. Weave in ends.


Hair

Thread a yarn needle with a very long strand of yarn C in the hair color of your choice and knot the end. Insert needle into the head in a hole between stitches. Come up through a stitch (securing the knot inside the head) and make long stitches all along the head, starting at an imaginary part, and completely covering the head. Weave in ends.

For a ponytail, cut a long length of yarn and fold it several times to make a bunch of yarn loops.

Tie it with a matching piece of yarn and use the yarn tails to sew the bunch to the back of the head. With contrasting yarn or ribbon, tie a ponytail holder onto the ponytail near the base.

Trim the strands to the desired length.


Pumpkin Costume

With yarn D and E hook, ch 22. Sl st into first ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Dc in each ch around (22 sts)

Rnd 2: *(2 Dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)

Rnd 3: *(2 Dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (30 sts)

Rnd 4: Dc in each st.

Rnd 5: Sc2tog, sc in next 6 sts, ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc2tog, sc into next 8 sts, ch 2,skip 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 6 sts (27 sts)

Rnd 6: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)

Rnd 7: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 6 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (21 sts)

Rnd 8: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Cut two triangles and one smaller triangle from black felt. Cut a smile shape and notch out the teeth. Glue felt to the front of the Pumpkin and allow to dry. Dress doll in Pumpkin Costume by inserting feet first and Arms through the holes in Rnd 5.

 
Witch/Wizard Hat

With yarn B and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 4 into ring. Pull tail gently to close hole.

Rnd 1: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (6 sts)

Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (9 sts)

Rnd 3: 2 Sc into next st, sc into next 8 sts (10 sts)

Rnd 4: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)

Rnd 5: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 3 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (15 sts)

Rnd 6: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)

Rnd 7: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (21 sts)

Rnd 8: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 6 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)

Rnd 9: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 7 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (27 sts)

Rnd 10: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 8 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (30 sts)

Change to yarn E at the end of Rnd 10.

Rnds11 and 12: Sc into each st.

Change to yarn B at the end of Rnd 12.

Rnd 13: Working into FLO, *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (36 sts)

Rnd 14: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (42 sts)

Rnd 15: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 6 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (48 sts)

Rnd 16: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 7 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (54 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Cape

Row 1: With yarn F, ch 16. Hdc into 3rd ch from hook and next 13 sts.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc into next 6 sts, hdc2tog, hdc into next 6 (13 sts)

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, hdc into next 5 sts, hdc2tog, hdc into next 6 (12 sts)

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, hdc into next 5 sts, hdc2tog, hdc into next 5 (11 sts)

Row 5: Ch 2, turn, hdc into next 4 sts, hdc2tog, hdc into next 5 (10 sts)

Rows 6-9: Ch 2, turn, hdc into each st.

Row 10: Ch 15, sc into 2nd ch from hook and next 13 sts, sl st into next 10 sts across top of Cape, ch 15.

Row 11: Sc into 2nd ch from hook and next 12 sts, sl st into last ch.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Mask

With yarn F and E hook, ch 30. Sl st into 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Sc into next 10 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, sc into next 3, ch 5, skip 3 sts, sc into next 10 sts, sl st into last st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Treat Bag

Row 1: With yarn E and E hook, ch 7. Hdc into 3rd ch from hook and next 4 ch (5 sts)

Rows 2-4: Ch 2, turn, hdc into each st.

Row 5: Ch 2, turn, hdc into BLO of each st.

Rows 6-8: Ch 2, turn, hdc into each st.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Thread a yarn needle with tail and use to sew up sides of Bag. At top edge of Bag, knot the yarn tail and bring it across the top for a handle, knotting into the top edge of the other side. Continue stitching edge closed. Weave in ends.

Cut a star from black felt. Glue to Treat Bag.

Craft Notes

Doll, hat, and pumpkin costume are worked in the round in un-joined spirals. Use a locking stitch marker if necessary to mark the beginning of each round. When you complete a round, move the marker to the loop on your hook and continue crocheting.

Gauge is not important for this project. Use recommended hook or hook that enables you to crochet tightly enough to prevent large holes in the fabric.