First new pattern for 2013 is now available on Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy! My Etsy shop statistics revealed my Cute Weeping Angel doll has been gaining some attention. It was time to finalize the pattern and make it available to fellow crocheters. Continue reading to find out a bit more about these angels and some considerations in creating this pattern.
Weeping Angels: Doctor Who
Since the series relaunched in 2005, I have been a huge Doctor Who fan. I love the campiness and British humour. And I really love the promotion of the finer characteristics of humanity. The Weeping Angels are one of the scariest of the villains. While I’m not a physicist, I think their behaviour is influenced by the idea in quantum physics that a particle can be in any location until it is observed. Once seen it stops (I’ll need to have my husband proof read this part – he’s the physics expert in my life). The angels can only move when they are not being directly looked at. Don’t blink (so creepy!). They cover their eyes when not moving as not to accidently look at each other. In a more recent episode, there were even cherubs!
Most of my crochet patterns are pretty easy with the majority of the shaping created using increases (multiple stitches in the same spot) and decreases (reducing the number of stitches). I minimize the amount of sewing on my amigurumi because I feel that it confers major benefits:
- Decreases the amount of time required to make a toy (not only are crafters more satisfied to complete final projects more quickly, it also keeps my prices low on finished products)
- The final product is more durable compared to having extra parts individually attached.
The Cute Weeping Angel pattern is slightly more complex than some of my other patterns because I spend more time working in front and back loops of the previous round to create the shaping rather than sewing on multiple parts. This is especially obvious in making the scalloped hair which is created all in one piece.
This cute weeping angel is made in 7 pieces: 2 legs, 2 arms, 2 wings, and hair. This doll is made as a spiral—do not join rounds. A stitch marker placed at either the beginning or the end of the round can help keep track of round in the spiral. Stitch counts are given in brackets () at the end of most rows. Instructions for each stitch is are given at the end of the pattern.
Stuff as you go (polyester filling, cotton, yarn scraps, etc.). Finish the piece by sewing together the parts and embroidering the eyes using a darning needle. A 1.5 inch diameter or smaller rattle insert can be added to head.
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This pattern is written in clear North American terms.
Stitches Used: chain (ch), bobble stitch (bo), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), single crochet (sc), single crochet decrease (sc2tog), slip stitch (slst)
Instructions given for all stitches
The pattern is sized to fit a 1.5” diameter rattle insert in the head. There are some available for sale in The Silver Hook Etsy shop
Yarn required: 0.5oz of main and contrast colors of acrylic worsted weight yarn
3.00mm and 3.500mm crochet hooks
Approximate Measurements: 6 inches tall
The toy pictured was made with worsted weight (size 4) acrylic yarn from Red Heart, however you can use any size yarn (will affect final size) or any type yarn.