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Drossy
« on: August 06, 2011 01:46:17 AM »

I've been looking for doll patterns that were a little more realistic than the typical tubes and balls for pretty much the whole body, but I couldn't find any. So, I just made up my own!

Here's what I came up with:


I'm calling this one my "Deluxe" doll. It's about 22 inches tall, but the right footwear and hairstyle could put it over two feet!


It took me a while to figure out how to shape the face like that


You can't really tell, but it has butt cheeks! XD I don't know why, but I'm strangely proud of that fact.

All the dolls I make with this pattern will have completely removable clothing, so that I can make multiple outfits for one doll.

As much as I like this pattern, it's a pain in the butt to make because it's so big, especially if I wire it. Sad So I made two smaller, less complicated ones. Of course, they lose the realistic touch, but whatever.


This one's my "Spaghetti" doll, since the arms and legs are so thin and floppy. I'll probably make the head shorter next time I make this doll, though.


And this would be my "Chibi" doll. I don't plan on using this one that often, except maybe for gifts or commissions since it doesn't take long to make.
EDIT: Never mind, I'm having a lot of fun with this doll. Cheesy Also, I have the pattern up here if you want to try it: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403946.msg4754050#msg4754050

The best thing about all three is that I can crochet them all as one piece, no sewing parts on separately! This may not seem like such a perk, but I honestly hate sewing, and I never seem to be able to sew the legs and arms on completely symmetrically.

I'm currently turning my first Deluxe doll into this guy: http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x73/Miss-Lanane/Tales%20of%20the%20Abyss/asch3uw.jpg Because I am a masochist.

So what do you guys think? Do they need any improvements?
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2011 05:11:50 AM »

I LOVE the littlest guy!!  But then, I'm usually a fan of short and stubby.  I cannot believe how accurate your deluxe doll is, though.  That's outstanding. 
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2011 05:20:31 AM »

The deluxe doll is great!!  I love the hands especially - I've never been a huge fan of making people because of the balls for hands but this one I would make.
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2011 05:28:22 AM »

Allree dols are really nice but I am very impressed with the detailing of the deluxe doll.  I would like to see a finished one. (Closthes hair etc)
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2011 05:32:19 AM »

All three patterns are great, good luck on your first character he's gonna be fun.

PS. Butt cheeks be proud, it's all in the details..Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011 07:03:13 AM »

yea that first doll is great
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2011 07:54:52 AM »

Ok so this doll i love. So cute and I would love to get my hands on your pattern so keep it safe.  Seriously you did an amazing job. So cute and very easy to customize. Love Love Love this doll.
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2011 08:25:57 AM »

They are all great! Amazing job! I also appreciate fact that they can be made as one piece, it makes them even neater Grin And be proud of the butt cheeks! It's a small details combined what makes a perfection Wink

And all those facial detail of deluxe doll.. Wow!
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2011 08:32:05 AM »

I really love your deluxe Doll & other 2 also since they are simplier. I dont usally make crochet dolls but this looks great & I love his butt cheeks the details make him one of a kind & also the hands & fingers are great. Love to see it all finishied. Well done!! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2011 08:55:55 AM »

Wow the deluxe doll is really impressive!! I love the butt cheeks haha
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2011 11:25:59 AM »

They all look great! Especially your deluxe doll. I'm always changing things on patterns I buy. But I think the only thing I would change on your deluxe doll would be the begining of the arms. Maybe try a couple rounds of hdc on the top and sl st on the underside to define the shoulders and make the arms hang closer to the body? All in all a good detailed creation. I too look forward to seeing the finished doll.
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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2011 02:38:36 PM »

The Deluxe is wonderful.
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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2011 03:26:26 PM »

You did such a good job on them.  I love how you've made them all with such detailed shaping.  You're very talented.
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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2011 09:49:30 PM »

Those look so good!  Amazing detail on the face.  I can't wait to see the finished doll. Are you planning to release the patterns someday?
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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2011 12:53:24 AM »

I agree with everyone else, all three are amazing! I really like the face of the deluxe one. I have never enough patience to try to make the nose so all my dolls are kind of chibis...  Grin I'd also be interested in case you're planning tor release the pattern someday.
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Drossy
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2011 06:07:40 PM »

Thanks for all the positive comments guys! Maybe I should post my WIPs more often.  Grin

And for those wondering about me releasing a pattern for the deluxe doll, well, as it is now, it's just a mess of notes that even I have a hard time making sense of. XD I'll try to get something typed up in the more standard way of writing patterns, but I'll probably need a few testers to make sure I didn't screw something up before releasing it. I have it in my head that I could get a book deal with the three patterns plus a female version of the deluxe doll, but I know that's a bit ambitious for someone who's only been crocheting for two and a half years...

sewhappysue: I might try that, if only to experiment with hdc's (I work almost exclusively with sc's, except when I'm following someone else's pattern). But would I be correct in assuming that If I made it the way you suggested, that the arm would only point downward? Because I made the deluxe doll with the intention of wiring the limbs so that it would be poseable (the prototype isn't wired, so it looks strange), if I made the arm the way you suggested, I don't know how well it would be able to lift its arm up. With a non-wired doll though, I'll try the hdc's and ss's.

This is what a wired doll looks like with one arm down and one arm up and out:



Does this look any better?

Kitiza: The nose was actually fairly simple. And strangely enough, I got the idea from a squid pattern: http://crochetme.com/media/p/94506.aspx The nose is done very similarly to the fins on the squid's head.


Again, thank you everyone! I'll post again when I have more of my first deluxe doll done. Smiley


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« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2011 08:03:29 PM »

And for those wondering about me releasing a pattern for the deluxe doll, well, as it is now, it's just a mess of notes that even I have a hard time making sense of. XD I'll try to get something typed up in the more standard way of writing patterns, but I'll probably need a few testers to make sure I didn't screw something up before releasing it. I have it in my head that I could get a book deal with the three patterns plus a female version of the deluxe doll, but I know that's a bit ambitious for someone who's only been crocheting for two and a half years...

Oh, I would absolutely love to be a pattern tester for these! I volunteer wholeheartedly. They're not only fantastically done, they look like so much fun to make and dress up! I'd love to see a female version of the deluxe doll, too.

It's worth at least looking into a book deal, and if that doesn't work out you can always self-publish using Lulu or something. :3
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« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2011 09:25:05 PM »

I dont know if it would be posable with wire or not. 99.9% of my dolls are made for the under 6 age bracket and they get very frustrated when dolly's arms stick out. The one you wired looks good. I'd say go for the gold with your book idea. Doesn't matter how long you've been crocheting, you have talent! If you run short on testers, just PM me. Always ready to help a fellow craftster. None of my kids or grands are interested in crocheting, just the fruits of my labors.
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« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2011 01:31:02 AM »

I love what you've done here! They're amazing, and if you need a pattern tester, I'd be honored to whip up some of those!
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« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2011 02:30:05 PM »

Jaw-droppingly amazing! I recently decided that I'm no good at amigurumi because I hate sewing all the little pieces together. I would do bad things to get my hands on these patterns! Grin This totally rocks!
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« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2011 02:56:59 PM »

I'd be happy to be a pattern tester as well! oh, the things I could make! the people I could please! Grin
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« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2011 05:12:06 PM »

Me too! I would love to try that pattern out on the Deluxe.  I want to make myself a Raven Doll from Vesperia and Riku Doll XD Maybe a Shinjiro XD
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« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2011 08:03:39 PM »

This doll is so incredible! I also get frustrated with overly stylized crochet patterns. I rarely have the patience or foresight to write down a pattern as I go, so I really appreciate those who make patterns for such wonderful pieces!

The wired doll is great, and I love the individually pose-able fingers! If I were to be completely honest, though, I would suggest that you work on the feet a bit more. They look almost twisted from the pictures, but maybe it's not like that IRL. While people are signing up to be pattern testers, I better throw my name in, too! Wink
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« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2011 02:52:42 PM »

Is the nose flat ? I would like to be a tester as well, it would be a challenge for me.
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« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2011 06:59:00 AM »

I love the deluxe doll! It looks great. I had a question about the legs though. From the side view, it looks like the back and the front are stitched together. But from the front, it almost looks like a layer was placed on top of the legs. Is it one continuous stitch and my eyes are playing tricks on me or are there two layers and I'm not crazy?
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« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2011 07:03:42 AM »

omg, I really wish I had a pattern for these! I'm so badly wanting to make my own 10th Doctor from the deluxe doll! now, I just need to learn how to do his hair... Grin Grin
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« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2011 07:04:54 PM »

For those that are requesting to be pattern testers: I still need to type up and de-code my notes into a readable format, so I can't send the pattern to anyone just yet. I don't have a ETA on when this will be, but I do know that I won't be releasing it until I finish the doll I'm working on, as it makes no sense to me to have one of you finish my doll before I, the creator, do.  Wink Unfortunately, I just had to go and pick the one character with the really complicated and multi-layered outfit. Sad To make matters worse, I'm starting to get a flair up of carpal tunel, so I need to slow down a bit on the crochet. It may take up to a month before I'm done, so sorry for those who are waiting. Sad

In the meantime, if you still want to be a tester when I have the pattern ready, please PM me with pictures of at least three projects you've done so that I have an idea of your skill level. I'll let you know if I want you to be a tester when I have the pattern ready.

Rikaheart: Raven do Raven! There NEEDS to be more Tales of Series amigurumi in the world. Cheesy Actually, I'm planning on making all of the main characters (plus the main bad guys) from Tales of the Abyss. Does that make me crazy?

sna: The feet are a bit twisted in the wired doll, but that's not a flaw in the pattern, but rather a flaw in my wiring ability. In order to make it so that the wire doesn't poke out through the stiches, I had to loop the wire back on itself, and the loop takes up the length and width of the foot. The way the wire is bent is what's making the foot look twisted. I'm sure if I played with the feet enough, I could bend the wire to make it less twisted, but I'm trying to avoid messing with the doll too much unless I have to. I paranoid that the wire inside will snap or something if I mess with it too much. D:

NyteFyre: Yes, the nose is flat. I think I had the petite Japanese cartoon style noses in mind when I decided how to make it.

saucyimp: I'm not exactly sure what you mean. I crocheted everything in joined rows (rather than in joined rounds or continuous rounds, which is more common), and there's a visible seam where the rows join (if anyone knows of a way to make the seams less noticeable, please tell me). Also, everything is attached through crochet stiches, so nothing is sewn on. Did that answer your question?


Well, I'm off to make my Asch doll less naked. Hopefully laying down the design on his tunic will be easier on my wrist than the repetitive motion of crocheting...

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« Reply #27 on: November 09, 2011 03:14:29 AM »

OMG The 3rd one is so cute!
I agree with you on the sewing part though, its such a pain and my stitches are never good to see! Surely enough, when i sew a head to a body, it seems the poor guy had a slit throat sewn by a half-mad and drunk nurse! But i've never been able to create, let alone find, a decent pattern where sewing was not required!
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« Reply #28 on: January 03, 2012 05:30:23 PM »

These look awesome! The proportions on the deluxe doll are closer to that of a child than an adult. That may be your intention and is totally valid, just wanted to mention it since the anime guy you are doing actually has proportions skewed in the OTHER direction (I can post some anatomy reference if you are interested.) The proportions are stylized in a way that they still look right, so if you want to go that way it totally works. Do i see a bit of shaping on the calf there? That's awesome, you should bump it up a bit for characters that will have bare legs!

I don't have the patience for the big one, but I would totally use the other two.
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« Reply #29 on: February 15, 2012 06:27:36 PM »

Hey guys!  Grin Sorry for taking so long getting back to you. Unfortunately, after I finished my Deluxe Asch doll (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=393128.msg4659146#msg4659146 if you missed it), I kind of lost interest in it since it takes soooooo long to make a fully clothed doll with it, so my pattern notes are still kind of scrambled (I was going to organize them when/if I made another doll). It may still take quite a while before I'm ready to decode it for you all. Sad

However! I decided to have some fun with the Chibi doll design and ended up making eight dolls with the pattern. And, I decided to just go ahead and release the pattern without using a tester first (but if you want to test it yourself and give me feedback, I'd more than appreciate it!) You can find the pattern (and the dolls I made with it) here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403946.msg4754050#msg4754050 Oh, and I have a bit of a confession to make. I've been touting "No Sew!" with these patterns, and while it is possible to make the chibi doll without sewing anything on, I found that it was ultimately easier (and looks better) to make the arms separate and sew them on. I hope I haven't disappointed you.

@Fringey: Well, the proportions are the way they are due to a mix of "I give up, it's close enough!" and trying to keep it at a size that was still somewhat manageable (Also, he's cute as a midget <3). However, I might still rework the design (and try to make it smaller @_@), and I'm trying to get better at drawing, so I would still appreciate the anatomy references. Smiley And yes, there is shaping in the calf. XD There's also a bit in the elbow too, but it's barely noticeable, even in person.
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« Reply #30 on: September 04, 2012 07:54:26 PM »

Wow! Those are 3 great dolls! I would love to learn the methods used in the big fella. I've only been doing amigurumi for a short time and am looking to expand my repertoire of skills. Great job!
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these budies would be the gist for my uncle's children  Wink they are simply gorgeous
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« Reply #32 on: June 04, 2013 09:38:48 AM »

I know this is an old thread, but I was wondering if you have the deluxe doll pattern done yet. I'd love to try it out. Smiley You did an amazing job on that doll.
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Your dolls are amazing. I admire your dedication.
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« Reply #34 on: December 06, 2013 10:09:31 PM »

I too would like to purchase the pattern for the "Big guy"
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