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Free Alice in Wonderland Crochet Doll Pattern

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Alice in Wonderland amigurumi pattern

I’m thrilled to be sharing my first storybook doll pattern, Alice in Wonderland. I’m so pleased with how this free crochet pattern turned out.

If ever a classic children’s book got done, redone, and overdone by illustrators, moviemakers, and TV miniseries masterminds, it’s poor Alice. Since Lewis Carroll introduced Alice to the world in 1865, her adventures through the nonsensical world of Wonderland have become part of popular culture. Just the term “rabbit hole” has come to take on a symbolic meaning. People celebrate unbirthdays and exclaim “I’m late for a very important date!” when they’re running behind or “Off with their heads!” when exasperated.

As silly as they may be, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are charming. I remember checking out the big, pink copy of the two books bound in tandem from my elementary school’s library. I remember painstakingly trying to copy John Tenniel’s iconic illustrations of Alice with my own kid skills. I had absolutely no idea what the story meant — does anybody, really?

I based this free amigurumi pattern on Tenniel’s illustration that appears the cover of my own childhood copy of the book. I especially love the red and white striped tights.

You can download the pattern here: Alice in Wonderland Pattern. The pages on which the actual instructions appear are printable, and the pattern is accompanied by closeup shots of the various components.

Materials

Project Notes

Rounds are worked in continuous spirals. Do not join rounds. Gauge is not overly important for amigurumi. The heavier the yarn and larger the needle, the bigger the finished piece, and vice versa. Stuff each piece firmly and place eyes as you go. Leave tails loose inside the work when possible — no need to weave these in. Visit my abbreviations page for help reading this pattern.

Head

Rnd 1: With peach, make 6 sc in magic ring

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Rnd 3: (sc in nxt st, inc in nxt) repeat around (18)

Rnd 4: (sc in nxt 2 sts, inc in nxt) repeat around (24)

Rnd 5: (sc in nxt 3 sts, inc in nxt) repeat around (30)
Rnd 6: (sc in nxt 4 sts, inc in nxt) repeat around (36)

Rnd 7: (sc in nxt 5 sts, inc in nxt) repeat around (42)

Rnd 8-13: sc in each sc around (42)

Rnd 14: (sc in nxt 5 sts, dec across nxt 2) repeat around (36)

Rnd 15: (sc in nxt 4 sts, dec across nxt 2) repeat around (30)

Rnd 16: (sc in nxt 3 sts, dec across nxt 2) repeat around (24)

Rnd 17: (sc in nxt 2 sts, dec across nxt 2) repeat around (18) Place eyes and stuff head now.

Rnd 18: (sc in nxt, dec across nxt 2) repeat around (12)

Rnd 19: (dec across nxt 2 sts) repeat around (6) Fasten off. Leave long tail for sewing.

Hair

NOTE: I recommend adding hair last.

Cut strands of yellow yarn approx 14 inches long. Attach each strand loop-style to Alice’s head: Fold each strand in half. Insert hook through the st that you want to attach the hair to. Place the folded end of the strand on the hook and pull partially through the st, creating a loop. Pull two loose ends of strand through the loop created and pull tight. Check out EssHaych’s great tutorial: http://esshaych.blogspot.com/2009/09/amigurumi-hair-tutorial.html.

Determine a hairline around Rnd 6, and start attaching strands to every st along the hairline. Frame her face by extending the hairline downward on both sides of her face. Then fill in the rest of the head with strands. Since her hair is pulled back by a headband on top, you only have to connect strands to every other st when filling in. It’s important to attach to every st only along the hairline, which is most visible.

Using a yarn needle threaded with a triple-strand of black, sew a headband onto Alice’s head.

Body/Dress

Rnd 1: With blue, make 6 sc in magic ring

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Rnd 3: (sc in nxt st, inc in nxt) repeat around (18)

Rnd 4: (sc in nxt 6 sts, inc in nxt 3 sts) repeat twice around (24)

Rnd 5-9: sc in each sc around (24)

Rnd 10: (sc in nxt 6 sts, dec three times) repeat twice around (18)

Rnd 11: sc in each sc around (18)

Rnd 12: (sc in nxt 5 sts, dec twice) repeat twice around (14)

Rnd 13: sc in each sc around (14)

Rnd 14: 2 sc in each sc around (28)

Rnd 15: sc in each sc around (28)

Rnd 16: (sc in nxt 3 sts, inc in nxt) repeat around (35)

Rnd 17: sc in each sc around (35)

Rnd 18: (sc in nxt 4 sts, inc in nxt) repeat around (42)

Rnd 19: sc in each sc around (42)

Rnd 20: (sc in nxt 6 sts, inc in nxt) repeat around (48)

Rnd 21: sc in each sc around (48)

Rnd 22: (sc in nxt 7 sts, inc in nxt) repeat around (54)

Rnd 23: sc in each sc around (54)

Rnd 24: (sc in nxt 8 sts, inc in nxt) repeat around (60)

Rnd 25-27: sc in each sc around (60) Sl st in nxt sc to finish. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Apron

With white, ch 24, and sl st in first st to join (make sure the round is not twisted).

Beginning Rnd: Ch 1 and sc in same st as join. Sc in nxt 4 ch, ch 1, 3 dc in nxt 2 ch, ch 1, sc in nxt 10 ch, ch 1, 3 dc in nxt 2 ch, ch 1, sc in remaining 5 ch. Sl st to join. Fasten off. Weave in ends. You have just made the top of Alice’s apron — the dc are the flounces above her sleeves. Next, you’ll create the front of the apron.

Row 1: Join white to 2nd of the 10 sc you made on the beginning round. Sc in next 7 sc across (8 sc). Leave remaining sts unworked. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Dec across first two sts, sc in nxt 4 sc, dec across last two sts (6) Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Dec across first two sts, sc in nxt 2 sc, dec across last two sts (4) Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: sc in each sc across (4) Ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Inc in first st, sc in nxt 2 sts, inc in last st (6) Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Inc in first st, sc in nxt 4 sts, inc in last st (8) Ch 1, turn.

Row 8: sc in each sc across (8) Ch 1, turn.

Row 9: inc in first st, sc in nxt 6 sts, inc in last st (10) Ch 1, turn.

Row 10: sc in each sc across (10) Ch 1, turn.

Row 11: inc in first st, sc in nxt 8 sts, inc in last st (12)

Row 12: sc in each sc across (12) Ch 1, turn.

Row 13: inc in first st, sc in nxt 10 sts, inc in last st (14)

Row 14: sc in each sc across (14) Ch 1, turn.

Finishing: Slip stitch up the side of the apron, slip stitching in each row up and then across the top front of the apron (Row 1), down the opposite side, across the bottom to the first sl st. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Thread yarn needle with approximately 15-18 inches of red yarn. Backstitch a line around the perimeter of the apron. Make ties: With white, ch 30, fasten off, leaving tail for sewing. Make another ch-30 strand. Attach strands to either side of apron waist. Weave in loose end strand through ch to hide.

Arms (make 2)

Rnd 1: With peach, make 6 sc in magic ring.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Rnd 3-4: Sc in each sc around (12)

Rnd 5: (sc in nxt st, dec across nxt 2 sts) around (8)

Rnd 6: Sc in each sc around (8)

Rnd 7: (dec across nxt 2 sts) repeat around (4)

Rnd 8-13: Sc in each sc around (4) This gets very tight, so just push that hook through! No stuffing required on these narrow rounds.

Rnd 14: Change color to blue, 2 sc in each sc around (8)

Rnd 15-16: Sc in each sc around (8)

Rnd 17: Dec 4 times around (4) Sl st in nxt sc to join. Fasten off. Leave long tail for sewing.

Legs (make 2)

Note: Working the legs in spiral rounds means that the stripes will not connect to each other but instead have a “jagged seam.” If you’d like the rounds to meet up perfectly, work the legs in joined rounds rather than spiral rounds. (That means you join each round with a sl st at the end and ch 1 to begin a new round.)

Rnd 1: With black, make 6 sc in magic ring

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Rnd 3: (sc in nxt st, inc in nxt) repeat around (18)

Rnd 4: sc in each sc around (18)

Rnd 5: Change color to white, sc in each sc around (18)

Rnd 6: Change color to red, sc in each sc around (18)

Rnd 7: Change color to white, (sc in nxt st, dec across nxt 2 sts) repeat around (12)

Rnd 8: Change color to red, sc in each sc around (12)

Rnd 9: Change color to white, (sc in nxt st, dec across nxt 2 sts) repeat around (8)

Rnd 10-26: Alternating colors on each round, sc in each sc around (8)

To join legs: Make one leg through rnd 26, and fasten off (you won’t need the tail for this leg, so you can just stuff it inside the leg or weave the end in). Make other leg, and do not fasten off after rnd 26. Continue working as follows to join the legs: sc in the first sc (next sc after last sc worked) on the first leg (the one you fastened off) and in each sc around on that leg. Sc in each sc on the other leg (16 sc total). Sc in each sc around for another row. Finish off, and leave long tail for sewing.

Finishing/Assembly

  1. Using a yarn needle threaded with a single strand of red, embroider a mouth onto Alice’s face.
  2. Using a yarn needle threaded with a double strand of black, backstitch straps onto Alice’s shoes.
  3. Place apron on Alice’s blue dress. Tie ties in bow at back of waist. Sew the top round to Alice’s shoulders to secure it.
  4. Sew arms and head to torso.
  5. Sew legs to underside of dress as follows: Flip up skirt Marilyn-Monroe style, and position legs at waist. Sew legs to waist. This “closes” the doll, meaning that none of the stuffing now shows through.
  6. Add hair to head.

I’d love to see your version of Alice on Ravelry! Also, post comments so I can fix errors and clarify instructions!

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