This is the last, but certainly not the least, pattern in the Hogwarts Ragdoll Collection. What a wonderful and fun week it’s been releasing these patterns! I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have!
Before we get into the pattern, I have to tell you about a collaboration that I’m very excited about (and I think you will be too)! I’ve teamed up with Debi of The Speckled Clay Boutique (visit her Instagram HERE, her Facebook HERE, and her Etsy shop HERE) to bring you a giveaway! Yay! Debi makes the most beautiful, ergonomic, hand-sculpted crochet hooks and stitch markers. Some of her most popular ones (and my personal favourites!) are her Harry Potter hook collections. I just couldn’t resist teaming up with her to be able to offer you guys the chance to win one of these beautiful Harry Potter hooks. Debi was kind enough to send me a hook and a set of stitch markers and I had a blast using my Harry Potter crochet hook to create Harry and the gang! The hook is such a dream to use and it’s so nice to treat yourself with something fancy every now and then!
Seriously, look at that little Hedwig baby perched on top! I can’t!
The giveaway will be happening on my Instagram HERE and my Facebook page HERE. It will be open for three days starting from Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 11am EST to Monday, October 9, 2017 at 11am EST. The giveaway is open worldwide, so be sure to keep a lookout for the giveaway posts later today!
AND if you just can’t wait and need one of these gorgeous hooks right meow (which, totally understandable), you’re in luck because the Speckled Clay Boutique has a 10% off sale happening right now! There are so many other beautiful options (Wonder Woman, Gilmore Girls, Halloween themed and more!), all with Debi’s signature style, that you really have to go visit her shop and have a look for yourself. AND AND when you make a hook purchase, you will also get a set of matching stitch markers and a beautiful handmade Hook Bag!
Phew, okay! Let’s get into our final pattern of Hogwarts Week.
As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as our Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. Our little House Elf has 6 separate pieces, plus the arms and legs, which are not worked separately, but are joined right onto the piece. I designed the arms and legs this way because Dobby is fairly small and this was the best method for a keychain-sized Dobby. However, you could easily make Dobby bigger by using worsted weight yarn (or even bulky). If so, feel free to crochet panels for his legs and arms and attach them the traditional way for a more solid medium-sized Dobby. If you want to go this route, you can take a look at the arms, legs and assembly for the Ragdoll Spring Bunny pattern to get an idea of how to do this if you’re unsure.
Dobby’s finished measurements are approximately 7.5cm/3″ from top to bottom and about 12.5cm/5″ from ear to ear.
Here’s what I used:
**If you’d prefer a downloadable or printable version of this pattern, an inexpensive, formatted, and ad-free PDF can be purchased HERE.**
- 2.25mm hook for main (I use THESE hooks!);
- Fine or light weight cotton yarn in light brown or tan;
- Fine or light weight cotton yarn in white;
- DMC 25 Embroidery Thread No. 938 (brown) for eyebrows;
- Safety eyes (I used 10mm green safety eyes)
- Tapestry needle
*Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row*
Body (make 2 panels):
Start with white:
Row 1: Ch 7, sc across (6 sts)
Rows 2-8: Sc across (6 sts)
Row 9: Inc, sc 4, inc (8 sts)
Switch to light brown/tan.
Row 10: In BLO Inc, sc 6, inc (10 sts)
Row 11: Inc, sc 8, inc (12 sts)
Row 12: Inc, sc 10, inc (14 sts)
Row 13: Inc, sc 12, inc (16 sts)
Rows 14-17: Sc across (16 sts)
Row 18: Dec, sc 12, dec (14 sts)
Row 19: Sc across (14 sts)
Row 20: Dec, sc 10, dec (12 sts)
Row 21: Sc across (12 sts)
Row 22: Dec, hdc 2, dc 4, hoc 2, dec (10 sts)
Repeat rounds 1-22 for second panel, except you do not need to work row 10 in the BLO. Put these aside for assembly later.
Ears (make 4 panels in twos as explained below) in light brown/tan:
Row 1: Ch 7, sc across (6 sts)
Row 2: Inc, sc 4, inc (8 sts)
Rows 3-5: Sc across (8 sts)
Row 6: Dec, sc 5, inc (8 sts)
Row 7: Sc 6, dec (7 sts)
Row 8: Dec, sc 5 (6 sts)
Row 9: Sc 4, dec (5 sts)
Row 10: Dec, sc 2, inc (5 sts)
Row 11: Sc 3, dec (4 sts)
Row 12: Dec, sc 2 (3 sts)
Row 13: Sc, dec (2 sts)
Row 14: Dec (1 st)
Tie off. Repeat rows 1-14 for second panel but do not tie off. Put both panels together, matching up all sides. Chain 1 and begin single crocheting the panels together by crocheting around the entire piece. In the last stitch, at the tip of the ear, ch 3 and slst into the first ch, creating a picot. Join with a slst to beginning st and tie off.
Repeat all of the above for second ear, EXCEPT make sure you crochet around the outside of the second ear in the OPPOSITE direction from the first. This ensures the beautiful edging is facing out on both ears when you attach them. Put these aside for assembly in the next step.
Step 1: Eyes and Eyebrows
At this step, you should now have two completed ears and two body panels.
First, we are going to attach the facial features to the front body panel. To do this, simply insert two safety eyes and stitch on two little eyebrows using brown embroidery thread.
Step 2: Body and Ears
Cut off two lengths of light brown/tan yarn about 30 cms (12 inches) long each. Put them aside for later.
Place the two body panels together, matching up all sides and colours.
**Make sure the front of Dobby is facing you as you crochet around the outside of the piece.**
Starting on the top of Dobby’s head (in the middle), begin attaching the body panels together by chaining one and single crocheting around the outside of the panels in light brown/tan.
Stop after about 3 or 4 stitches. Pull up a long loop and leave this for now.
Now, with your tapestry needle and a length of yarn that you set aside earlier, place the ear between the panels and attach it by sewing through all three pieces; the top panel, the ear, and the bottom panel. When finished, tie a knot to secure and hide the yarn tails between the panels.
Continue single crocheting around. When you get to the ear, simply sc in the stitches of the front panel only, since this part is already sewn shut. Once you are past the ear, continue single crocheting both panels together as normal.
Switch to white yarn where appropriate but stop after you complete the first stitch in white. Now we will create the little “knot” where the pillow case is tied at the shoulder.
Ch 7, sc 3, hdc 2, dc back along chains. Slst to beginning st. Ch 7 again, sc 3, hdc 2, dc back along chains and slst to beginning st.
Continue crocheting around the body. [Sc, ch 1, sc] in the bottom corners of the pillow case.
Switch back to Light Brown/Tan yarn where appropriate. Stop after 2 or 3 stitches.
Now you will attach the second ear the same way you did for the first. When finished, top up stuffing.
Continue crocheting around. Remember, when you get to the ear, sc in the stitches of the front panel only.
Top up stuffing as needed. Slst to first st and tie off to finish. Poke yarn tail back inside piece.
Step 3: Arms and Legs
You will crochet the first arm in the stitch below the first white st (i.e. below the stitch where you made the “knot” of the pillow case). Join your Light Brown/Tan yarn. Ch 8, sc 7 along chains. Slst in same st. Tie off and weave in ends.
Repeat for second arm.
For the legs, join your yarn in the chain space at the bottom corner of the pillow case. Ch 9, sc 8 along chains. Slst in next st. Tie off and weave in ends.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
I did some needle sculpting to indent the eyes a little. You can do this as follows:
- Insert your tapestry needle behind Eye A (I started with the right eye, but it doesn’t matter);
- Exit the needle from behind Eye B ;
- Reinsert the needle into a different stitch behind Eye B;
- Exit the needle out the back of Dobby’s head;
- Thread the yarn tail from Eye A into your needle. Reinsert your needle into a different stitch behind Eye A.
- Exit your needle out the same stitch in the back of Dobby’s head.
- Gently tug on both yarn tails to create the sculpting.
- Tie a knot in the yarn tails and poke back inside the piece.
Lastly, attach your keyring and that’s it! You’re done!
Again, thank you so much for such a fun week! I have a feeling there may be more Hogwarts weeks in our futures 😉
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