Hello again! We are moving right along and onto the third post in the Hogwarts Ragdoll Collection: Draco Malfoy! The Collection includes Harry, Ron, Hermione and Malfoy (and Dobby!), and all are based on one basic pattern, which is highly customizable (Hermione’s is a bit different due to her hair!) Since each witch or wizard has their own unique characteristics, I decided to cover the differences in separate posts to keep everything more manageable. To be honest, there really isn’t a whole lot to cover for this one, other than the materials and colour-changes, but I just couldn’t leave poor Malfoy out.
As you know by now, this pattern is made in the same style as all our Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. Any character in the Hogwarts Collection has 11 separate pieces.
As mentioned in the pattern post for Harry, this pattern incorporates the tapestry (or intarsia) crochet technique and has a lot of colour-work involved. Also, please note that, while this pattern is not difficult, there is a fair amount of sewing, attaching and assembling involved.
His finished measurement is approximately 24cm/9.5″ from top to bottom.
Let’s get started. 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. Also, the posts for Hermione and Dobby will be posted later this week but if you simply can’t wait, the patterns are available in the Shop to purchase!**
- 3.5mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- Red Heart Super Saver in Black;
- Red Heart Super Saver in Grey Heather;
- Red Heart Super Saver in White;
- Bernat Premiuim in Evergreen for the scarf;
- Red Heart Super Saver in Light Grey for the scarf;
- Caron Simply Soft in Off White for the hair;
- Patons Canadiana in Oatmeal ;
- Black crochet thread for eyes (I use THIS kind!);
- DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss in Very Dark Blue Green (No. 500) for collar;
- DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss in Light Beaver Grey (No. 3072) for collar.
- Tapestry needle
Reading this Pattern and Colour Changes:
Everything is worked in single crochet stitches, except for Row 52 of the body panels, where the stitches will be specified. So, in order to indicate the many colour-changes, I have omitted the usual “sc” in front of the stitch counts in any lines with colour-changes and I’ve used the associated colour letter instead. For example, “Binc” means to work a sc increase in black yarn. “B2, G10” means to work the next 2 sc in Black and the next 10 sc in Grey, and so on.
Due to the colour-changes, you will have several skeins or balls of yarn attached to your project at once. I opted to use two skeins of black yarn, one for each side of the cloak and two balls of Terracotta for each side of the hair. You could also do this by taking one skein of yarn and separating it into two smaller balls. This cuts down significantly on having to carry your yarn.
The bonus part of the colour-changes in an amigurumi is that you don’t have to worry about what the back of your panels look like! This is why I carry my yarn on the back instead of carrying it inside the stitch as you go. It prevents any colours from bleeding through where they shouldn’t. As long as you always carry your yarn on the back of your panel, you won’t have to tie in any ends and you’ll have a beautiful smooth front with clear lines and colours. Please see the photos in the Ragdoll Harry Potter post HERE to get an idea of where and how I carried my yarn.
When changing colours, you will insert your hook into the stitch for the last stitch of Colour A and pull up a loop. Then, with Colour B, yarn over and complete the stitch by pulling through both loops with Colour B. Drop your working yarn in Colour A and continue with Colour B. You will pick your Colour A working yarn back up again on the way back in the next row when you need it.
*Make sure to always drop your yarn on the WRONG side of your panel!* This will be different depending on whether you’re working an odd or even row, and also whether you’re working on the front or back panel. So, if you’re working on the FRONT panel, whenever you are working on an odd-numbered row, the right side of your panel will be facing you. When you’re working on an even-numbered row, the wrong side will be facing you. So, for example, when you are working on a row where the wrong side of the panel is facing you, you will have to make a conscious effort to pull your yarn toward you to the wrong side of the panel when dropping your yarn during a colour-change. This is because it will naturally drop to the side furthest away from you if you don’t.
Front Body (make 1 panel):
For rows 24-30, you will be completing the scarf section, so you will substitute the Evergreen yarn wherever you see an “R” stitch, and you will substitute the Light Grey wherever you see a “Y” stitch.
For rows 36-52 you will substitute the Off White yarn for Malfoy’s hair anywhere you see a ‘B’ in those rows only.
Back Body (make 1 panel):
Rows 1-23 of the back body panel of the Ragdoll Harry Potter pattern are worked exactly the same for Malfoy.
For rows 24-30, you will be completing the scarf section, so you will substitute the Evergreen yarn wherever you see an “R” stitch, and you will substitute the Light Grey whoever you see a “Y” stitch.
For rows 32-52 you will substitute Off White yarn for the Black.
Feet and Arms:
The feet and arms are all worked exactly the same as in the Ragdoll Harry Potter pattern.
For the separate scarf portion, you will be substituting the Evergreen yarn wherever you see an “R” stitch in the HP pattern, and substituting the Light Grey wherever the pattern references a “Y” stitch.
Step 1: Eyes and Sweater
First, we need to attach our facial features to the front panel. I decided to stitch some sleepy eyes on Malfoy using black crochet thread (it kind of gives him the feeling of being stuck up, doesn’t it?), but feel free to use safety eyes or any other kind!
Finally, using embroidery thread in green and silver (light grey worked perfectly for me!), stitch around the “V” of the sweater to give it a border. I simply made three long stitches on each side (two green with silver in between) and tied knots on the back to secure.
Step 2: Body, Arms, Legs, and Scarf
Step 2 of the assembly is exactly the same for Malfoy as it is for Harry, HERE.
Step 3: Finishing Touches
Add a wand or any other accessories you want and you’re done!
Stay tuned for details on Hermione and Dobby later this week!
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