Hello again fellow witches and wizards! This is the second post in the Hogwarts Ragdoll Collection: Ron Weasley! The Collection includes Harry, Ron, Hermione and Malfoy, 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. This post will cover the materials I used for Ron Weasley and how to do those freckles!
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 details for Hermione, Malfoy 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;
- Loops & Threads Impeccable in Burgundy;
- Loops & Threads Colorwheel in Gold;
- Patons Canadiana in Oatmeal ;
- Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta for hair;
- Black crochet thread for eyes (I use THIS kind!);
- DMC Embroidery Cotton Floss in Dark Garnet (No. 814) for collar;
- DMC Embroidery Floss Thread in Very Dark Straw (No. 3852) for collar;
- Light weight pink cotton yarn for cheeks;
- 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 36-52 you will substitute the Terracotta yarn for Ron’s hair anywhere you see a ‘B’ in those rows only.
Back Body (make 1 panel):
Rows 1-31 of the back body panel of the Ragdoll Harry Potter pattern are worked exactly the same for Ron.
For rows 32-52 you will substitute Terracotta yarn for the Black.
Feet, Arms and Scarf:
The feet, arms and scarf are all worked exactly the same as in the Ragdoll Harry Potter pattern.
Step 1: Eyes, Freckles, Sweater, and Cheeks
First, we need to attach all of our facial features to the front panel. I decided to stitch some cheerful eyes on Ron using black crochet thread, but feel free to use safety eyes or any other kind!
I also decided to add freckles to Ron. The below pictures show how I added them. Cut off a length of Terracotta yarn about 30 cm/12″ long.
Step 1: Insert your tapestry needle through the panel from back to front where you want the freckle.
Step 2: Pull yarn through.
Step 3: Make a knot but do not tighten it yet.
Step 4 and 5: Push knot down as close to the panel as possible and tighten.
Step 6: Insert tapestry needle back into panel as close as possible to the freckle (not the same space but immediately next to it – just make sure you catch some yarn or part of a stitch so that you don’t accidentally pull the freckle all the way back through the panel).
Step 7: Do not tie off yet. Continue steps 1-6 for as many freckles as you want!
I made three rows of freckles consisting of three, four and three for ten freckles in total.
Next, stitch on some cheeks using light weight pink yarn.
Finally, using embroidery thread in burgundy and gold, stitch around the “V” of the sweater to give it a border. I simply made three long stitches on each side (two burgundy with gold in between) and tied knots on the back to secure.
Step 2: Body, Arms, Legs, and Scarf
Okay, here are all the pieces you should now have at this step. Please note that I took this picture before I added the cheeks and sweater trim but you should complete those before moving on to the next step!
Step 2 of the assembly is exactly the same for Ron 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 Draco, Hermione and Dobby later this week!
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