The Salem Sisters: Mary Sanderson Free Crochet Pattern

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The Salem Sisters: Mary Sanderson Free Crochet Pattern

This is post one of three of my Salem Sisters series! This post contains the pattern for Mary Sanderson. The patterns for Winifred and Sarah can be found in separate posts.

The Details

The body, head, arms, skirt, and hair cap are worked in continuous rounds. The hair cap incorporates colour-work. When changing colours, insert your hook into the last st of Colour X and pull up a loop, then join Colour Y and finish the last st of Colour X using the new colour by pulling Colour Y through both loops on hook. Continue with Colour Y.

To indicate colour changes, the rounds will use the colour abbreviation instead of the stitch abbreviation. For example, “B1, P2, B3” means to work one sc in black, two sc in purple and 3 sc in black. “Binc” means to work a sc increase in black.

The remainder of Mary’s clothes (bodice, apron, and vest) are worked in flat rows.

The body is worked from the bottom up, starting with the feet. The head is worked top down. The head and arms are worked separately and attached to the body. Chenille stems (pipe cleaners/wire) are used to stabilize the neck and head and to make the arms posable.

The finished measurements are approximately 25cm/10″ from top to bottom.

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Materials:

These are the materials for Mary only. The patterns and materials for Winifred and Sarah will be in separate posts for each. (Affiliate links coming at you!)

  • 2.25mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
  • Hobbii Rainbow 8/4 Cotton in the following colours:
    • Color 03 (skin)
    • Color 09 (black)
    • Color 37 (purple)
    • Color 60 (burgundy)
    • Color 66 (orange)
    • Color 36 (dusty purple)
    • Color 07 (brown)
    • Color 89 (cream)
  • 4 Chenille stems/pipecleaners;
  • 4 jump rings, 4mm;
  • White embroidery thread;
  • Red embroidery thread;
  • 9mm safety eyes
  • Black crochet thread, size 5;
  • Stitch markers;
  • Stuffing;
  • Tapestry needle.

Rainbow 8/4 Cotton is a Super Fine (category 1) weight yarn, so it is quite small. You can use any weight yarn you wish, simply size up to a corresponding hook size. Rainbow 8/6 or 8/8 would be a great as well; your doll will just be bigger!

Terms and Stitches:

Ch – Chain

Slst – Slip stitch

MR – Magic Ring

Sc – Single Crochet

Inc – Increase. Work a regular sc increase

InvDec – Invisible decrease. Sc 2 sts together using the invisible method.

BLO – Back loops only

Pc – Picot

Hdc – Half double crochet

Dc – Double crochet

Pattern

Body (make 1):

Rnd 1: In black, work 6sc into a MR (6 sts)

Rnd 2: *Sc 2, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (8 sts)

Rnds 3-6: Sc in each st around (8 sts)

Switch to skin colour.

Rnd 7: Sc in each st around (8 sts)

Rnd 8: *Sc 3, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (10 sts)

Rnds 9-14: Sc in each st around (10 sts)

Rnd 15: *Sc 4, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (12 sts)

Rnds 16-21: Sc in each st around (12 sts)

Rnd 22: *Sc 3, inc in next st, repeat twice more (15 sts)

Rnds 23-28: Sc in each st around (15 sts) 

Tie off. Stuff leg. Repeat rounds 1-28 for second leg but do not tie off. 

Rnd 29: Sc 15 around second leg, with second leg still on hook, insert hook into any st on first leg, sc 15 around first leg (30 sts)

Rnds 30-35: Sc in each st around (30 sts)

Rnd 36: *Sc 13, invdec, repeat from * once more (28 sts)

Rnd 37: *Sc 5, invdec, repeat from * three more times (24 sts) 

Rnd 38: Sc in each st around (24 sts)

Rnd 39: *Sc 6, invdec, repeat from * twice more (21 sts)

Rnds 40-43: Sc in each st around (21 sts)

Rnd 44: *Sc 6, inc in next st, repeat from * twice more (24 sts)

Rnd 45: Sc in each st around (24 sts)

Rnd 46: *Sc 5, inc in next st, repeat from * three more times (28 sts)

Rnds 47-48: Sc in each st around (28 sts)

Rnd 49: *Sc 13, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (30 sts)

Rnd 50: Sc in each st around (30 sts)

Rnd 51: *Sc 14, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (32 sts) 

Rnd 52: Sc in each st around (32 sts)

Rnd 53: InvDec around (16 sts)

Stuff body.

Rnd 54: InvDec around (8 sts)

Rnd 55: Sc in each st around (8 sts)

Rnd 56: *Sc 3, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (10 sts)

Rnd 57: *Sc 4, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (12 sts)

Tie off. Set aside for later.

Arms (make 2):

Rnd 1: In skin colour, work 6 sc into a MR (6 sts)

Rnds 2-18: Sc in each st around (6 sts)

Tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Cut chenille stem about 2cm/1″ longer than the length of the arm. Insert wire into each arm. No need to stuff. Insert exposed wire of each arm into the shoulder on either side of the body. Using a tapestry needle, stitch arms in place. Weave in ends.

Head (make 1):

Rnd 1: In skin colour, work 6 sc into a MR (6 sts)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around (12 sts)

Rnd 3: *Sc 1, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (18 sts)

Rnd 4: *Sc 2, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (24 sts)

Rnd 5: *Sc 3, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (30 sts)

Rnd 6: *Sc 4, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (36 sts)

Rnd 7: *Sc 5, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (42 sts)

Rnd 8: *Sc 6, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (48 sts)

Rnds 9-15: Sc in each st around (48 sts)

Rnd 16: *Sc 6, invdec, repeat from * five more times (42 sts)

Rnds 17-20: Sc in each st around (42 sts)

Rnd 21: *Sc 5, invdec, repeat from * five more times (36 sts)

Rnd 22: Sc in each st around (36 sts)

Insert 9mm safety eyes between rounds 17 and 18 with approximately 7 sts between them.

Rnd 23: *Sc 4, invdec, repeat from * five more times (30 sts)

Rnd 24: *Sc 3, invdec, repeat from * five more times (24 sts)

Rnd 25: Sc in each st around (24 sts)

Rnd 26: *Sc 2, invdec, repeat from * five more times (18 sts)

Stuff head.

Rnd 27: *Sc 1, invdec, repeat from * five more times (12 sts)

Rnd 28: InvDec around (6 sts)

Tie off, leaving a long tail for closing. Top up stuffing. Using a tapestry needle, weave tail through each stitch, down through centre of the head and out a stitch in the side. Pull to close. Weave ends.

Using skin-coloured yarn, stitch on a nose between the eyes around rows 18-19. Using white embroidery thread, stitch a diagonal around rows 22-24. Using red embroidery thread, stitch lips around the white diagonal. Using black crochet thread, stitch on eyelashes.

Cut chenille stem about 10cm/4″ long. Fold in half. Insert the “V” end into the neck of the body. Insert the two points of the wire into the bottom of the head. Using a tapestry needle, stitch head onto the neck. Weave ends.

Hair Cap (make 1):

Rnd 1: In black, work 6sc into MR (6 sts)

Rnds 2-4: Sc in each st (6 sts)

Rnd 5: B1, P2, B3 (6 sts)

Rnd 6: B2, P2, B2 (6 sts)

Rnd 7: B3, P2, B1 (6 sts)

Rnd 8: B4, P2 (6 sts)

Rnd 9: In black, *sc 1, inc in next st, repeat from * two more times (9 sts)

Rnd 10: B3, P2, B4 (9 sts)

Rnd 11: B4, P2, B3 (9 sts)

Rnd 12: B2, Binc, B2, Pinc, B2, Binc (12 sts)

Rnd 13: B7, P3, B2 (12 sts)

Rnd 14: *B3, Binc, repeat from * once more, B1, P2, Binc (15 sts)

Rnd 15: B12, P2, B1 (15 sts)

Rnd 16: B4, P3, B8 (15 sts)

Rnd 17: B4, Binc, P4, Binc, B4, Binc (18 sts)

Rnd 18: B8, P4, B6 (18 sts)

Rnd 19: B10, P3, B5 (18 sts)

Rnd 20: B5, Binc, B5, Pinc, P2, B3, Binc (21 sts)

Rnd 21: *B6, Binc, repeat from * once more, P3, B3, Binc (24 sts)

Rnd 22: *B3, Binc, repeat from * three more times, B2, P1, Pinc, B3, Binc (30 sts)

Rnd 23: B3, P1, Pinc, *B4, Binc, repeat from * four more times (36 sts)

Rnd 24: B5, P3, B28 (36 sts)

Rnd 25: B6, P4, B26 (36 sts)

Rnd 26: B5, Binc, B3, P2, Binc, *B5 Binc, repeat from * three more times (42 sts)

Rnd 27: B6, Binc, B4, P2, Pinc, *B6, Binc, repeat from * three more times (48 sts)

If the cap is already big enough to fit over the widest part of the head, you can skip the next row and go to row 29.

Rnd 28: B7, Binc, B6, P1, Pinc, P1, B6, Binc, *B7, Binc, repeat from * two more times (54 sts)

Rnd 29: In black, sc in each st around (54 sts or 48 if you skipped row 28)

Rnds 30-33: Sc in each st around (54 sts)

Rnd 34: *Sc 25, dec, repeat from * once more (52 sts)

(If you skipped row 28, row 34 is: *Sc 22, dec, repeat from * once more (46 sts))

Tie off. Insert a chenille stem into the tip of the hair cap. Bend to create a “U” shape at the tip. Trim chenille stem. Lightly stuff hair cap. Weave ends. Set aside.

Bangs (make 1):

Row 1: In black, ch 4, starting in second ch from hook, slst in each ch (3 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-4: In BLO, slst in each st (3 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 5-6: In purple, BLO slst in each st (3 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 7-12: In black, BLO slst in each st (3 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 13-14: In purple, BLO slst in each st (3 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 15-16: In black, BLO slst in each st (3 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 17-20: In purple, BLO slst in each st (3 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 21-26: In black, BLO slst in each st (3 sts), ch 1, turn.

Sc across the top of the panel in black, pushing all of the yarn ends to the back of the panel (toward you). Tie off.

Position the bangs on the centre front of the hair cap such that the row of sc sts of the bangs is lined up with the last row of the hair cap, with all of the loose tails from the bangs hidden inside the hair cap. Whip stitch the bangs to the front of the hair cap.

Short Curls (make 2):

Row 1: In black, ch 6, starting in second ch from hook, work 2sc into each ch (10 sts).

Tie off.

Long Curls (make 2):

Row 1: In purple, ch 8, starting in second ch from hook, work 2sc into each ch (14 sts).

Tie off.

Lightly stuff hair cap, and place onto the head. Stitch in place. Stitch one short curl and one long curl on each side of the head next to the bangs. Weave ends.

Skirt (make 1):

Rnd 1: In burgundy, ch 22, join to first ch to create a loop, sc in each ch around (22 sts)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around (44 sts)

Rnd 3: *Inc, sc 21, repeat from * once more (46 sts)

Rnds 4-28: Sc in each st around (46 sts)

Tie off. Weave ends.

Bodice:

Insert hook into a st on the starting ch of the skirt at the middle back of skirt.

Row 1: In orange, sc in each ch (22 sts), do not join to first st, ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-3: Sc in each st (22 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Inc, sc 20, inc (24 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Sc in each st (24 sts), ch 1, turn

Row 6: Inc, sc 22, inc (26 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 7-9: Sc in each st (26 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 10: Inc, sc 24, inc (28 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 11: Sc 4, ch 4, sk 4, sc 12, ch 4, sk 4, sc 4 (28 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 12: Sc in each st (28 sts).

Tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sleeves (make 2):

Join orange yarn at any st of the ch-space from row 11 of the bodice.

Rnd 1: Sc 10 evenly around (10 sts)

Rnds 2-18: Sc in each st around (10 sts).

Tie off. Weave ends. Repeat for second sleeve.

Put the dress on the doll by inserting the legs down through the open bodice and through the skirt. Insert an arm into each sleeve. In orange yarn, stitch up the back of the bodice. Weave ends.

Apron (make 1):

Row 1: In dusty purple, ch 16, starting in second ch from hook, sc in each ch (15 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-15: Sc in each st (15 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 16: Sc in each st (15 sts), ch 21, turn.

Row 17: Starting in second ch from hook, slst in each ch, sc 15 across apron (35 sts), ch 21, turn.

Row 18: Starting in second ch from hook, slst in each ch, leave rem sts unworked (20 sts).

Slst to side of apron. Tie off. Weave ends. Set aside.

Apron Pockets (make 2):

Row 1: In brown, ch 5, starting in second ch from hook, sc in each ch (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-3: Sc in each st (4 sts).

Tie off. Sew pockets to front of apron between rows 4-8, with about 4 sts between them. Weave ends. Set aside.

Under-Apron (make 1):

Row 1: In cream, ch 5, starting in second ch from hook, sc in each ch (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-3: Sc in each st (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 4-6: In black, sc in each st (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 7-9: In cream, sc in each st (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 10-13: In black, sc in each st (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 14-16: In cream, sc in each st (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 17: Sc in each st (4 sts), do not turn.

Row 18: In black, ch 1 and, working across side of rows 14-17, sc 4 (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 19-20: Sc in each st (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 21-24: In cream, sc in each st (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 25-28: In black, sc in each st (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 29-31: In cream, sc in each st (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 32: Sc in each st (4 sts).

Tie off. Weave ends.

Turn piece so the wrong side is facing you. Join black yarn in the last st of the “L” shape.

Rows 1-3: In black, sc 4 (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 4-7: In cream, sc in each st (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 8-11: In black, sc in each st (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 12-14: In cream, sc in each st (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 15: Sc in each st (4 sts).

Stitch under-apron to the underside of the apron so that all three sides are showing underneath the apron. Weave ends.

Place the apron on the doll, tying the slst ties in the back. Stitch in place to secure if desired.

Vest (make 1):

Row 1: In burgundy, ch 25, starting in second ch from hook, sc in each ch (24 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Inc, sc 22, inc (26 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc 13, leave rem sts unworked (13 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Dec, sc 11 (12 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Sc in each st (12 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Dec, sc 10 (11 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 7: Slst 3, sc 2, leave rem sts unworked (5 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 8: Sc 2, leave rem sts unworked (2 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 9-17: Sc in each st (2 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 18: Sc in each st (2 sts).

Tie off. Join yarn into last st of row 2. Repeat rows 3 to 18.

Turn vest upside down with right side facing you. Insert hook into the last ch of the starting chain.

Row 1: Sc 11, [hdc, dc] into the same st, picot, [dc, hdc] into the same st, sc 11 (26 sts + picot).

Tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave all other ends.

Put vest onto doll and stitch down centre back seam. Position straps over the shoulders from back to front. Stitch straps to the front of the vest on either side of the “V” neckline. Using a length of burgundy yarn, weave yarn through the centre “V” neckline as if you are lacing a shoe, starting from the bottom of the “V”.

Stitch on jump rings underneath the hem of the vest, two on each side.

You’re done!

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