Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Ruby Gloom Pattern

I've been using your answers to last weeks Giveaway question to compile a short list of links to patterns of your favourite cartoon characters. I wasn't able to find a pattern for a few of the characters, Ruby Gloom being one of them. 

www.rubygloomtv.com


Ruby Gloom is a sweet little redhead from a a Canadian children's cartoon. She is  so cute I thought I'd try to make her myself. Here's the result. I hope you like her and the pattern.

 

Ruby Gloom







Size
11cm/4.3in tall

Skill Level
Moderate. Ruby is a small doll so she is a little fiddly to make. Her legs require frequent colour changes - if you're not confident at changing yarn colour, take a look at these tutorials by June Gilbank and by NeedleNoodles: Colour Changes in Amigurumi, Crocheted Jogless Stripe.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
White
Black
Red
Yellow

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle
Black felt
White Felt
Black cotton or embroidery floss
White cotton
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Head and Body (in White and Black)
Start with White
Make a ring.
Row 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Row 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 6-11: sc in each st around
Rnd 12: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 13: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 14: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Start stuffing. Continue to stuff the doll as you go.
Rnd 15: sc2tog around (6)
Rnd 16: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 17-20: sc in each st around
Change to Black yarn.
Rnd 21-22: sc in each st around
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 23: sc2tog around (6)
Weave yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight to close up hole. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Dress (in Black)
Chain 12. Leave a tail of yarn at the beginning of the chain. This will be used to attach the dress to the body.




Sl st in 1st chain made to make a ring.
Rnd 1: sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 2: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (16)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (20)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 6-7: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in end (remember to leave the tail of yarn at the top of the dress to use when joining later.)

Arms (in White and Black)
The arms are small, only 6 st around. You may find it easier to crochet them if you switch to a smaller hook.

Start with White.
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring
Rnd 2-4: sc in each st around
Change to Black.
Rnd 5: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail to use when joining the arms to the body. Weave in all other loose ends. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Legs (in Black, Yellow and Red)
Again, you may wish to use a smaller hook to make the legs.

Start with Black.
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring
Rnd 2: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 3: sc in each st around
Change to Red.
Rnd 4: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 5: sc in each st around
Change to Red.
Rnd 6: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 7: sc in each st around
Change to Red.
Rnd 8: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail to use when joining the legs to the body. Weave in all other loose ends. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Hair (in Red)
Make a ring.
Row 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Row 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4: turn your work as you do when working in rows, sc in last sc made and in the next 17 sc around (18)
Rnd 5: turn, *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 6: turn, *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 7: turn, *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (36)
Rnd 8-10: turn, sc in next 36 st around
Rnd 11: turn, chain 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in next 3 ch, sc in next sc (this is the sc at the base of the chain 6 and would have been the last sc you made in Rnd 10), *chain 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in next 2 ch, sc in next sc* twice, chain 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, sc in next 29 sc, chain 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, sc in next sc, *chain 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in next 2 ch, sc in next sc* twice, chain 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in next 3 ch, sc in next sc
If you survived Rnd 11, cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the hair to the head.

Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

Join the legs to the body. Use the tail of yarns left on the legs to stitch them to the bottom of the body (the black section). I recommend pinning them to the body as shown in the photo but be careful not to hurt yourself on the pins as they may poke through the body.





Join the dress to the body. Slide the dress over the legs and body. You may need to twist it a bit to get it on. Use the tail of yarn left on the dress to secure it to the body.






Join the arms to the body. Pin the arms so that the tops (the black bits) sit on the collar of the dress. Stitch on using the tail of yarns left on the arms.





Making and attaching the eyes.
Ruby's eyes are quite detailed and very distinctive (have a look at her picture at the top of the page). I used felt to make the eyes but some of you might find embroidering the eyes or even painting/drawing the eyes an easier and better way to do it. Here is an interesting tutorial by the Amigurumi Girl on how to make eyes using cotton cloth, pencil and sharpie pens. Take your time and choose the method you're most comfortable with.

First, cut out three circles from your black and white felt.



Glue or stitch the circles together as shown in the picture.



Use white cotton to stitch in three dots on the black section of the eye.



Pin the eyes to the head and then, using black cotton or embroidery floss, stitch the eyes onto the head. You want the stitches to be visible to match the lines around the cartoon Ruby's eyes. If you would prefer to avoid stitching, you could glue the eyes to the head then you use fabric paint to paint in the black stitches around the eyes.



Adding the mouth, eyelashes and eyebrows.
Use black cotton or embroidery floss to stitch in the eyelashes and eyebrows. Again, fabric paint could be used instead. Use black yarn to stitch in Ruby's mouth.

Join the hair to the head. Pin the hair to the head. Don't worry if the hair covers the eyes and eyebrows a little bit. The section with the tendrils is pinched so that they flare out from the side of the head. Stitch to the head using the tail of yarn left on the hair. Use the photos below as a guide.












That's it! I hope you like your new little Ruby.

The Ruby Gloom character is not my creation so I would ask you not to sell any dolls you make from this pattern. Thank you!
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