My oldest daughter is really into plush dolls. … I mean really. Every character she falls in love with through entertainment, she will hunt for and try to obtain in plush form. This goes for all character personalities, including the human ones. This year for Christmas, she’s asked me to make her a crocheted Melanie Martinez doll – so check back soon to see how that went!
One show she really loves is the Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. I must admit, it really is a very cute show. The characters are interesting, the dialogue is quite humorous, and even the music is catchy. This is one of those pop culture shows that people of all ages become a fan of and then spend multitudes of minutes – perhaps even hours – debating and creating fan theories for online (just Google it). I’ve even been caught up in a few of these conversations at home. .. after all, both my daughter’s watch this show and so I’ve caught replays of several episodes. ..you know, just by chance and in passing. 😉
Anyway, because the show is so popular, of course they make plush toys of its characters. They’re made by Funko, which is a collectibles manufacturer. As far as I know, Funko is the only company who makes Steven Universe toys and collectibles. Please correct me if I’m wrong on that. Funko makes all sorts of fun stuff featuring popular characters from games, television, movies and comics… things like plushes, keychains, and unique toys. See the link above to check them out. Their items are offered through select retailers such as Hot Topic or Wal Mart and from time to time certain items will enter “the vault” – which essentially means it has been retired (perhaps only for a time?), and it cannot be purchased through these retailers during that time. This is a way to up the collectability value. If an item goes into the vault, it seems, the only way to purchase it would be from an individual.
So, for my oldest daughter’s birthday, back in September, I managed to purchase all the main Steven Universe characters from Hot Topic online along with a cute Steven Universe backpack. The only one that wasn’t available at the time (that matched the style of the others, being a plush) was Rose Quartz. This was a huge bummer since that’s Raven’s favorite character. So, I had two options: purchase a ten dollar toy from an individual for a ridiculously marked up price or make my own. Of course, the crafty part of me wouldn’t justify the crazy collectable mark up. .. so I went to searching for crochet patterns. (Side note: now, she also wants Pink Diamond…another character from the show… so, I may be searching again very soon for a pattern or plush collectible. Get back to me on that.)
Why crochet? Well, this time it was because we recently moved into a new house and I hadn’t yet set up my sewing area. Also, I love crochet 🙂
I managed to find only a couple of Rose Quartz doll patterns available for crochet. They just didn’t have the look about them that I wanted to achieve. So instead, I found an amigurumi doll pattern that I felt like with a little tweaking could be perfect. Then I located a dress for her that would be easy to add to and adjust for the style of Rose’s dress. I picked up some Rose Quartz looking sew on buttons from Wal Mart and worked mostly with thread I already had. I kept a picture on my phone of Rose Quartz as reference to help inspire the design. And I hooked it up.
I did tweak the patterns a little bit to suit my design purpose, but I didn’t record what changes I made – sorry! But the alterations I made were small and it should be easy to replicate the process… maybe even make some tweaks of your own. Although I used a dark pink color for her hair, you may prefer the softer rose quartz color that is more close to her representation in the show.
Below I have listed where to find the free patterns that I used to create the Rose Quartz Doll pictured.
This Audrey doll had a heftier body type than a lot of other Amigurumi dolls. Plus, she had curls like what I was trying to go for in a design for Rose Quartz. I made the doll per specifications in the pattern, except I made her facial components with Rose Quartz in mind while using a picture of the character for reference. I did use safety eyes, but I included sewn accents to make her look more like her cartoon representation. I used embroidery thread for the facial details. For her hair, I just changed the color and made the locks longer. I did various lengths and sewed them in place to the scalp in select places to make them hang in a way that both covered the entire scalp and made it look more full like the character’s hair – which I would describe as voluminous.
I then used this outfit pattern to fit the doll – only the top portion – as a sort of template to start the dress with. All I did was continue down the rows to the length I wanted in the first color. Then I picked up the rows and continued in a new color – I did this with each new color that I wanted to use and at the beginning row for each new color I did a BLO (back loop only stitch) to give an appearance of layers.
What I altered was – I chose a point where I wanted the dress layers to scoop up, near the doll’s left thigh area, and a few stitches before reaching that point I started going down in stitch length (from double to half to single to slip stitch) then I went back up in length (from the slip stitch to a single, then half, then double) and continued around doing this each time I made the round. I tried to space the colors evenly and made the dress almost full length. I just kept holding it up to the doll for reference. A more experienced crocheter may be able to determine a better way to make the layers with the scoop on the side, but this is what I did.
Another thing I did was crochet a star shape and sew it on to the front of her dress. I made it into a pocket so it could hold an actual rose quartz stone. I bought this one from Amazon that’s shaped like a heart. I included a picture of it with the doll – see pictures below – I think it really added a special touch.
I sewed on a rose quartz looking button in two places actually, though I only took a picture of her wearing the dress. The first one I placed onto the belly of her body, like a belly button (I did this by request from my daughter – I am not sure if the character has a gem there in the show). The other one I put onto the pocket in the front of her dress, where it could actually be visible – I thought it was a nice touch.
If you’d like to make your own Rose Quartz Amigurumi the way I’ve laid out here, you may want to also use the yarn colors and embellishments I did… find them below:
For her hair, I used Caron Simply Soft, Watermelon.
For her dress, I used Caron Simply Soft, Soft Pink and Blackberry (for the lavender color – because I think it looks more lavender than the lavender options I came across). Also, White and Purple.
For her body, I used a Red Heart yarn that came in a big bundle and closely resembled the skin tone of the Rose Quartz character… I think it was Cream colored Comfort Sport yarn, but I could be mistaken. It’s pretty close anyway.
I used clear safety eyes – these were difficult to find. I went to Michael’s and their response to helping me find them was something like “Oh, she’s looking for those fancy ones..” – because all they had were the glue on/stick on type. I ended up buying some from Walmart online (because our local store didn’t have them either) and also from Amazon and this built me up a nice supply and variety of sizes and colors for future projects as well.
That’s it. I hope you find this useful or interesting. Please share with me any collectable characters you’ve made with crochet!
Want to learn more about Amigurumi Crochet? See this post.