So my oldest daughter, Raven, as I’ve said before, loves to collect plushies that represent her favorite characters and other things that she loves. They could be from her favorite shows or movies, but they could also be related to people in music or even just loosely based on particular fads. She’s a teenager, so her likes often match her shifting temperament. As you can imagine, it’s not always easy to find plush representations of her favorite things. Sometimes she’ll come out of left field with something she wants that doesn’t even actually exist. (laughs)
Recently, her favorite characters have come to include a Japanese anime pop star character, named Hatsune Miku and a previous contestant on The Voice (2012), Melanie Martinez. (Note: Some of Melanie’s original music is quite explicit in nature and not appropriate for young people.)
While I was able to find some cute Hatsune Miku plushes through Amazon and Mercari, it just want happening for Melanie. All I could find were some t-shirts and other types of Melanie merch here , on Hot Topic website, and on Amazon.
I really wanted to sew this plush, but my sewing machine is still packed away at the moment. So, I decided to go with crochet. There was no pattern to go by, which meant I had to piece something together.
This is what I did…
I just used the materials I had on hand to make this doll. This included a medium weight worsted yarn in a skin tone for the body, pink yarn and black yarn for the hair, Miscellaneous medium weight worsted yarn colors chosen for the clothing, embroidery thread for the facial details, polyfil stuffing and pipe cleaners for the body shaping, and brown safety eyes.
I chose this Amigurumi doll pattern (super cute!) because I liked how the body was thin and the limbs are poseable.
For my purposes, I thought the head was too big. So I stopped enlarging the size when the count reached 35. I also did not place the eyes where the pattern suggests. Instead I determined where to put them based on where I wanted to put the mouth. And I didn’t make the eyes with crochet either, I used embroidery thread and sewing needle to sew the details into the crocheted head after I placed the safety eyes.
The hair I did by sewing pink and black thread onto the scalp where I wanted to place the string. This way the scalp color is not as visible. Then I cut and tied strings of thread everywhere I needed it. I found it difficult to get the short threads for the bangs to lay down, so I used sewing thread to sew them in place. Then I trimmed the length to be even around and tied it into pigtails to keep the colors separated. Melanie has worn various colors in her hair, but Raven’s favorite is the black and pink. She even had her own hair tips done this way for her birthday earlier this year.
For her clothes, I wanted something similar to her Cry Baby representations. I couldn’t really find anything that was right, so I just made everything custom for the doll. I based each item needed on the patterns listed below. However, I didn’t write down the specific counts I used or changes I made. So, I’m just going to highlight the general alterations that were made.
The shirt was loosely borrowed from this Barbie Sailor Top pattern. I just started my chain with a measurement that fit my doll body and kept adjusting where needed to suit my purposes.
The bloomers were largely based on this free spirit underwear pattern , and they were actually created for this doll.
For the skirt, I followed this Youtube tutorial from Marly Bird to create a stretch waistband. Then, I followed this instruction for creating a ruffled edge, by All Free Crochet on YouTube. Once I had it the length I wanted, I connected the edges with slip stitching up the back.
Though I do think it could’ve turned out better if I had had the time to adjust a few more details, I was still really happy with how it turned out. And more importantly, Raven is really crazy about it! So, it worked out for us.
What do you think? Do you have any great patterns to share or have you put an interesting spin on another pattern like I did here? Tell me about it in the comments!
Interested in amigurumi as a craft or hobby? See my post – learn more about Amigurumi Crochet.