Monday, July 4, 2011

Princess Leia free pattern

Princess Leia Pattern

Recommended yarn colors:

White for the dress
Silver for the belt buckle
Beige for the skin

Follow the base amigurumi pattern and the dress pattern.  Leia's whole body will be in white, so you don't have to worry about changing colors except for her arms.

Leia's Belt:
Chain about 28 stitches.  Do a test fitting before slip stitching the ring together--the belt should fit firmly in the little dip where the skirt and body were attached.  You want the belt to be snug, but not pinchy.
Once you have the right amount of chain stitches, slip stitch the ring together.  Single crochet for 14 stitches (or until the halfway point) and then make three double crochets in the next three stitches.  Continue with single crochet until the end of the row.  Cut yarn and pull through the last loop.

Center the double crochet part of the belt with the front of Leia's body.  You can attach the belt to the body if you wish, but it should be tight enough to stay on it's own.  Weave in the ends.

Leia's Hair:

Attach the hair using the yarn hair tutorial.  I like Silk Bamboo Yarn for Leia's hair.  Once you have attached the hair using those directions, split the hair to either side of the head, as if you were making ponytails.  I like to have a couple of long pins handy to keep the hair in place once I twist it.

Take one of the sides and twist the hair gently, being careful not to pull too tightly.  Once you twist it enough the hair should want to begin forming a bun; all you have to do is help it along it's path.  Tuck the ends of the hair underneath the bun, out of sight.  Now is a good time to pin the bun in place--don't be afraid to use 5 or 6 pins here.  Now, take a length of the brown yarn you used for the hair and come up through the center of the bun.  Attach the bun to the head in a radial pattern, always coming up from the center.  You don't need to be too concerned with attaching the bun to the head, just try and make the bun keep its form.

Just a note: Leia's hair buns are pretty difficult to get right.  Once one side is in, take care to make sure the other is at the same height, is roughly the same size, etc.  It might take a couple of tries until you get it just right, but once you do it's totally worth it!


Unknown said...

So Darn Cute LOVE your Blog

Unknown said...

How nice to have the star wars gang. Even has the death start goes with it. I plan to start making them for my son for xmas. Hes a collector. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

How tall are these?