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Free Crochet Pattern: Sally Bowles Doll

IMG_5205When I started my dancing lessons at the age of five, my teacher was just planning a performance she called „Once upon a time in Hollywood“. It was full of Cabaret, Cancan and Americans in Paris. It was back then when I first met Marilyn Monroe, Josephine Baker and Liza Minelli as Sally Bowles. Of course those were the roles for the teens and grown ups. I myself acted as a so called „Mini Girl“ dancing my very first Charleston. Well, from those days on, I did never again lose the interest in the age of the roaring twenties. Today I want to combine my new found love to the design of crochet dolls with one of my very first ones, the one for the „Cabaret“. So with the words of the Conferencier from the movie „Cabaret“ I say: „Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladys und Gentleman! I give you that international sensation: Fräulein Sally Bowles!“:

Crochet Pattern Sally Bowles

You need

skin coloured cotton yarn and a slightly too small hook (I used Drops Safran and a 1.5 mm hook)

cotton-stretch-yarn in similar colour and weight

black yarn of the same weight

Crochet yarn in black and purple and again a slightly too small hook (I used Rico essential crochet and a 0.75 hook)

Safety eyes

small piece of red yarn for the mouth

Soft stuffing

Abbreviations

dc = double crochet

dec = decrease

dtc = double treble crochet

hdc = half double crochet

inc = increase

sc = single crochet

sl = sling stitch

tc = treble crochet

Head

use skin coloured yarn and the 1.5 mm hook

1. R: 6 sc into magic ring
2. R: 6 inc (12 sc)
3. R: [sc, inc] 6x (18 sc)
4. R: [2 sc, inc] 6x (24 sc)
5. R: [3 sc, inc] 6x (30 sc)
6. R: [4 sc, inc] 6x (36 sc)
7. R: [5 sc, inc] 6x (42 sc)
8. – 12. R: 42 sc
13. R: 6 sc, 2 dec, 3 sc, 2 dec, 25 sc (38 sc)
14. R: 5 sc, 3 inc, sc, 3 sc into next stitch, sc, 3 inc, 7 sc, dec, 10 sc, dec, 3 sc (44 sc)
15. R: 13 sc, 4 sc into next stitch, 16 sc, dec, 8 sc, dec, 2 sc (44 sc)
16. R: 14 sc, dec, 17 sc, dec, 6 sc, dec, sc (41 sc)
17. R: 13 sc, dec, sc, dec, 14 sc, dec, 4 sc, dec, sc (37 sc)
18. R: 30 sc, dec, 2 sc, dec, sc (35 sc)
19. R: 32 sc, dec, sc (34 sc)
20. R: 8 sc, dec, 2 sc, 3 dec, 2 sc, dec, 9 sc, dec, sc (28 sc)
21. R: 6 sc, 7 dec, 6 sc, dec (20 sc)
21. R: 4 sc, 5 dec, 6 sc (15 sc)
22. R: 15 sc

Stuff

Change to cotton stretch yarn

23. – 25. R: 15 sc
26. R: [4 sc, inc] (18 sc)
27. R: 18 sc
28. R: [sc, dec] 6x (12 sc)
29. R: 6 dec (6 sc)

Cut yarn and sew up the end. Push the stretch-part into the head (I use the other end of my hook to do that):

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Body
1. R: 6 Sc into magic circle
2. R: 6 inc (12 sc)
3. – 5. R: 12 sc
6. R: [4 sc, dec] 2 x (10sc)
7. – 9. R: 10 sc
10. R: 10 inc (20 sc)
11. R: [sc, inc] 10x (30 sc)
12. R: [inc, 14 sc] 2x (32 sc)

Work arms and body seperately hereafter
Arms
1. R: Work 13 sc as follows: 4 sc, 5 ch & skip 23 sc, 4 sc)
2. R: 13 sc
3. R: [2 sc, dec] 3x, sc (10 sc)

4.-6. R: 10 sc
7. R: dec, 8 sc (9 sc)
8. – 10. R: 9 sc
11. R: dec, 7 sc (8 sc)

12. – 13. R: 8 sc

14. R: [2 sc, dec] 2x (6 sc)
15. R: 6 sc
16. R: [sc, inc] 3x (9 sc)
17. R: to form a thumb do [hdc, dc, hdc] into the front stitch and combine them to a popcorn stitch, apart from that 8 sc (9)

18. – 19. R: 9 sc
20. R: 4 dec

Start second arm on the opposite side and work it in the same way
Body
Start anew on the backside directly behind one arm

1. R: 26 sc
2. R: 26 sc
3. R: 14 sc, 2 inc, 2 sc, 2 inc, 6 sc (30 sc)
4. R: 10 sc, dec, 4 sc, 2 inc, 2 sc, 2 inc, 4 sc, dec, 2 sc (32 sc)
5. R: 12 sc, dec, 3 sc, dec, 3 sc, dec, 3 sc, dec, 3 sc (28 sc)
6. R: 11 sc, dec, 2 sc, dec, 2 sc, dec, 2 sc, dec, 3 sc (24 sc)
7. R: 24 sc

8. R: dec, 5 sc, dec, 15 sc (22 sc)
9. R: 8 sc, dec, 10 sc, dec (20 sc)
10. – 11. R: 20 sc
12. R: 2 inc on each side, apart from that sc around (24 sc)
13. R: 2 inc on each side, apart from that sc around (28 sc)
14. – 16. R: 28 sc
17. R: from now on work the legs seperately. Therefore crochet 14 sc on each side and 2 ch in the middle (see picture)

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(as you see I use pipe cleaner to stabilize the doll)

18. R: 16 sc
19. R: 16 sc
20. R: 16 sc
21. R: 16 sc
22. R: dec at the outside, apart from that sc around (15 sc)
23. R: 15 sc (change to black yarn on the back – from now on until you meet the colour change in the next round work sl instead of sc)
24. R: 15 (from colour change until you meet it again work in the back loop only)
25. R: 15 sc
26. R: 15 sc
27. R: dec on each side, apart from that sc around (13 sc)
28. R: 13 sc
29. R: 13 sc
30. R: dec at the outside, apart from that sc around (12 sc)
31. R: 12 sc
32. R: 12 sc
33. R: dec on each side, apart from that sc around (10 sc)
34. R: 10 sc
35. R: [3 sc, dec] 2x (8sc)
36. R: 4 inc at the front, apart from that sc (12 sc)
37. R: 4 inc at the front, apart from that sc (16 sc)
38. R: 16 sc
39. R: 16 sc
40. R: [2 sc, dec] 4x (12 sc)
41. R: 6 dec
Cut yarn and sew up the end

Hair

1. R: 7 hdc into magic ring
2. R: 7 inc (14 sc)
3. R: [sc, inc] 7x (21 sc)
4. R: [2 sc, inc] 7x (28 sc)
5. R: [3 sc, inc] 7x (35 sc)
6. R: [4 sc, inc] 7x (42 sc)
7. R: [5 sc, inc] 7x (48 sc)
8. – 13. R: 48 sc

14. R: 6 sc, 7 ch, then crochet along the chain [sl, dec, dec hdc, 2 dc (one into the last ch and one into the first sc)], 2 hdc, 2 sc, 4 sl, 2 sc, hdc, ch, dc, ch, tc, ch, dtc, ch, tc, ch, dc, ch, hdc, 2 sc, 4 sl, 2 sc, hdc, 6 ch, then crochet along the chain [2 sl, inc, inc hdc, dc into the last ch, dc, hdc, sc, sl, 12 hdc, sl

Cut yarn and sew up the ends. Sew hair to the head.

Pants
1. R: 33 ch, sl into the first ch
2. – 4. R: 33 sc
5. R: inc on each side, apart from that sc around (35 sc)
6. – 9. R: 35 sc
10. R: inc on each side and at the back, apart from that sc around (38 sc)
11. R: work the legs seperately and do 18 sc and 5 ch on one side first (23 sc)
12. R: 23 sc, sl

Cut yarn and sew up the end

for the other leg do

11. R: 23 sc
12. R: 23 sc, sl

Cut yarn and sew up the end

For the suspenders crochet 5 ch on each side of the leg and tie losely to the black part of the leg. In case you want to change clothes of the doll you can easily undo this part

Top

1. R: 34 ch
2. R: ch, 33 sc
3. R: ch, 33 sc
4. R: ch, dec, 27 sc, dec, sc
5. R: ch, 31 sc
6. R: 3 sl, 24 sc, sl
7. R: 3 sl, 18 sc, sl
8. R: 3 sl, 11 sc, sl
9. R: ch, 11 sc
10. R: ch, 4 sc, sl
11. R: ch, 5 sc
12. R: ch, 5 sc
13. R: ch, 5 sc
14. R: ch, 5 sc
15. R: ch, 5 sc
16. R: ch, 2 dec, sc
17. R: ch, 3 sc
18. R: ch, 3 sc
19. R: 3 dec
20. R: 25 ch

Do R. 10. – 20. again for the other side.

Use the ends of the yarn to pull them through the back ends of the top like a shoelace. Tie the chains behind the neck.

Hat

1. R: 6 sc into a magic ring
2. R: inc, sc, 2 inc, sc (10 sc)
3. R: 4 inc, sc, 4 inc, sc (18 sc)
4. R: 3 sc, 3 inc, 6 sc, 3 inc, 3 sc (24 sc)
5. R: 3 sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, 4 sc (30 sc)
6. R: 3 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, 8 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, 5 sc (36 sc)
7. R: 5 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 9 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 4 sc (42 sc)
8. – 13. R: 42 sc
14. R: [sc, inc] 21x (63 sc)
15. – 16. R: 63 sc

Cut yarn and sew up the ends

In purple: 50 ch, sl into the first ch. 2 ch, 49 sc, sl

Put around the hat and sew it up

Face

Do 3 stitches above each eye to form eyelashes. Pull the black yarn ends through a stitch on the cheek and tie them together. Then pull the ends into the head leaving the knot on the outside to form a beauty mark.

Do 1 stitch in red yarn to form the mouth

Use crayon or textil colour to draw green eyeshadows and a bit of rouge.

The show may begin!

(And: Have fun crocheting!)

You may sell any product made with the help of this pattern, but please don’t copy and share it. You may of course link it to your blog or social media. When selling products you made from it or linking it, please name this blog as source. Apart from that, I will be more than happy to see your results on my facebook-page,or if you tag me (@Flausch_Einhorn) on Twitter or Instagram.

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