Ayako the Ragdoll by Cara Engwerda

Ayako the Ragdoll

Crochet
February 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
2.75 mm (C)
US
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Ayako is a quaint little doll. She is soft, kind and loves to dress in traditional wear.
One of the meanings for the name Ayako in Japanese is “kimono design, child”. Just perfect!

Difficulty: Intermediate, US terminology

Materials:
 2.75mm hook/C-2 (US)
 8ply/DK yarns in BLACK, RED, PINK, NUDE and YELLOW
 Scissors
 Tapestry needle
 Polyester toy stuffing
 Stitch marker (optional)

Abbreviations:
 MR = magic ring
 ch = chain
 sc = single crochet
 inc = single crochet increase (2 sc in one stitch)
 dec = single crochet decrease (sc 2 together)
 sl st = slip stitch
 BLO = back loops only
 (..) = repeat the space in brackets the given number of times
.. = total number of stitches

Notes:
 A yarn with no stretch is best for making toys, I use cotton or cotton blend.
 The yarn thickness and hook size used will affect the size of the finished item. My Ayako is approximately 27cm tall (10 ½ inches).
 For this pattern, I’ve used less than 50g of the following yarns:
o RED = Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in “416 Red Wine”
o PINK = Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in “451 Bubblegum Pink”
o BLACK = Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in “402 Pure Black”
o YELLOW = Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in “422 Daffodil Yellow”
o NUDE = Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in “403 Light Champagne”
 This pattern is worked in rows (unless otherwise stated) and you will ch 1 at the end of each row and turn before starting the next row.
 You will make the front and back for each piece then sc around to join together. Where you would like distinct corners “sc ch sc” in the corner stitch. Change colours as you sc around so that you are using the same colour as you are joining.
 When changing colour, pull through the new colour on the stitch before you need it. This will ensure that you have the correct colour yarn on the hook for the upcoming stitch.
 I recommend that you drop the yarn at the back when changing colours and pick up again when needed instead of carrying the yarn (working over it).