Part 3: Clara the Belle · Free CAL

by - February 01, 2022

Welcome to Clara the Belle's Crochet-A-Long page!  There are five parts to this CAL.  For Part 3, we will be making Clara's legs and lower body, and we will also be sewing to join some of the pieces we've made so far.


Go to the Main Page for: 

  • Links to the other parts of the CAL
  • The materials list
  • Basic info (terms/stitches used, size, difficulty)
  • The inspiration behind this doll


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  • All pattern instructions in one convenient, ad-free, and printable PDF file
  • Photo references to help with the doll-making process
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Clara the Belle: Part 3


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Intro

Clara the Belle is an amigurumi girl doll wearing a classic English dress with lace details and puffy long sleeves.  Her design features a slender torso with a bust and a small waist.  Clara also has a matching hair bow to add to her outfit, making her look very sweet!  Children will love playing with this beautiful toy.  Crochet it as the perfect gift for kids birthday or holiday!  The PDF pattern file includes written instructions as well as photo references to guide you through the doll-making process.


Size

Height without hair bow: 8 inches (20 cm)


Level

★★☆☆☆  Easy / Familiar Beginner
Requires familiarity with stitches used (below), changing colors, and sewing parts together.


Stitches/Terms Used (U.S. Terminology)

  • FO = fasten off 
  • MR = magic ring 
  • ch = chain sl st = slip stitch 
  • sc = single crochet 
  • hdc = half double crochet 
  • dc = double crochet 
  • tr = triple (“treble”) crochet 
  • inc = increase 
  • Dec = decrease dc-inc = double crochet increase (insert 2 dc in the same st)


Materials

  • Medium weight yarn in desired colors (I used Caron Simply Soft) 
  • 7mm plastic safety eyes 
  • 2.75mm crochet hook 
  • Stuffing 
  • Yarn needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Pipecleaners (for stability)
  • Optional: blush powder & q-tip (see my 'Adding Blush' tutorial)




Part 3 of 5: Legs, Lower Body, & Sewing


LEGS & LOWER BODY


Note: This section is crocheted bottom-up in one piece, starting from the feet.

Start with shoe color yarn.

R1: 6 sc in MR. (6 sts)

R2: Sc 2, inc 2, sc 2. (8 sts)

R3: Sc around. (8 sts)

Switch to skin color yarn.

R4: Sc 2, dec 2, sc 2. (6 sts)

R5-R8: Sc around. (6 sts)

R9: Inc, sc 5. (7 sts)

R10-R12: Sc around. (7 sts)

R13: Inc, sc 6. (8 sts)

R14-R16: Sc around. (8 sts)

R17: Inc, sc 7. (9 sts)

R18-R20: Sc around. (9 sts)

R21: Inc, sc 8. (10 sts)

R22: Sc around. (10 sts)

FO for Leg#1, but do not FO for Leg#2. Make sure both feet are facing the same direction.

Switch to underwear color (white) on Leg#2. See Figure 1 for photo references.

R9 [Joining Row]: Ch 2, join with a sc to Leg#1. Sc 9 around Leg#1 (total of 10 sc so far). Sc 2 across one side of the chain. Sc 10 around Leg#2. Sc 2 across other side of the chain. (24 sts)

R10: Sc 4, dec, sc 12, dec, sc 4. (22 sts)

R11: Dec 2, sc, dec, sc 4, dec 2, sc 4, dec, sc. (16 sts)

Switch to dress color yarn.

R12: Sc around. (16 sts)

FO with a long tail for sewing to the upper body later. You can either lightly stuff the legs with stuffing, or insert pipe cleaners/wires for stability and poseability.



MID-POINT SEWING INSTRUCTIONS

Note: See PDF pattern for photo references.
  1. Sew the arms (made in Part 2) to the upper body (made in Part 1).
  2. Stuff the upper body.
  3. Sew the lower body to the upper body.





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