Doll of Maleficent from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty
I made this for a friend’s birthday. As I was absolutely terrified of Maleficent as a child (and still am a bit!), knitting the Mistress of All Evil was something of a cathartic experience! Though I’m still scared of her.
© 50g of green DK
© 50g of black DK
© 50g of purple DK
© 50g of black cotton 4-ply
© Oddments of white, red and orange yarn.
© Doll stuffing
© Set of 5 double-pointed 4mm needles
© Small crochet hook
© Yarn-darning needle
© Using green for the body and purple for the boots, follow the instructions from these lovely people here.
For one side: (make two alike)
© Using purple DK, cast on 10 sts.
© Starting with a K row, st.st. 2 rows
© Increase row: inc. into every st. (20 sts.)
© St.st. 2 rows
© Change to black DK, starting with a P row, st.st. 7 rows
© Increase row: inc. into every st. (40 sts.)
© St.st. 11 rows
© Divide for arm hole: K20, turn
© On these 20 sts. st.st. 11 rows
© Break yarn, rejoin to other side and st.st. 12 rows.
© Break yarn, rejoin to other side and work a joining row and st.st. 16 rows.
© To make purple underskirt: *using black K1, using purple M1, repeat from * to last st., K1
© *Using black, P1 onto one needle, using purple, P1 onto another needle, repeat from * to last st., using black, P1 (20 sts. on each needle)
© Work on black: st.st. 8 rows. Cast off.
© Work on purple: st.st. 11 rows.
© K 3 rows.
© Increase row: *K2, inc. into next st., repeat from * to last st., K1
© K 1 row, cast off.
© Sew the two pieces together. Using purple, d.c. the two pieces together at the front, then tr. around the edge of the collar.
For sleeves (make two alike)
© Cast on 30 sts.
© Starting with a K row, st.st. 4 rows
© Next row: Inc. into first st., K to last st., inc.
© Next row: P
© Repeat these two rows a further 5 times, then the first row again. (44 sts.)
© Change to purple; starting with a P row, st.st. 2 rows.
© Cast off. Sew edges together and sew onto cloak, around the armhole.
© Ch. 5, join with sl.st. to form a ring.
© 7 d.c. into ring, join with sl.st.
© Round 2: 2 d.c. into every st. join with sl.st
© Round 3: * 2 d.c. into next st., 1 d.c. into next st., rep. from * to end
© Round 4: * 2 d.c. into next st., 1 d.c. into next 2 sts., rep. from * to end
© Round 5: * 1 d.c. into next st., repeat from * to end
© Round 6: * 2 d.c. into next st., 1 d.c. into next 3 sts., rep. from * to end
© Round 7: as Round 5
© Round 7: * 2 d.c. into next st., 1 d.c. into next 4 sts., rep. from * to end
© Stop working in the round – turn work and 1 d.c. into next 34 sts. Turn.
© Next row: *1 d.c. into next 5 sts., 2 d.c. into next st., rep. from * to last 3 sts., 1 d.c. into last 3 sts.
© 1 d.c. into every st. until the head-dress is desired length – i.e. comes down to the doll’s back neck. Fasten off.
© Work triangle at the front by 1 d.c. into each of 7 sts. where you stopped working in the round. Next row –d.c. 2tog, 1 d.c. into each of next 3 sts., d.c. 2tog Next row: d.c. 2tog, 1 d.c. into next st., d.c. 2tog. Next row: d.c. 3tog. Fasten off.
© For horns (two alike): 15 ch., 1 d.c. into each st., join to form a ring.
© Work 2 rows of 1 d.c. into each st. Next row: * 1 d.c. into each of next three sts., d.c. 2tog, rep. from * to end. Next row: * 1 d.c. into each of next three sts., d.c. 2tog, rep. from * to end.
© Then 1 d.c. into each st. until desired length. Next row: d.c. 2tog to end. Fasten off.
© Sew the horns to the head-dress as illustrated and sew it on to the head.
Diablo the Raven
© Using black DK cast on 18 sts. K 4 rows. Then K2tog, K to end on every row until 6 sts. remain. Cast off. Fold piece diagonally. Sew up and stuff. Embroider on eyes and beak.
For the staff with orb I broke an old bronze coloured knitting needle in half, and stuck it into a tiny ball of shiny white yarn (which I had fixed by threading the end through with a sharp needle)
Embroider on the facial features as illustrated.