Author:
Erin Greene

Erin Greene's love for all things crochet, bizarrely began in college with her career ending basketball injury, and her desire to remain productive and continue challenging herself. She is now the crochet artist and owner behind ekayg, in Buffalo, New York, specializing in designing unique toy patterns for babies and children, thanks to the constant inspiration from her four young children. Among the crochet patterns, and the occasional craft or recipe, she also blogs weekly, sharing her faith, in the hopes of sharing the love of Jesus with her love handmade goodness!

Princess Hand Puppet Crochet Pattern

Maker
6/6/2018

I am Erin from ekayg, and I love designing children's toys! Specifically when designing dolls and toys for little girls, my goal in mind is to create characters outside of the normal stereotypical look. I was once told about a little girl who wanted to dress up as a princess, and she felt that in order to look the part, she needed to straighten her gorgeous curly hair. Little girls of all sizes, shapes, and looks should have dolls and toys that can help them visualize and imagine that they can be whatever they want to be, no matter what they might look like. That is why I created this princess puppet pattern with different hair styling options! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Materials:

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Beige/Toffee- approximately 44 yrds

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Pink/Dusty Purple - approximately 88 yrds

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Rose Shocking/Silver Blue - approximately 25 yrds

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Mustard/Chocolate - approximately 30 yrds

Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour, Gold or Silver - approximately 2.5 yrds

Small amount of worsted weight black yarn for the eyes.

Crochet hook size G - 4.25mm

Tapestry needle

Terms and abbreviations to know:

Magic ring

Rnd, rnds - round, rounds

Ch, chs - chain, chains

St, sts - stitch, stitches

Sl st - slip stitch

Sc - single crochet

Hdc - half double crochet

Dc - double crochet

Tr - triple crochet

Inc - increase, 2 sts in same st

Dec - decrease

Sc2tog - basic decrease, turning 2 sts into 1

Invsc2tog - invisible single crochet 2 together; this is essentially a decrease, but done in such a way as to make the continuous stitching smoother, and the decrease not as noticeable.

  • Insert hook into front loop only of next stitch, DO NOT yarn over.Insert hook into front loop of second stitch. Yarn over. Pull through 2 loops. Yarn over and pull through last 2 loops.‍

Dc bobble - double crochet bobble

  • ‍Yarn over, and insert hook into designated st.Pull up a loop. Yarn over, and pull through 2 loops, leaving 2 loops left on hook.Yarn over, and insert hook into same st.Pull up a loop.Yarn over, and pull through 2 loops, leaving 3 loops left on hook.Yarn over, and insert hook into same st.Pull up a loop. Yarn over, and pull through 2 loops, leaving 4 loops left on hook.Yarn over, and insert hook into same st.Pull up a loop.​Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

Notes: This pattern is worked from the top down, in the rnd, with no joining. The arms, hair, and accessories are made separately and sewn on. The eyes are embroidered on with black worsted weight yarn; the nose with matching skin color. Pictures below can give more details into the process.

Size: This is one size, fitting child through adult, but if you wish to make it smaller for a smaller child to play with, simply tighten gauge or go down a hook size.

Gauge: 7 sts across and 8 rnds down = approximately 2 inches

Pattern Princess Hand Puppet

Body, in Beige/Toffee

Begin with magic ring.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts

Rnd 2: inc in each st around; 12 sts

Rnd 3: (inc, sc in next st)6x; 18 sts

Rnd 4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts)6x; 24 sts

Rnd 5: (inc, sc in next 3 sts)6x; 30 sts

Rnds 6-7: sc in each st around; 30 sts

Rnd 8: (3 inc, sc in next 12 sts)2x; 36 sts

Rnds 9-14: sc in each st around; 36 sts

Rnd 15: (invsc2tog, sc in next 4 sts)6x; 30 sts

Rnd 16: (invsc2tog, sc in next 3 sts)6x; 24 sts

Rnd 17: sc in each st around; 24 sts

Change to Pink/Purple, and fasten off the Beige/Toffee.

Rnd 18: (inc, sc in next 3 sts)6x; 30 sts

Forming the holes for the fingers.

Rnd 19: ch 4, sk next 4 sts, (inc, sc in next 4 sts)2x, inc, ch 4, sk next 4 sts, (inc, sc in next 4 sts)2x, inc; 28 sts, 2 ch-4 spaces

Rnd 20: sc in each of the 4 chs, sc in next 14 sts, sc in each of the 4 chs, sc in next 14 sts; 36 sts

Rnds 21-23: sc in each st around; 36 sts

Rnd 24: (invsc2tog, sc in next 4 sts)6x; 30 sts

Rnd 25: sc in each st around; 30 sts

Rnd 26: (inc, sc in next 4 sts)6x; 36 sts

Rnd 27: (inc, sc in next 5 sts)6x; 42 sts

Rnds 28-32: sc in each st around; 42 sts

Rnd 33: sl st into the first st of rnd 32, (ch 3, 3 dc into same st as sl st, sk next 2 sts, sl st into next st)14x, sl st into beginning sl st; 14 dress ruffles

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Arms, beginning in Beige/Toffee, make 2

Begin with magic ring.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts

Rnd 2: (inc, sc in next st)3x; 9 sts

Rnds 3-4: sc in each st around; 9 sts

Rnd 5: dc bobble, sc in next 8 sts; 9 sts

Rnds 6-10: sc in each st around; 9 sts

Attach Rose Shocking/Silver Blue

Rnd 11: inc in each st around; 18 sts

Rnds 12-13: sc in each st around; 18 sts

Rnd 14: (invsc2tog, sc in next st)6x; 12 sts

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing, and sew onto the arm holes. I pulled the arms through from the inside of the body, with thumbs pointed toward the head, then sewed the sleeve INSIDE the body, to avoid seams.

Front of skirt, contrasting color, Rose Shocking/Silver Blue (Make 2)

Ch 2

Row 1: inc in 2nd ch from hook; 2 sts

Row 2: ch 1 and turn, inc in each st across; 4 sts

Row 3: ch 1 and turn, inc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, inc in last st; 6 sts

Row 4: ch 1 and turn, inc in first st, sc in next 4 sts, inc in last st; 8 sts

Row 5: ch 1 and turn, inc in first st, sc in next 6 sts, inc in last st; 10 sts

Row 6: ch 1 and turn, inc in first st, sc in next 8 sts, inc in last st; 12 sts

Row 7: ch 1 and turn, inc in first st, sc in next 10 sts, inc in last st; 14 sts

Row 8: ch 1 and turn, inc in first st, sc in next 12 sts, inc in last st; 16 sts

Row 9: ch 1 and turn, inc in first st, sc in next 14 sts, inc in last st; 18 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew the triangles to the bottom of the skirt, leaving row 9 open.

Sewing on nose and eyes

With the same yarn as your skin color, embroider the nose on the center of the face, about the 5th rnd up from the dress, wrapping the yarn around the same spot about 5 times, until you have a nice little bobble.

Then, with black yarn, embroider the eyes about 1 to 2 rnds above the nose, with about 3 sts between them.

Hair options:

Hair Option 1: Curly Hair (Chocolate)

Ch 7

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 5 chs; 6 sts

Row 2: ch 1 and turn, inc, sc in next 4 sts, inc; 8 sts

Row 3: ch 1 and turn, inc, sc in next 6 sts, inc; 10 sts

Row 4: ch 1 and turn, inc, sc in next 8 sts, inc; 12 sts

Rows 5-13: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across; 12 sts

Row 14: ch 1 and turn, dec, sc in next 8 sts, dec; 10 sts

Row 15: ch 1 and turn, dec, sc in next 6 sts, dec; 8 sts

Row 16: ch 1 and turn, dec, sc in next 4 sts, dec; 6 sts

Row 17: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across; 6 sts

Do not turn.

Rnd 1: continue to work 48 sc evenly around the hair until you get back to where you started. This amounts to 18 sc down each side, and 6 sc across the bottom, and the top.

Rnd 2: [sl st in next st, (sc, 2 dc, sc) in next st, sk next st]16x, sl st to join; 16 curls

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. Sew onto the back of the head, with the right side out, and wrong side sewn to the head, leaving the curls free above and to the sides of the head.  

Curly Bangs (Chocolate)

Ch 3

Row 1: turn and sc in 2nd ch from hook, and next ch; 2 sts

Row 2: ch 1 and turn, inc in each st; 4 sts

Rows 3-12: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across; 4 sts

Row 13: ch 1 and turn, sc2tog 2 times; 2 sts

Do not turn.

Rnd 1:  sc 30 evenly around the whole piece; 30 sts

Rnd 2: sk 1st st of rnd 1, [(sc, 2 dc, sc) in next st, sk next st, sl st in next st]6x, [sl st in next 2 sts, ch 6, inc in 2nd ch from hook, inc in next 4 chs]6x, sl st to join, fasten off, leaving very long tail for sewing and assembly.

*Note, for assembly:

 It is easiest to sew the crown or bow onto the bangs, BEFORE sewing all of the hair to the head. Sew your hair accessory to the center of the bangs, just above, and maybe a little behind your curls. Now, match the bangs up at the top of the head, trying to match curls to curls as best you can, with crown or bow centered, and sew the bangs to the curls of the hair behind it. And sew around the top of the head. I pushed the curls up, and stitched them to the forehead underneath the curls, leaving them with a bouncy, free look.  

Hair Option 2: Straight hair with bun, in Mustard

Ch 7

Use rows 1-17 from the curly hair.

Do not turn

Rnd 1: continue to work 48 sc evenly around the hair until you get back to where you started. This amounts to 18 sc down each side, and 6 sc across the bottom, and the top. Then begin the bangs. Don’t fasten off. Bangs for the straight hair are worked continuously.

Side swept bangs are worked in rows which run perpendicular to the top of the hair. Each row is in ().

Begin with sl st into next st, (ch 4, turn and inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs, sl st into next 2 sts of rnd 1)2x, (ch 5, turn and inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 3 chs, sl st into next 2 sts of rnd 1)2x, (ch 6, turn and inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 4 chs, sl st into next st of rnd 1), [ch 16, turn and inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, (inc, sc in next ch)6x, sc in last ch, sl st into next st of rnd 1]

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing onto the head. You can make this look differently just with how you choose to sew it on. I sewed around the head, then gently sewed down each piece of the bangs, and wrapped the last, long strand, around the bottom of the bangs.  

Bun in Mustard

Begin with magic ring.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts

Rnd 2: inc in each st around; 12 sts

Rnd 3: (inc, sc in next st)6x; 18 sts

Rnds 4-7: sc in each st around; 18 sts

Rnd 8: (invsc2tog, sc in next st)6x; 12 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew to center top of the head.

Hair Accessory Options: Bow OR Crown

Bow in Shocking Rose/Silver Blue

Begin with a very long tail, for wrapping around the center of your bow later. The whole bow will be worked into the very first ch, referred to as beginning ch.  

Ch 4, (3 tr into the beginning ch, ch 3, sl st into beginning ch), ch 3 and repeat the first instructions in the () to make the other side of the bow, (ch 5, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st into beginning ch)2x

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Using the beginning tail, wrap around the center of the bow, repeatedly, until it looks like the knot of a bow, then knot and fasten off in the back. Using the end tail, sew onto the base of the bun OR above the curls of the curly hair bangs.

Crown (Gold)

*Note: the gold tends to blend in with the blonde hair. If you’re making blond hair, but still want a crown, try using Glamour Silver instead.

Ch 10

Row 1: *(sc, hdc) in 2nd ch from hook, (dc, ch 3, sl st back into 1st ch, dc into same ch as first dc) all in next ch, (hdc, sc) in next ch,* (sc, hdc) in next ch, (tr, ch 3, sl st back into 1 ch above tr, tr into same ch as first tr) all in next ch, (hdc, sc) in next ch, repeat from * to * and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew to the top of the head around the bun, or, if using on the curly hair, sew above the curls of the bangs first, before sewing the hair to the head.  

I believe strongly in creative play and story telling, as well as diversity among our children's toys, to stimulate their creative growth. These sweet puppets will make a wonderful collection for growing minds and hands! I hope you have enjoyed creating this toy, and that it is well loved by whomever you give it to!

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