SANDy (Cactus Girl) Amigurumi
SANDy and her Cactus Friends zip themselves into cactus suits because they think the world is a cold and scary place, and they need some protection to face it. The cactus is a sign of protection and kids are naive and vulnerable and need protection. The cactus is the conserver of water, and water means life. For Simone Legno, the designer of tokidoki, the Cactus Friends are the representation of life, of being fragile and strong at the same time...and pure like water. SANDy is also referred to as "Cactus Girl," and was created by tokidoki.
This is a pattern for the character SANDy by Simone Legno of tokidoki. I do not own SANDy or any of the tokidoki characters.
Pattern is currently untested, feel free to contact if there are any problems.
You will need
8ply acrylic yarn: 1 ball of green (You won’t use it all)
Small amount of flesh
Scraps of red, dark pink, light pink and white.
Crochet hook (use a size to make a tight toy, I used F/3.75mm but you could do 3.5mm or even 3mm.)
Stitch marker (I use a scrap piece of yarn)
Dark green bugle (long tube) beads
Scraps of felt in the following colours: white, black, bright green, yellow, pink, dark pink, flesh
Fine tipped black marker
Light grey embroidery thread
Optional: blusher, small sparkly crystal
Ch – Chain
Sc – single crochet
St – stitch
SlSt – Slip stitch
FO – Finish off
YO – Yarn Over
BLO – Back Loops Only – crochet into the back loops of stitch
2sc in 1 – increase by putting 2 single crochet (or whatever number is written) in one stitch
Dec – decrease by putting hook into front loop of two stitches to be brought together, yarn over and bring through all 3 loops on hook. Also known as an “invisible decrease.”
ML3 - Magic Loop plus starting number of stitches. If you don’t know how to do a Magic Loop, I suggest you Google/ YouTube it.
This pattern is worked Amigurumi style – the rows are built in a continuous spiral. Use a stitch marker to mark the end of the row so you don’t lose track.
Ears (Make 2)
R1: *2sc in1* repeat around (10)
R2: *2sc in1* repeat around (20)
R3-4: sc around (20)
R5: *sc2, dec* repeat around (15)
R6: *sc3, dec* repeat around (12)
R7: sc around (12) Stuff.
R8: *sc2, dec* repeat around (9)
R9: *sc, dec* repeat around (6)
FO, leave long tail for sewing.
Face (Make 1)
Before you begin, take green yarn and cut off a generous length for sewing with later. (I used 60cm, and had plenty left over. You could probably get away with 30cm.) Put aside.
Flesh: Ch4 (4)
R1: Sc into the 2nd ch from the hook, and into next st across. When you reach the end of the ch, make 3 sc into the last st. Turn your work 180 degrees and sc into the other side of the foundation chain. Sc 2, 3sc in1 (10)
R2: sc 3, 3sc in1, sc4, 3sc in1, sc (15)
R3: sc3, 3sc in1, sc2, 3sc in1, sc3, 3sc in1, sc2, 3sc in1 (22)
R4: sc4, 2sc in1, sc4, 2sc in1, sc5, 2sc in1, sc4, 2sc in1, sc (26)
R5: sc6, 2sc in1 twice, sc11, 2sc in1 twice, sc5 (30)
R6: sc around. Slst to first st of R5 round to create smooth oval. Switch to green.
R7: Start in next stitch (not one you slst into), sc4, 3sc in1, sc4, 3sc in1, sc9, 3sc in1, sc4, 3sc in1, sc5 (38)
R8: *2sc in1, sc3* repeat around (for final repeat, you'll only be able to fit the increase and 1 sc instead of the full 3sc) (48)
R9: BLO sc around. (48)
R10: sc round (48)
R11: *sc4, dec* repeat around. (40)
This next step is easier to do now before you stuff, as you can access the back of the face very easily. Either pull hook with loop on it upwards to make large loop (this will prevent it slipping) or put a safety pin through it.
Grab you pieces of red yarn, and tie a big knot at end. Thread onto wool needle, and insert into edge of face, from back to front, 3/4 of way along top edge near left corner. Put needle down through bottom edge of face near bottom right corner. Look at a reference picture to see exactly where. Bring needle back up, and do second strand of red hair (you may need to knot yarn at back of first stand to stop it coming back up with needle) Repeat for third strand. Tie off and cut excess.
Using same method, repeat in dark pink, light pink, white, light pink again and finally dark pink. Try to fill in the space as evenly as possible, but if needed, put more strands in to fill up space and not show skin underneath.
Taking green yarn you put aside earlier, back stitch around face (where green meets flesh) to define the difference a bit better. Once all yarns are tied off, pick up crocheting again.
R12: *sc8, dec* repeat around (36)
R13: *sc4, dec* repeat around (30)
R14: *sc3, dec* repeat around (24)
R15: *sc4, dec* repeat around (20) Stuff head, but not tightly. Keep the front flattish, while rounding out the back.
R16: *sc1, dec * repeat around (14)
R17: dec around (7)
FO, leave long tail for sewing. Stuff head more if required, sew opening closed, with tail. Sew in loose end.
Arms (Make two)
R1: 2sc in1, sc3 (5)
R2: 2sc in1, sc4 (6)
R3: sc around (6) Place tiny amount of stuffing in arm end if desired.
R4: sc2, dec, sc2 (5)
R5 – 6: sc around (5)
R7: sc3, dec (4)
R8-9: sc around (4)
FO, leave long tail for sewing.
Legs (Make two)
R1: *2sc in1* repeat around (8)
R2: BLO sc around (8)
R3 - 5: sc around (8)
R6: *sc2, dec* repeat around (6)
R7: sc around (6)
FO, don’t leave tail. Stuff lightly.
Body (Make one)
R1: Sc into the 2nd ch from the hook, 3sc into last st. Turn your work 180 degrees and sc into the other side of the foundation chain, 2sc in1 next st, sc in last st. (8)
R2: 2sc in1 twice, *insert hook in next st of body, insert hook into next st of leg, yo, draw through leg st and body st, yo and draw through both loops. 1sc has been made.* Continue on st of leg, sc4, repeat ** on final leg st. 2sc in1 twice, repeat ** attaching second leg this time, sc4, repeat **. (20)
R3: sc around (20)
R4: *2sc in1, sc*twice, 6sc, repeat ** twice, 6sc (24)
R5: *2sc in1, sc* three times, 6sc, repeat ** three times, 6sc (30)
R6: sc around (30)
R7: *sc3, dec* repeat around (24)
R8: *sc2, dec* repeat around (18)
R9: *sc4, dec* repeat around (15)
R10-11: sc around (15)
FO, leave long tail for sewing. Stuff.
Putting SANDy together
Sew arms to top of body. Sew ears to head. Sew head to body.
Looking at reference pictures helps now with the next steps. I sort of just winged it a bit.
For eye, cut circle out of white felt, an oval of green felt and a smaller oval out of yellow. Glue one of top of other, keeping them aligned more towards the right (you can also sew them if desired, but I chose to glue.) If so desired, add a small crystal to left inner of green part of eye for ‘sparkle’ effect.
Using black felt, cut out her mouth (a small half circle) and her eyelash (basically a curved line with a small triangle at end.) Glue along top of eye, then glue whole eye to face, taking note of placement on references. Glue on mouth. If desired, add small amount of blush to cheek
Using dark pink felt, cut out a small star. Trace onto light pink felt, and cut out about 2mm away from line. Glue together. Cut out a small circle in flesh, and using fine tip marker, draw two dots for eyes, and a small triangle for a mouth. Stick on top of star. Glue to head.
For the zip, take light grey embroidery thread, backstitch along middle of body; start at the bottom and stop around ¾ way up. To make the teeth of the zip, stitch small lines along one side of line, turn and stitch up other side (I highly recommend drawing out the zip with chalk first. I didn’t and it shows very clearly on mine.) At top, stitch a small x (for crossbones) and a small v (for the heart.)
Now for the spikes. Empty your bugle beads into a small dish. On some scrap card, squeeze out a small blob of craft glue. Take one bead, dip the end slightly into the glue, and glue the bead (standing upright) onto leg of doll (it helps if the beads are placed into the ‘hole’ created by stitches; it gives more yarn for the bead and glue to grab onto.) Continue putting beads onto legs (about 2-3 on each,) arms (about 5 on each) and up around front of front and ears. Just work on the front side for now. Once completed, leave to dry, then turn upside down and use remaining beads on back of ears and head.
Admire your creation!!!!
SANDy and the Cactus friends are copyright of tokidoki and Simone Legno.
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