Free Halloween Pattern – Rip-apart Vampire Doll

In the process of making Vampire Knits, as with any book, there is a lot of editing that happens. Sometimes patterns we love get dropped at the last minute. This little guy was a great concept, but ultimately was hard to photograph. I still like him, and need to work on a way to make his neck a bit stronger so that it doesn’t flop to the side, but other than that, he’s still a cute little vampire doll.

  

Don't mind his pinned on mouth.

Little Eric

You can make him two ways. I intended him to be made in separate pieces, with velcro on the ends of each piece so that the arms, legs, and head could be ripped off easily and put back together. The thought behind this is that in a lot of vampire stories, the only way to kill a vampire is to rip the pieces and either burn them or bury them separately. The bonus is that he makes a great frustration doll.

I made the first version to look a bit more like Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse books, and later made a version that looked more like the O.V. himself, Dracula.

So, if you’d like to make your own little Vampire, here you go!

Burn the Pieces

by Genevieve Miller

In several vampire stories, the only way to kill a vampire is to rip it into pieces and either bury them separately or burn them. I thought it would be a fun concept for a doll, and even helpful in easing stress… just rip it to pieces and put him back together again. 

This doll could be made in all kinds of different colors. I chose black and grey for a more “traditional” vampire look, with pale white skin.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Size

One size

Finished Measurements

15 1/2″ (40cm) tall

Materials

1 skein each Patons Grace, 100% mercerized cotton, 1.75 oz (50g), 136 yd (125m), colors Night (A), Clay (B), and Natural (C)

1 skein LION BRAND Microspun, 100% microfiber acrylic, 2.5 oz (70g), 168 yd (154m), color Ebony (D)

Set of 5 size 3 (3.25mm) double-pointed needles

Crochet hook

Tapestry needle

Polyester fiberfill for stuffing

Velcro

Sewing needle and black and red thread (also deep red to match Velcro, if dyed)

Small amount of black, white, red, and blue felt

Small amount of satin fabric for cape lining

Small button

RIT dye (color Scarlet) for dyeing Velcro (optional)

Gauge

24 stitches and 36 rows = 4″ (10cm)

Special Skills

Knitting in the round

Basic sewing and embroidery skills

Abbreviations

Kfb – knit into the front and the back of the stitch to increase

Pattern

Doll

Body

With A, cast on 48 stitches and divide evenly among 4 double-pointed needles. Join in a round. Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 1 1/2″ (4cm). Change to B. Work even until piece measures 4 1/2″ (11cm).

Shoulders:

Needle 1:  Ssk, knit to end.

Needle 2:  Knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog.

Needle 3:  Ssk, knit to end.

Needle 4:  Knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog.

Continue as set until there are 3 stitches left on each needle. Cut yarn, leaving an 8″ (20cm) tail. Thread yarn though stitches and pull tight to secure. Stuff with fiberfill, sew bottom edge closed.

Arms (make 2)

With B, cast on 12 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch for 4″ (10cm). Change to C, knit 8 more rows. Bind off.

Legs (make 2)

With A, cast on 16 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch for 5 3/4″ (15cm). Bind off.

Head

With C, cast on 16 stitches and divide evenly among 4 double-pointed needles.  Join in a round.

Needle 1: Kfb, knit to end.

Needle 2: Knit to last stitch, kfb.

Needle 3: Kfb, knit to end.

Needle 4: Knit to last stitch, kfb.

Continue as set until there are 9 stitches on each needle. Work even for approximately 26 rounds or until head measures 3 1/2″ (9cm) from base of neck.

Shape Head:

Needle 1: Ssk, knit to end.

Needle 2: Knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog.

Needle 3: Ssk, knit to end.

Needle 4: Knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog.

Continue as set until there are 3 stitches on each needle. Cut yarn, leaving an 8″ (20cm) tail. Thread yarn though stitches and pull tight to secure, adding fiberfill before closing.

Finishing

Dye Velcro if desired for “bloody” effect according to package directions. Allow to dry.

Sew arms and legs along side seams, stuff with fiberfill, sew top openings closed. Weave in ends. With sewing needle and thread, sew soft side of Velcro to end of neck and each arm and leg. Sew stiff side of Velcro to body where parts will be joined.

Eyes:

Draw two almond shapes onto black felt and cut out; this will be the outline around the eyes. Draw two slightly smaller almond shapes onto white felt and cut out; this will be the whites of the eyes. Draw two small circles onto blue (or other color) felt for the irises. Attach all together with black thread in the center of the iris to create the pupil. Sew eyes onto face as shown, using black thread.

Mouth:

Draw a mouth shape onto red felt and cut out; a simple crescent works well. Add fangs cut from white felt, if desired. Sew fangs onto mouth, then mouth onto face using red thread.

Hair:

To create a slick widow’s peak, thread D onto tapestry needle and sew hair onto head from back of head to front using long, closely spaced stitches until scalp is covered. Adjust length of stitches to create widow’s peak, making them longer in the center.

To create longer, flowing hair (like Eric Northman), cut strands of D twice as long as desired hair length. Using a crochet hook, fold 1 strand over hook, insert through top of head, and pull ends of yarn through loop to secure (as for attaching fringe). Repeat until scalp is covered, trim ends if desired.

Cape:

Using 2 of the double-pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 56 stitches.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2 (RS): Ssk, knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog (54 stitches).

Row 3 and all wrong side rows:  Purl.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until 14 stitches remain, ending with a RS row. Piece should measure approximately 6 1/2″ (17cm). Work even in stockinette stitch for 5 rows, ending with a WS row.

Increase as follows:

Row 1 (RS): Kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb (16 stitches).

Row 2: Purl.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until there are 22 stitches. Bind off knitwise on a WS row. Weave in ends. Block.

Cut a piece of satin fabric or felt the same size as the cape. With black thread, sew to WS of cape as a lining.

Button Loop:

Using 2 double-pointed needles, cast on 3 stitches. Work in I-cord for 5″ (13cm). Bind off. Fold I-cord in half to

make a loop and sew to right edge of cape, at neck indentation. Sew button opposite loop. Dress doll in cape.

   

I used a fancy button off one of my own sweaters.

If you end up making one, please post it here!!

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