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Valentine Doll- Free Pattern

I had intended to post the pattern for this doll quite a few days ago, but life got in the way. And when I had the time to do it, I just didn’t feel up to it. But there’s still some time before Valentine’s Day in case you want to make this little doll. It only took me a couple of days to design and make it, so if you have at least a little bit of experience in amigurumi then you should have no problem getting it made in time to give it to that special little child.

The pattern is pretty much completely customizable. You can change the colors of the clothing, skin and hair. You can also change how to make the hair, if you’re familiar with how to make hair. Different accessories can be made, depending on what you want. And it was all made with little balls of left over yarn.

Valentine Doll Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2016

Materials Used:

Left over balls of worsted weight yarn (I used all Red Heart Super Saver)

  • Color A (Skin, ears and nose)- Aran
  • Color B (Dress, Shorts, Hat and mouth)- Cherry Red
  • Color C (Shoes)- Black
  • Color D (Socks)- White
  • Color E (Heart, Trim, Purse and Hair Ties)- Light Pink
  • Color F (Hair)- Coffee

3.75 mm hook

9 mm black plastic safety eyes

Decorative button

Polyester Fiberfill

Stitch marker

yarn needle

Height of completed doll: about 10 inches.

Notes:

  • The head and body are crocheted as one piece. Arms, legs, ears and accessories/decorations are created separately and then sewn into place.
  • The hair is attached to the inside of the hat and then the hat and hair together are sewn to the head as one piece.
  • The skirt is crocheted directly onto the body using the free/unused front loops of Round 27 of the body. Hold the doll upside down and work in the round.
  • Use a stitch marker to note the beginning and end of each round.
  • Parts of the doll are made in a continuous, non-joining round. Some parts are joined however. Read the instructions carefully.
  • If you are using safety eyes, I recommend that when it is time to place them, you first stuff the head and mark where you want the eyes placed. Then, unstuff, attach the eyes, and re-stuff. It sounds like a bit of work, but helps assure the eyes are placed properly before you snap the backing onto the eyes permanently.

Instructions:

Head & Body:

Starting at the top of the head with Color A, make a magic ring.

Round 1- make 6 sc in the ring

Round 2- make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (sc in the first sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (18 sc)

Round 4- (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (24 sc)

Round 5- (sc in ea of the first 3 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (30 sc)

Rounds 6- 10- sc in ea sc around (30 sc)

Round 11- (sc in ea of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) repeat around (24 sc)

Round 12- (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) repeat around (18 sc)

**now would be a good time to place the safety eyes- between about rounds 6 & 7 (see notes)

Round 13- (sc in the first sc, sc2tog) repeat around (12 sc)

**stuff the head firmly

Round 14- (sc2tog) repeat around (6 sc)

Rounds 15-16- (neck)- sc in ea sc around (6 sc)

Round 17- make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 18- make 2 sc in ea sc around (24 sc). Sl st in the next st and fasten off.

**stuff the neck firmly

Round 19- Join Color B with a sl st, ch 1, sc in the next sc and in ea sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (24 sc)

Rounds 20-24- Ch 1, sc in the next sc and in each sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (24 sc)

Round 25- Ch 1, (sc in ea of the first 3 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 26- Ch 1, sc in the next sc and in ea sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc. (30 sc)

Round 27- Ch 1, in back loops only sc in the next sc and in each sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc) ** this is the round where the skirt will be crocheted onto)

Rounds 28- 29- Ch 1, in both loops again sc in the next sc and in each sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 30- Ch 1, (sc in ea of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc. (24 sc)

Round 31- Ch 1, (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (18 sc)

**stuff the body firmly

Round 32- Ch 1, (sc in the first sc, sc2tog) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (12 sc)

Round 33- Ch 1, (sc2tog) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the first sc and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail.

Using the yarn needle, weave the yarn tail through the last 6 sts and pull closed tightly. Secure the yarn tail and weave it in.

Legs (make 2):

Starting at the foot, with Color C make a magic ring.

Round 1- make 6 sc in the ring

Round 2- make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Rounds 3-4- sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 5- (sc in ea of the first 4 sc, sc2tog) repeat around (10 sc). Sl st in the next st and fasten off.

Round 6- Join Color D with a sl st, sc in each sc around (10 sc)

Round 7- sc in ea sc around (10 sc). Sl st in the next st and fasten off.

Round 8- Join Color A with a sl st, sc in ea sc around (10 sc)

**stuff the leg as work progresses

Rounds 9-11- sc in ea sc around (10 sc). After round 11 sl st in the next st and fasten off.

Round 12- Join Color B with a sl st, sc in ea sc around (10 sc)

Rounds 13-14- sc in ea sc around (10 sc). After round 14 sl st in the next st and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing.

**Sew the legs to the bottom of the body. If you’d like your doll to be able to sit, first sew the top opening of the leg closed before sewing it to the body.

Arms (make 2):

Starting with the hand, using Color A, ch 5.

Round 1- sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in ea of the next 3 ch’s. Then, working in the round, sc in ea of the unused loops across the opposite side of the foundation chain. (8 sc)

Rounds 2-4- sc in ea sc around (8 sc)

Round 5- (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) twice (6 sc)

*stuff hand and continue to stuff arm as work progresses

Rounds 6- 9- sc in ea sc around (6 sc). After round 9 sl st in the next st and fasten off.

Round 10- Join Color B with a sl st and make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Rounds 11-12- sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 13- (sc2tog) repeat around (6 sc)

**At the end of round 13 either sew the top of the arm opening closed with a yarn needle (using the long yarn tail after you fasten off), or, fold the opening closed and sc through both thicknesses (3 sc across). Fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Sew arms to the sides of the doll, lining the arm up with round 19 of the body (where the dress color begins).

Hat:

Beginning at the crown of the hat with Color B make a magic ring.

Round 1- make 6 sc in the ring

Round 2- make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (sc in the first sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (18 sc)

Round 4- (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (24 sc)

Round 5- (sc in ea of the first 3 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (30 sc). Join with a sl st to the next sc.

Round 6- Ch 1, in back loops only, sc in ea sc around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 7- Ch 1, in both loops again, sc in ea sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 8- Ch 1, in front loops only, sc in ea sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc). Fasten off.

Hair:

Cut 30- 6 inch strands of Color F. Fold one strand in half and hook it through the back unused loop of round 8 of the hat. Repeat with each of the other strands, having one folded strand hooked through each of the back loops of round 8 of the hat, for a total of 30 folded strands. If you would like longer hair, cut a longer strand. After all strands are hooked into place, sew the hat, at a slight angle towards the back of the head, making sure that the strands of hair don’t get stuck under the hat. Before completely stitching the hat to the head, add a tiny bit of stuffing under the hat. Trim the bangs, if desired.

(see the photo below for what the hair looks like attached to the inside of the hat)

Hair Ties (make 2):

With Color E, ch 30. Fasten off. Divide the hair evenly and tie each side into a pony tail.

Skirt:

Holding the doll upside down (so that the Right Side of the work is showing when completed), join Color B with a sl st to an unused front loop of round 27 of the body.

Round 1- Ch 1, sc in the next loop and in ea loop around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 2- Ch 1, (make 2 sc in the next sc, make 1 sc in the next sc) repeat around. Join with a sl st in the beginning sc( 45 sc)

Rounds 3-5- Ch 1, sc in ea sc around. Join with a sl st in the beginning sc (45 sc). At the end of Round 5 fasten off.

Round 6- Trim- Join Color E with a sl st, ch 3 (counts as a dc), dc in the next st and in ea st around. Join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-3. (45 dc). Fasten off.

Ears (make 2):

With Color A, ch 2. Make 5 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Using a yarn needle, weave in the beginning tail to the backside of the ear. Using the long end-tail, sew the ears to either side of the head, at about rounds 7-9.

Nose:

With a long strand of Color A and using a yarn needle, make a few overlapping stitches.

Heart Motif (on front of dress):

Color E- I used a pattern that I found HERE. Since the chest of the doll isn’t very big, I made the heart using only round 1 of the pattern. I sewed it to the front of the doll and then sewed a decorative flower button into the middle of it.

Purse:

Color E- The heart shaped purse is made using the same heart pattern I used for the motif for the front of the doll’s dress. Again, it can be found HERE. I made two hearts (using both Round 1 and Round 2 this time) and then sewed them together, leaving the top of the purse opened. Next, I added a strap. The strap was made holding 2 strands of yarn together. I joined the yarn to the sewn edge of the purse, made a ch of 25 and then (careful to not twist the ch) attached it to the other sewn edge of the purse.  Then I made sure it was secured and weaved in all the loose ends. When completed, hang the purse strap over a shoulder (and then fill the purse with a little candy or two!)

Mouth:

Stitch the mouth on, as seen in the photo, with Color B.

And so there it is. I hope you enjoy making this little doll, and especially that the special child you give it to will cherish and love it forever 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Amanda

 

 

Best Friends Amigurumi

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I made these dolls in the Spring of 2015, but have just now typed up the pattern for them. A little girl who lives local to me now owns them, and the last I heard she sleeps with them nightly and they are her “Best Friends”. So, I’ve named this pattern for that 🙂 My husband and I had named them Myrtle (on the left) and Mavis (on the right), but of course you are free to call them whatever you wish! The colors are completely customizable. You can use whichever colors you wish to, perhaps make them look like your own little girl! Each doll is roughly 11 inches tall. Gauge really isn’t important, so long as the stitches are tight together so that the stuffing doesn’t pop through. The pattern was very lengthy to type out, so please overlook any typo’s I might’ve made 🙂 On that note, please let me know if you do find any mistakes.

Best Friends Amigurumi

© Amanda Bryant 2016

Supplies Needed:

4 mm crochet hook

12 mm plastic (black) safety eyes

Polyester Fibrefill

Stitch marker

Yarn needle

Worsted weight yarn- I used Red Heart Super Saver in the following colors:

For Myrtle:

Skin- Aran (Color A)

Dress- Orchid (Color B)

Hair- Coffee (Color C)

Socks- Light Pink (Color D)

Shoes- Black (Color E)

Mouth- small amount of dark pink (Color F)

For Mavis:

Skin- Warm Brown (Color A)

Dress- Medium Thyme (Color B)

Hair- Coffee (Color C)

Socks- Claret (Color D)

Shoes- Black (Color E)

Mouth- small amount of light pink (Color F)

Special Notes:

-The head and body are crocheted as one piece, starting at the top of the head. Arms, legs, ears, hair and the skirt are added afterward.

-The hair is created as a wig, which is then sewn in place to the top of the head.

-The skirt is crocheted onto the body after the body is made, using the free front loops of Rnd 36 of the body. You will hold the doll upside down while creating the skirt, and work in the round.

-With the exception of the skirt, the doll is made in a continuous round, not joining each round. Use a stitch marker to mark the beg/end of each round.

-The nose is made using a small cluster of hdc’s.

-When placing the eyes, stuff the head and mark (with a pen or marker) where the eyes should go. Then remove the stuffing and secure the safety eyes on the marked spots. Once the eyes are secure, you can then re-stuff the head.

Abbreviations Used:

ch- chain

sc- single crochet

hdc- half double crochet

sc2tog- single crochet 2 sts together

sc3tog- single crochet 3 sts together

sl st- slip stitch

Instructions:

Head & Body-

Starting at the top of the head, with A, ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook ( 6 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (make 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in the next sc)  Repeat around. (18 sc)

Round 4- (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (24 sc)

Round 5- (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (30 sc)

Round 6- make 1 sc in each sc around (30 sc)

Round 7- (make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (36 sc)

Round 8- make 1 sc in each sc around (36 sc)

Round 9- (make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (42 sc)

Round 10-13- make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Round 14- make 1 sc in each of the first 20 sc’s, make 3 hdc’s (for the nose) in the next sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 21 sc’s (44 sts)

Round 15- make 1 sc in each of the first 20 sc’s, sc3tog (which will be the 3 hdc’s that you made in round 14), make 1 sc in each of the next 21 sc (42 sc)

Round 16- make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Round 17- (make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (36 sc)

Round 18- (make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (30 sc)- **Now is a good time to place eyes, at about round 11 of the head (see “Special Notes” at top of page)

Round 19- (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (24 sc)

Round 20- (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (18 sc)

**Stuff head, taking care to help shape the nose

Round 21- (make 1 sc in the first sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (12 sc)

Rounds 22-23- make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 24 (starting body)- make 2 sc in each sc around (24 sc)

Round 25- With B, (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (30 sc)

Round 26- (make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (36 sc)

Rounds 27-30- make 1 sc in each sc around (36 sc)

Round 31- (make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (42 sc)

Rounds 32-25- make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Round 36- working in the back loops only, make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Rounds 37-38- working in both loops again, make 1 sc in each sc around (42 sc)

Round 39- (make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (36 sc)

Rounds 40-41- make 1 sc in each sc around (36 sc)

Round 42- (make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (30 sc)

Round 43- (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (24 sc)

Round 44- (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (18 sc)

**Stuff the body firmly. Make sure the neck is stuffed firmly to help hold up the weight of the head and hair.

Round 45- (make 1 sc in the first sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (12 sc)

Round 46- (sc2tog) Repeat around (6 sc)

Sl st in the next sc, fasten off. With a yarn needle weave yarn tail through the remaining stitches, pull tightly and close securely.

Legs (make 2):

With E, starting at the bottom of the shoe, ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (6 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (make 1 sc in the first sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around (18 sc)

Rounds 4-5- make 1 sc in each sc around (18 sc)

Round 6- (make 1 sc in the first sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (12 sc)

Rounds 7-8- With D, make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc) (this is the sock)

Round 9- With A, working in back loops only, make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc) (this is the round where the sock’s ruffle will go)

Rounds 10-14- Working in both loops again, make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc). *Stuff legs firmly as you go.

Rounds 15-18- With B, make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc).

After Round 18, sl st in the next st, fasten off leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Squeeze the leg closed and using the yarn tail stitch across the top of the leg. Tie off, but don’t cut the yarn. You will need the remainder of the yarn tail to sew the leg to the body. Sew the legs to the bottom of the body.

Arms (make 2):

With A, and starting at the hand, ch 6

Round 1- sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each of the next 4 sc across (=5 sc), then sc in each ch across the opposite side of the foundation chain (10 sc total)

Rounds 2-5- make 1 sc in each sc around (10 sc)

Round 6- (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) Repeat around (2 x’s) (8 sc)

Rounds 7-14- Stuffing firmly as you go, make 1 sc in each sc around (8 sc)

Rounds 15- 18- With B, make 1 sc in each sc around (8 sc )

Round 19- make 1 sc in the first sc, then flatten the open end closed, ch 1, sc through both thicknesses, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew arms to sides of body, as shown in the photos.

Ears (make 2):

With A, ch 2

Round 1- make 4 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (4 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around (8 sc)

Round 3- make 1 sc in each sc around (8 sc)

Sl st in the next sc, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff the beginning yarn tail inside the ear, fold ear in half and with the yarn needle and the long ending tail, sew the ear shut. Sew the ear to the side of the head, the top of the ear beginning at Round 11 of the head (will line up with the eyes). Do the same on the other side of the head with the other ear.

Sock Ruffle:

With the leg upside down, re-attach D in Round 9 of the leg, in the front unused loops. (Ch 2, sl st in each of the next 2 sts) repeat around, and join with a sl st to the bottom of the first ch-2. Fasten off. Repeat for other sock ruffle on other leg.

Mouth:

With F, stitch mouth on to the face. Pull the stitches in tight at both the top corners to help shape the face and smile.

Skirt:

Holding the doll upside down, attach B with a sl st to the front loops of Round 36 of the body (preferably on the backside of the doll so that joins are not too noticeable). There are 42 loops going around.

Round 1- Ch 1, make 1 sc in the first front loops and in each of the next loops around, join with a sl st to the first sc (42 sc)

Round 2- Ch 1, (make 1 sc in each of the first 6 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around, join with a sl st to the first sc (48 sc)

Round 3- Ch 1, (make 1 sc in each of the first 7 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around, join with a sl st  to the first sc (54 sc)

Round 4- Ch 1, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc (54 sc)

Round 5- Ch 1, (make 1 sc in each of the first 8 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around, join with a sl st to the first sc (60 sc)

Round 6- Ch 1, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc (60 sc)

Round 7- Ch 1, (make 1 sc in each of the first 9 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) Repeat around, join with a sl st to the first sc (66 sc)

Round 8- Ch 1, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc (66 sc)

Round 9- (skirt ruffle)- (Ch 3, sl st in each of the next 2 sts) repeat around, join with a sl st to the first sc and fasten off.

Belt:

With D, cut a strip of yarn long enough to wrap around the waist twice, adding a few extra inches to tie off. Fold the yarn length in half and with a yarn needle, stitch around Round 35 of the doll’s body (weaving through every other stitch). Secure and fasten.

Hair:

With C, follow Rounds 1-12 of the head to create the wig piece. After Round 12, sl st in the next sc and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the wig to the head.

Bangs- Cut 18 strips of yarn, each about 4 inches long. Fold each one in half and loop through 18 consecutive sc’s of Round 12 of the wig piece, to form the bangs.

Pony Tail- Cut 18- 12 inch strips of yarn. Fold each in half and loop through Rounds 1 and 2 of the wig piece.

Sew hair piece to the head, at a slight angle. Stuff lightly if needed to fill out. Trim bangs. Fluff up bangs to hide any uneveness.

Hair Ties (make 2- 1 in color B, and 1 in color D)- Ch 55. Tie both around the base of the pony tail (double knot). Trim the length of the pony tail to even out.