Crochet Amigurumi Doll w/ Dress Pattern
After I finished my Mermaid Crochet Pattern I thought it would be helpful to do a doll pattern as well as this can be a lot more versatile and easy to customize. In the pictures below I'm actually creating a bunny doll for a baby girl. So you see, this pattern is one you can mild into whatever you like it to be; little girl, bunny, fox, wolf, alien, whatever you want!
I'm all for sharing so if you would like to alter this pattern and share it with others to create other things, you don't have to ask for permission (though I'd love to see what you create so please show me!). You may also sell whatever you make using this patterns, but please don't sell the pattern itself...that would make me soooo sad. D:
For this project I used Medium Weight (4) Red Heart Super Saver yarn for the body and I'm not quite sure what the brand of the dress is but it's the same weight, and a US H8/5.00mm hook, though you could go a hook smaller for tighter stitches. I also used a US D3/3.25 mm for the skirt.
Work over tail if possible when you start pieces so you don't have to deal with weaving in your ends later.
If you are sewing a dress or clothing directly on to the doll start with the dress or shirt colour you'd like to use. If you are going to sew or make clothes separate from the doll or you're making an animal or something, just ignore my colour notes.
Starting with the underwear/pants colour or dress/shirt colour if you don't want a separate underwear/pants colour, Ch 2.
1. SC 6 in second chain from the hook. (6)
2. 2 SC in each stitch around. (12)
3. SC around (12)
4. SC, SC, SC 2 in next stitch, repeat around. (16)
If you started with an underwear/pants colour you can switch at any point during the next few rounds.
5 - 12. SC around. (16)
Start adding stuffing and continue as needed as you close off the body, or add it through the opening at the top later.
13. SC-2-TOG, SC, SC, repeat around. (12)
14. SC-2-TOG, SC, repeat around. (8)
15. SC-2-TOG, SC-2-TOG, SC-2-TOG, SC-2-TOG, SC-2-TOG, slip stitch and fasten off. Use your hook to pull tail into body. (5)
Reverse SC Edging
I went about this similarly to how I made the skirt in my Crochet Baby Outfit.
Find a row where you want your skirt to begin and crochet a single stitch around. It will be a lot easier for you if you use a smaller hook.
Or you can chain a row just long enough to wrap around the body of the piece and sew it down. Do whatever works best for you.
I'm not going to add a number of stitches because it may vary for you, but here's how I made my skirt.
1. SC around body, slip stitch in first stitch.
2. 2 HDC in each stitch around.
3. HDC, HDC, 2 HDC in next stich, around.
4 - ?. HDC around until skirt is desired length.
SC around, fasten off and weave in ends. Add trim if desired.
Starting with skintone (or gloves if you want), Ch 2
1. SC 6 in second ch from the hook. (6)
2. SC, SC, SC 2 in next stitch, repeat around. (8)
Switch colours at any point if you want to add sleeves.
3 - 8. SC around (8)
You can make them longer if you wish, otherwise add stuffing.
9. SC-2-TOG, SC, SC, repeat around. (6)
10. SC around. (6)
Crochet closed (unless you want arms to stick out and not move), then fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing on later.
Repeat steps to make the other arm.
Designs in Crochet
Start with shoe colour if you like.
1. SC 8 in second ch from the hook. (8)
2. SC, SC, SC 2 in next stitch, repeat around. (10)
Switch to sock/stocking, skintone, pants, or bloomer color at any point during the next few rounds.
3 - 18. SC around. (10)
19. SC-2-TOG, SC, SC, repeat around. (8)
20. SC around. (8)
Crochet closed (unless you want legs to stick out and not move), then fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing on later.
Repeat steps to make the other leg.
Ch 2 or make a magic ring if you prefer.
1. SC 6 in second ch from the hook/magic ring. (6)
2. SC 2 in each stitch around. (12)
3. SC 1, SC 2 in next stitch, repeat around. (18)
4. SC 1, SC 1, SC 2 in next stitch, repeat around. (24)
5. SC 1, SC 1, SC 1, SC 2 in next stitch, repeat around. (30)
6. SC 1, SC 1, SC 1, SC 1, SC 2 in next stitch, repeat around. (36)
7 - 17. SC around. (36)
18. SC-2-TOG, SC 1, SC 1, SC 1, SC 1, repeat around. (30)
19. SC-2-TOG, SC 1, SC 1, SC 1, repeat around. (24)
20. SC-2-TOG, SC 1, SC 1, repeat around. (18)
Now would be a good time to add your safety eyes if you're using them. You may also want to stitch on your features if you don't want to do it later.
21. SC-2-TOG, SC, repeat around. (12)
Stuff head with filling.
22. SC around, fasten off and leave a long tail so you can sew head to body later. (12)
You can add features now or set aside for now. I tend to like to wait until the head is attached to the body so that I can make sure the face, hair, and other features are even.
Sew It All Together
Start by stitching your arms and legs to your body, hide ends inside body of doll.
Decide if you want the arms to be able to move forward and back or up and down. Forward and back motion makes it seem like the doll is giving a hug (which is why I like it).
If you sew the legs on with the seams facing the front you can seat the doll or make it walk or leap or forward split. If you sew the seams with the seams on the side you can make the doll do a side split...I don't tend to like this though since legs don't really work like that.
You can also opt not to sew the arms and legs shut and stitch them on to the body so that they stick straight out. You can sew the legs on facing in front of the doll this way so it's in a permanent seated position.
Pick the method you like best.
Before you sew on your head, use this time to add on any little details to the body you won't be able to include after the head is on--like a small necklace or something that wouldn't be able to fit over the head or body once it's all sewn together.
Sew your head to the neck of the body and secure it. Weave ends through body and trim off excess. If you didn't add features before, add them now.
Hair is the most time consuming part of making crochet dolls--at least for me. In my crochet mermaid hub, I learned a method from Annaboo that I really liked though using a crochet "wig cap" then threading strands of yarn around the cap.
Making a BunnyClick thumbnail to view full-size
Details & Customization
You can customize your doll by adding ears, tails, wings, or whatever else you like.
I like to wait to add hair and features until after I've sewn the pieces together so that I can keep them pretty even easily, but you can add your customizations at any time that seems right for you.
Have fun with your doll and if you know how to sew or other crafts try to think of ways of incorporating those skills into the customization of your doll. For example, instead of crocheting clothes directly on to the doll you can sew the dolls wardrobe. Or if you like to bead you can make it jewelry. The possibilities are endless.
Since my doll was meant to be a bunny I added bunny features. If you'd like to make a bunny too follow my pictures and pattern to the right. I didn't add a tail because of the dress, but if you want a tail you can either sew on a tiny pom pom or make a small sphere and sew that on.
Bunny Ears Pattern
Ch 2 and SC 8 in second ch from hook.
1 - 2. SC around (8)
3. 2 SC in next stitch, SC, SC, SC, 2 SC in next stitch, SC, SC, SC (10)
4. 2 SC in next stitch, SC, SC, SC, SC, 2 SC in next stitch, SC, SC, SC, SC (12)
5. 2 SC in next stitch, SC, SC, SC, SC, SC, 2 SC in next stitch, SC, SC, SC, SC, SC (14)
6 - 12. SC around (14)
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.
Hello Dolly!Click thumbnail to view full-size
For more projects and crochet ideas check out my other hubs on crocheting or take a look at my Pinterest board on Crochet.