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Small Crochet Doll Free Pattern (Almost Zero Sew!)

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Ready for a fun adventure crocheting your own super cute, small crochet doll? This easy and quick Amigrumi doll used to be a premium pattern in my shops, but it is now available here for you to enjoy for free.

Little April, as I named her, is one of my four Amigurumi creations with this exclusive hand-in-pocket concept. In addition, I have created an elephant, a pig, and a boy disguised in a bunny costume as well. 

The other patterns are premium, I’ll be linking them further down in this blog post. Please let me know your thoughts about this concept in the comments section. 

Small Crochet Doll
Small Crochet Doll

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Small Crochet Doll Free Pattern

Tiny dolls are not only fun to crochet, but they are the perfect projects for beginners who have just learned the Amigurumi basics.

I can tell you now that this design may seem intimidating at first, but it’s easier than you think. I’ve created this fun pattern to stand the crowd with its unique concept, but also with simplicity in mind. The result is this adorable, mini doll chilling with her hands in pocket.

Whether you’re a beginner or a crochet expert, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the experience of making something different from the traditional crochet dolls. So, let’s get started!

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Small crochet doll close-up

Stitches & Techniques to Know

This small crochet doll pattern requires you to be familiar with the Amigurumi technique. Here is what you need to know:

  • Magic circle (mc) or Magic ring – you need to start your work with a tight circle to prevent wholes in your doll. 
  • Chain (ch – used in the wig. To make a chain, you yarn over and pull up loop.
  • Single Crochet Stitch (sc) – I’ve used the “yarn under” single crochet stitch. Which simply means you’ll yarn under to do a single crochet stitch, instead of yarn over.
  • Single Crochet Increase (inc) – Two single crochet stitches in next stitch.
  • Single Crochet Invisible Decrease (dec) – Two single crochet together in next stitch. 
  • Basic hand sewing – used to attach the wig and ears.
  • Basic embroidery – used for the facial features.

You will also need to know how to stuff dolls and how to fasten off and weave-in the ends to finish it.

Materials

  • 2.75 mm hook (US C) for the doll
  • 6.00 mm hook (US J) for the wig
  • Small slicker pet brush for the wig
  • A pair of 8mm safety eyes 
  • Stuffing fiber like Poly-Fil
  • Yarn needle or tapestry needle
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Stuffing tool like a hemostat or a craft dowel.
  • Scraps of white crochet or embroidery thread for the corner of the eyes and mouth. 
  • A long doll needle to use with the embroidery thread (you should be able to use a yarn needle, but a longer needle works better)
  • Two small pieces or ribbon or any string of your choice to tie the piggy tails.

The Yarn

We are using a 100% Mercerized cotton yarn for this small crochet doll pattern. It’s a worsted weight (#4) yarn that comes in a range of beautiful colors. As for the wig, we’ll use a small amount of a super bulky (#6) yarn.

Here are the details and amount needed:

Yarn 1: Worsted Weight (#4) for the doll. I used 24/7 100% Mercerized Cotton by Lion Brand.

  • Color 1: Café Au Lait (C1), for the head, or any other skin color you like. Approximately 0.43 oz (12.5 g), 23 yds (21 m). 
  • Color 2: Mint (C2) for the body. Approximately 1.2 oz (34 g) / 64 yds (59 m).

Yarn 2: Super Bulky for the wig. I used Wool Ease Thick & Quick by Lion Brand

  • Color 3: Sequoia (C3). Approximately 0.44 oz (13 g), 8 yds (7 m). 

Tip: You can use any yarn for the wig that you can brush out the fiber with a pet brush. However, wool, and acrylic blends will be the best kind.

Small Crochet Doll

Pattern Notes

  • This small crochet doll pattern uses standard US crochet terminology.
  • Level of difficulty: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate.
  • You will start the doll by the head, from top down and set it aside. Then you will crochet the legs, body, and arms from bottom up. 
  • Next, you will attach the head to the body. Then, you will crochet the wig and sew it onto the head.
  • Stuff the doll firmly as you go, but do not overstuff. 
  • Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round, moving it up as you go. 
  • When you fasten-off and cut the yarn, there is no need to leave a long tail. Unless otherwise instructed.
  • Finished Project Size: The size of this small crochet doll will be approximately 6.5” (17 cm) tall if you use the recommended yarn and hook size.

Gauge

Gauge is not crucial for this small crochet doll pattern. However, if you want your doll to be the same size as mine, you’ll need to crochet a swatch. A swatch of 7 rounds in sc stitches will measure 2” (5.00 cm) in the diameter).

Gauge swatch pattern:

  • Rnd1: sc 6 in a mr
  • Rnd2: (inc) 6 times [12]
  • Rnd3: (inc, sc in next st) 6 times [18]
  • Rnd4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times [24]
  • Rnd5: (inc, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times [30]
  • Rnd6: (inc, sc in next 4 sts) 6 times [36]
  • Rnd7: sc around [42]
brown yarn and measuring tape
Gauge swatch

Stitch Abbreviations (US terms)

  • approx.: approximately
  • blo: back loop only
  • ch: chain/chains
  • flo: front loop only 
  • C1: Color 1 (skin color)
  • C2: Color 2 (body)
  • C3: Color 3 (wig)
  • inc: increase (2 sc in next stitch)
  • dec: decrease (single crochet 2 together)
  • FO: fasten off
  • mr: magic ring
  • rnd: Round
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • sk: skip
  • sc: single crochet
  • ( ): repeat instructions within parenthesis as many times as directed
  • [ ]: stitch count in a round

Would You Rather Have a PDF?

An inexpensive PDF download for this small crochet doll can be purchased in my pattern shops:

The PDF patterns for my other exclusive hand-in-pocket creations can also be purchased in my Etsy shop as a discounted bundle. Click here or the image below to go to the Etsy:

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Small Crochet Doll Instructions

Small Crochet Doll

Alright, let’s get started, shall we? These step-by-step instructions has lots of pictures and explanations to make this pattern as easy as possible. Enjoy!

Total Time: 4 hours

  1. Head (C1)

    brown yarn

    Use C1 (skin color).
    Rnd1: sc 6 in a mr
    Rnd2: (inc) 6 times [12]
    Rnd3: (inc, sc in next st) 6 times [18]
    Rnd4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times [24]
    Rnd5: (inc, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times [30]
    Rnd6: (inc, sc in next 4 sts) 6 times [36] 
    Rnd7-11: sc around [36]
    Rnd12: sc in next 30 sts, (inc, sc in next st) 3 times [39]
    Rnd13: (inc, sc in next st) 3 times, sc in next 33 sts [42]
    Rnd14: sc around [42]
     
    This is a good time to place the eyes in your small crochet doll. With a stitch marker inserted in first st of round 14, make that stitch a reference for the center of the face (nose), then place the eyes between rounds 11 and 12, 8 sts apart. 
     
    Rnd15: (dec, sc in next 5 sts) 6 times [36]
    Rnd16: (dec, sc in next 4 sts) 6 times [30]
    Rnd17: (dec) 3 times, sc in next 18 sts, (dec) 3 times [24]
    Rnd18: (dec, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times [18]
     
    FO. Cut the yarn. Leave a long tail to embroider the nose and eyelids. Add stuffing and make sure you shape the cheeks well. 

  2. Embroider the eyelids (C1)

    brown yarn and needle

    This and all other facial features for this small crochet doll will be embroidered by hand. First, you’ll do the left eye.

    1. From the neck opening, insert needle with the long strand of yarn, draw it out in the lower right side of the eye.
    2. Insert needle again in the upper left side of the eye, in an angle, do four stitches.

    Repeat these steps with the other eye, starting on the left side of the eye.

  3. Embroider the Nose (C1)

    brown yarn and needle

    Embroider the nose getting two stitches in a horizontal line, 1 rnd below the eyes, stitch three times. FO. Cut the yarn.

  4. Embroider the Eyes and Mouth

    brown yarn and needle

    Embroider the white of the eyes and mouth with the white scrap of crochet thread and the long doll needle.

    First, do one stitch on the lower corners of each eye. Then, do two stitches for the teeth, 2 rounds below the nose.

  5. Ears (C1) – make 2

    brown yarn

    Sc 6 in a mr, do not join. Cut the yarn. Leave a long tail. Then, with the crochet hook, pull the long tail inside the mr, from the right side to the wrong side. 

    Next, sew them onto the sides of the head, on round 13, 4 sts away from the eyes. Your small crochet doll head is done. Set it aside for now.

  6. Legs – make 2

    green yarn and stitch marker

    Rnd1: sc 7 in a mr
    Rnd2: (inc) 7 times [14]
    Rnd3: (inc, sc in next st) 7 times [21] Rnd4-14: sc around [21]
    FO and cut the yarn (for the first leg only).
     
    When you are done with rnd 14 in the second leg, do not cut the yarn, continue to rnd 15 (see next round), you will be connecting the legs in the crotch.
     
    Rnd15: inc, sc in next 10 sts, do not remove the hook from the st, go ahead and insert the hook in any st in the first leg, sc in that st and in the next 9 sts, inc, sc in next 10 sts, continue to the second leg, sc in next 10 sts [44]
     
    Next, you are going to continue to crochet around both legs in big rounds to start the torso and lower parts of the arms of your small crochet doll.
     
    Rnd16: (inc 2x, sc in next 9 sts) 2 times, (inc) 2 times, sc in next 5 sts, (inc, sc in next st) 6 times, sc in next 3 sts [56]

    Note: That sequence of “(inc, sc in next st) 6 times” in last round will be the back of the doll, mark it with a second st marker or a contrasting color strand of yarn, so you won’t miss it.
     
    Rnd17: sc in next 35 sts, (inc, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times, sc in next 3 sts [62]
    Do not cut the yarn yet.

  7. Arm 1 (C2)

    green yarn and hook

    Before you start, I would like to mention the arms will have their own round count.

    Make the first arm, then the second one and the torso after that. You will then reattach them all together at the height of the armpit.

    Since the arms for this small crochet doll are attached to the side of the hips, to give the impression of hands in pocket. And to the upper part of the torso, there will be separate instructions for both. Continue from where you stopped with the uncut yarn.
     
    Rnd1: sc in next 8 sts, sk the next 50 sts, sc in next 4 sts [12]
    Rnd2-9: ac around [12]
    FO. Cut the yarn.

  8. Arm 2 (C2) 

    green yarn and hook

    Rnd1: lay the piece flat with the already finished arm to your right, sk 16 sts, attach the yarn in 17th st, sc in that st (that st will be the first st of rnd 1 of second arm, place the st marker in it), sc in next 11 sts [12]

    Rnd2: sc in first st of previous rnd (that’s when you join both sides and continue crocheting on the round to complete arm 2), sc in next 11 sts [12]

    Rnd3-9: sc around [12]
    FO. Cut the yarn.

  9. Torso (C2)

    green yarn and hook

    Lay the work flat in front of you, with the left arm placed to your right side, attach the yarn to the first st of the torso by the left arm, sc in that st.
     
    Rnd1: sc in next 15 sts, sc in next 22 sts at the back of the doll [38]
    Rnd2-5: sc around [38]
    Rnd6: sc in next 19 sts, (dec, sc in next st) 6 times, sc in next st [32]
    Rnd7: (dec, sc in next 14 sts) 2 times [30] Rnd8-9: sc around [30]

    Do not cut the yarn yet. You will reattach the torso to the arms for your small crochet doll in next two rounds. Follow these steps:
     
    1. Lay the work flat with the back of the doll facing you, continue crocheting around the arms and torso, see instructions below.
    2. At this point you can stuff the legs and the lower part of the arms firmly. Make sure you add less fiber to the upper arms, leaving them rather soft than too firm.
    3. Then, stuff the lower part of the torso firmly and keep adding fiber as you go. Add extra fiber to shape the but firmly.
     
    Rnd10: squeeze the left arm flat, sc in the closest st of the arm, move st marker to that st, sc in next 11 remaining sts of the arm, sc in next 15 sts of the torso, squeeze the right arm flat, sc in the closest st and in next 11 sts of right arm, sc in next 15 sts of torso [54]
    Rnd11: (dec, sc in next 7 sts) 6 times [48] 
    Rnd12: (dec, sc in next 6 sts) 6 times [42] 
    Rnd13: (dec, sc in next 5 sts) 6 times [36] 
    Rnd14: (dec, sc in next 4 sts) 6 times [30] 
    Rnd15: (dec, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times [24] 
    Rnd16: (dec, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times [18] 

    FO. Leave a long tail. Finish stuffing.

  10. Attach the Head

    amigurumi doll standing

    First, place the head on top of the body, making sure it is centered and facing forward (the side of the torso that is slightly flatter is the belly). Then, sew the head on to the body.

    When you are 1/3 along the sewing process, add a little more fiber to the neck, if needed.

  11. Wig (C3)

    brown yarn and brush

    You will make the wig and then will sew it on to the head with a strand of yarn C1 or a strong matching color sewing thread.
     
    Rnd1: sc 6 in a mr
    Rnd2: (inc) 6 times [12]
    Rnd3: (inc, sc in next st) 6 times [18]
    Rnd4-5: sc around [18]
    Rnd6: ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next
    3 ch, sc in next 8 sts, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 3 ch, sc in next 10sts [18 sc, plus piggy tails ch]

    FO. Cut the yarn. Weave in all the left ends.
     
    Brush the right side of the wig and the edges, using the pet brush, until you have plenty of fiber pulled out. Sew the wig on to the head.

Estimated Cost: 5.00 USD

Supply:

  • Medium weight yarn (#4) for the doll, Super Bulky (#6) yarn for the wig

Tools:

  • 2.75 mm hook (US C) for the doll, 6.00 mm hook (US J) for the wig, Stuffing tool (optional) like a hemostat, Tool for placing safety eyes (optional), scissors.

Materials: Pet slicker brush for the wig, a pair of 8mm safety eyes , Stuffing fiber, tapestry needle, 2 stitch markers. See the complete list above.

Your small crochet doll is ready to rock. Hopefully, you’ve had lots of fun making her. 

Would You Rather Have a PDF?

An inexpensive PDF download for this small crochet doll can be purchased in my pattern shops:

Purchase the other hand-in-pocket Amigurumi patterns here.

What to do Next

What crochet Amigurumi would you like to see next with hand-in-pockets? If it’s a thing crocheters love, I will be more than happy to design more patterns.

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