Kokeshi Doll: Free Pattern.

Hi everyone!

I thought I should give a try on a photographed tutorial on an amigurumi pattern. As an introduction I chose a traditional Japanese kokeshi doll. It’s made of 100% bio-cotton yarn but you can use any you like. Just remember to take a hook a bit smaller than recommended.

In addition you can use safety eyes but I opted for embroidered ones. You can also find any ways you like for decorating her hair and kimono, for example embroidery. I really don’t want to put any markings here actually.

The work goes in spiral so I suggest to use a marker (for example a piece of contrasting yarn) and move it at the beginning of each row.

All suggestions are welcome I’m not even sure if the pictures are in any help but I would sure like to know!

If you make your own kokeshi doll I would love you to share it here!

Amigurumi Kokeshi Doll by AmiCrafter

you need: 

white yarn for head

any colour yarn for the kimono

black yarn for hair

small amounts of black and red embroidery floss for the face

crochet hook a bit small for the yarn

large eyed blunt needle

some fibrefill

optional:

safety eyes

pellets for the bottom of the body for her to stand up better – if I had any I would have probably used them!

decorations for the hair and kimono 

HEAD and BODY.

Use WHITE yarn.

round1:  single crochet (sc) 6 into magic circle, place marker.

round2: sc 2 in each stitch (12 stitches in total), move marker.

round3: *sc 2 in one, sc* repeat between ** around (18), move marker.

round4: *sc 2 in one, 2 sc* repeat between ** around (24), move marker.

round5-9: sc around (24), move marker.

if you use safety-eyes place them now. it’s easier if you have the hair ready first, though.

round10: *sc 2 together, 2 sc* repeat between ** around (18), move marker.

round11: *sc 2 together, sc*repeat between ** around (12), move marker.

add fibrefill

round12: sc around (12), for the last stitch, as you can see on the picture, I have left it incomplete. change the yarn for the kimono colour and pull the last loop through with it so the colours will stay in line. Move the marker.

Continue with DRESS COLOUR yarn.

round 13: *sc 2 in one, sc* repeat between ** around (18), move marker.

round 14:  sc around (18), move marker.

round 15: *sc 2 in one, 2 sc* repeat between ** around (24), move marker.

round 16 – 19: sc around (24), move marker.

round 20: *sc 2 together, 2 sc* repeat between ** around (18), move marker.

round 21 – 25: sc around (18), move marker.

round 26: through back loops only: *sc 2 together, sc* repeat between ** around (12), move marker. this creates a corner to the bottom so she could stand up better.

 

round 27: sc 2 together around (6), finish off, leave tail for sewing the tail. During that try to pull the tiny hole tight. 

THE HAIR.

round1:  single crochet (sc) 6 into magic circle, place marker.

round2: sc 2 in each stitch (12), move marker.

round3: *sc 2 in one, sc* repeat between ** around (18), move marker.

round4: *sc 2 in one, 2 sc* repeat between ** around (24), move marker.

round 5 – 8: sc around (24), move marker.

round 9: sc 14, chain 1, turn. from here on it goes in rows. I’ll continue the numbering but state how it goes. 

row 10 – 13: sc 14, chain 1, turn.

In the end of row 13 continue to the sides of the rows and sc 4, sc 10 on the 8th round, sc 4 on the other sides of rows 10-13. finish off, weave in tails.

THE BUN.

round1:  single crochet (sc) 6 into magic circle, place marker.

round2: sc 2 in each stitch (12), move marker.

round 3-4: sc around (12).

finish off, leave long tail for sewing on the hair piece, stuff with fibrefill.

use large-eyed blunt needle and sew the 12 stitches of the last round of the bun onto the 12 stitches of the second round of the hair piece.

I completed the hair with a simple bow.

THE FACE. 

to embroider he face take a long enough piece of black embroidery floss, make a knot in the tail and put it in the back of her head (which will be under her hair afterwards).

try on the hair and look for the best place for the eyes.

do the same with a piece of red embroidery floss and her lips.

bring the tail ends back in behind her hair.

make a knot in the other ends as well. tuck the ends in, I used the help of the back of my crochet hook.

The rest is really up to you – decorate the hair and kimono according to your taste.

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