I love when my girls give me inspiration for designing a new pattern! They have loved their amigurumi cows and requested baby cows to make a family.

When I shared these little ones with you in the Grace and Yarn Crochet Group on Facebook, I was so encouraged by your responses! There will definitely be more mini amigurumi patterns in the future! 

In most of my patterns I make the head separately and sew it on. I like this for the reason of strengthening the neck and reducing the wobbly head we try to avoid.

I have good news for you! The legs, body and head are all made in one piece with this pattern! Yes, you can jump for joy! 

Being only 7 inches tall, the weight of the head is reduced and will still keep its strength as one piece! Be sure to stuff the body, neck and head firmly to keep that strength!

If you are new to crocheting stuffed animals, head over to my Tips to Learning Amigurumi page to get started. I go over a lot of the common techniques you'll see in the pattern, plus photos to help you through it!

Be sure to also join the Grace and Yarn Crochet Group on Facebook if you haven't already! You can share your work and ask any questions you have along the way!

If you plan to make this for a little one under 3 I recommend these crochet eyes as an alternative to the plastic safety eyes!

Pattern

- PIN this pattern to your favorite board to save for later

- Get an ad-free printable version from my Etsy or Ravelry shop

If you're interested in making the whole family you can find the free pattern for the larger amigurumi cows here and a discounted PDF combo pack in my Etsy shop!



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You may make and sell items made from this pattern but please do not sell, share or reproduce the actual pattern. If you sell finished items online (Etsy, etc) please provide a link to the pattern and credit to me as the designer, thank you. I hope you enjoy this pattern! 

Materials
  • Size 4 worsted weight yarn (50g of white yarn, small amounts of brown or black, pink for the nose, and beige for the horns) 
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook (these are my favorites!)
  • 9mm safety eyes 
  • Black crochet/embroidery thread for eyelashes (optional) 
  • Scissors and tapestry needle
  • Stuffing
  • Stitch markers (a piece of scrap yarn works great!)
Abbreviations: US terminology

MC- Magic circle

SC- Single crochet

SC INC- Single crochet increase

INV DEC- Invisible decrease

DC- Double crochet

St(s)- Stitch(es)

*Slowly stuff as you go, you want it to be firm but not stretched. You will be working in the round, I like using a stitch marker at the beginning of each round. The legs, body and head are made as one piece. 

Nose/Mouth-

This piece is worked crocheting on both sides of the foundation chain to create an oval shape, you will want to keep your chain fairly tight to help avoid the look of ‘holes’, we will also be working in the round

Ch 5

Round 1: SC in the 2nd chain from hook, SC in the next 2 chains, 3SC in the last chain; working down the other side of the foundation chain (see picture for reference), SC in the next 2 chains, complete 2SC in the last chain (which is also the first chain we started with) (10 SC)



Rounds 2-3: SC around (10 SC)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing

Legs -

Make 2 - Using black or brown

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st (12 SC)

Round 3: SC in the back loops only (12 SC)

Rounds 4-5: SC around (12 SC) Change to white

Rounds 6-12: SC around (12 SC)

Fasten off (when you finish the 2nd leg do not fasten off, proceed to round 13)

*Round 13 joins the legs together and starts the body, we will not be making a chain to connect the legs.

Round 13: Attach to the first leg with a SC (I like to make sure both color changes are facing the same way, I make this the back of the mini cow). SC around the first leg and then the second leg (24 SC) This completes your join and is where your next round will start, from here we will work the body.






I'm so excited to introduce you to Katie the Koala! She has been a special design! The first stuffed animal we gave our two older girls (almost 6 years now, wow!) was a koala. So naturally, I really wanted to crochet one too!

Usually I stick with themes but this one is on its own so far. Feel free to leave me a comment below of other animals you would like to see in a series with Katie!

She is a little bit larger than most of my patterns but very similar to my amigurumi cow pattern!

*While my post says Katie the Koala Bear it should technically read Katie the Koala because they in fact are not a bear at all! A fun fact that I knew but too quickly forgot about!*

The legs and body are made as one piece and the head is sewn on separately to add extra strength at the neck!

Feel free to exclude the bow and eyelashes for a super cute boy koala! 

If you are new to crocheting stuffed animals, head over to my Tips to Learning Amigurumi page to get started. I go over a lot of the common techniques you'll see in the pattern, plus photos to help you through it! 

Be sure to also join the Grace and Yarn Crochet Group on Facebook so you can share your work and ask any questions you have along the way! 

If you plan to make this for a little one under 3 I recommend these crochet eyes as an alternative to the plastic safety eyes! 

You may make and sell items made from this pattern but please do not sell, share or reproduce the actual pattern. If you sell finished items online (Etsy, etc) please provide a link to the pattern and credit to me as the designer, thank you. I hope you enjoy this pattern! 

Pattern

- PIN this pattern to your favorite board to save for later 

- Get an ad-free printable version from my Etsy or Ravelry shop 

This post contains affiliate links, please click here for more info. Thank you for supporting Grace and Yarn!

Materials
  • Size 4 worsted weight yarn (150g of light grey, small amounts of white, dark grey, and color for bow) 
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook (these are my favorites!
  • 15mm safety eyes
  • Black crochet/embroidery thread for eyelashes (optional) 
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry needle (bent tips work great for amigurumi!) 
  • Stuffing 
  • Stitch markers 
Abbreviations: US terminology

MC- Magic circle

SC- Single crochet

SC INC- Single crochet increase

INV DEC- Invisible decrease

HDC – Half double crochet

DC- Double crochet

Sl st – Slip stitch

St(s)- Stitch(es)



Katie the Koala measures about 12 inches tall

Slowly stuff as you go, you want it to be firm but not stretched. You will be working in the round, I like using a stitch marker at the beginning of each round.

Legs and Body-

Legs: Make 2 - Using white

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st (12 SC)

Round 3: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18 SC)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (24 SC)

Round 5: SC in the back loops only (24 SC)

Rounds 6-7: SC around (24 SC) Change to light grey

Rounds 8-21: SC around (24 SC)

Fasten off (when you finish the 2nd leg do not fasten off, proceed to round 22)

*Round 22 joins the legs together and starts the body

Round 22: Chain 3 and attach to the first leg with a SC, SC in the remaining stitches around the leg, when you reach the chain make a SC across each of the 3 chains, SC in the remaining stitches of the next leg and SC across each of the 3 chains (you will have SC on both sides of the 3 chains now) (54 SC) This completes your join and is where your next round will start.

This completes your join and is where your next round will start.



Rounds 23-38: SC around (54 SC)

Round 39: SC in the first 7 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (48 SC)

Round 40: SC around (48 SC)

Round 41: SC in the first 6 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (42 SC)

Round 42: SC around (42 SC)

Round 43: SC in the first 5 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (36 SC)

Round 44: SC around (36 SC)

Round 45: SC in the first 4 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (30 SC)

Rounds 46-47: SC around (30 SC)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing

Nose 

With dark grey

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st around (12 SC)

Round 3: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18 SC)

Round 4: 3 sl st, 3 SC, 6 DC, 3 SC, 3 sl st (18 SC)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing

Head

With light grey

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st around (12 SC)

Round 3: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18 SC)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (24 SC)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (30 SC)

Round 6: SC in the first 4 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (36 SC)

Round 7: SC in the first 5 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (42 SC)

Round 8: SC in the first 6 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (48 SC)

Round 9: SC in the first 7 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (54 SC)

Rounds 10: SC in the first 8 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (60 SC)



Meet Amy the Amigurumi Doll! She was inspired by a bunny I loved on my daughter's shirt.

The skirt shirt combo caught my eye and every time I saw it I wanted to try and crochet it as a doll! My daughter was thrilled their outfits matched as well!

She measures about 14 inches from head to toe and is a great pattern for beginners! The legs and body are made as one piece making the pattern work up quickly!

This pattern was originally released as a CAL (crochet-a-long) that has now ended, but it will remain a free pattern here on the blog which is why I have combined all parts of the pattern into one below! 

Be sure to join the Grace and Yarn Crochet Group on Facebook so you can share your WIP as you go and ask any questions you have along the way! 

I have used plastic safety eyes in this pattern but if you would prefer an alternative I have a tutorial for crochet eyes here

The pattern will be worked in the round and I highly recommend using stitch markers if you don't already. This is one material you don't necessarily have to purchase. A piece of scrap yarn, safety pin or bobby pin will work just fine! 

You may make and sell items made from this pattern but please do not sell, share or reproduce the actual pattern. If you sell finished items online (Etsy, etc) please provide a link to the pattern and credit to me as the designer, thank you. I hope you enjoy this pattern! 



Pattern

- PIN it here to save to your favorite board!

- Purchase an ad-free printable version from Etsy or Ravelry for a small fee

If you are new to amigurumi be sure to check out my tips and materials page to help get you started! 

This post contains affiliate links, please click here for more info. Thank you for supporting Grace and Yarn!

Materials you will need-
The biggest question I had when first making amigurumi dolls was finding yarn for different skin colors. 

Here's a few to try out depending on the shade you are looking for. I love that there are MANY options, making it easy to make your doll in the likeness of the little one you want to gift it to!

Light to Dark Shades

Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn - Ivory 


Vanna's Choice - Linen or Beige 

Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek - Ivory (this is what I used for this pattern) 

Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn - Toasted Almond or Brown

Red Heart Soft - Chocolate 


Abbreviations  (US terms)

SC- Single crochet

SC INC- Single crochet increase

INV DEC- Invisible decrease

HDC- Half double crochet

HDC INC- Half double crochet increase

Sl st – Slip stitch

Blo- Back loops only


Let's get started!

Legs and Body-

Make 2- Starting with skin color

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 8 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch (16)

Rounds 3-30: SC around (16)

Fasten off (do not fasten off at the end of the 2nd leg, see below)

*Round 31 joins the legs together and starts the body *

Round 31: Chain 4 and attach to the first leg with a SC, SC in the remaining stitches around the leg, when you reach the chain make a SC across each of the 4 chains, SC in the remaining stitches of the next leg and across each of the 4 chains (you will have SC on both sides of the chain 4 now) (40 SC) This completes your join and is where your next round will start.


*Quick note- This can be the trickiest part if you haven't made a project with this technique. The chains are like a bridge connecting the legs together and we want to crochet around the entire piece to make it one. *

Rounds 32-36: SC around (40) Change to skirt color

Round 37: SC around (40)

Round 38: SC around in the blo (40)

Round 39: SC around (40) Change to shirt color

Rounds 40-48: SC around (40)

Round 49: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC, rpt around (32)

Round 50: SC around (32)

Round 51: SC in the first 2 stitches, INV DEC, rpt around (24)

Change to skin color

Rounds 52-53: SC around (24)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing

Skirt 

With color of choice

(Note: The skirt is not worked in continuous rounds, you will be joining each round at the end)

To work the skirt, have your doll’s body towards you and feet away from you (see pictures below for example) and we’ll work around:


Create a slip knot and attach with a slip stitch to one of the front loops from round 38 (For a cleaner look attach at the back of the body)

Round 1: Ch 1, DC in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a slip stitch to the first DC (40)

Round 2: Ch 1, *DC in the same stich, DC INC in the next*, *repeat around, join with a slip stitch to the first DC (60)

Rounds 3-7: Ch 1, DC in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a slip stitch to the first DC (60)

Fasten off and weave in ends

Head

With skin color


*Note: Cut a strand of yarn about 10 inches long, this will be used for the nose halfway through*

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, rpt around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (24)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (30)

Round 6: SC in the first 4 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (36)


A lot of you have been sharing that you think of Christmas projects around this time of year. We've wrapped up Christmas in July and I went searching for some more fun and free patterns to gather up for you!

Whether you are looking for amigurumi, pillows or ornaments you are sure to be inspired!

Most of the patterns below are amigurumi, if you are new to this style of crochet you can visit my Tips to Learning Amigurumi page, it will walk you through the basics with helpful photos along the way!

If you are planning a gift for a little one here's a tutorial for crochet eyes as an alternative to plastic safety eyes. 

Feel free to PIN this to your favorite board to browse through anytime!

*The images used in this post belong to the individual designer and have been used with permission*

Simple Amigurumi Penguin by Jen Hayes Creations



How sweet are these penguins!! I love this ragdoll style and the different colors used!

Tiny Baby Snowman by Sweet Softies



This would make an adorable ornament or stocking stuffer! It's small size packs in a lot of detail!

Happy Button Snowman by Cute and Cozy Crochet



I had to do two snowman, they are both so cute! This one is a lot bigger in size and the name is perfect! He is so happy and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!

Santa Pillow Sham by Salty Pearl Crochet


An adorable decor piece for your favorite chair or seat on the couch! P.S. She also has a cute pattern for a Snowman Sham!

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