Friday, 28 February 2014

How To Crochet a Kokeshi Japanese Doll - Yarn Scrap Friday



I absolutely loved designing this Kokeshi Japanese doll and the results are always so cute every time I make her.

I originally designed this Kokeshi Doll in aid of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan where I managed to raise over £200 from selling the actual items I made.

Sadly I don't have time to make the dolls anymore but the doll pattern is now available as a free download so that others, who couldn't afford to buy her, can now make them to enjoy!

This pattern has been a much requested video tutorial too so now you can finally watch how to make her below;


Materials Required


  • Yarn needle to help thread in ends.
  • Stuffing for head and bun.
  • Aran/Worsted Weight yarn in Cream/Light Pink
  • Chunky/Bulky weight yarn in Black (hair)
  • General DK/Light Worsted weight yarn in 4 colours
  • C/2 (2.75mm or 2.5mm) crochet hook

Gauge

Gauge does not affect this pattern but try to keep your knit tight so that the doll will stand up easily. You should aim to finish your doll measuring 4” high.

Additional Notes

This pattern is in US terminology.

The body is left open at the end so that the doll stands up easily.

C = Cream
B = Black
LP = Light Pink
DP = Dark Pink
W = White
G = Green

Head

Round 1
Using C crochet 10sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (10)

Round 2
2sc in ea st around - (20)

Round 3
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (30)

Rounds 4 – 9
1sc in next st and in ea st around - (30)

Round 10
*1sc in next st, sc2tog*  repeat from * to * until end - (20)

Round 11
*1sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat until last 2 stitches, 1sc in last 2 stitches - (14)

Stuff the head at this point.

Body

Rounds 12 - 13
Join LP and crochet 1sc in next st and in ea st around - (14)

Round 14
2sc in next st and in ea st around - (28)

Rounds 15 - 23
1sc in next st and in ea st around - (28) Sl st in next 2 sts. Fasten off and tie in tails.

Hair

Round 1
Using B crochet 10sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (10)

Round 2
2sc in next st and in ea st around - (20)

Round 3
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (30)

Rounds 4 – 8
1sc in next st and in ea st around - (30)

Row 9
Ch1, TURN, 1sc in 1st st and in next 19 sts - (20)

Rows 10 - 11
Repeat row 9, fasten off and tie in tails.

Hair Bun

Round 1
Using B crochet 10sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (10)

Round 2
2sc in next st and in ea st around - (20)

Rounds 3 – 4
1sc in next st and in ea st around - (20)

Round 5
*1sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat from * to * until last 2 stitches, 1sc in last 2 stitches - (14)

Finishing
Stuff your bun and sew into place.

Accessories

For our Kokeshi doll we added the following accessories but you may choose do something different!

  • Tassel Spikes: Take 4 short lengths of yarn in two different colours and wrap around the hair bun, tie in place with a double knot and cut to length.
  • Rose Petals: Using DP, ch6, 1sc in 2nd st from hook, 2hdc in next st, 3dc in next st, 2hdc in next st, [1sc, 1 sl st] in last st, fasten off and sew into place. Repeat steps for other petal.
  • Fan: Using W, crochet 7sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join, ch3, TURN, 1dc in next st and in ea st along - (7)
  • Kimono Wrap: Using W, ch28, 1dc in 4th st from hook and in ea st along, join DP with ch1 (don't count as st), TURN, 1sc in 1st st and in ea st along, fasten off and sew ends together at back of Kokeshi doll around body.
Eyes

Take a short length of B and sew two small straight lines onto face, stuff remaining yarn into head. I sewed across 2 sts then skipped 4 sts and sewed again over 2 sts.

And now you're done!


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