Curly Hair Tutorial for Amigurumi Doll Versatile FREE Crochet Pattern

Even though this looks like a very elaborated technique, I promise it’s not! What it very much is, is versatile. Because even though it’s only a tutorial for “curly” hair you can build it up or down to create very different styles:

Believe it or not, these were all done the same way!

If you’d like to use the same doll base as I use, you can find it here.

The ad-free and printable version of this pattern can be found here.

The definitions for all crochet abbreviations used can be found here.

ABBREVIATIONS (AMERICAN TERMS)

  • MC: Magic Circle
  • Ch: Chain
  • Sc: Single Crochet
  • Sc inc: Single crochet Increment

Materials Needed:

  • 4.5mm Crochet Hook
  • Medium Weight Yarn (Used: Red Heart Super Saver in Warm Brown)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle (metal recommended)
  • Pins

Pattern

OPTIONAL WIG CAP:

This creates a wig cap that can be sewn onto the Basic Doll Base to cover any “bald spots” in case you’re worried about the background color showing through the hair.

Using the same color as the hair:

  • Round 1: MC, 6sc (6) set your marker
  • Round 2: 6 sc inc (12)
  • Round 3: (1sc, 1 sc inc) x6 (18)
  • Round 4: (1sc, 1 sc inc, 1sc) x6 (24)
  • Round 5: (3sc, 1 sc inc) x6 (30)
  • Round 6: (2sc, 1 sc inc, 2sc) x6 (36)
  • Round 7-14: Sc  around. (8 rounds), (36), Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing, about 20 inches.

Place the wig cap on top of the doll’s head and align it as you please, I like to make it so that the back of the hairline almost touches the neck. Sew the outer loop of each stitch onto the doll.

CURLS:

You will need approximately 8 strands to cover the whole wig cap, and from then you can add more as you please to change the shape and volume of the hair.

  • Round 1: Leave a 2 inch tail at the start. Ch 51, turn around, skip the first stitch and work 50 Sc inc. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing, about 12 inches.

This completes one curl. Place the tip of the curl facing inwards so that it frames the face and pin it in place if you’d like. Place the rest of the curl as shown below, working in an “S” shape:

You can hold it in place as you sew it, or you can place a few pins to hold it and remove them as you go. Careful not to leave any pins in the doll! 

Hide the short yarn tail inside the doll’s head, grab the next strand and repeat the process until the entire head is covered.

 I find that the curls right around the face of the doll should be the most detailed ones, as they are your work’s frame, in a way.  If you’d like more volume, layer the curls until the hair looks just like you pictured it. For example, this character called for more “box-y” shaped hair, so I kept adding curls to the sides until it almost looked like it had corners.

The advantage of doing 51 chains at a time is that you get a manageable length for every curl, and it is easier to work up to the style that you want instead of having “leftover” hair. But you’re free to do a 100+ chain to begin with if that’s what you’d like!

Thank you for following along! As you can see, this is more of a “tutorial” rather than a pattern, so I’m excited to see all the variations that you guys make ♥

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Basic Doll Base Chibi Amigurumi // Nerdy FREE Crochet Pattern

I have played around and re-designed the doll base that I use for my amigurumi over the last couple of years. I prefer to make them look more like caricatures rather than hyper realistic figurines. This involves a lot of experimenting witrh their proportions and their size, but I have finally designed the pattern that makes them look amazing every single time ♥

Making amigurumi is kind of like using building blocks where you pick a doll base + a specific hair style + clothes + accessories. Which is why I made Build Ami, the Amigurumi Series on how to make any amigurumi you want piece by piece.

The ad-free and printable version of this pattern can be found here.

The definitions for all crochet abbreviations used can be found here.

Materials Needed:

  • 4.50mm Crochet Hook
  • Medium Weight Yarn (Red Heart Super Saver)
  • Polyester Fiberfill
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle (metal recommended)
  • Stitch Marker (improvised markers: paper clip, bobby pin, piece of different color yarn)
  • 12mm Safety eyes and their backings (optional)

Pattern

This entire pattern is worked in the round and most of it is a single piece.

  • Round 1: MC, 6sc (6) set your marker
  • Round 2: 6 sc inc (12)
  • Round 3: (1sc, 1 sc inc) x6 (18)
  • Round 4: (1sc, 1 sc inc, 1sc) x6 (24)
  • Round 5: (3sc, 1 sc inc) x6 (30)
  • Round 6: (2sc, 1 sc inc, 2sc) x6 (36)
  • Round 7-14: Sc  around. Re-place your stitch marker after completing each row.
    (8 rounds), (36)

ADDING SAFETY EYES:

Skip this section if you’re not using safety eyes. The eyes will be placed between rounds 10 and 11, after the last stitch from round 10 count 5 stitches to the left and place the first safety eye into the next space. Count to the left and place the second eye in the 7th space from the first eye.
In the pictures below, the stitches are placed at the end of rounds 10 and 14.

  • Round 15: (2sc, 1 sc dec, 2sc) x6 (30)
  • Round 16: (3sc, 1 sc dec) x6 (24)
  • Round 17: (1sc, 1 sc dec, 1sc) x6 (18)
  • Round 18: (1sc, 1 sc dec) x6 (12)
  • Round 19: (1sc, 1 sc dec) x4 (8)
  • Round 20: (1sc, 1 sc inc) x6 (12)
  • Round 21: (1sc, 1 sc inc) x6 (18)
  • Round 22: (1sc, 1 sc inc, 1sc) x6 (24)
  • Round 23: (3sc, 1 sc inc) x6 (30)

Count 7 stitches after the end of this round and sc into the 8th. This creates the first arm hole, we will not work on it until further on. Single crochet a total of 8 stitches across, count 7 stitches to leave untouched and sc into the 8th stitch, sc across for a total of 8 stitches. This completes the first row of the torso.

VERIFY YOUR COUNTING: You should have 2 arm holes consisting of 7 sc each and this first row of the torso should be a total of 16 stitches around.

Set your stitch marker and sc for 5 more rows for a total of 6 sc rows.

LEGS

Since working in the round offsets the stitches, keep track of the end of each row. At the end of the torso’s 6th round:

  • Round 1: Sc 3 (pictured on the right), count 8 stitches back, you should now be on the opposite side of the torso, sc into this 8th stitch, sc 5 to complete the first round

VERIFY YOUR COUNT:
You should now have divided the torso into two equal-sized holes for each leg. (8 stitches each)

Round 2-7: Sc all around

After 7 rounds, sl st and fasten off leaving a 4 inch tail. Using your yarn needle go through the outer loop of each stitch and then pull the tail to close the opening. Hide the yarn end inside.

Attach the yarn at the base of the torso next to the first leg and sc around. To close the gap between the union between the legs grab a random stitch from the middle of the first leg as well as both loops from the next stitch and work a single crochet. This completes the first round. Continue with sc all around for 6 more rounds and close the leg just like you closed the first one.

ARMS

Attach the yarn to a stitch on the corner of an arm gap, sc 7 around and work one sc on the “armpit” area (pictured). There is no evident space to place this sc but you need it in order to have proportionality between arms and legs.

This completes the first round. Sc around for 6 more rows for a total of 7.  Sl st and fasten off leaving a 4 inch tail. Using your yarn needle go through the outer loop of each stitch and then pull the tail to close the opening. Hide the yarn end inside.

Repeat this process on the other side to make the second arm.

This completes the Basic Doll Base pattern. You can add and change details however you need!

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