Voodoo anyone?

It is time when most of us are preparing for the end of the month and Halloween. Time of pumpkins and bats, ghosts and walking skeletons; flying witches and black cats. For those brave enough to try something more, I have created voodoo dolls ๐Ÿ™‚

Not just plain and simple voodoo dolls! These are very special! They are lovable, huggable, kissable, simple irresistible voodoo dolls that will melt your heart on first sight. And above all they are dolls with feelings, so please take it easy when using pins on them!

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These simple voodoo dolls are simple and easy to make and will make great addition to your doll collection or as fun companion for your little ones.

Materials needed to make your voodoo doll:

  • any yarn of of your choice (any color and any weight), in addition to basic yarn for yoru doll you will need scraps of different color yarns to sew the parts together, scraps for hair, and some black for eyes and stitches lips
  • crochet hook to go well with your yarn (usually size or size and a half smaller from what yarn recommendation is)
  • darning needle or any other needle that will make your sewing easy
  • stuffing of your choice

Abbreviations:

In the pattern US terminology is used

St(s) โ€“ stitches

Ch โ€“ chain stitch

Sl st โ€“ slip stitch

Sc โ€“ single crochet stitch

Inc โ€“ increasing stitch (two stitches made in one stitch)

Dec โ€“ decreasing stitch (one stitch made out of two stitches โ€“ invisible decrease used in the pattern)

Pop-corn โ€“ pop corn stitch used to make a thumb on dolls hands (I used pop corn stitch made out f three double crochet stitches; you can also use cluster stitch here-whichever you find easier to make this little thumb popping out, will be fine).

R โ€“ round or row

Doll is made in continuous rounds.

Body with the opening n front (if you decide to make one) has part with 10 rows (instead of continuous rounds), that will be indicated under open body part of the pattern given below.

For any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Voodoo Dolls by AmigurumiBB

Voodoo doll pattern

Voodoo doll's head

Head

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R4 *inc1, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R5 *inc1, sc3* x6 (30 sts)

R6 *inc1, sc4* x6 (36 sts)

R7 *inc1, sc5* x6 (42 sts)

R8 *inc1, sc6* x6 (48 sts)

R9 *inc1, sc7* x6 (54 sts)

R10-R19 sc54

R20 *dec1, sc7* x6 (48 sts)

R22 sc48

R23 *dec1, sc4* x8 (40 sts)

R24 *dec1, sc2* x10 (30 sts)

R25 *dec1, sc1* x10 (20 sts)

Fasten off. Stuff the head nice and firm.

Bodyvoodoo doll's body

(closed body)

R1 sc6 in magic ring (6 sts)

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R4 *inc1, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R5 *inc1, sc3* x6 (30 sts)

R6 *inc1, sc4* x6 (36 sts)

R7 *inc1, sc5* x6 (42 sts)

R8 *inc1, sc6* x6 (48 sts)

R9-R18 sc48

R19 *dec1, sc4* x8 (40 sts)

R20 sc 40

R21 *dec1, sc2* x10 (30 sts)

R22 sc30

R23 *dec1, sc1* x10 (20 sts)

R24sc20

Fasten off and stuff the body.

Open type body (will try to add photo, describing the whole process on how it is done soon)

Repeat R1 to R9 as from the above, for the closed body type

R10 ch1, turn (starting to work rows here (each row finish with ch1 and turn) sc47 (47 sts)

R11-R19 sc47

As you have finished R19, ch1 and single crochet the side of rows. When reaching bottom or single crochet left on R9 slip stitch that one and continue single crocheting other side of your rows.

R20 ch1, do not turn but continue crocheting as you would in any other round. Sc47, ch1 and sl st to chain made when starting this round. From now on continue working in spiral as we sis with the bottom part of the body.

R21 *dec1, sc4* x8 (40 sts)

R22 sc40

R23 *dec1, sc2* x10 (30 sts)

R25 sc30

R26 *dec1, sc1* x10 (20 sts)

R27 sc20

Fasten off , hide end, On the opening we made at the belly part you can lace as lacing the shoe, or you can sew little zipper on. You can add one or two buttons to it. My idea was making little treasures keeping doll out of one of my voodoos and think children will like this idea too.

Arms (make2)voodoo doll's arms

R1 sc6 in magic ring (6 sts)
R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R4-R5 sc18

R6 pop-corn 1st sts, sc17 (18 sts)

R7-R8 sc18

R9 *dec1, sc1* x6 (12 sts)

R10-R24 sc12

Fasten off, hide end. Stuff the arm nicely, leaving top part of the arm empty or stuffed very light (so the arms can fall over the body nice way).

Legs (make2)voodoo doll's legs

R1 sc6 in magic ring (6 sts)

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R4 *inc1, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R5 bpsc24

R6 sc24

R7 dec1, sc1, dec1, sc1, dec1, sc16 (21 sts)

R8 dec3, sc15 (18 sts)

R9-18 sc18

R19 *dec1, sc1* x6 (12 sts)

R20 sc12

Fasten off hide end

Before sewing the parts together you might want to add some decorative stitches on the legs and arms. Use colors of your choice. When it comes to decorating your voodoo doll it has to be something you like or your children would like you to add. If your children are big enough you can add buttons, beads, sequinsโ€ฆ. The rule, less is more is not a rule to follow for your voodoo, so go crazy on this one ๏Š

When adding hair to your dolls:

For boy I added few strings of yarn I attached on the very first round of the head. For the girls used two strings I waved around several stitches and then tided them together in little pig tails.

For your girl dolls you can ad braids instead or make tassels, or one bigger pony tail on top or back of the head.

Eye(s):

If you decide to crochet your eye(s) they are done this simple way:

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

Tie off leaving long end for sewing (when making eye lashes sew the eye as the eye lashes are holding it)

With white yarn embroider two tiny little dots to make dollโ€™s eye(s) alive.

On girl voodoo the heart I made on her chest was done using pattern you can find here. Pattern was created by Lucy from Attic24. It is very easy and beautiful tiny heart to make.

At the end, let me tell you about staining the doll, or making it look dirty as I did with two of my voodoo dolls.

I crocheted them in white cotton yarn and I used 2,5 mm hook for boy and 2 mm hook for girl. Liked the idea on making them white, but didnโ€™t like the idea on keeping them so clean and so new ๏Š

I took some crayons (oil based) that I applied directly on doll. Then with my fingers I tried to smudge the crayon I applied as much as I could all around the toy.

Voodoo boy by AmigurumiBB

Boy was the first one I made and he ended up too dirty (also the brown I used was too dark and I am not 100% satisfied with the look, but still think both are better than very clean white).

Voodoo gilr by AmigurumiBB

With girl was little bit more careful and she ended up better.

I suggest you try it. Dirty little voodoo it looksย great and it is fun to do!

Voodoo dolls by AmigurumiBB

Wishing you all lots of fun making your little voodoo dolls. Hope they bring you lots of joy! And remember to go easy on them when using pins as voodoo dolls have feelings too ๐Ÿ˜€

Voodoo dolls by AmigurumiBB

Wishing you all wonderful end of the week and blessed weekend to come.

Vanja

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55 thoughts on “Voodoo anyone?

  1. Muy agradecida por el patron, me ha gustado muhco. Un saludo

    Enviat des del meu iPhone

    El 09/10/2014, a les 14:31, AmigurumiBB’s Blog va escriure: > >

  2. Reblogged this on Stitch Noir: Dark & Twisted Fibre Arts and commented:
    Since I have been bogged down with special orders (not to mention crazy hours at my actual job), this blog has become a little stagnant.
    This amigurumi pattern was shared with me on FB this morning and it’s a perfect little Samhain/Halloween project! Oh who am I kidding! These little guys would also make great Yule gifts!
    Enjoy!

  3. I would love to see what the doll looks like but the picture comes out so huge that there is no way to see the whole thing or copy a picture to go with the pattern. Could you please make a suggestion. Jeanne

    • When you have made beautiful voodoo dolls Colette. From the photos I’ve seen they look better than my own. Was close to ask you to make one for me too!
      Love your dolls. Your work is so clean and so neat. Those cross stitches look so nice. Envy you for knowing to stitch them like that ๐Ÿ™‚
      I do hope you enjoy making these little cuties and making them for a family makes this Halloween be a special one for all.
      Hugs and kind regards
      Vanja

    • Fasten off is to finish off your work. What I do is slip stitch next stitch cut and pull the thread out leaving it for sewing later.
      Most of the time I leave my pieces opened for sewing later.
      Hope this helps. If you still have doubts about it let me know.

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    • Hi there! I love your dolls so much. I’ve made a couple already….. I’m having great difficulty sewing them together tho… (I have no idea how to sew Lmao) …. especially the arms tho…. I’m having a hard time attaching them, and getting them in the same spot on each side. Does that make sense? Idk. Ugh. Any tips you can share with me? I’m sorry if this I’d a dumb question. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      • Sewing is the most annoying part of the whole doll or toy making for me as well ๐Ÿ™‚
        Will try to give you best advice I can. Fold the arms in half. Try to have the yarn you will sew the arms on the very end of this folded piece. You will sew through two stitches (facing each other).
        Pin both arms to the sides of the body and try to center them best you can. Count the stitches you need to sew on the body as well.
        Once all is counted you can start. First attach the thread to the body (follow your marked stitches) then go through first two loops on the arm. Continue with following stitch to the body, and again two stitches together on the arm….go this way until all are attached in straight line.
        What I like to do before finishing, I go back with needle to first stitch of the body I made and try to catch the loop of yarn that to me looks as standing out somehow. This is hard to explain (but sometimes there are these middle ending stitches that are left not sewed. If that happens, I sew them now). So I go through this loop on the arm, go back to the body using same loop I came out and push the needle to the last body stitch sewed. There I repeat the same thing. Catch and sew the sticking loop as well.
        Sometimes, rarely, but can happen, the arms (even flattened) are too big to be sewed on sides. For example. Your arms count 12 stitches, and make 6 or 5 when folded, and your body is 18. Sewing arms as they are would leave your body with only 3 free stitches on front and back, what would look very ugly. In this case, for example, use 3 stitches on the body and repeat sewing into same stitch (on the body) two times going after arm stitches. This works great!
        Hope all this helped you a little.
        Let me know if it works! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I was looking for a pattern to make for my sister for Christmas. She’s goth all the way and I know she will love these dolls. Thank you so much for making this pattern available and posting it for free ๐Ÿ™‚ you are great!

    • Glad you like voodoo dolls Starr ๐Ÿ™‚
      I have seen them made in many different colors so far. Black as well, and they look awesome!
      I am sure your sister will love black one!

  6. These little guys are too cute! Can you explain what you mean by “open body”? Is it like a pocket or something? Maybe I’m just over thinking it lol.

    • Dear Deana,
      yes open body is like pocket. I did in on boy figure. Worked in rows instead continuous round and that way created opening on the belly.
      Used it to stuff the boy doll with candies. Was fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hello! They are lovely !!! I love them! I wondered how many inches they measure? And, what you have taken exactly as pencil for “dirty”? Makeup pencil? Does it stain? Is it in the wash? I have a friend who would like to have for a gift for his nephew but it’s a baby, so I do not know what to do to give it a worn look. Any idea? Thank you in advance! And nice work again !!

    • voodoo dolls are about 30 cm from heat to toe. I dirtied mine with oil based pastels. Simple school crayons but on oil base instead of water. That makes them easy to apply and oil that is inside them makes stains that you can smudge. If making it for baby, I would rather go for something more natural. You can go for cocoa or coffee diluted in hot water (both make stronger), use sponge or cotton to apply on doll. This is much better solution for babies.
      I can try making one and showing you how it works.

  8. These are adorable. I’ve never made a amigurumi project, but I am so excited to try this one. Thank you for sharing.

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