Frankenstein Mini Amigurumi

Frankenstein

I wish Halloween could be year-round, don’t you? Okay, maybe not year-round…but twice a year would be fun!

To help you bring a little more spook into your life, I’ve designed this adorable mini amigurumi in the likeness of Dr. Frankenstein’s monster. Isn’t he the cutest little monster you’ve ever seen?

This little doll measures approximately 4″ tall and is pretty easy to make. Scroll down to find out the tools, materials, and stitches needed to make him. When you’re ready to get started, scroll down even further to see the pattern!

If you’re still feeling in the Halloween spirit, why not add this mini vampire, mini mummy, or the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus to your project list?

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Skill Level: Easy +

Difficulty -EasyPlus


Materials List

Tools & Supplies Needed

  • Size D/3.25mm hook
  • Two 6mm plastic safety eyes
  • 1 skein (there will be leftovers!) of Vanna’s Choice yarn in the following colors: Black, Fern, Silver, Dusty Purple and Eggplant
  • A small amount of #10 black crochet thread
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing (available at most craft stores)
  • Yarn needle
  • Sewing needle (optional, but helpful for use with the thread)
  • Scissors

 

Stitch Guide

You will need to know a few different types of stitches in order to make these dolls. Below is a guide to help you with the abbreviations of the terms and stitches used in these doll patterns (written in US terms).

sl st = slip stitch

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

hdc = half-double crochet

inc = increase

dec = decrease


Frankenstein Pattern

Head

Rnd 1) In FERN, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 6 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (6)

Rnd 2) *sc inc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Rnd 3) *sc inc, sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (18)

Rnds 4-7) 18 sc. Join and ch 1. (18)

Insert the eyes into the 8th and 12th stitches of round 5, so that there are 3 sc stitches between the eyes.

Rnd 8) *sc dec, sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Carefully stuff the head, but do not overstuff!

Rnd 9) *sc dec* x 6. Join and ch 1. (6)

Rnd 10) 6 sc. Change to EGGPLANT and cut the FERN yarn. Join and ch 1. (6)

 

Torso

Rnd 11) In EGGPLANT, *sc inc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Rnd 12) *sc inc, 3 sc* – repeat 3 times. Join and ch 1. (15)

Rnds 13-15) 15 sc. Change to DUSTY PURPLE and cut the EGGPLANT yarn. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for weaving. (15)

Insert some stuffing into your doll’s torso, but leave room for you to work the stitches for the beginning of the legs–you can also stuff what’s left of the torso when you stuff your doll’s legs!

 

Leg #1

Insert your hook into the back center-most stitch of round 15 of the body. With DUSTY PURPLE, ch 1.

Rnd 1) 8 sc. Join to the 1st sc of the round and ch 1. (8)

Rnds 2-3) 8 sc. Join and ch 1. (8)

Insert some stuffing into your doll’s leg.

Rnd 4) *sc dec* x 4. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for weaving.

 

Leg #2

Insert your hook into the 8th sc of round 15 of the body (this is the same stitch in which you worked the last sc of rnd 1 of leg #1). With DUSTY PURPLE, ch 1.

Rnd 1) 8 sc. Join to the 1st sc of the round and ch 1. (8)

Rnds 2-3) 8 sc. Join and ch 1. (8)

Insert some stuffing into your doll’s leg.

Rnd 4) *sc dec* x 4. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for weaving.

 

Finishing the Legs

After you’ve made your doll’s legs, you’ll probably notice a small gap between them where they should be joined. Use the tail ends of your yarn and a yarn needle to stitch any opening between the legs closed. Weave in ends.

If you see any opening at the base of the doll’s feet, you can use the tail ends of your yarn and a yarn needle to stitch that opening closed as well, then weave in your ends.

 

Arms (Make 2)

Rnd 1) In FERN, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 5 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Change to DUSTY PURPLE. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (5)

Rnds 2-4) In DUSTY PURPLE, 5 sc. Join and ch 1. (5)

Rnd 5) 5 sc. Join and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. (5)

Weave in all ends of your doll’s arms by pulling them through the length of the arm, then trim. Do this for all of the tail ends for the arms EXCEPT for the long tails that you left for sewing.

Using the long tail that’s left, sew the opening at the top (“shoulder”) of the doll’s arm shut so that it is basically sewn flat across. Then sewn the arms to round 11 of the doll’s body so that the now flat part of the doll’s arm lays nice and flat against the doll’s body. Repeat for the second arm.

 

Jacket

Row 1) In DUSTY PURPLE, ch 15. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, 14 sc.
Ch 1 and turn. (14)

Rows 2‐3) 14 sc. Ch 1 and turn. (14)

Row 4) hdc dec, hdc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, 4 hdc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, hdc, hdc dec. Ch 1
and turn. (12)

Row 5) sc dec, 8 sc, sc dec. Fasten off and weave in ends. (10)

Use the tail ends of your yarn and a yarn needle to carefully sew the jacket onto the doll so that it is open in the front. Weave in ends and trim any excess yarn.

 

Hair

Rnd 1) In BLACK, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 7 sc in the center of the
Magic Circle. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (7)

Rnd 2) *sc inc* ‐ repeat 7 times. Join and ch 1. (14)

Rnd 3) *sc inc, sc* ‐ repeat 7 times. Join and ch 1. (21)

Rnds 4‐6) 21 sc. Join and ch 1. (21)

TIP: Try this hair piece on the doll as you go. If at round 4 (or 5) you think that the hair piece fits okay, skip round 5 (or 6) and continue. Depending on your tension, your hair piece might be too long if you complete all of rounds 4‐6. Skipping one or two rounds will shorten the piece.

Rnd 7) 7 sc, hdc, sl st, sc, sc inc, sc, sl st, hdc, 7 sc. Fasten off. (22)

Use the tail ends of the yarn and a yarn needle to carefully sew the hair piece onto the
doll’s head. Weave in ends.

 

Neck Bolts (Make 2)

Rnd 1) In SILVER, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 3 sc in the center of the
Magic Circle. Join to the beginning sc of the round and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing. (3)

Use the tail ends of the yarn and a yarn needle to carefully stitch the bolts onto either side of the doll’s neck. Weave in ends.

 

Alternative Neck Bolts

Note: I wasn’t too thrilled with the way my Frankenstein’s neck bolts turned out, and after some careful thought and consideration, I removed the originals and stitched some directly onto his neck instead.

Below is a side-by-side comparison of these two methods. If you prefer to have smaller neck bolts like I did, simply stitch a small “x” onto either side of the doll’s neck. Go over this a few times with your yarn and your needle, then pull the excess yarn tails through the doll’s body and trim.

 

 

Finishing

Cut a strand (about 6″) of BLACK yarn. Use your yarn needle and this strand of yarn to embroider on the doll’s single eyebrow.

Use a strand (about 14″) of black crochet thread and a sewing needle (or your yarn needle can work) to embroider on the stitch-work on the doll’s face. See photos for placement if necessary.

Weave in all ends and trim any excess yarn.

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Here’s my little Frankenstein with the new neck bolts!

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Above: Frankenstein loves to hang out with his buddies, the mummy and the vampire


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