Princess Pattern: Merida (Brave) Amigurumi

Words cannot fully express how excited I am to share this pattern with you, crafters. Even with her wild and crazy hair, Merida turned out absolutely perfect. She is adorable and free-spirited and simply wonderful. Enjoy the pattern!

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Merida Amigurumi

  • Yarn colors: cream/skin tone, teal, pale yellow, orange, brown and black. (I used up some miscellaneous yarns in my stash, which were mostly Red Heart yarns.)
  • Size D/3-3.25mm hook
  • 2 6mm safety eyes
  • POLY-FIL Fiber (100% Polyester Fiberfil) “stuffing”
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Sewing Needle

This pattern uses 6mm safety eyes. If you do not have safety eyes or do not wish to use them, I have included instructions for making the eyes out of yarn at the end of the pattern.

Pattern – Merida’s Head:

Rnd 1: In cream, make a magic circle. Work 6 sc in the center of the magic circle. Join to beginning of the round & tighten circle. Ch. 1.

Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around. Join and ch 1.

Rnd 3: *2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st* – repeat around. Join and ch 1.

Rnd 4: *2 sc in first st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts* – repeat around. Join & ch 1.

Rnds 5-8: Work 1 sc in each st around. Join & ch 1.

Insert the 6mm safety eyes into the 7th round at the front of the doll’s face so that there are 2 empty sc spaces between them. You will not be able to insert the safety eyes once you finish the head! See photos for placement if needed.

Rnd 9: *sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts* – repeat around. Join & ch 1.

Rnd 10: *sc2tog, 1 sc in next st* – repeat around. Join & ch 1.

Carefully stuff the head, but do not overstuff!

Rnd 11: *sc2tog, 1 sc in next st* – repeat around. Join & ch 1.

Rnd 12: Work 1 sc in each st around. Join and ch 1.

Pattern – Merida’s Dress:

Rnd 13: Work 2 sc in each st around. Switch to light yellow, join and ch 1.

Rnd 14: In light yellow, work 1 sc in each of the first 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc each of the next 2 sts. Change to teal, join and ch 1.

Rnd 15: In teal, work 1 sc in each of the first 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Join & ch1 (16 sts)

Rnd 16: *sc2tog* – repeat around. Join and ch 1.

Rnd 17: Work 2 sc in each st around. Join and ch 1.

Rnd 18: *2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts* – repeat around. Join and ch 1.

Rnds 19-25: Work 1 sc in each st around. Join and ch 1.

Rnd 26: Work 1 sc in each st around. Join and ch 1.

Rnd 27: Working in the front loops only, *2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts* – repeat around. 2 sc in last st. Join and ch 1.

Rnd 28: Working in the back loops only, work 1 sc in each st around. Join to first sc st of the round and ch 1.

Rnd 29: *sc2tog, sc in each of the next 2 sts* – repeat around. sc2tog the remaining 2 sts of the round. Join and ch 1.

Using your crochet hook, carefully pull up a tiny bit of the stuffing from the head into the neck (this is easier than trying to force stuffing into the neck). Carefully stuff the rest of the body, but do not overstuff!

Rnd 30: *sc2tog* – repeat around. Join and ch 1.

Rnd 31: *sc2tog* – repeat around. Fasten off. Use a tapestry needle to sew closed the remaining gap in the circle and weave in ends.

Pattern – Merida’s Arms (make 2):

Rnd 1: In cream, make a magic circle. Work 6 sc in the center of the magic circle. Join to beginning of the round & tighten circle. Ch. 1.

Rnd 2: sc around. Switch to teal, join and ch 1.

Rnd 3: In teal, sc around. Switch to light yellow, join and ch 1.

Rnd 4: In light yellow, sc around. Switch to teal, join and ch 1.

Rnds 5-6: In teal, sc around. Join & ch 1

If you want, carefully stuff the arm just a little bit. It helps to roll the stuffing between your hands to make it cylindrical so that it will fit into the bottom of the arm. (Note: I leave my arms un-stuffed so they have a little more flexibility.)

Rnd 7: sc around. Join and fasten off leaving a long tail. Use a tapestry needle to sew closed the remaining hole at the top of the arm. Do not sew to the body just yet. Continue to work the back of her dress.

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Pattern – Merida’s Hair:

To make Merida’s wild and crazy hair, I used several strands of orange yarn, each strand measuring approximately 1′ in length. (I don’t know how many I used, so I’ll estimate based on how many were used in the pattern for Rapunzel, which was done similarly.)

Cut roughly 75 strands of yarn measuring approximately 1′ long. If you need more down the road, you can always cut more!

Step 1: Insert your hook into a stitch in the doll’s head. (Note: I start by working these stitches in a sort of outline around the doll’s head, starting at the hairline in the front.)

Step 2: Fold a strand of yarn in half, forming a loop on the end. Place this loop around your hook.

Step 3: Pull the loop through the stitch.

Step 4: Yarn over, wrapping both strands of yarn together around the hook.

Step 5: Pull the strands through the loop, essentially making a chain stitch with both strands. This knots the yarn at the base of the doll’s head.

Repeat these steps several times until the yarn fills the space for the hair. Then trim and style away! Click here to see an up-close photo tutorial with these steps if needed.

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Pattern – Merida’s Eyeshadow (w/ yarn):

Take a piece (about  6”) of 4-ply yarn and carefully split in half. The result is two strands of 2-ply yarn. Use a sewing needle to carefully make stitches on the outsides of the eyes. Weave in ends. See photos to get a better idea.

Repeat for the teal eyeshadow detail, working the stitches below the black yarn. See photos if necessary. Weave in ends.

Pattern – Merida’s Eyes (w/ yarn):

(Use this method if you are not going to be using the safety eyes for the doll.)

With a strand of black yarn, use a tapestry needle to hand-stitch the first eye onto the doll. Weave in ends. With another strand of black yarn, hand-stitch the second eye onto the doll so that there are two empty sc spaces between the eyes. See photos for placement if needed.

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Pattern – Merida’s Bow:

Rnd 1: In brown, ch 25. Starting in the 2nd chain space from hook: work 1 sc in each of the first 4 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, sc3tog, then work 1 sc in next 5 sts, 3 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the last 4 sts. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 2: Loosely work 1 sl st in each st across. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Weave in ends.

Use a thin strand of black yarn (crochet thread would work great for this) and a sewing needle to attach the bowstring to the bow. Pull the needle through one edge of the bow and pull the string through. Knot the string against the bow. Repeat at the other end of the bow, pulling the string so it is taut but doesn’t bend the bow too much out of shape. Trim the ends of your knots.

If desired, use a tapestry needle and a strand of black yarn to carefully make a couple of stitches in the center of the bow. See photos for detail if necessary. Weave in ends.

Pattern – Merida’s Quiver:

Rnd 1: In brown, make a magic circle. Work 3 sc in the center of the circle. Join and ch 1.

Rnds 2-4: Work 2 sc in the first st, then work 1 sc in each remaining st.

Rnds 5-6: sc around. Do not fasten off. Continue to work the strap.

Pattern – Merida’s Quiver Strap:

Rnd 1: In brown, ch 21. In the 7th chain space from the hook, join with slip st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

To make the button clasp for the quiver strap to wrap around, insert a safety eye into the quiver. See photos for detail if necessary. (This will be a tight fit, but the result is too cute!)

Now you can equip her with her bow, put some tiny sticks (or, as I did, toothpicks) into her quiver, and she’ll be ready to go!

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I can’t get over how awesome her little bow and quiver are. They totally complete the pattern! I also just love her hair. The orange yarn I used was a little too delicate to frizz out like I intended, but I think it works just fine the way it is.

I can’t believe there are only two princesses left! Mr. M will be pleased when this long parade of Disney princess movies in our household comes to an end, I’m sure. Keep watching for progress on Anna!

***Please feel free to share this pattern with other crafters! You may make and sell products from my patterns, but I ask that you please link back to my post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Let’s share the yarn-crafting love!***

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