Princess Pattern: Mulan and Mushu Amigurumi

Who is that girl I see? Why, it’s Mulan, of course!

I am very excited about this pattern. The colors are just great, and I love the way her hair turned out (nice and not-curly, thanks to blocking)! And as a special bonus, I managed to work up an awesome pattern for our favorite real dragon, Mushu!

So, let’s get down to business!

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Mulan Amigurumi

  • Yarn colors: cream/skin tone, cornmeal, dark blue/navy, pale green, green, berry, red, yellow, blue and black. (I used up some miscellaneous yarns in my stash, which were all 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 – Mulan’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 – Mulan’s Dress:

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

Rnd 14: In cornmeal, 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 dark blue/navy, join & ch 1.

Rnd 15: In dark blue/navy, 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.

Rnd 19: Work 1 sc in each st around. Change to cornmeal, join and ch 1.

Rnd 20: In cornmeal, work 1 sc in each st around. Join and ch 1.

Rnds 21-25: 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 – Mulan’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 pale green, join and ch 1.

Rnds 3-6: In pale green, 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 – Back of Mulan’s Dress Detail:

Rnd 1: In light green, ch 15. Work 1 sc in each ch space across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 2: Sc across. Change to green, ch 1 – do not turn.

Rnd 3: In green, work 1 sc in the each st of the “side”, 1 sc in the corner, sc across, 1 sc, and 1 sc in each of st of the side. (Think of it as working along the short edge of a rectangle, the long edge, and the other short edge, leaving the bottom long edge untouched.) Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Sew the back dress detail onto the doll. Weave in ends. See photos for placement if necessary.

Carefully sew the arms onto the back dress detail. Weave in ends.

 

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Pattern – Mulan’s Dress/Belt Detail:

Rnd 1: In berry, ch 19. In 2nd ch space from hook, sc across. Join and fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Using a tapestry needle and the tail ends of the yarn, sew the detail piece around the doll’s waist, joining the ends of the detail piece as a seam in the back. Weave in ends.

 

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Hair pieces being blocked from top to bottom: 1 thin piece, 2 medium pieces, 4 long pieces (note: only 3 of the long pieces were used).

Hair pieces being blocked from top to bottom: 1 thin piece, 2 medium pieces, 4 long pieces (note: only 3 of the long pieces were used).

Pattern – Mulan’s Hair:

Make 3 Long Pieces:

Rnd 1: In black, ch 19. Starting in the 2nd chain space from hook, work 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 2: Work 1 sc in each st across. Join and fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Make 2 Medium Pieces:

Rnd 1: In black, ch 15. Starting in the 2nd chain space from hook, work 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 2: Work 1 sc in each st across. Join and fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Make 1 Thin Pieces:

Rnd 1: In black, ch 15. Starting in the 2nd chain space from hook, work 1 sc in each st across. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Note: If you want her hair to have a little less curl and be a little more true to the character, you may want to block these hair pieces before sewing them to the doll’s head. I did not opt to do this, but I kind of wish I had.

Using a tapestry needle and the long tails, sew the long pieces of hair onto the doll’s head first, slightly further back than center. See photos for placement reference if necessary. Place one long piece in the back center of the doll’s head  slightly off-center and towards the doll’s left side and one long piece on either side of this center piece. Stitch the pieces onto the head by sewing along both long edges of the pieces (rather than just down the middle).

Sew one medium piece slightly off-center on the doll’s left side. Sew this piece on by stitching along both long edges of the piece, like you did with the long hair pieces.

Sew the last medium piece onto the doll’s right side, but only stitch along the edge that is furthest from the face. This leaves the side of the piece that is furthest forward open. Stitch closed the gap at the crown of the doll’s head. This makes it so that only half the piece is sewn on, allowing you to shape the rest of it to be more like bangs. Using the same technique, sew the thin piece to the doll’s left side. See photos to get a better idea.

 

Pattern – Mulan’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. See photos to get a better idea.

 

Pattern – Mulan’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 – Mushu’s Head:

Rnd 1) In red, make a Magic Circle. Work 6 sc in the center of the circle. Join to the beginning of the round and ch 1.

Rnds 2-3) Work 1 sc in each st around. Join and ch 1.

Rnd 4) Work 3 sc in the first st, 3 sc in the second st, and then 1 sc in each of the remaining sts. Join to the beginning of the round and ch 1.

Rnds 5-6) Work 1 sc in each st around. Join and ch 1.

Carefully stuff the head, but do not overstuff!

Rnd 7) *sc2tog* – repeat around. Join and ch 1.

Rnd 8) *sc2tog* – repeat around. Join and fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Pattern – Mushu’s Eyes (make 2):

Rnd 1) In white, make a Magic Circle. Work 2 sc in the circle, join to the beginning of the round, and fasten off, leaving a long tail.

With a strand of black yarn, use a tapestry needle to stitch the pupils to the white parts of the eyes. Sew the eyes to the head. Weave in ends.

 

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Pattern – Mushu’s Ears (make 2):

Rnd 1) In white, ch 5. Work 3 sc in the second chain space from hook. Work 1 sc in each remaining st. Work a sl st in the last chain space and fasten off, leaving a long tail.

With a long strand of black yarn, use a tapestry needle to carefully stitch a small black tip on the back sides of the ears. See photos for detail if necessary. Weave in ends. Sew ears to head. Weave in ends.

 

Pattern – Mushu’s Horns (make 2):

Rnd 1) In blue, ch 4. Starting in the second chain space: sc, sc, dc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Use a tapestry needle and the tail end of the yarn to fold the triangular piece in half and stitch along the long sides, forming the triangle into a sort of cone shape. Sew to head and weave in ends. See photos for details if needed.

Pattern – Mushu’s Nostrils (make 2):

Take a strand of red yarn and make two square knots, one right over the other. Sew to head and weave in ends.

 

Pattern – Mushu’s “Mustache” Pieces (make 2):

Rnd 1) In yellow, ch 3. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Sew to either side of the face.

Pattern – Mushu’s Smile:

Using a strand of white yarn and a tapestry needle, carefully stitch on a small smile to Mushu’s face. Weave in ends.

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Pattern – Mushu’s Body:

Rnd 1) In red, make a Magic Circle. Work 8 sc in the center of the circle, join to the beginning of the round and ch 1.

Rnds 2-7) Work 1 sc in each st around. Join and ch 1.

Carefully stuff the body, but do not overstuff!

Rnd 8) *sc2tog* – repeat around. Join and ch 1.

Rnd 9) Work 1 sc in each st around. Join and fasten off.

Pattern – Mushu’s Yellow Belly:

Rnd 1) In yellow, ch 4. Starting in the second chain space from hook, work 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnds 2-3) Work 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 4) *sc2tog* – repeat around. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnds 5-6) Work 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 7) sc2tog and fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Using the tail end and a tapestry needle, sew the belly piece to the body, matching the narrow/tapered end of the belly piece to the narrow/tapered end of the body. Weave in ends.

Pattern – Mushu’s Legs (make 4):

Rnd 1) In red, ch 6. Starting in the second chain space from hook, work 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 2) Work 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 3) Work 1 sc in each st across. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Fold each leg piece in half, long edge to long edge. Use the tail end and a tapestry needle to sew the ends together, making a long narrow limb. Sew to the body and weave in ends. See photos for detail if necessary.

 

Pattern – Mushu’s Tail Pieces (make 2):

Rnd 1) In red, ch 4. Starting in the second chain space from hook, work 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 2) sc2tog, sc in next st. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 3) Work 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 4) sc2tog, ch 1 and turn.

Rnds 5-7) Work 1 sc, ch 1 and turn.

Rnd 8) sl st in remaining st and fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Match the two tail pieces together and sew them together along the edges using a tapestry needle and the long yarn tails.

Carefully sew to the body and weave in ends. See photos for detail if necessary.

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Now they’re ready to go out and save China! I really love the two of them together, and I especially love Mushu’s cute little face. He fits right in the palm of your hand!

So what do you think? Let me hear you say “ah!” Leave a note in the comments!

Next up, Tiana! Time to roll up my sleeves and get to work!

Happy crafting!

***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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