Friday, 9 September 2011

Crochet Goddess Doll Pattern


This is a simple design that can be left plain like the above image or easily decorated. It’s up to you. I originally wrote the design with children in mind. I think the arms are perfect to use as a handle, but it can easily be made for adults. Think of what it is going to be used for. It can be used like a poppet to represent a person or a specfic Goddess, an element, in a ritual,  etc.
Go with what feels right & let your imagination soar!

This pattern is written in UK terminology
Sl st – slip stitch                                                     
Ch – chain
Dc – Double crochet   (sc in US terminology)
Inc – Increase (2dc into 1 stitch)
Dec – Decrease (2 dc’s stitched together)

Gauge/hook size not important.

Equipment:
Stuffing
Darning needle

(*Stuff as you crochet...the more the better as it will help retain the shape of the doll. It will be quite firm.* )

Start of head
Rnd 1: Starting with the head, 7dc into a magic ring. Sl st together. Ch1. End all rounds in this way.
Rnd 2: inc into each st around. (14)
Rnd 3: dc, inc. Repeat round. (21)
Rnd 4: 2 dc, inc. Repeat around (28)
Rnd 5: dc in each st around. (28)
Rnd 6: 3 dc, inc . Repeat around. (35)
Rnd 7-10: dc in each st around. (35)
Rnd 11: 3dc, dec. Repeat around. (28)
Rnd 12: dc in each st around. (28)
Rnd 13: 2dc, dec. Repeat around. (21)
Rnd 14: dc, dec. Repeat around. (14)
Rnd 15: dec in each st around (7)
Stuff  tightly.

Start of torso
Rnd16: inc into each st around. (14)
Rnd 17: dc, inc. Repeat around. (21)
Rnd 18: 2 dc, inc. Repeat around (28)
Rnd 19: dc around (28)
Rnd 20: 3dc, inc. Repeat around. (35)
Rnd 21-25: dc around (35)
Rnd 26: 3dc, dec. Repeat around. (28)
Rnd 27: dc around. (28)
Rnd 28-29: 2dc, dec. Repeat around. (16)
Stuff tightly

Start of bottom
Rnd 30: inc into each st around.(32)
Rnd 31: inc 3, dc. Repeat around. (64)
Rnd 32-39: dc around. (64)
Rnd 40: 10dc, dec. Repeat around. (56)
Rnd 41: dc around. (56)
Rnd 42: 8dc, dec around. Dc in last 2dc. (50)
Rnd 43: 7dc, dec around. Dc in last 2dc. (44)
Rnd 44: 6dc, dec around. Dc in last 2dc. (38)
Rnd 45: 5dc, dec around. Dc in last 2dc. (32)
Rnd 46: 4dc, dec around. Dc in last 2dc. (26)
Rnd 47: 3dc, dec around. Dc in last 2dc. (20)
Rnd 48: 2dc, dec around. (14)
Stuff tightly.
Rnd 49: 2dc, dec. Repeat around. (7)
Rnd 50: dc, dec. Repeat around. Dc in last dc. (5)
Rnd 51:dec around until bottom is closed. Fasten off securely leaving a length of wool. By pulling on this it will help shape the bottom. Weave into the bottom.

Arms
Ch 60.
Dc in each st for 12 rows.
Whip stitch sides together.
Stuff tightly. Use plenty of stuffing. The more the better.  Use a knitting needle/pencil to push the stuffing into the crocheted tube.
Position the end of the arms two rows down from the neck, making a curved arch over the head.
(This could easily be altered so the arms are facing down, making a embracing position.)

·         Optional extras
  •      Herbs – these can be placed in with the stuffing
  •      Embellishments -Some suggestions
  • Shells for water
  • Feathers for air
  • Flowers for earth
  • Red beads/sequins for fire
  • Silver/white glitter for the spirit.     Use a colour of wool to correspond to a specific element.  
  • Fill a small lidded tub (such as a Kinder Egg) with beads, rice etc. Glue round the lid & place in doll while stuffing to create a rattle
  •     Thread beads onto wool before you crochet. Slip a bead into each stitch for a round, to create a necklace of beads. Stitched on beads have a tenacity of coming loose. Not good if you plan to give the doll to a child. This way the beads will only come off if the beads break.
  • Stitch on sigils, runes etc
PLEASE do NOT sell this pattern. You are free to sell the completed dolls. If this is seen for sale anywhere please report the seller & let me know. Thank you .

I'm working on adding a free PDF upload, so if you would prefer the pattern in PDF keep popping back.
I would LOVE to see any dolls hooked up, so if you make one (or more) please take a picture & I'll happily add it here to share with others. :)
If there are any problems with the pattern (mistakes etc) feel free to leave a comment & I'll do my best to help you out!

Now to be really cheeky now. For those that don't know I'm currently unemployed & really struggling to find work (trust me to get well during a recession!) & any help would be WONDERFUL!
Amount is unimportant, but anything given would be greatly appreciated. Particularly with Winter coming up & having storage heating. It's FAR form cheap.  Thank you :)


***EDIT 28-12/2011***
I have now altered the pattern slightly & added a stitch count at each row, so it's easier to read & follow. Hope it's helps.
***EDIT 9-12/2012***
I was notified of a slight error in the stitch count, which I have now hopefully fixed. Sorry it's being such a mix up. Hopefully that's it sorted. Let me know if it's not!







42 comments:

  1. This is awesome! I have wanted to try to make something ilke this for years, but I could never figure out the arms. Thank you so much. I am going to make a TON of them for my witchy friends for halloween. Thanks again!!!

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  2. This is a fabulous pattern! I have a sister who is Wiccan and this is going to be the perfect gift for her. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  3. Thanks folks.
    If you have any problems just let me know!
    Would love to see your finished dolls :)

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  4. Wow!
    Thanks for sharing this!
    I love it. :)

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  5. Hi there....This pattern is beautiful, but I'm a novice, and I'm having a little difficulty with row 30. When you say inc 3, dc, repeat..do you mean increase 3 into one stitch or increase into 3 stitches? Thanks very much for your help, and for sharing :)

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  6. Hi!
    I'm so sorry for the delay getting back to you...life has been hectic!
    You're right first time...3 stitches into one stitch! That way you get a really pronounced curve to the doll.
    Hope that helps :)

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  7. thanks very much....also, would it be possible to provide a stitch count? I seem to have a few extra stitches on row 29 that I'm not sure what to do with. Again...thanks :)

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  8. A couple of folk have mentioned adding a stitch count. As soon as I hook another doll up I'll edit the pattern to include a count.
    (I can't seem to count the stitches on the doll to save my life for some reason)
    Leave it with me.....

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  9. Hi. I just found this pattern, and I'm having trouble with round 31. If I do it as 3 dc inc,1 dc, I get 64 stitches around. From a previous comment I take it to understand that it means 3 dc in 1 stitch, correct? I guess I'm having trouble on how to do it. I end up with way more stitches than I should have.

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  10. Thanks for letting me know, I've been struggling to come up with a stitch count as I very rarely count my stitch's with anything I make particularly amigurumi.
    My boyfriend came up with a computer programme to count to the stitches for me, which I automatically put right in, but having a quick look & count I've come up with 64 too! :s
    I'll get back on it & try to work it out.
    I'm so sorry, this stitch count is being a real pain!

    *note to self* when writing a pattern, count the stitches as you go!

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  11. Oky dok, fingers crossed it's fixed now.
    let me know if not & I'll have another look.
    Thanks for all the input everyone :)

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  12. Ok. Thank you. I rarely count stitches either, so I was wondering if I was doing something wrong. I'm glad that it was just a stitch count problem. Thanks again.

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  13. Just got mine done. It's really cute. I crocheted a strand of elemental beads as a necklace. My little one won't quit playing with it. Thanks for the pattern.

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  14. Hey! Can't wait to try this pattern, thank you sooo much for sharing! I have just blogged today about crocheted Goddesses with some pictures of ones I've made, come along and have a look, I'd love your opinion :) Bright blessings!! )O(

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  15. Hello. Thank you for this wonderful, easy pattern. I made this, starting it when I was celebrating my moontime last week, and finishing it off this evening. I needle felted a triple moon symbol onto her belly, as mine is meant to represent Brigid. She's coloured red and has lavender flowers mixed in with her stuffing. I'm really pleased with her and can't wait to make another!

    http://makeabeautifulplace.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/crocheted-brigid-dancing-goddess-doll/

    Clare
    x

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  16. Thank you so so much. I wanted to send a friend something special and this is it!!! I made mine in one night!! Easy quick and cute... sending you a beautiful day . H x

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  17. Hey, thanks again ... I have made two of these little lovelies. One for my mate Mo and another one for my son who is in a treatment centre.. Hygeia the goddess of health.

    Thanks again x

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  18. Hey, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing such a lovely pattern. I've made two, one of which I gave to my son in hospital .. the next day they said that he could be discharged by the end of the month!! And the other to my pal in Scotland... Again thanks for making me believe in the power of healing again.. sending you a beautiful day.. helen w in cardiff

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  19. I'm really glad so many of you are finding the pattern useful!
    Makes me all warm & fuzzy to know there are so many Goddess Dolls being created around the world & being cherished :)

    Thank you for all the feedback!

    I'll have to try & come up with a new design for you guys to try!

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  20. Hi there I seem to be stuck on row 40 do I decrease every 10 dc or ever 6? I'm not sure how to get from 64 to 56 dc. Fabulous pattern though I am really excited to see the finished Goddess :D

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    1. Glad you're liking the pattern :)

      double crochet stitch (or single crochet stitch if you're american) for 10 stitches then decrease. Then repeat.

      Hope that helps.

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    2. Unfortunately, if you have 64 stitches and decrease every 11th one,(10 then dec), you don't end up with 56, you end up with 59 and this throws the rest off.

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  21. are these actually double crochets? or single crochet stitches?? haha I made it in double crochets omg I am so bad at reading patterns.

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    1. In UK terminology yes it's made with double crochet stitches.
      However if you're American use the single crochet stitch.

      Exactly the same, just a different name :)

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  22. I can't wait to make this! Thanks a bunch for sharing the pattern!

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  23. Love it cant wait to try to make it . Good luck . Blessed Be

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  24. I too am having problems with rnd 40. I dc(sc US) for 10 st. then I dec. I come up with 4st left over and the st count is more than 56.

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  25. Thank you very much for this pattern. I'm going to make one for the coven as a surprise gift for all of them and I'm sure they will enjoy it. When I finnish it I will come back and link you a photo.
    Once again, thank you.

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  26. Round 40 should read: dc 6, dec. Repeat around

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  27. This pattern does NOT to be exact. You have a few more stitches? Do a few more decreases in the next round. Not enough stitches, then not so many decreases in the next round.
    It's not the end of the world!!

    I'm sorry if I'm coming across as rude, but I've tried SO many times to get the EXACT stitch count for you all, but I'm never right am I.
    So I'm seriously considering deleting this post altogether......

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  28. There were a bunch of comments that I accidentally deleted :(
    Thank you to those that left me feedback. I appreciate it.
    I'll keep the pattern up :)

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  29. Thankyou for your pattern, I think that it is very beautiful in its simplicity. I will try and send you a picture once I have completed it. I needed the help of my son today to find your site as I am not very into computers but I LOVE crochet and do a bit of designing myself , especially dragons. I am presently learning to machine sew and was looking for pagan applique patterns for a cushion that I am working on when I came across your site by accident so that was a happy accident. I have a blog somewhere, I haven't written on it for ages, I think that it is called Red's adventures in crochet. Seeing yours has made me think that I should update it by adding some of my more recent creations. Anyway, thanks again. Red

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  30. thnx for this pattern, <3 from belgium

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  31. I for one REALLY appreciate you posting this! I can't wait to try it and I promise not to come back and criticize for something you posted out of kindness. Love & Light )0(

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  32. Thank you so much for this pattern. I am gonna crochet one for everyone in my spiritual circle. I know it is a lot of work but I am confidant I can do it. Would you mind if I altered the arms to be selected but just barely touching so they can dress the dolls as they please? >^..^<

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    1. Of course not. It was made to be a starting point & to be adapted! :)
      Would love to see what you come up with :)

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  33. I love this. I have wanted a goddess pattern to crochet for a while. Thank you for sharing!

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  34. What size hook was used for this pattern?

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    1. Hi, I used 3.5mm hook, but any size would work :)

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  35. Hi, thanks for your pattern, I translated in Italian and added it as FREE download in my page, here:

    http://www.oggettidaltrove.com/negozio/#!/~/product/category=8793069&id=34405386

    Of course there is a link to your blog in the page and in the PDF too.
    I fixed some "stitch count problems" and... I love the doll. Thanks for sharing your pattern!!!

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  36. Thank you so much! You are kind to share your talent with us :) Blessed Be! )O(

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  37. Merry Meet from Scotland

    Stumbled on this site from Pinterest. Lovely site and thank you for it.

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