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Amigurumi free pattern Kokeshi - Kaguya Hime Doll

Free Amigurumi  pattern Kokeshi - Kaguya Hime Doll

Amigurumi Kokeshi Doll or Kaguya Hime Doll

Easy to follow amigurumi, you will learn how to follow intermediate, amigurumi patterns How to add and stylize yarn hair, how to make a crocheted dress and add details in felt, you can use this pattern to create your own handmade safe toys, keychains, bag decoration, nursery decoration, etc.

Kokeshi doll and Kaguya Hime are two typical characters in Japanese culture. こけし Kokeshi dolls are originally from the north of Japan, they are handmade from wood and have an enlarged head and a Kimono. People buy them as home decoration. One might say that Kokeshi doll is for Japan what a Matroshka is for Russia. These dolls have been sold in Japan since 1600.

The Story of Kaguya Hime かぐや姫 or "The tale of the bamboo cutter" (竹取物語) is a 10th-century Japanese folktale that is considered the oldest in the Japanese Narrative. The tale tells about the story of a a very poor bamboo cutter that while working in the field found a shining bamboo that he cutted open. Inside there was a little girl of the size of a bean that he adopted and named Kaguya Hime or "Princess of flexible bamboos scattering light". The bamboo cutter started finding pieces of gold in the bamboo after finding Kaguya Hime, so he became rich very fast.

Amigurumi kaguya hime free pattern

Kaguya Hime grew more and more beautiful and many prince asked her to marry. She always refused and gave them impossible tasks to earn her hand. The emperor also asked her to marry, but young Kaguya refused as well. Whenever Kaguya-hime saw the full moon, she felt like crying. Her adoptive parents felt very worried and asked her why she felt that way. She was unable to tell them what was wrong. She was every day more sad until she revealed that she was not of this world and needed return to her people on the Moon.

Leaving an apology letter for her beloved parents and some presents for her friend the Emperor, Kaguya returns to the moon, leaving all people who loved her sad but glad of her return to where she belongs to.

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For this Amigurumi you will need:

Pressed felt in turquoise color
Pressed felt in green color.
Red Yarn 4mm.
Peach Yarn 4mm.
Black yarn 3mm.
Yellow yarn 4mm.
Blue yarn 3 mm.
White embroidery thread.
Embroidery needle.
Felting Needle.
Optional pink felt for the cheeks.
1 pair of Amigurumi eyes.
Fiber stuffing.
A Hook 4mm.

This is a 3 Star pattern

the hook ninja logo.


Intructions forthe head of the amigurumi

With peach yarn:

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 sts)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)
Round 3: [2 sc, sc in next st], around (18 sts)
Round 4: [2sc, sc in next 2 sts], around (24 sts)
Round 5: [2 sc, sc in next 3 sts],around (30 sts)
Round 6: [2 sc, sc in next 4 sts], around (36 sts)
Round 7: [2 sc, sc in next 5 sc], around (42 sts)
Round 8 – 13: Sc in each st around (42 sts)
Round 14: [Inv dec, sc in next 5 sts], around (36 sts)
Round 15: [Inv dec, sc in next 4 sts], around (30 sts)
Round 16: [Inv dec, sc in next 3 sts], around (24 sts)
Round 17: [Inv dec, sc in next 2 sts], around (18 sts)
Round 18: [Inv dec, sc in next 1 sts], around (12 sts)
Round 19: Inv dec around (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.



Intruction on how to sew the hair to the head.

The bangs of this amigurumi doll are embroidered with yarn and a tapestry needle. Embroider vertical lines on top of the eyes making sure that you don't leave spaces in between. Stop when you have covered the whole forehead.

Long hair:

Detail of need material for the Amigurumi kokesi doll.

The hair in this amigurumi is divided in two sections. The front part that is chin length and the rest of the hair that is as long as you want it to be. For that we will need several strings of wool of the same size tied together in the center. To cover the whole area of my amigurumi head I needed 5 pieces.

Detail of the amount of thread needed for the hair.

Place each of the tied pieces one after the other making sure all of them are placed in the center of the head without leaving any spaces. Secure them with a pin and sew them in place with black thread.

View from above of the head of the amigurumi
View from the side of the amigurumis head.

Once all the pieces are sewn in place, take a small amount of hair in the left side and cut it in chin length as shown in the picture. Repeat in the other side


Makea braid for the Amigurumi Kokeshi - Kaguya Hime Doll

Top braid

Cut several string of wool measuring 30cm each and braid them all toguether in a tight good looking braid.

The braid should be 20cm long

Bend the braid creating a 4 pointed dot and tie the center to secure it with blue yarn. Sew it on top of the hair.

Details for the hair

Details for the braid.

Details of the braid


The body of the amigurumi

With yellow yarn:

Round 1: 5 sc in magic ring (5 sts)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (10 sts)
Round 3: [2 sc, sc in next st], around (15 sts)
Round 4: [2sc, sc in next 2 sts], around (20 sts)
Round 5 - 11: Sc around (20 sts)
Round 12: [Inv dec, sc in next 2 sts], around (15 sts)
Round 13: [Inv dec, sc in next 1 sts], around (10 sts)
Round 14: Inv dec around (5 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.


With red yarn

Ch 36,
[Sc in each, ch 1, turn]Repeat 10 times (36 sts)
Fasten off

With white thread embroider little flowers in the whole kimono.

Collar of the Kimono

Cut two pieces of green and blue felt that measure aproximately 15 cm. Glue or sew them one on top of the other but allowing both of them to be visible.

The collar of the dress

Place them in the body as show in the image: Going around the body in the upper part simulating a collar and crossing in the belly. Cut them if you notice that they are too long.
Sew them on place.

How to sew the body to the head and attach the collar.

Intallation of Kimono

Place the Kimono on top of the collar without covering it. Cross it in front and sew. Use pins to help holding it in place while you sew. Take a piece of Blue thread and wrap it around several times to create the belt of the Kimono, tye with a bow in the back.

Amigurumi free pattern Kokeshi - Kaguya Hime Doll

Intructions for the Kimono.

A crocheted Amigurumi Kokeshi - Kaguya Hime Doll

Hands (make two)

Detail of the hands.

With peach yarn:

Round 1: Sc 6 into mr (6 sts)
Round 2 - 3: sc around (6 sts)

Switch to yellow yarn:
Round 3 -6: sc around (6 sts)
Fasten off, leave a tale for sewing to the Kimono.

Detail of the Kimono.

Feet (make two)

Detail of the feet.

With peach yarn:

Round 1: Sc 6 into mr (6 sts)
Round 2: 2sc around (12 sts)
Round 3: Sc around (12 sts)
Fasten off, leave a tail to sew to the body.

Kimono Sleeves (Make two)

Ch 26, sc in each st,ch 1, turn.
Repeat 4 more times
Fasten off.

Fold the piece over the arm and sew it together under the arm so it becomes a sleeve. Sew it to the kimono around the shoulders to secure it on place.

Repeat in the other arm.

Detail of the sleeves of the kimono.

You are done!

A short animation of the Amigurumi Kokeshi - Kaguya Hime Doll

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