Tutorial: Basic Xanadoodle Head

I’ve been asked many times if I would sell my patterns.  I would, if I had time to write them down.  Most of my original amigurumi creations are done completely freehand, with stitches and shapes chosen visually at the moment they’re needed.  By the time a doll is finished I’ve got so many stitch decisions in my head that I don’t know where to begin writing them down.  My goal is to make patterns available for sale, but for now I’m offering a free set of instructions for my particular style of basic doll.

Part 1: Basic Head
The key, at least for me, is math.  Typical amigurumis are based on exponentially increased rings and the finished appearance is dictated by geometry.  If you never thought your multiplication tables would come in handy, I’m about to prove you wrong.

Basic XD Amigurumi Head

Basic head with eyes, mouth and ears.

Technical details:

Finished height: aprox. 6-7″ tall (total doll)
Hook: G (USA) 4.25 MM
Yarn: Acrylic worsted weight for clothing, details, ethnic skin and tan-neutral caucasian skin.  Sport weight for pink-toned caucasian skin.  I use Bernat Baby pink for my pink-toned dolls because I can’t find a comparable shade in any brand of worsted weight.
Stitches and skills: Magic circle, SC, crochet in the round
Skill level: Basic
NOTE: Instructions are for Bernat Baby sport weight yarn

Head:

Round (RND) 1: Start with a Magic circle and SC 4 into the ring.  Pull the tail to close the circle. (4)
RND 2: 2 SC in the next SC (INC).  Repeat 3 times (8)
RND 3: SC 1, 2 SC in the next SC (INC).  Repeat 3 times (12)
RND 4: SC 2, 2 SC in the next SC (INC).  Repeat 3 times (16)
RND 5: SC 3, 2 SC in the next SC (INC).  Repeat 3 times (20)
RND 6: SC 4, 2 SC in the next SC (INC).  Repeat 3 times (24)
Place a marker through the next SC to note the start point of the next rows.
RND 7-9: SC in the next 23 SCs
RND 10: SC 4, DEC 1. Repeat 3 times. (20)
RND 11: SC 3, DEC 1. Repeat 3 times. (16)
RND 12: SC 2, DEC 1. Repeat 3 times. (12)

Pause here but do not cut your yarn.  Pull a long loop to give yourself slack and work through the 12 SC hole in the bottom of the head.  Attach 9mm black plastic safety eyes.  Stitch the mouth using black embroidery thread, concealing knots on the inside of the head.  Add details as desired.  I typically only do eyes and mouth now and add facial hair, hair and accessories after the head is stuffed.  When the face is finished continue the remaining rounds:

Row 13: DEC 1.  Repeat 3 times. (8)
Row 14: SC 8.  (8)

Do not tie off.  Pull a long loop to give yourself slack and stuff with polyfill.  You will pick the next SC up when you are ready to continue on to the body.  The head will flow seamlessly into the neck and then the torso.

Ear:

Row 1: Start with a Magic circle and SC 3 into the ring.  Pull the tail to close the circle. (3)
SL ST in the first SC.  Tie off and leave a long tail
Use the long start and end tails to sew the ear to the side of the head with a tapestry needle.  Weave in your ends to conceal them.

And there you have it, a basic bald Xanadoodle-style amigurumi head.

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