small crochet ballerina doll

Zara the Small Crochet Ballerina Doll

Crochet Ballerina Doll Free Pattern

Meet Zara, our small crochet ballerina doll who is just so stinkin’ cute! We had a Crochet Along to make Zoya, our larger ballerina doll. At the end of the event, we decided to crochet a small ballerina doll as a little surprise to close the CAL! And we are so glad we did!

We love this little amigurumi ballerina! I don’t know what it is about little girls and dance. I personally have two left feet but somehow, as a kid, I remember going to ballet classes. (Soon enough, my mother figured out that this was NOT my thing and my ballet classes ended!) But the idea of being a graceful dancer is something that I wish I could do. And so I decided to use the skill that I *do* have a crochet a little ballerina doll (lol!).

We love this little doll because she’s so quick and fun to make! She is a great last minute birthday gift to crochet for the little girl in your life.

Our little crochet ballerina has bangs and a bun because she was inspired by our Zoya amigurumi ballerina doll. The big and mini crochet dolls look so cute together – don’t you think?

big and small crochet ballerina dolls

About this Crochet Ballerina Doll Pattern

Our small crochet ballerina doll is part of our Kozu Palm Pals series of mini crochet dolls. Like all the other dolls in the series, she is just 4.5 inches tall. Her dress is crocheted as a part of her body and her hair is just a simple hair bun, which makes her really quick to make. You can crochet your ballerina in just a couple of hours!

I really love that, because she is a part of the Kozu Palm series, you can change the hair cap of your ballerina doll to that of any of the dolls in the series. That’s kind of awesome because you can have so many different looks – how cute are these?? It’s a great way to make a little lookalike doll for the little ballerina in your life!

This amigurumi ballerina is easy to make – it’s also a great way to use up that scrap yarn! I love making different coloured dresses using my leftover scrap yarn!

crochet ballerina dolls with different hair styles

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Small Amigurumi Ballerina Doll Free Pattern

This pattern is for your personal use only and cannot be sold, copied, or reproduced in any way without permission from the designers. You may sell finished objects made from this pattern but please give credit to as the pattern designers.

Tools & Supplies You Will Need

  • Yarn: You need a very small amount of DK yarn in skin colour, hair colour, bow colour, and dress colour of your choice.
  • 2.5 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Two 6 mm safety eyes
  • Embroidery thread: A small amount of black for eyelashes and light pink for lips  

Stitches Used and Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US terms.

Sl st: slip stitch

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

BLO: back loops only

Finished size: Approximately 4.5 inches tall.

How to Crochet a Small Ballerina Doll



Stuff legs lightly as you go

Begin with the dress colour for shoes.

Round 1: SC 6 into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: SC around (6)

Change to skin colour.

Round 3: SC around in BLO (6)

Round 4-6 (3 rounds): SC around (6).

Fasten off. Make sure that you’ve pulled the magic circle tight so that stuffing doesn’t escape from it.

Repeat rounds 1-6 for the second leg but don’t fasten off.


Change to dress colour.

Stuff as you go. We will now be joining the legs.

Round 7: Chain 2 and SC in the next unworked stitch of the first leg. Place a stitch marker in this stitch to mark the start of your round. SC in the remaining 5 stitches of the first leg until you reach the chain, SC in each of the 2 chains, SC in the 6 stitches of the next leg, and SC on the other side of each of the two chains until you reach your stitch marker. (16)

Round 8: SC in each stitch around (16)

Round 9: SC in each stitch in BLO (16)

Round 10-12 (3 rounds): SC in each stitch around (16)

Round 13: (2 SC, INV DEC) four times (12)

Change to skin colour.

Round 14: (2 SC, INV DEC) three times in BLO (9)

Round 15: (SC, INV DEC) three times (6)


Round 16: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 17: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 18: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 19-23 (5 rounds): SC in each stitch around (24)

If you’re using safety eyes, place them between Rounds 20 and 21, four stitches apart. Once you are satisfied with the placement of the eyes, remove the eyes and embroider eyelashes. Reinsert the eyes and put the washer firmly on the back.

eye placement of the ballerina doll

Ensure that you have stuffed the body of your mini crochet ballerina well, especially the neck. I use the back of a scissor to get the stuffing in but you can use anything small enough to really push the stuffing in to ensure that the neck is firm! Continue stuffing the head.

Round 24: (2 SC, INV DEC) six times (18)

Round 25: (SC, INV DEC) six times (12)

Ensure that you have stuffed the head well.

Round 26: INV DEC six times (6)

Fasten off and leave a long tail to embroider the nose. Insert needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close.


how to insert yarn for your ballerina doll skirt

Once the doll is complete, turn it upside down to make the skirt. Attach the dress colour yarn to the back of the doll, in the unworked front loops from Round 8.

Round 1: (SC, INC) eight times (24)

Round 2: (2 SC, INC) eight times (32)

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Arms (make 2)

Use skin colour yarn.

Round 1: SC 4 into a magic circle (4)

Round 2-6 (5 rounds): SC around (4).

Sew the arms on between Rounds 13 and 14. Do not stuff the arms.

Straps (make 2)

Use dress colour yarn

Chain 5 and fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing. Sew the straps on each shoulder of your doll, over her arms.

Hair cap

Note: This crochet ballerina doll has a hair cap with bangs and a hair bun. However, any of the hair caps in our Kozu Palm Pals mini crochet dolls series will fit this doll.

Using hair colour yarn.

Round 1: SC 6 into a magic ring.

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 4: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 5-8 (4 rounds): SC around (24)

Round 9: The hair cap instructions for this round can be confusing so I’m going to break them down into sections. Please note that the next section of bullet points are all for Round 9 of the hair cap:

  • First we will begin by making five bangs in the front of the head: (Chain 4, starting from the second chain on the hook, 3 sl st back down the chain, slip stitch in the next SC in the hair cap). Repeat for a total of five times.
  •  19 SC
  • Sl st to the first stitch of this Round.

Sew the hair cap on. Put one stitch into each of the bangs while you are sewing to keep them in place.

Hair Bun

Round 1: SC 6 into a magic ring.

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 4-6 (3 rounds): SC around (18)

Round 7: (SC, INV DEC) six times (12)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff the bun and sew it onto your dolls hair cap.

ballerina doll hair bun


Use the bow colour

Chain 4. Starting from the second chain from your hook, INC, sl st, 4 SC in the last chain as your work turns, sl st, INC. Sl st to the first SC.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Wrap the yarn tail around the centre of your bow a three to four times and wrap the remaining strand around the bun, where it meets the hair cap. Sew the bow onto your doll’s hair bun.

small crochet ballerina doll

Your adorable small crochet ballerina doll is now complete!

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If you enjoyed this pattern, why not try more mini amigurumi dolls from our Kozu Palm Pals mini dolls series? Or try our Zoya ballerina doll for a larger companion for your mini amigurumi ballerina doll.

Small Crochet Ballerina Free Pattern