mini crochet ballerina doll

Meet Zara, the mini crochet ballerina doll who will dance her way into your heart. At 4.5 inches tall, she is part of our Kozu Palm Pals series of tiny crochet dolls. This mini crochet ballerina doll has a built-in dress and her hair is in a small bun, making her very quick and easy to make.

She was inspired by our Zoya amigurumi ballerina doll. The big and mini crochet dolls look so cute together – don’t you think?

A large amigurmi ballerina doll with a mini ballerina crochet doll

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Materials

  • 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  

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.

Method

Body

Legs

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)

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.

Body

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)

Head

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)

Mini amigurumi ballerina doll eye placement

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.

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.

Skirt

Shows a crochet hook inserted in the front loops left over from Round 8 of the amigurumi ballerina doll

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 is the bun hair cap of. However, any of the hair caps in our Kozu Palm Pals series will fit this doll. If you would like to try another hair cap, see the other doll options here.

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.

Bow

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.

mini crochet ballerina doll with a pink dress, hair bun, and a yellow bow in her hair

Your mini crochet ballerina doll is now complete. We hope you enjoyed this mini amigurumi ballerina doll free pattern. We would love to see your finished toy, so share them on our Facebook group Amigurumi with Chai Coffee Crochet or tag us on Instagram @chaicoffeecrochet We like to share a selection of makes from our patterns in our stories and highlights.

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