boy crochet doll with baseball cap

We’re so excited to share Zayd the crochet boy doll with you in this free pattern! Zayd is part of the Zayd and Zoya series of crochet dolls. With his baseball cap and cute little ears, Zayd is just too sweet! Three years ago, when I was still new to amigurumi, I wanted to make a boy amigurumi doll for my nephew but there were such few patterns for boy dolls – it was a struggle to figure out a look that I was satisfied with.

So when we started this blog, we decided we wanted to design a free pattern for a crochet boy doll. Doll play is so important for children as a way to learn empathy, foster their imaginations, practice self-expression, and nurture emotional intelligence. Yet, boys are often left out of this equation. Zayd would make a wonderful crochet gift for the little boy (or girl) in your life.

This cute crochet boy doll is approximately 12 inches in height – making it an adorable huggable companion.

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Materials

  • Yarn: Less than 50 grams of DK yarn in the pant colour, hat colour, hair colour, and skin colour. A small amount of yarn in the shirt colour, stripe colour, shoe colour, and the soles of the shoes colour.
  • 2.75mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Two 10mm safety eyes or you can crochet the eyes

Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US terms and crocheted in continuous rounds, except where specified otherwise.

Sl st: slip stitch

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

DEC: decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

BLO: back loops only

HDC: Half double crochet

HDC INC: two HDC in the same stitch

DC: Double crochet

4 DC Bobble: See special stitches

Special Stitches

4 DC Bobble

We will be using this stitch to make the thumb on your doll’s hand.

  1. Yarn over. Insert hook into the next stitch. Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops. (2 loops on your hook)
  2. Yarn over. Insert hook into the same stitch. Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops. (3 loops on your hook)
  3. Yarn over. Insert hook into the same stitch. Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops. (4 loops on your hook)
  4. Yarn over. Insert hook into the same stitch. Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops. (5 loops on your hook)
  5. Then yarn over and pull through all five loops.

Finished size: Approximately 12 inches tall

Method

Legs (make 2)

Begin with the colour for the soles of the shoes.

Stuff as you go.

Round 1: Chain 9. Starting in the second chain from the hook, INC, 6 SC, 4 SC in the next chain as your work turns. Now continue on the other side of the chain. 6 SC and INC in the last chain (20)

Round 2: (INC) in each of the first two stiches, 6 SC, (INC) in each of the next 4 stitches, 6 SC, (INC) in each of the next two stitches (28)

Change to the shoe colour

Round 3: SC around in BLO (28)

Round 4: SC around (28)

yarn ending at the center of crochet shoe

At this stage you want to be at the center of the shoe so that the decreases are evenly spaced. You may need to do one more SC or so to get to the center (the placement of where you end up could vary based on your yarn and tension) and then mark that as the end of Round 4.

Round 5: 8 SC, INV DEC, 2 SC, (INV DEC) twice, 2 SC, INV DEC, 8 SC (24)

Round 6: 7 SC, INV DEC, SC, (INV DEC) twice, SC, INV DEC, 7 SC (20)

Round 7: 6 SC, (INV DEC) four times, 6 SC (16)

Change to pant colour

Round 8: SC around in BLO (16)

Round 9-26 (18 rounds): SC around (16)

crochet leg with sneakers

You should be on the left side of the leg in the middle, like in this photo.  You want to be on the left side of the leg so that your colour changes for the shirt stay at the back of your doll when you join the legs. If you’re not there (since this may vary based on the yarn you use and your tension), do any additional stitches you need to get there. 

Fasten off for the first leg.

crochet legs with sneakers ready to join

Repeat rounds 1-26 for the second leg. However, in Round 26 continue for 8 more stitches, until you end up on the right side of the leg at the center, opposite of where you ended up on the first leg. This way, when you join the legs, both legs will be facing forward.

Do not fasten off for the second leg.

Body

Round 27: Chain 3 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 15 stitches of the first leg until you reach the chain, SC in each of the 3 chains, SC in the 16 stitches of the next leg, and SC on the other side of each of the three chains until you reach your stitch marker. (38)

photo illustration of how to join legs on your crochet doll

Round 28: (8 SC, INC) four times, 2 SC (42)

Round 29-32 (4 rounds): SC around (42)

Change to shirt colour

Round 33: SC around (42)

Round 34: SC in each stitch in BLO (42)

Change to stripe colour

Round 35-36 (2 rounds): SC around (42)

Change to shirt colour

Round 37-38 (2 rounds): SC around (42)

Change to stripe colour

Round 39: (5 SC, INVDEC) six times (36)

Round 40: SC around (36)

Change to shirt colour

Round 41-42 (2 rounds): SC around (36)

Change to stripe colour

Round 43: SC around (36)

Round 44: (10 SC, INVDEC) three times (33)

Change to shirt colour

Round 45-46 (2 rounds): SC around (33)

Change to stripe colour

Round 47: SC around (33)

Round 48: (9 SC, INV DEC) three times (30)

Change to shirt colour

Round 49: SC around (30)

Round 50: (3 SC, INV DEC) six times (24)

Change to skin colour.

Round 51: (2 SC, INV DEC) six times in BLO (18)

Round 52: (SC, INV DEC) six times (12)

We will now continue onto the head. Do not fasten off.

Head

Round 53: SC around (12)

Round 54: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 55: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 56: (3 SC, INC) six times (30)

Round 57: (4 SC, INC) six times (36)

Round 58: (5 SC, INC) six times (42)

Round 59: (6 SC, INC) six times (48)

Round 60-69 (10 rounds): SC around (48)

crochet boy doll eye placement

Insert safety eyes between Rounds 65 and 66, eight stitches apart. Embroider on eyebrows. Ensure that the neck has been firmly stuffed so that you don’t end up with a wobbly head.

Tip: To keep the neck firm, you can crochet a tube of 8 SC and about 3 inches tall. Insert it and stuff firmly to support the neck. After you’re done with the head, use the leftover yarn tail, after making the nose, to put in a couple stitches into the neck, through this tube, to ensure that it stays in place. You could also use a foam roller instead.

Round 70: (6 SC, INVDEC) six times (42)

Round 71: (5 SC, INVDEC) six times (36)

Round 72: (4 SC, INVDEC) six times (30)

Round 73: (3 SC, INVDEC) six times (24)

Round 74: (2 SC, INVDEC) six times (18)

Ensure that the head is well stuffed.

Round 75: (SC, INVDEC) six times (12)

Round 76: INVDEC six times (6)

Fasten off and leave a long tail to embroider on the nose. Insert needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close. Use the yarn tail to embroider on the nose by making two to three passes over three stitches, one row below the eyes. Embroider on the mouth three rows below the nose.

Hair Cap

boy crochet doll without baseball cap

Use hair colour yarn

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

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: (3 SC, INC) six times (30)

Round 6: (4 SC, INC) six times (36)

Round 7: (5 SC, INC) six times (42)

Round 8: (6 SC, INC) six times (48)

Round 9-16 (8 rounds): SC around (48)

Note: The hair cap width can vary based on the yarn that you’re using so try it onto your doll’s head and see if you want to increase or decrease rounds.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew onto head and leave the tail for sewing on the sideburns after you attach the ears.

Ears (make 2)

Zayd crochet doll closeup of facial embroidery

Use skin colour yarn

4 SC in a magic circle. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew onto the head, one row below the eyes. Use the hair yarn to make two passes in front of the ear for sideburns.

Arms (make 2)

crochet arms

Begin with skin colour yarn. Stuff the arms lightly at the bottom and leave the rest of the arm unstuffed.

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

Round 2: (SC, INC) three times (9)

Round 3: SC around (9)

Round 4: 4 SC, 4 DC Bobble, 4 SC (9)

Round 5: 7 SC, INV DEC (8)

Change to shirt colour

Round 6: SC around (8)

Round 7: SC around in BLO (8)

Change to stripe colour

Round 8-9 (2 rounds): SC around (8)

Change to shirt colour

Round 10-11 (2 rounds): SC around (8)

Change to stripe colour

Round 12-13 (2 rounds): SC around (8)

Change to shirt colour

Round 14-15 (2 rounds): SC around (8)

Change to stripe colour

Round 16-17 (2 rounds): SC around (8)

Change to shirt colour

Round 18-19 (2 rounds): SC around (8)

Change to stripe colour

Round 20-21 (2 rounds): SC around (8)

Change to shirt colour

Round 22: SC around (8)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Sew the arms closed and sew them on between rounds 49 and 50, matching the stripes on the sleeves with those on the shirt. The thumbs (made from the bobble stitch) should face forward.

Baseball Cap

Using the cap colour

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

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: (3 SC, INC) six times (30)

Round 6: (4 SC, INC) six times (36)

Round 7: (5 SC, INC) six times (42)

Round 8: SC in each stitch around (42)

Round 9: (6 SC, INC) six times (48)

Round 10: (7 SC, INC) six times (54)

Round 11-14 (4 rounds): SC around (54)

Round 15: SC around and sl st to the first sc.

Round 16: 20 SC in FLO. Chain 1 and turn. (20)

We will now be working in rows to make the bill of the cap.

Row 17-18 (2 rounds): 20 SC. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 19: DEC, 16 SC, DEC. Chain 1. Turn. (18)

Row 20: DEC, 14 SC, DEC. Chain 1. Turn. (16)

Row 21: DEC, 5 SC, DEC, 5 SC, DEC. (13)

Round 22: Do not turn. SC evenly around the entire hat, including the bill. Sl st to the first stitch of the round.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing, if you would like to sew the hat on your doll. If you would prefer to leave the hat removable, weave in the ends.

crochet boy doll with maroon and grey striped sweater and a maroon baseball cap

Your Zayd crochet boy doll is now complete! We hope you enjoyed this free amigurumi boy doll pattern! We would love to see your finished dolls, 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.