Sunday, October 1, 2017

Muneca Alexa / Alexa doll - free crochet / amigurumi doll pattern

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Muneca Alexa was the first doll I tried from Petus youtube channel. She is a mexican crochet doll designer, but unfortunately her channel is only in spanish, for the moment. So I asked for her permission to post the notes I've been taken while working on her dolls, and she agreed! So, here is the first pattern I will share with you, but take good care that it represents my own interpretation, and may not contain as much explanation as her videos! So you better take a look at her video instructions too :)

Alexa doll - english instructions

ch - chain
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
V - increase
X - decrease
BLO - back loop only

I worked with cotton yarn and 2.5 mm crochet hook for the doll and for the cat, so the doll is approximately 24 cm tall. For the dress, I used a smaller hook, but you might want to use a bigger hook, especially if you're using a thinner yarn, like I did!

1. LEGS (work in spiral)

[in blue]
R1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
R2: 6V (12)
R3: (1sc, 1V)x6 (18)
R4: (2sc, 1V)x6 (24)
R5: (3sc, 1V)x6 (30)
R6: (4sc, 1V)x6 (36)

[in maroon]
R7: 36sc (36); we prepare a plastic disk with the same diameter as the blue disk obtained earlier.

[in blue]
R8-R12: 36sc (36); we introduce the plastic disk into the shoe.

[in skin color]
R13: 5sc, 13X, 5sc (23)
R14: 8sc, 3X, 9sc (20)
R15: 6sc, 4X, 6sc (16)
R16-R30: 16sc (16)

[in blue]
R31: [in BLO] (7sc, 1V)x2 (18)
R32: (2sc, 1V)x6 (24)
R33: (3sc, 1V)x6 (30)

R1: Around the base of every sc on round 31, work 18 sc (18)
R2: (1sc, 1hdc, 2ch, 1hdc in second ch from hook, 1sc - in same sc, skip 1sc)x 9 picots

Shoe strap:
14 ch, return with 13 sc, finish.

2. BODY (work in spiral)

[in blue]
R34: We connect the legs in the center with 6sc (side by side), then we crochet around 48sc (48)
R35-41: 48sc (48)

[in skin color]
R42: [in BLO] 48sc (48)
R43-45: 48sc (48)
R46: (6sc, 1X)x6 (42)
R47-48: 42sc (42)
R49: (5sc, 1dec)x6 (36)
R50-52: 36sc (36)
R53: (4sc, 1X)x6 (30)
R54-R55: 30sc (30); we start to fill the doll body and place the plastic stick/copper wire in the center.
R56: (3sc, 1X)x6 (24)
R57-R59: 24sc (24)
R60: (2sc, 1X)x6 (18)
R61: (1sc, 1X)x6 (12)
R62: 6X (6)
R63-65: 6sc (6) (you may want to make just two rows with 6sc…)

3. ARMS (work in spiral)

R1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
R2: 6V (12)
R3-R5: 6sc (12)
R6: Cluster of 3 hdc,  secure cluster with 1sc, 11sc (13)
R7: skip 1ch, (1sc, 1X)x4 (8)
R8: (1sc, 1V)x4 (12) – we introduce the wire
R9-R17: 12sc (12)
R18: (1sc, 1X)x4 (8)
R19: (1sc, 1V)x4 (12)
R20-R27: 12sc (12)
R28: 6sc, 6hdc (mirror for the other arm)

We attach the arms to the body...

4. HEAD (work in spiral)

R1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
R2: 6V (12)
R3: (1sc, 1V)x6 (18)
R4: (2sc, 1V)x6 (24)
R5: (3sc, 1V)x6 (30)
R6: (4sc, 1V)x6 (36)
R7: (5sc, 1V)x6 (42)
R8: (6sc, 1V)x6 (48)
R9: (7sc, 1V)x6 (54)
R10: 54sc (54)
R11: (8sc, 1V)x6 (60)
R12-R18: 60sc (60)
R19: (8sc, 1X)x6 (54)
R20: 54 sc (54)
R21: (7sc, 1X)x6 (48)
R22: (6sc, 1X)x6 (42)
R23: (5sc, 1X)x6 (36)
R24: (4sc, 1X)x6 (30)
R25: (3sc, 1X)x6 (24)
R26: (2 sc, 1X)x6 (18); we fill the head and we leave room for the plastic stick / copper wire. We embroider the eyes and the other features, we prepare the hair...
R27: (1sc, 1X)x6 (12)
R28: 6sc (6); connect head to the body...

5. HAIR (work in rows)

R1: 20ch, return
R2: 6sc, 12hdc, 5ch, return
R3: 3+12hdc,  6sc. Repeat until row
R35: 3+12hdc, 6sc. Fasten off really tight, by passing the yarn through the extreme waves of hair.

Pig Tails:
31ch for the short ones
41ch for the long ones, return
2sc in each ch, return
2sc in each sc

6. DRESS (you might want to use a bigger hook, work in rows)

R1: 31ch
R2: 30sc (30)
R3: 1ch, (1sc, 1V)x15 (45)
R4: 1ch, 45sc (45)
R5: 1ch, 6sc, 6ch, skip 10sc, 13sc, 6ch, skip 10sc, 6sc (25+12)
R6: [in BLO] 37sc (37)
R7-R15: 37sc (37)
R16: [in BLO] (4sc, 1V)x7, 2sc (44)
R17: (5sc, 1inc)x7, 2sc (51)
R18-R19: 51sc (51)
R20: (6sc, 1V)x7, 2sc (58)
R21: 58sc (58)
R22: (7sc, 1V)x7, 2sc (65)
R23: 65sc
R24: [in BLO] (8sc, 1V)x7, 2sc (72)
R25-27: 72sc, fasten off.

Using contrasting colors, in the front loops on rows R6, R16 and R24 we work clusters (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) in same st, skip 2st, repeat – it will result 13 clusters on row R6 and R16. We repeat this for 5 rows, on the last row work 7 sc on each 2ch space.

The cat is a free pattern, which you can find here. I wired all the 4 legs, so it can attach to Alexa's arm. If you want to see more photos of the finished Alexa, check my facebook page post.


  1. what size yarn is this? You say it is cotton but not what the thickness of the yarn is. My spanish is really bad so her explanations pass right over my head.

    1. For this particular doll, I worked with an unmercerized yarn called "Summer Yarn", produced in Bulgaria, 240m/100g, which I found in a supermarket. I found it is best to use unmercerized yarn if you want to embroider the eyes - on mercerized cotton I didn't manage to do that yet... But I will come with a more detailed article on this soon.
      About the explanations, watching really helps - I don't understand, for instance, turkish or arabic or russian, but watching what the ladies who speak these languages do in their videos is really helpful, if you are patient.
      Back to the yarn thickness, it doesn't matter the type or thickness of yarn - just choose your hook carefully, in order to obtain a tight work, without holes. This is very important. So, see you around!

  2. Thank You, this is great. She is so cute.

  3. Thank you for a great conversion. Looking forward to more of your stuff and you’re right I am self taught (4months now) I learnt from YouTube and I’ve managed to make some lovely pieces but the ladies were either Russian or Spanish. Watching and a little translation has worked wonders. Hook on.

  4. I too have taught myself to crochet (about 5 months ago) and I’m well and truly “hooked”. Thank you for Alexa she’s beautiful. The most lavish and detailed dolls etc., do appear to be from Russia/Spain/Poland/Holland/China etc. Hallelujah for translation apps. Happy hooking folks

  5. Me encanta el amigurrumis gracias

  6. I keep looking but can't find the print button. I keep looking but not having any luck to print.

    1. It must be a bug with the printer friendly widget. I'll try to replace it someday soon, but I can't guarantee that it will work. Hopefully, as long as you have internet connection, you can still follow my free patterns by visiting this blog :)

  7. Love the doll. Working on one now. Don't find the pattern for ears.

  8. Sad that there are no instructions for the nose and ears

  9. thanks for the pattern ,on starting the body it says to crochet 48 but there is 30 SC on each leg ??

  10. Round 33 we are left with 30 on each leg ,round 34 it says to crochet 48 plus six chains I'm confused

  11. I've been crocheting since I was about 10 and am now almost 80. That being said, these directions are about the most confusing I ever read. I am almost totally unable to understand these directions. How can you crochet X number of stitches, yet end up having less (or more)stitches? I think I will stick with patterns that work up to correct counts. I'm sorry but if you work up a pattern as written, then what makes stitch counts different??? I'm just saying?????

    1. Hi, I'm sorry that you let yourself disturbed by this pattern, but it's in fact really simple and I'll show it to you :)
      On the last row of the legs, we have 30sc on each. if we connect them side by side with 6 stitches, we actually substract 6sc from each leg (not add 6sc - this doll doesn't have a parenthesis between her legs, as you can notice for yourself). So, the first row of the body will count (30-6)+(30-6)=24+24=48sc. Is that correct? :)
      Also, I must remind you that this is a translation (from a language I don't even speak :)), so if you will have some more concerns, please watch the videos from the original designer to see how things are done.
      Good luck!