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Pocket People · Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

I know how much y'all love no-sew patterns since they work up so quickly and easily without having to bust out your yarn needle.  So, here's another one for you!  I've done many no-sew animal patterns thus far (check out my no sew collection for an easy view of them all) but not a lot of human dolls. The only no-sew ones I've made are human lovey-type dolls (think security blanket for babies) and kokeshi-style dolls (without arms/legs).  So...this design stands on its own level of uniqueness!   


    Let's say hello to the Pocket People pattern! 

    About the Pattern

    • Easy and beginner-friendly
    • Works up quickly
    • No sewing needed 
    • Stashbuster project; great for using up leftover yarn scraps
    • Small and cute
    • Can be made as a keychain or as a plush
    • Super versatile and customizable
    • Available as a FREE video tutorial, or as a written pattern! 

    This little one below has been customized to have trans flag colors on their shirt!  They're also crocheted using medium worsted weight cotton yarn, with a hands-less option that makes for dangly-looking arms and legs.   


    • Mini me doll
    • Keychain for a backpack, lanyard, purse, or bag (just add a keyring!) 
    • Pretend play toys for children 
    • Unisex, gender neutral present
    • Selling at craft fairs or markets
    • Therapy tool / sensory fidget toy (for people with anxiety, ADHD, or autism) 
    • For charity or random acts of kindness 
    • Nursery mobile or decor for baby rooms 
    • Party favors for kids birthdays
    • Valentine's Day or Easter presents gifts for an entire class of students 
    • Easter egg stuffers or Christmas stocking stuffers 


    As with all my patterns, this pattern has been carefully tested by a team of crocheters of varying levels prior to publication.  Pattern testing is to ensure that the pattern is suitable for beginners, free of errors, and easy to understand.  The time it took for my testers to crochet their dolls from start to finish ranged from 20 minutes to 2 hours.  This pattern has been tested with different yarn weights and fibers, showing that it is versatile and works with a variety of materials!


    There are lots of tips and ideas for customization included in the written pattern!  Here are some below.
    • Height (taller): Add additional rounds in the upper body section to make a longer body. You can also add one extra round in the lower body to balance it out. Instead of ch 9 for the arms and legs, you can add more chains to create longer limbs.
    • Height (shorter): Skip R16 and R18 of the body for a shorter torso. Make fewer chains for the arms and legs as well; perhaps try 7 instead of 9.
    • Shirt designs: Change yarn colors to create stripes or color blocks. Sew buttons or beads to the doll’s shirt. Embroider designs, such as flowers or lines.
    • Hair and skin: Use different yarn colors.
    • Hairstyles: Try different hairstyles for your dolls. Check out my post on Best Methods for Adding Hair.
    • Eyes and facial expressions: Instead of plastic safety eyes, try embroidering eyes or facial features to create different expressions.


    To make your doll exactly like my bigger plush ones, try going with some chunky chenille velvet yarn (I used Hobbii's Honey Bunny Yarn). It's a great choice for making a soft and squishy amigurumi toy. 

    You can also use thinner yarn, such as medium worsted weight or DK yarn, and pair it with a smaller hook. This will give you a tinier, keychain-sized amigurumi.  The smaller person on the right is made using medium worsted weight yarn!

    PDF Pattern

    The PDF pattern is printable, ad-free, easy to read, includes photo references, and helps support Sweet Softies! You'll also get the bonus NEST pattern, which is not available in the free video tutorial. (If you enjoy my free patterns, you can consider it as a donation to me when you buy one of my pattern PDFs! It allows me to maintain my blog and continue sharing more free patterns.)

    You can get the PDF pattern from my storeRavelry, or Etsy.


    Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

    Terms of Use & Copyright Notice © 2023 Sweet Softies (www.sweetsofties.com). You have permission to sell finished products made from this pattern, but you must credit Sweet Softies as the owner/creator of this pattern by linking to my website (www.sweetsofties.com). No wholesale. You may not translate, copy, alter, or sell my patterns in part or in whole in any way. My patterns may not be used in video tutorials or teaching online classes. My patterns may be used in teaching in-person classes ONLY with written consent from me. You may link to this pattern but you may not copy any part of the pattern instructions on other websites.

    Crochet Pattern Information


    Height: approximately 6.5” - 7” (17cm)

    Level of Difficulty:

    ★★☆☆☆ Familiar Beginner/Intermediate. Requires familiarity with stitches used (below), changing colors, and attaching yarn.

    Stitches/Terms Used:

    • FO = fasten off
    • ch = chain
    • st = stitch
    • sl st = slip stitch
    • sc = single crochet
    • inc = increase (insert 2 sc in same st)
    • dec = decrease (sc 2 sts together)
    • hdc = half double crochet
    • dc = double crochet
    • dc-inc = dc increase (insert 2 dc in same st)
    • BLO = back loops only
    • FLO = front loops only


    Crochet Instructions

    Watch the video tutorial for instructions on how to crochet your very own Pocket Person!  If you'd like the written instructions with photo references, download the PDF pattern here.  (Thanks in advance for supporting me and helping me keep my blog running!) 

    Thank you for reading, and hope you had a fun time crocheting this project!  If you'd like to help out my blog, feel free to check out my post, "5 Ways to Support my Blog!"

    You might like my other designs if you enjoyed this one!  Simply click on the image below for the pattern, or check out all my free patterns here.


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    Best wishes,