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Charm Exchange: The Teeny Tiny Crochet Continues

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Crochet Kokeshi Doll Charms_Squirrel PicnicI have been looking forward to working on the charms for Alexandra’s charm bracelet since the beginning of this exchange, because I’ve been dying to try out the kokeshi doll pattern in Sara Scales’ book Mini Amigurumi.

It was so much fun to crochet these! For the first time, I feel I am starting to get the hang of mini amigurumi. The learning curve is greater than I originally expected. I mean, it’s crochet. I can crochet, so why is this so hard? Well, here is what I’ve learned…

It takes a lot more patience, dexterity, and keener eyesight than regular crochet. Good lighting really helps too. You have to be very conscious of your tension. Because I was working with fine thread (No. 8 crochet thread), I found it a little more difficult to get the same grasp I would with yarn. I wanted my tension to be tight enough that you wouldn’t be able to see the stuffing through the stitches, but not too tight that I would have to struggle to insert my hook into the stitches. I also discovered that invisible decreases don’t work as well with thread or maybe with this scale. It created larger holes than a standard sc2tog decrease.

So now that I’ve had a few months of practice, I’m ready to try out all the mini amis in Sara’s book. They are all so cute! But first, follow me as I show you how I made these kokeshi doll charms.

Mini Kokeshi Doll Supplies

Supplies for making a mini kokeshi doll (clockwise): Mini Amigurumi by Sara Scales, polyester stuffing, crochet thread, embroidery floss, sequins, size 10 steel crochet hook, and sewing needles. Not pictured are scissors, nylon sewing thread, and seed beads or other embellishments.

Making a mini kokeshi doll_Squirrel Picnic

I’ve found crocheting on this small scale to be a challenge, but the finished result is worth it!

Sewing on hair buns_Squirrel Picnic

My favorite part of this kokeshi doll pattern is the tiny buns in their hair!

Kokeshi Doll Faces_Squirrel Picnic

Simple embroidery of the eyes is all you need to give these dolls personality.

Kokeshi Doll Charms Scale_Squirrel Picnic

Then I embellished their kimonos with sequins and seed beads. Here’s the dolls with my wedding ring to give you an idea of scale. So tiny!

Join me next week to see what the rest of my talented charm exchange friends have created this time!

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21 thoughts on “Charm Exchange: The Teeny Tiny Crochet Continues

  1. I had to comment as your photo caught my attention! These mini kokeshi doll charms are the so cute. It makes me want to learn to crochet (though I think these are advanced for a beginner). Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh,how sweet your kokeshi dolls are and how patient you are!!! You have all my admiration! Can I allow myself a small advice since I have noticed that the stuffing is always a problem…. a year and more ago my SIL gave me the remanant of the cheap organza she used for her wedding party favors….. well,I first insterted the organza in my plushies (in the squirrels too..) and then the padding.. well, the overall result was a quite neat pluchy with almost no lint.

  3. those are so cute you have a great mind to think of using them as a charm.

  4. Oh my goodness those are small. Super cute.

  5. I love your microgurumi! Brilliant idea putting it beside your ring to show the teeny tinyness. 😀

  6. also thanks for the decrease tip. ❤

  7. How cute these are!!! Shared!

  8. Kokeshi are so adorable!!! I feel so excited you’re going to work more on miniature crochet. Don’t forget to show us what you made!!!

  9. Wow!! I’m so impressed and now intrigued by mini crochet. I can definitely see why you would need patience and good lighting.

  10. Hi Jennifer, thankyou for the link to my book and so pleased that you enjoyed the patterns. Sara xx