kodama inspired crochet pattern princess mononoke

Kodama Inspired Doll

This one is for all you Hayao Miyazaki fans… a kodama inspired crochet doll from the wonderful Miyazaki film Princess Mononoke.  I created this doll as a request from a friend.  This friend of mine is a HUGE fan of Miyazaki and has a small collection of his movies that she was kind enough to lend to me.

Before this, the only anime that I had previously heard of was Sailor Moon, which I was a HUGE fan of.  I know, I know, that’s like only knowing vanilla ice cream and then being shown that there are a TON of other delicious flavors.  Still, vanilla is a good staple.

Anyways, I did watch all of those Miyazaki movies and they were absolutely amazing!  They had an incredible way of telling a story that had several meanings, lessons, or morals meticulously weaved throughout the films.

When I set out to pick up supplies for this kodama, I had envisioned shell buttons for the eyes and mouth because I wanted to create the illusion of transparency in those features to more closely resemble the look of the kodama in the movie.  When I got to the store, I happened to find a more perfect looking button for the eyes… a glossy grey-black with a white etching.  You can find them here and since I changed up the eye buttons, I settled on a 14mm shank-post, glossy black button for the mouth.  When using shank-post buttons, be sure to secure very tightly between crochets, otherwise, the buttons may protrude a teensy bit from the head of the kodama.

A downloadable version of this pattern is available on Craftsy and Ravelry.

Tools and Materials
3.5mm crochet hook
Yarn needle
Scissors
Stitch markers
1 skein Red Heart With Love or Red Heart Soft yarn in white
Buttons for eyes and mouth
Scrap of black moulin embroidery thread for nose (optional)
White polyester fiber filling (Maker Tip: Be sure to look for a bright white filling since blue-tinted or green-tinted filling will show through and give the illusion of a dirty finished product)

Tools and Materials For Optional Posable Head (Pictured)*
6in length of craft wire
Small cork cut in half
Snips or scissors to cut the wire and cork
Thin screwdriver or other puncture tool to punch guide hole through cork

*Posable head option should NOT be used if a small child will be handling the finished product as the craft wire could protrude through the stuffing and yarn causing injury.

Terms (US)
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
sts – stitches
sc2tog – single crochet two together

This pattern is worked in a spiral. Use stitch markers to keep track of the “rounds”. Weave in loose ends as you go except where instructed to leave a tail for sewing.

Arms (make 2)

Make an adjustable ring

R1. 6sc in the ring (6)

R2. 2 sc in each st around (12)

R3-15, 1 sc in each st around (12)

Cut yarn leaving about a 10 inch tail for sewing and fasten off.

Torso

Make an adjustable ring

R1. 6 sc in the ring (6)

R2. 2 sc in each st around (12)

R3. *2sc in the first st, 1sc in the next st*, repeat *to* to finish the round (18)

R4. *2sc in the first st, 1sc in each of the next 2 sts*, repeat *to* to finish the round (24)

R5. *2sc in the first st, 1sc in each of the next 3 sts*, repeat *to* to finish the round (30)

R6. *2sc in the first st, 1sc in each of the next 4 sts*, repeat *to* to finish the round (36)

R7-16. 1sc in each st around (36)

Cut yarn leaving about a 15 inch tail for sewing and fasten off.

Torso Bottom

Make same as torso stopping after R6.  Cut yarn and fasten off.

Legs (make 2)

Make an adjustable ring

R1. 6sc in the ring (6)

R2. 2sc in each st around (12)

R3. *2sc in the first st, 1sc in the next st*, repeat *to* to finish the round (18)

R4-10. 1sc in each st around (18)

Cut yarn leaving about a 10 inch tail for sewing and fasten off.

Bottom of Legs (make 2)

Make same as legs stopping after R3.  Cut yarn and fasten off.

Head

Make an adjustable ring

R1. 8sc in the ring (8)

R2. 2sc in each st around (16)

R3. *2sc in the first st, 1sc in the next st*, repeat *to* to finish the round (24)

R4. *2sc in the first st, 1sc in each of the next 2 sts*, repeat *to* to finish the round (32)

R5. *2sc in the first st, 1sc in each of the next 3 sts*, repeat *to* to finish the round (40)

R6. *2sc in the first st, 1sc in each of the next 4 sts*, repeat *to* to finish the round (48)

R7-20. 1sc in each st around (48)

R21. *sc2tog in the first 2 sts, 1sc in each of the next 4 sts*, repeat *to* to finish the round (40)

R22. *sc2tog in the first 2 sts, 1sc in each of the next 3 sts*, repeat *to* to finish the round (32)

R23. *sc2tog in the first 2 sts, 1sc in each of the next 2 sts*, repeat *to* to finish the round (24)

Cut yarn leaving about a 15 inch tail for sewing and fasten off.

Assembly

  1. Stuff arms leaving the top of arms only slightly stuffed.  Sew arms closed then sew to the torso. 
  2. Stuff legs.  Sew leg bottom to legs.  Add more stuffing as needed while sewing the leg bottoms onto the legs.
  3. Sew the eyes, mouth, and optional nose detail onto the head to create the face.
  4. Begin to sew the head onto the body.  (Maker Tip: Use a contrasting light-colored yarn to weave a guideline around the torso to mark where the head should be sewn on.)
  5. OPTIONAL STEP.  Cut craft wire 6 inches long.  Cut cork in half.  Using the small screwdriver or puncture tool, create a guide hole in the first piece of cork.  Insert the craft wire into the guide hole so that about 1/4in of craft wire is sticking out of the end of the cork and bend that 1/4in section over onto the cork to secure it.  Insert the uncorked end of the craft wire through the top of the torso so that the uncorked end will be inside of the torso.  Hold in place and add stuffing all around the cork piece inside the head.  Finish sewing on the head adding more stuffing as needed.  Add second cork piece to the uncorked end of craft wire and secure using the same method as the first cork piece.
  6. Begin to sew torso bottom onto the torso.  Stuff the torso making sure to add stuffing all around the cork piece (if using this option).  Finish sewing torso bottom onto torso adding more stuffing as needed.
  7. Sew legs onto the front of the torso.

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Pattern created by Julie Forsey at OneLittleHook.com.  Please do not distribute or sell this pattern.  You are welcome to sell items you’ve handcrafted from this pattern.  I politely request credit for this pattern be referenced to http://www.OneLittleHook.com or to https://www.facebook.com/OneLittleHook.  Thank you and enjoy!

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