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Hasan the Hajji: Free Crochet Doll Pattern

With Eid just around the corner, I really wanted to create a set of patterns that revolved around Eid and Hajj. I know this pattern may be a little more specific than my others, but I hope you guys enjoy it. For this week’s pattern, I want you to meet Hasan the Hajji! This free crochet doll pattern is a really easy pattern with minimal pieces but a big impact!

Hasan is going to Hajj for the first time and he is so excited and grateful to be visiting Mecca and Madina! It’s been a dream for him to someday be able to perform Hajj, and this year, he and his wife Hajra are finally going to see the Kaabah and all the sites they’ve learned about in Islamic school growing up.

He did have a little bit of a tricky time figuring out how to wear the ihram, but the sight of thousands of Muslims united here for the same reason made his heart feel light and calm. He can’t wait for the next time, insha’Allah!

For those who don’t know, Hajj is a pilgrimage that all Muslims must perform at least once in their lifetime. You visit the holy places and pray and perform certain rituals from the time of Ibrahim PBUH, and wear clothing like the ihram for men. While I won’t get into the details here, feel free to message me about it if you’re interested! Anyway, my husband and I went to Umrah (a mini version of this pilgrimage) when we got married and it was an incredible experience that left me excited to go back for Hajj someday.

 

The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.

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Pattern Notes:

  • Skill level: Intermediate – some amigurumi experience is helpful but not necessary
  • Sizing: 10″ tall
  • Gauge: 6S X 5R per inch

Hasan the Hajji: Free Crochet Doll Pattern

Round 1: With yarn in your skin color, create a magic loop and work 6 SC into it. Place a stitch marker.

Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).

Round 3: *SC, inc* around (18).

Round 4: *SC 2, inc* around (24).

Round 5: *SC 3, inc* around (30).

Round 6: *SC 4, inc* around (36).

Round 7: *SC 5, inc* around (42).

Rounds 8-16: SC around for 9 rounds. Insert safety eyes to round 5 after the last increase round, about 5 stitches apart. Start to add the stuffing.

Round 17: *SC 5, dec* around (36).

Round 18: *SC 4, dec* around (30).

Round 19: *SC 3, dec* around (24).

Round 20: *SC 2, dec* around (18). Finish adding stuffing.

Round 21: *SC, dec* around (12).

Round 22: Decrease around (6). Cut the yarn and thread the tail through a tapestry needle. Run the needle under the front loops of each stitch and secure the yarn. Weave in the end.

Beard:

Round 1: With black yarn, chain 27, turn and SC across in each space (26).

Row 2: Chain 1, turn. Work 6 slip stitches, HDC 10, and slip stitch the last 6 spaces. BO and leave a long tail for sewing onto the face.

Mustache:

Round 1: With black yarn, chain 13. BO and leave a long tail for sewing onto the face.

Arms (make 2):

Round 1: With yarn in skin color, create a magic loop and work 6 SC into it. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).

Rounds 3-22: SC around for 20 rounds. Then BO, leaving a long tail to sew them on later.

Legs (make 2):

Round 1: With yarn in skin color, create a magic loop and work 6 SC into it. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).

Rounds 3-21: SC around for 19 rounds.

Rounds 21-25: Switch to white yarn and SC around for 5 rounds. Then BO, leaving a long tail to sew them on later.

Body:

Round 1: With yarn in white, create a magic loop and work 6 SC into it. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).

Round 3: *SC, inc* around (18).

Round 4: *SC 2, inc* around (24).

Round 5: *SC 3, inc* around (30).

Round 6: *SC 4, inc* around (36).

Round 7: *SC 5, inc* around (42).

Rounds 8-16: Switch to skin color and SC around for 9 rounds.

Round 17: *SC 5, dec* around (36).

Round 18: SC around for 2 rounds.

Round 19: *SC 4, dec* around (30).

Rounds 20-21: SC around for 2 rounds.

Round 22: *SC 3, dec* around (24).

Rounds 23-24: SC around for 2 rounds

Round 25: *SC 2, dec* around (18).

Rounds 26-27: SC around for 2 rounds. Then BO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Ihram Bottom Piece:

Row 1: With yarn in white, chain 45. Turn and DC along starting from the 3rd chain from the hook (43).

Rows 2-10: Chain 2, turn, and DC along the row. Then BO and leave a long tail for sewing.

Ihram Top Piece:

Row 1: With yarn in white, chain 53. Turn and DC along starting from the 3rd chain from the hook (43).

Rows 2-5: Chain 2, turn, and DC along the row. Then BO and leave a long tail for sewing.

Assembly

Now that we have all the parts of our free crochet pattern ready, we can start assembling Hasan the Hajji!

Side note: in real life, there are no shorts under the ihram and you aren’t allowed to stitch it in any way. Instead, pins are used to hold it in place. But this is a toy, and I adjusted it to make it simpler to recreate.

Add stuffing to just the ends of the arms and legs, and all of the body if you haven’t already. Then position the arms along the sides and use the tail yarn to sew them in place. Use the tail yarns from the legs to attach the legs to the body as well.

Next, use the tail from the body to attach the head, going through one space on the body to one space on the head. Use pins to hold it in place as you sew and go through each space around. This makes sure that the head doesn’t wobble around. Place the beard onto the face and use pins to make sure it’s even. Use a whipstitch all the way along the beard to secure it in place. Then position and sew the mustache on the same way.

Use a bit of yarn in the same color as the skin and thread it through a tapestry needle. Bring the needle up through the head to where you want the nose to be, between the eyes and one row down is where I place it, and stitch across 3 spaces 3-4 times to make the nose. Weave in the ends and hide the ends inside the head. Then use a black embroidery floss and stitch on some line for the mouth and eyebrows.

Finally, dress Hasan up in the ihram! Wrap the larger piece around his waist like a skirt and stitch it in place with the tail yarn at the top. I only stitched where the fabric overlapped and to a spot on the body to keep it in place. Then drape the smaller piece around the shoulders, going under the right arm and over the left. You can also stitch this in place, but I just pinned it and left it removable.

And you’re done!

I love this pattern so much and I had a lot of fun making him! Not only does he represent something important in my religion, it was fun to make the details like the facial hair which I haven’t done before! I also got to use some different yarn for the body instead of the only skin tone I had access to before. Now that I have some yarn that works well in more colors, I’m excited about making more inclusive patterns!

If you guys liked this, stay tuned for the other patterns in this Eid collection, including Hajra the Hijabi. Be sure to subscribe down below so you never miss a post!

See you soon 🙂


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Ruth

Wednesday 21st of June 2023

So sorry Shehla, I spelled your name incorrectly! 🙁

Ruth

Wednesday 21st of June 2023

Thanks Sheilah for sharing the pattern for Hasan, and the meaning behind the pattern. I love how you have made the various parts, and I was interested to hear the story behind the pattern. It is so good to understand another culture and religion, and to see an inclusive pattern of this type.

Shehla Ahmed

Thursday 22nd of June 2023

Thank you for your comment, Ruth! I honestly wasn't sure if anyone would be interested but it means so much that you took the time to read and understand it beyond just a pattern <3

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