I hope you’re enjoying the Hajj and Eid collection so far because today’s free crochet pattern is my favorite of the bunch! Ever since I first made crochet blocks, I’ve had this idea of making a mini Kaaba plush for my home. It is just a simple cube shape after all! And it just went perfectly with the collection centered around Hajj so let’s dive right into it!
For those that don’t know, the Kaaba is what Muslims consider to be the house of God and we pray in its direction. It is at the center of the holy mosque in Mecca and was built by Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH). The Kaaba itself is made of bricks and there’s an interior area as well, but it’s most recognizable by its shape and the black and gold fabric covering it.
During Hajj, Muslims from all over the world go to Mecca to visit the Kaaba and perform Hajj. And one of the rituals we do during Hajj is called tawaf, where we circle the Kaaba and recite prayers.
My husband and I were able to visit soon after we got married and being able to see it and be there was an amazing experience. And now I have a mini one that I can place in our home to show others which way to face when it’s time to pray!
The full free pattern is written out below. Normally I create PDFs of my patterns too, but this is just going to be available free on the blog for now! Let me know if the PDF is something you’d want in the comments and I’ll make that available soon 🙂
- 3.25mm crochet hook / D hook*
- #4 medium weight yarn – I used Yarn Bee Soft Secret in Black and Honey
- stitch markers*
- tapestry needle*
- Some cardboard or plastic canvas sheets, tape
- Polyfill stuffing*
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- Skill level: Intermediate – some amigurumi experience is helpful but not necessary
- Sizing: 4″ tall x 3.5″ wide
- Gauge: 6S X 5R per inch
Crochet Kaaba Plush: Free Crochet Pattern
Row 1: Chain 13. Turn and SC in each space along, starting with the 2nd chain from hook (12).
Rows 2-15: SC evenly for 14 rows. Then, turn the work sideways and SC 15 along the side of the piece, working into the gaps in the rows, turn the work again at the corner and SC along the bottom edge, turn the work again at the corner, and SC along the last side.
This makes the top of the Kaaba plush and the center we’ll add the sides onto.
Row 1: SC 15 through the 3rd loops of each stitch along the next side.
Rows 2-4: Chain 1, turn and SC along the row.
Row 5 (RS): Switch to yellow yarn and with RS facing, slip stitch along the row.
Row 6 (WS): Chain 1, turn and SC into the FLO of the yellow slip stitches until the end of the row. Cut the yellow yarn and leave a long tail.
Row 7 (RS): Switch to black yarn and SC through the BLO until the end of the row.
Rows 8-20: Chain 1, turn and SC along the row. BO and leave a long tail for seaming.
Sides 2, 3, and 4
Attach a new length of black yarn to the next side with RS facing and repeat steps for Side 1. Do not BO after completing the 4th side!
Row 1 (RS): After completing the last row on the last side, chain 1, and SC 1 row through the 3rd loops.
Rows 2-17: SC evenly for 16 rows. BO and leave a long tail for sewing it together.
Row 1: With yellow yarn, chain 7. Turn and SC along starting from the 2nd chain from the hook. (6)
Rows 2-8: SC evenly for 7 rows and BO, leaving a long tail.
Now that you have the crocheted part of the Kaaba plushie done, let’s give it some structure so the sides stay nice and straight.
Cut out cardboard to match all the sides of the crocheted piece and use tape to hold them together. Do not close the bottom piece yet though, it should just be a box with a lid for now. To keep it machine washable, you can use plastic canvas instead of cardboard.
Use the tail yarn of the crocheted sides to seam all the sides together, making sure to line up the yellow stripe all the way around. Leave the bottom flap open. Insert the cardboard piece inside the crocheted one and add some polyfill inside it. This helps push the sides out and fills it while also keeping the cube shape. Tape the cardboard lid closed.
Finally, use a whipstitch to sew the bottom flap closed over the cardboard. Position the door onto any side, slightly to the left, and use a whipstitch and the tail yarn to sew the top and left edges down. Weave in any loose ends and trim the excess yarn.
And you’re done!
This was such a simple, big-impact project that I had a great time making, and I’m so glad I get to share it with you! I know this one is a little more specific than my other patterns but I hope you like it and at least enjoyed seeing the process. You can also check out the other patterns in this collection, like Hasan the Hajji and Hajra the Hijabi below!
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