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Maha the Muslimah: Free Crochet Doll Pattern

For this week’s pattern, I wanted to share the last crochet doll pattern in the Hajj and Eid collection! I had a little bit of a harder time deciding what the last doll should be, but I think she’s perfect for this. I’ll share more about why down below but for now, meet Maha the Muslimah, the final pattern in the collection!

Maha the Muslimah: Free Crochet Doll Pattern

It’s pretty well known that Muslim women wear hijabs or headscarves, and that’s usually a very obvious symbol of our faith. It’s something that is asked of us in the Qur’an and Sunnah and most people follow it. But not everyone and not all the time.

Wearing a headscarf as such a visible symbol can be hard sometimes and some people go through phases of wearing it and not wearing it. It doesn’t mean they believe any more or less; they could be practicing in other ways or not, it’s really personal and I wanted this doll to show that side of things.

Maha the Muslimah: Free Crochet Doll Pattern

Maha grew up in a big family. She went to the masjid on Eid and for special occasions. She knew she was Muslim and she believed in Islam but she was never very practicing. She missed more prayers than she performed and she dressed no differently from her non-Muslim friends.

But she’s been trying to do better after learning more about Islam. She’s trying to be a better Muslimah and make time to pray; she’s trying to dress more modestly with long sleeves and tights under her dresses. And someday she hopes she’ll be able to wear her hijab consistently outside but she knows she’s doing her best.

Maha the Muslimah: Free Crochet Doll Pattern

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.

Maha the Muslimah: Free Crochet Doll Pattern

Materials:

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Abbreviations:

Pattern Notes:

  • Skill level: Intermediate – some amigurumi experience is helpful but not necessary
  • Sizing: 10.5″ tall
  • Gauge: 6S X 5R per inch

Maha the Muslimah: Free Crochet Doll Pattern

Maha the Muslimah: 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.

Hair:

Round 1: With yarn in your hair 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).

Round 8: *Chain 31, turn and SC 30 along the chain, slip stitch into the next space*. Repeat this around the hair piece, stopping 10 stitches before the end of the round and BO, leaving a long tail. You will have created long strands of hair coming from the circle.

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 3-7: SC around for 5 rounds.

Rounds 8-22: Switch to Lilac yarn (or dress color) and SC around for 15 rounds. Then BO, leaving a long tail to sew them on later.

Legs (make 2):

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).

Rounds 3-25: SC around for 23 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).

Rounds 7-12: SC around for 6 rounds.

Round 13: Switch to Lilac yarn (or dress color) and slip stitch around loosely. From here, we’re going to work the bottom of the dress.

Round 14: Turn the piece around so that the dome of the body is on top now. working through the BLO for this round, chain 2, 2DC into the next. Then *DC, 2 DC into the next* all the way around. Slip stitch to the top of the chain 2 to finish the round. (54)

Rounds 15-23: Chain 2, DC in each space around for 9 rounds. BO and leave a long tail.

Now we can complete the body from where we left off at round 12.

Round 24-27: Attach a new length of yarn in the dress color and work into the top of the white stitches of Round 12. SC around for 4 rounds.

Round 28: *SC 4, dec* around (30).

Rounds 29-30: SC around for 2 rounds.

Round 31: *SC 3, dec* around (24).

Rounds 32-33: SC around for 2 rounds

Round 34: *SC 2, dec* around (18).

Rounds 35-36: Switch to skin color and SC around for 2 rounds. Then BO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembly

Now that we have all the parts of our crochet doll pattern ready, we can start assembling Maha the Muslimah!

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.

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 black embroidery floss and stitch on some lines for the mouth and eyebrows.

Place the hair on the top of the head with the 10-stitch opening towards the face. Bring one strand from the left side across the opening and pin it to the other side. Repeat for the right side and use pins to hold it all in place. This gives her a nice hairline.

Then with the tail yarn you left, sew the hair onto the head with a whipstitch. Go through a space on the hair and a corresponding space on the head all the way around and then weave in the end and trim the excess yarn. Place the hat on top or sew it in place if you wish.

And you’re done!

I hope you enjoyed this crochet doll pattern! Although there are fewer pieces that make up this crochet doll pattern, most of the work goes into creating the hair and the dress. This was my first time trying to crochet long hair for a girl doll, and I really like the way it turned out. I’m tempted to remake my mermaid crochet doll pattern with a long version of this hair now!

Thank you so much for reading! If you liked this, be sure to check out the others in the collection too, like Hasan the Hajji, Hajra the Hijabi, and Ibrahim the Imam. There’s also a pattern for a mini Kaaba plush! Just click the bold text to go to the pattern!

See you soon 🙂


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Marguerite

Sunday 25th of June 2023

I love these patterns, and having the opportunity to make figures that aren't princesses or ballerinas. I love the stories and thoughtfulness behind them. Although we are white British, my children have grown up in Asia,and my daughter has been asking for crochet dolls that are Asian, so I am looking forward to making these for her.

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