The Daruma is something that I wasn’t too familiar with until recent years. Daruma dolls, like Maneki Neko figures, are said to bring you luck. They make great gifts for people who are in need of encouragement or just an extra bit of luck.
Daruma figurines are often used for setting goals or making wishes. When you first receive (or in this case, create) your Daruma, the eyes are blank. As you’re filling in the left eye, you set a goal or make a wish; when that wish or goal is achieved, you can fill the other eye in. It kind of acts as a reminder whenever you see it that you’re supposed to be working to achieve your goal.
Like the Maneki Neko, you’re able to customize your Daruma by changing the colour. Different colours mean different things, but red is the most traditional colour for the Daruma.
The difficulty level of this pattern is Easy and this pattern is written in US crochet terminology.
Free Daruma Amigurumi Crochet Pattern
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sc: single crochet
inc: two single crochet in one stitch
dec: invisible decrease, single crochet two stitches together through the front loops only
sl st: slip stitch
(…) x # : repeat anything in the parenthesis however many times the number indicates
[#]: total number of stitches for that row
#sc: one sc in the following # stitches
THINGS YOU NEED
- Shine Sport Yarn in Cream, Serrano, Black, & Dandelion (Cream, Red, Green, Yellow)
- Curio Thread in Hollyberry
- 3.0 mm Crochet Hook
- Black Wool Roving
- Felting Needle
- Polyfil or Cotton for stuffing
- Darning Needle
- Stitch Marker
with red yarn
1 6sc in magic circle 
2 (inc) x 6 
3 (sc, inc) x 6 
4 (2sc, inc) x 6 
5 (3sc, inc) x 6 
6-10 sc in all sts 
11 (4sc, inc) x 6 
12-15 sc in all sts 
16 (5sc, inc) x 6 
17 sc in all sts 
18 (5sc, dec) x 6 
19 (4sc, dec) x 6 
20 (3sc, dec) x 6 
21 (2sc, dec) x 6 
22 (sc, dec) x 6 
Fasten off, stuff, close hole and weave tail in.
with cream yarn
1 Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in the rest of the sts, turn 
2 inc, 3sc, inc, turn 
3 sc in all sts 
4 18sc all around the edges 
Fasten off, leave a tail for sewing.
- Pin the face onto the body, making sure that the top of the face is at row 6. Sew into place.
- With yellow yarn, sew four vertical lines onto the body.
- With black yarn, sew in the brows and mustache details.
- With red or pink embroidery thread, embroider an upside down “v” for the mouth.
- With black wool roving, felt the left eye in while making a wish or setting a goal for yourself to achieve.
You have just finished your very own Daruma! When your goal or wish have come true, you can felt the other eye in! And if you’re planning to give this away as a gift, you can cut small circles out of black felt and just have the recipient glue the eyes in.
These are also the perfect size to make into keychains or bag charms so you can carry around your Daruma to be a constant motivation for you.
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Hi! Any tips on how to make an oval shape such as this but much bigger?
My amigurumi design basics video goes over the basics of shaping in amigurumi: https://youtu.be/CN60xxVx4G0
Hope this helps!