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Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond’s Therapy Dolls from Bob’s Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

OOPS, it’s been a month and a half since I last updated and a lot has been going on this past 1.5 months.

First off, I decided to throw myself into the AmiguruMay challenge on Instagram last month. I’ve never been great with social media, so I thought that this was a good way for me to get out of my comfort zone and work on my social media game. Secondly, my yarn order took over a month to get to me, so I wasn’t able to work on what I wanted to. And of course, unless you were living under a rock, you’ll know that there’s a lot going on in the world right now.

I initially wanted to post this pattern up last week, but I decided against it because I wanted to keep people’s focus on the Black Lives Matter cause. It just didn’t feel right posting funny or cute things when Black people all over the world are dealing with so much injustice.

Now that a week has passed, it still doesn’t really feel right to just “get back to normal”. So here’s what I’m gonna do- all proceeds from the sale of this pattern in my shop (Self-Care Claire) will be donated to Black Legal Action Centre. They are a non-profit community legal clinic that provides free legal services for low or no income Black residents of Ontario, Canada.  

Anyway, let’s talk a little bit about this pattern!

Meet Self-Care Claire, the newest addition to Mr. Frond’s therapy dolls!

Gauge

5 Round Circle = 2” with a 3.5mm hook

Gauge isn’t super important for amigurumi, but I included it just in case you want to check your gauge. Being a little off should not affect the final product too much. You can learn more about how to measure gauge for amigurumi here! 

**Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means that, at no additional costs to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. You can read a little more about that here!

 



Yarn I Used

I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran for this toy; however, you can use any cotton yarn as long as you correspond your hook to the weight of your yarn. For this pattern, I used roughly 40g of Mustard Yellow* (< 1 skein of yarn), 30g of Kingfisher Blue (< 1 skein of yarn), 25g of Blood Orange (~ half a skein of yarn), 25g of Red Wine (~half a skein), and a little bit of Dusty Lilac.

*I used Mandarin Orange, but LoveCrafts has notified me that the colour has been discontinued. Mustard Yellow is the closest colour to Mandarin Orange in the same yarn range.

Free Self-care Claire (Mr. Frond’s Therapy Dolls from Bob’s Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

The difficulty level of this pattern is Easy. The most difficult part of this pattern is the hair, and it’s pretty easy once you get a hang of it. The plush measures to be about 10 inches (26cm) tall.

This pattern is written in US crochet terminology. 

Like I mentioned above, all proceeds from the sale of this pattern in my shop (Self-Care Claire) will be donated to Black Legal Action Centre. You can purchase the pattern here! ($5 CAD)

Please do not reprint, sell or claim the pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to the free pattern on the blog. Please do not copy and post the pattern onto your site.



Terminology Used In This Pattern

st(s): stitch(es)
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
inc: two single crochet in one stitch
dec: invisible decrease, single crochet two stitches together through the front loops only
(…) 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

  • Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran in Mustard Yellow, Blood Orange, Kingfisher Blue, Red Wine, and Dusty Lilac
  • 3.5mm Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle
  • Locking Stitch Markers (Optional)
  • Pins
  • Polyfil Stuffing or Scrap Yarn
  • Black Embroidery Thread
  • Fabric Glue (Optional)
LoveCrafts

Head

with Mustard Yellow yarnFree Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 1

1 6sc in magic circle [6]
2 (inc) x 6 [12]
3 (sc, inc) x 6 [18]
4 sc, inc, (2sc, inc) x 5, sc [24]
5 (3sc, inc) x 6 [30]
6 2sc, inc, (4sc, inc) x 5, 2sc [36]
7 (5sc, inc) x 6 [42]
8 3sc, inc, (6sc, inc) x 5, 3sc [48]
9-10 sc in all sts [48]
11 (7sc, inc) x 6 [54]
12-18 sc in all sts [54]
19 (7sc, dec) x 6 [48]
20-21 sc in all sts [48]
22 3sc, dec, (6sc, dec) x 5, 3sc [42]
23 (5sc, dec) x 6 [36]
24 2sc, dec, (4sc, dec) x 5, 2sc [30]
25 (3sc, dec) x 6 [24]
26 sc, dec, (2sc, dec) x 5, sc [18]
27 (sc, dec) x 6 [12]

Fasten off, stuff fully, close hole, and weave tails in.

Hair CapFree Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 2

with Red Wine yarn

1 6sc in magic circle [6]
2 (inc) x 6 [12]
3 (sc, inc) x 6 [18]
4 sc, inc, (2sc, inc) x 5, sc [24]
5 (3sc, inc) x 6 [30]

Fasten off, leave a tail for sewing.



Legs

Make 2Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 3

starting with Mustard Yellow yarn

1 6sc in magic circle [6]
2 (inc) x 6 [12]
3 (sc, inc) x 6 [18]
4-7 sc in all sts [18]

switch to Kingfisher Blue yarn

8-16 sc in all sts [18]

Fasten off, stuff lightly, and leave a tail for sewing.

Arms

Make 2Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 4

Starting with Mustard Yellow yarn

1 6sc in magic circle [6]
2 (inc) x 6 [12]
3 (2sc, inc) x 4 [16]
4-6 sc in all sts [16]

switch to Blood Orange yarn

7-10 sc in all sts [16]
11 3sc, dec, 6sc, dec, 3sc [14]
12-14 sc in all sts [14]
15 (5sc, dec) x 2 [12]
16-18 sc in all sts [12]
19 2sc, dec, 4sc, dec, 2sc [10]
20 sc in all sts [10]

Fasten off, stuff lightly, whip stitch the opening shut, and leave a tail for sewing.



EyesFree Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 5

Make 2

with Dusty Lilac yarn

1 6sc in magic circle [6]

Fasten off, seamless join in the round, and leave a tail for sewing.

Body

starting with Kingfisher Blue yarnFree Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 6

1 6sc in magic circle [6]
2 (inc) x 6 [12]
3 (sc, inc) x 6 [18]
4 sc, inc, (2sc, inc) x 5, sc [24]
5 (3sc, inc) x 6 [30]
6 2sc, inc, (4sc, inc) x 5, 2sc [36]
7 (5sc, inc) x 6 [42]
8 3sc, inc, (6sc, inc) x 5, 3sc [48]
9 (7sc, inc) x 6 [54]
10 4sc, inc, (8sc, inc) x 5, 4sc [60]
11-14 sc in all sts [60]
15 4sc, dec, (8sc, dec) x 5, 4sc [54]
16-17 sc in all sts [54]

switch to Blood Orange yarn

18 (7sc, dec) x 6 [48]
19-20 sc in all sts [48]
21 3sc, dec, (6sc, dec) x 5, 3sc [42]
22-23 sc in all sts [42]
24 (5sc, dec) x 6 [36]
25-26 sc in all sts [36]
27 2sc, dec, (4sc, dec) x 5, 2sc [30]
28-29 sc in all sts [30]

Fasten off, stuff fully, and leave a long tail for sewing.



Assembly

  • Pin the Body to the Head and sew in place.

Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 7

  • Pin the Arms to the side of the Body, making sure that there isn’t a gap between the Head and the top of the Arms, and 9-10 stitches between the Arms in the front. Sew in place.

Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 8 Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 9

  • Pin the Legs to the bottom of the Body, position it a little closer to the front, with about 3 rounds between the Legs. Sew in place.

Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 10



  • Pin the Hair Cap directly onto the top of the Head and sew in place. We are using a Hair Cap so that the skin colour doesn’t show through the hair too much when you look at the Head from the top down.

Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 11 Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 12

  • Embroider 4 lines onto the front of the Head to create bangs, going about 3 rows below the Hair Cap. I doubled up on each line to make it look thicker.

Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 13

  • Cut 88 strands of Red Wine yarn to 16” long (You can cut the strands longer if you want your doll to have longer hair. Longer strands also make it easier to braid later). Group them into bundles of 4, you should have 22 bundles of hair in total.

Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 14



  • With a water-based marker, draw a 6-round line from the front/middle of the Hair Cap to the centre of the Hair Cap (see photo 1 below).
  • Thread a long strand of Red Wine yarn onto your darning needle and draw it through from the back end of the line and out from the front (photo 2).
  • Take a bundle of hair, locate the halfway point of the bundle, and place the halfway point towards the front of the Hair Cap on the line (photo 3).
  • Insert your needle under the next round so that have a 1-round gap for the next bundle of hair (photos 4 & 5).

How to Crochet Amigurumi Hair Steps 1 - 4

  • Continue doing this until you have 6 bundles along the top of the Head (photo 6).
  • When to you get to the end of the line, sew a bundle down and fold the strands downwards towards the back, we’ll call this the centre back bundle (photo 7).
  • Sew two bundles onto either sides of the centre back bundle, working two bundles on one side first and then working the last two on the other (arrows in photo 7).
  • You should have a total of 11 bundles on the Head after that.

How to Crochet Amigurumi Hair Steps 5 - 8



  • Part the Hair down the back evenly to expose the back of the Head, mark an 11-row long line down the centre of the back of the Head with a water-based marker (photo 9).
  • Thread a piece of yarn through from the back and out the top. Sew 11 more bundles down along the back of the Head (photo 10).

How to Crochet Amigurumi Hair Steps 9 - 10

  • Smooth out the hair and split it into two parts down the back evenly.
  • Split each part into three strands and do a basic 3-strand braid onto each side. To do a 3-strand braid, place the left strand over the centre strand (left strand becomes the new centre strand), then lay the right strand over the centre strand (right strand becomes new centre strand). Keep alternating between the left and the right strand until you get to the end of the hair. Tie it off tightly with some scrap yarn.

How To Do A Three Strand Braid Amigurumi Crochet

  • With a pair of sharp scissors, trim the ends of the hair to make it look a little neater.

Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 15



  • Pin the Eyes onto the face, making sure to leave a 5-st gap between the eyes. I positioned my Eyes two rows below the bangs. Sew in place.

Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 16

  • Pin out a line two rows below the Eyes, about 13-14 stitches wide. With black embroidery thread, embroider in a line to create the mouth.
  • With the same black embroidery thread, embroider an “x” in the centre of each of the Eyes.

Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 17 Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Step 18

  • Optional but recommended if you are giving this to a child: Lift the hair up on each side and dab on some fabric glue to glue down the hair. This will secure it in place and prevent strands from falling out. Allow the glue to dry.

Free Self-Care Claire (Mr. Frond's Therapy Dolls from Bob's Burgers) Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Finished

You have just created Self-care Claire!


Please leave me a comment down below (or contact me) if you have any questions about this pattern. I would also love to see your creation so don’t forget to tag me (@olliehollycrochet) on Instagram or use the #olliehollycrochet! Please let me know in the comments what you would like to see next!

If you find any mistakes in the pattern, please contact me and let me know! I do my best to catch my mistakes when I edit my patterns but I sometimes miss the little things.

You may sell products made from this pattern in small quantities but please clearly credit the design to me, Abby Sy of Ollie + Holly and provide a link to my blog www.OllieHolly.com.  Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind.  Thank you for being respectful and for your understanding!

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