The Salem Sisters: Sarah Sanderson Free Crochet Pattern

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The Salem Sisters: Sarah Sanderson Free Crochet Pattern

This is the one of the three instalments in my Salem Sisters series! The pattern for Sarah Sanderson is contained in this post. The patterns for Winifred and Mary can be found in separate posts.

The Details

The body, head, arms, and sleeves are worked in continuous rounds. The hair cap, skirt, and corset are worked in flat rows.

The body is worked from the bottom up, starting with the feet. The head is worked top down. The head and arms are worked separately and attached to the body. Chenille stems (pipecleaners/wire) are used to stabilize the neck and head and to make the arms posable.

The finished measurements are approximately 23cm/9″ from top to bottom.

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Materials:

These are the materials for Sarah only. The patterns and materials for Winifred and Mary will be in separate posts for each. (Affiliate links coming at you!)

  • 2.25mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
  • Hobbii Rainbow 8/4 Cotton in the following colours:
    • Color 03 (skin)
    • Color 09 (black)
    • Color 82 (yellow)
    • Color 36 (dusty purple)
    • Color 86 (red)
    • Color 04 (beige)
    • Color 07 (brown)
  • 3 Chenille stems/pipecleaners;
  • Red embroidery thread;
  • Black crochet thread;
  • Stitch markers;
  • Stuffing;
  • Tapestry needle.

Rainbow 8/4 Cotton is a Super Fine (category 1) weight yarn, so it is quite small. You can use any weight yarn you wish, simply size up to a corresponding hook size. Rainbow 8/6 or 8/8 would be a great as well; your doll will just be bigger!

Terms and Stitches:

Ch – Chain

Slst – Slip stitch

MR – Magic Ring

Sc – Single Crochet

Inc – Increase. Work a regular sc increase

InvDec – Invisible decrease. Sc 2 sts together using the invisible method.

Fndsc – Foundation single crochet

Hdc – Half double crochet

Dc – Double crochet

BLO – Back loops only

PC – Picot

Pattern

Body (make 1):

Rnd 1: In black, work 6sc into a MR (6 sts)

Rnd 2: *Sc 2, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (8 sts)

Rnds 3-6: Sc in each st around (8 sts)

Switch to skin colour.

Rnd 7: Sc in each st around (8 sts)

Rnd 8: *Sc 3, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (10 sts)

Rnds 9-14: Sc in each st around (10 sts)

Rnd 15: *Sc 4, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (12 sts)

Rnds 16-21: Sc in each st around (12 sts)

Rnd 22: *Sc 3, inc in next st, repeat twice more (15 sts)

Rnds 23-28: Sc in each st around (15 sts) 

Tie off. Stuff leg. Repeat rounds 1-28 for second leg but do not tie off. 

Rnd 29: Sc 15 around second leg, with second leg still on hook, insert hook into any st on first leg, sc 15 around first leg (30 sts)

Rnds 30-35: Sc in each st around (30 sts)

Rnd 36: *Sc 13, invdec, repeat from * once more (28 sts)

Rnd 37: *Sc 5, invdec, repeat from * three more times (24 sts) 

Rnd 38: Sc in each st around (24 sts)

Rnd 39: *Sc 6, invdec, repeat from * twice more (21 sts)

Rnds 40-43: Sc in each st around (21 sts)

Rnd 44: *Sc 6, inc in next st, repeat from * twice more (24 sts)

Rnd 45: Sc in each st around (24 sts)

Rnd 46: *Sc 5, inc in next st, repeat from * three more times (28 sts)

Rnds 47-48: Sc in each st around (28 sts)

Rnd 49: *Sc 13, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (30 sts)

Rnd 50: Sc in each st around (30 sts)

Rnd 51: *Sc 14, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (32 sts) 

Rnd 52: Sc in each st around (32 sts)

Rnd 53: InvDec around (16 sts)

Stuff body.

Rnd 54: InvDec around (8 sts)

Rnd 55: Sc in each st around (8 sts)

Rnd 56: *Sc 3, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (10 sts)

Rnd 57: *Sc 4, inc in next st, repeat from * once more (12 sts)

Tie off. Set aside for later.

Arms (make 2):

Rnd 1: In skin colour, work 6 sc into a MR (6 sts)

Rnds 2-18: Sc in each st around (6 sts)

Tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Cut chenille stem about 2cm/1″ longer than the length of the arm. Insert wire into each arm. No need to stuff. Insert exposed wire of each arm into the shoulder on either side of the body. Using a tapestry needle, stitch arms in place. Weave in ends.

Head (make 1):

Rnd 1: In skin colour, work 6 sc into a MR (6 sts)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around (12 sts)

Rnd 3: *Sc 1, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (18 sts)

Rnd 4: *Sc 2, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (24 sts)

Rnd 5: *Sc 3, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (30 sts)

Rnd 6: *Sc 4, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (36 sts)

Rnd 7: *Sc 5, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (42 sts)

Rnd 8: *Sc 6, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (48 sts)

Rnds 9-15: Sc in each st around (48 sts)

Rnd 16: *Sc 6, invdec, repeat from * five more times (42 sts)

Rnds 17-20: Sc in each st around (42 sts)

Rnd 21: *Sc 5, invdec, repeat from * five more times (36 sts)

Rnd 22: Sc in each st around (36 sts)

Insert 9mm safety eyes between rounds 17 and 18 with approximately 7 sts between them.

Rnd 23: *Sc 4, invdec, repeat from * five more times (30 sts)

Rnd 24: *Sc 3, invdec, repeat from * five more times (24 sts)

Rnd 25: Sc in each st around (24 sts)

Rnd 26: *Sc 2, invdec, repeat from * five more times (18 sts)

Stuff head.

Rnd 27: *Sc 1, invdec, repeat from * five more times (12 sts)

Rnd 28: InvDec around (6 sts)

Tie off, leaving a long tail for closing. Top up stuffing. Using a tapestry needle, weave tail through each stitch, down through centre of the head and out a stitch in the side. Pull to close. Weave ends.

Using skin-coloured yarn, stitch on a nose. Using red embroidery thread, stitch lips. Using black crochet thread, stitch on eyelashes.

Cut chenille stem about 10 cm/4″ long. Fold in half. Insert the “V” end into the neck of the body. Insert the two points of the wire into the bottom of the head. Using a tapestry needle, stitch head onto the neck. Weave in ends.

Hair Cap (make 1):

Row 1: In yellow, ch 31, starting in second ch from hook, sc in each back bump (30 sts)

Row 2: In BLO, sc 13, insert hook into same stitch, *pull up a loop, ch 1, yo, pull through both loops on hook (first fndsc complete), insert hook into ch 1 space and repeat from * 16 more times (30 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 3: BLO, sc 30 (30 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 4-31: Repeat row 3 (or until piece measures 11cm/4.5″ wide, ending on an odd row), ch 1, turn.

Row 32: BLO, sc 13, leave rem sts unworked, fndsc 12.

Tie off. Weave ends. Fold piece in half with right sides together and slst along the top, curving downward slightly toward the back.

Tie off. Weave ends. Turn hair right side out. Place on the head and stitch in place.

Skirt (make 1):

Row 1: In dusty purple, ch 18, join to beg ch to make a loop (18 chs) (the “waistband”)

Row 2: Ch 22, starting in 3rd ch from hook, dc 5, hdc 5, sc 10 (20 sts), slst into next ch on the waistband, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sk slst, sc 20 (20 sts), ch 2, turn.

Row 4: Dc 5, hdc 5, sc 10 (20 sts), slst to next ch on waistband, ch 1, turn.

Rows 5-8: Repeat rows 3 and 4.

Rows 9-10: In beige, repeat rows 3 and 4.

Rows 11-14: In red, repeat rows 3 and 4.

Rows 15-16: In beige, repeat rows 3 and 4.

Rows 17-34: In dusty purple, repeat rows 3 and 4.

Turn skirt inside out and fold so that both edges are together. Slst down seam to join. Tie off. Weave ends. Turn skirt right side out. Put the skirt onto the doll by pulling up over the legs.

Corset (make 1):

Row 1: In brown, ch 23, starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch (22 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-3: Sc in each st (22 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Inc in first st, sc 20, inc in last st (24 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Sc in each st (24 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Inc in first st, sc 22, inc in last st (26 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 7-9: Sc in each st (26 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 10: Sc 4, ch 3, sk 3, sc 12, ch 3, sk 3, sc 4 (26 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 11: Sc in each st (26 sts).

Tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Turn bodice upside down and join yarn in last st of starting ch.

Row 1: Sc 10, [hdc, dc] in same st, picot, [dc, hdc] in same st, sc 10 (26 sts + pc)

Tie off. Weave ends.

Sleeves (make 2):

Join red yarn at any st of the ch-space from row 10 of the corset.

Rnd 1: Sc 8 evenly around (8 sts)

Rnd 2: *Sc 3, inc, repeat from * once more (10 sts)

Rnds 3-15: Sc in each st around (10 sts).

Tie off. Weave ends. Repeat for second sleeve.

Put the corset on the doll by inserting the an arm into each sleeve. In brown yarn, stitch up the back of the corset. Weave ends. With a length of brown yarn, tie a bow at the front-centre of the corset.

You’re done!

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5 thoughts on “The Salem Sisters: Sarah Sanderson Free Crochet Pattern

  1. Holly thank you so much! my 40 year old daughter will love the Salem Sisters. Her birthday is coming up. This will be fantastic!!!!

    1. Yes, except for the skin colour! You will need two skeins of the skin colour if you are making all three dolls.

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