Learn how to make this adorable 90’s themed crochet troll doll in this very beginner-friendly, step-by-step tutorial. Full video tutorial included.
We’re taking it way back with this little guy, about 30 years, the good ol’ 90’s baby!
Who doesn’t love the 90’s?
Recently I celebrated my 30th birthday with a 90’s themed party at my local skating rink.
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During all the planning, preparing and 90’s researching this 90’s style Troll stuffy design was created! Complete with the little jewel belly button and everything!
As always you can purchase the ad-free, printable version of the pattern here.
Watch the included video tutorial here.
I didn’t record the entire pattern from start to finish like I usually do because he is very similar to the Ava Bunny video and it was recorded in full detail. I did record the parts that are different though.
Or just continue reading here!!
Here’s what you will need to make your own crochet troll doll.
MATERIALS (WITH CLICKABLE LINKS)
– F (3.75) Crochet Hook
– I Love This Yarn in the color Light Taupe.
– Neon Yarn
– 15mm Safety Eyes
– Tapestry Needle
– 4 Sewing Pins
– Scrap Black Yarn
– Cat Brush- I got mine from Walmart
*I have linked most of the supplies I used in the materials section above.
STITCH KEY (US TERMS)
SC- Single Crochet
INC- Increase (in this case- 2 SC in the same stitch)
DEC- Decrease, in this case, invisible decrease (explained below)
SLST- Slip Stitch
* To be repeated
- Magic Circle –We will be using the Magic Circle method for this crochet bunny pattern. If you are unfamiliar with this technique I will link a good YouTube video for you here.
- Invisible Decrease – invisible single crochet decrease – insert hook into front loop of next stitch, then insert your hook into the front loop of the following stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 remaining loops on hook.
- Continuous Rounds – This pattern is worked in continuous rounds without joining. After you finish the stitches of one round, start right on the next without joining between. I find it handy to use a stitch marker (or a piece of yarn) to mark the start of each round so you know when each round starts/ends.
The 90’s style crochet troll doll is made just like the Ava Bunny stuffy pattern I shared previously, except there are no color changes (yay) and the ears are different. Plus, you know, the hair.
BEFORE YOU START– IMPORTANT
If you do plan on selling these cuties in your shop (either online or at markets), And I hope you do, I would include a warning that it is made with small pieces and children under 3 should be supervised when playing with them.
The safety eyes are in there REALLY GOOD and they’re super hard to pull apart after you snap them shut, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Crochet Troll Doll
Starting with your first leg and using your cotton worsted weight yarn
Round 1: SC 6 into magic circle (6)
Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)
Round 3: INC, SC* around 6 times (18)
Round 4: INC, SC, SC* around 6 times (24)
Rounds 5-13: SC in each stitch around (24)
SLST into the next space and tie off.
Repeat rounds 1-13 for your second leg, but do not cut your yarn and tie off.
Sew in your tails you made when starting each foot.
We are going to start Round 14 working on the second leg- this will be the first round of our troll body.
For extra help skip to the 10:55 mark in the Ava Bunny video.
Round 14: SC 24
Grab your first leg and place a SLST in the SLST from where you tied off in Round 13 of leg 1.
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SC in the same space where you SLST to tie off Round 13 from leg 1.
So you are slip stitching into a slip stitch- then putting a single crochet into the same space where the original slip stitch was.
If this is confusing please refer to the 10:55 minute mark in the Ava Bunny video.
This is the best way I could get it where there wasn’t a hole between the two legs that would have to be stitched closed. If you prefer to stitch up a small hole that’s totally fine. The main thing is round 14 has 48 stitches total, 24sc for the first leg and 24sc for the second leg.
SC 23 more times around the leg. (48 stitches total in Round 14)
SLST into the same space as your 24th sc from Round 13 on leg 2. None of the slip stitches count as a stitch, they’re just creating the desired shape of our troll.
Rounds 15-31 SC 48 around.
Before we start our decreases we’re gonna do a few things. Pull up a big loop from your working yarn so you don’t accidentally pull out any stitches.
Sew in all your tails using a tapestry needle. (I show how I do this on the video that goes with this pattern)
Stuff the bottom half of your troll with polyfill.
Using a piece of scrap yarn as a guide, find the center of your troll body, then insert your safety eyes.
I like to put my eyes between Rounds 27 and 28. I usually have about 3 stitches between my eyes.
Attach your belly button jewel centered between rows 18 and 19.
I tried using a fancy Jewel rivet here but it absolutely did not work so I ended up just hot gluing a rhinestone. Not my best work, but it still looks cute!
Insert your hook back into the loop you left up and begin Round 32.
Round 32: SC 6, DEC* around 6 times (42) – remember I prefer the invisible decrease method here for a cleaner look
Tip: If you are not familiar with the Invisible Decreases technique, refer to the “special stitches” section at the beginning of this post.
Round 33: SC 5, DEC* around 6 times (36)
Round 34: SC 4, DEC* around 6 times (30)
Round 35: SC 3, DEC* around 6 times (24)
Finish stuffing your crochet troll doll.
Round 36: SC 2, DEC* around 6 times (18)
Add any more stuffing if necessary.
Round 37: SC 1, DEC* around 6 times (12)
Round 38: DEC around 6 times (6) Cut your yarn leaving a long tail for sewing.
Thread your tail onto a tapestry needle and close the top of your troll by picking up the front loop of every stitch and pulling your tail through all the loops. (I show how to do this in the video that goes with this pattern)
Finish sewing in your tail.
Crochet Troll Ears
Round 1: SC 6 into magic circle. (6)
Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)
Rounds 3-4: SC in each stitch around (12)
SLST in the next stitch and cut off leaving a long tail for sewing onto your troll body.
Sew in your first tail.
Line your ears up on the sides of the troll face, using your sewing pins to hold them in place.
Thread your tail onto a tapestry needle and begin whip stitching the ears on.
Sew in your tail and tie off.
Thread two strands of your nose color yarn onto your tapestry needle.
Insert your needle into the head of your troll, and come out where you want the right side of the nose to be.
For extra help skip to the 8:35 mark in the video that goes with this pattern.
Crochet Troll Mouth
Using your black yarn and tapestry needle, stitch on your troll smile.
Use your sewing pins to mark important parts of the smile. I show how to do this at the 11:00 mark in the video that goes with this pattern.
Hair comes the fun part 😂
Using a template of some sort, cut a whole bunch of neon yarn in about 10″ stripes.
Begin attaching the yarn onto the head of your troll.
Fold one strand of 10″ neon yarn in half.
Insert your hook into the stitch on the head where you want to place your hair.
Grab the loop created by the fold on your hair strand and pull it through the stitch on your troll.
Yarn over and pull the two yarn tails into the loop and pull tight.
Repeat for all your hair strands.
I like to attach my troll hair in three rows.
Don’t forget to shape the hairline around the ears. I like to do 3 strands in front and behind both ears.
After you attach all your hair strands, use your cat comb to brush it out, be sure to brush it up, in the direction you want the hair to go.
Pro tip: If you separate the yarn strands it makes it much easier/faster to comb. Separating can be time-consuming but I find it oddly relaxing to do while listing to a podcast or watching Netflix.
I find it’s easier to do this in sections.
After you get all your hair brushed out, trim any unruly bits and you’re all set!
I hope you love your new 90’s style troll doll! This one is giving me all the nostalgic 90’s feels.
When I was little my mom didn’t want me playing with trolls for some reason, but I loved their jewel belly buttons! Someone ended up gifting me some for my 3rd birthday and I LOVED them!
If you make a 90’s Troll and post any pics Id love to see it! You can tag me on social media @ACraftyConcept. I think my next troll will have rainbow hair!!!
Also if you plan on selling your troll dolls, and I hope you do! Be sure to grab the Troll Marketing Tips freebie here!
Happy crocheting friends!!