Mini Bernie Sanders Amigurumi

Happy 2021, fam!

As you may have noticed, I’ve been absent from this site for a while now. Back in December, I announced on my Facebook page that I was going to take a break from social media and from the blog for a while. I needed some time to focus on my mental health.

I’m still working some things out (we’re all works in progress, right?), but as soon as I started seeing all of the Bernie/mittens memes after the inauguration, I knew I had to “come out of retirement” as it were just so that I could make my own Bernie doll.

Now, I’m not a major Bernie fan, but I do see value in a lot of his work. But those memes, right? So funny! Here are some of my favorites:

Of course, I had to add Bernie (or “Brrrnie” as I like to call him) to my collection of mini amigurumi. I wrote up the pattern as I went, so I figured I’d tidy it up and share it with all of you. I hope you enjoy this FREE pattern!

Before we get to crocheting, I encourage you to consider making a donation to Meals On Wheels, an organization near and dear to Human Bernie’s (and Mini Bernie’s) heart. Every penny helps!

Skill Level: Easy +


Materials List

Tools & Supplies Needed

  • Size D/3.25mm hook
  • Two 6mm plastic safety eyes
  • 1 skein (there will be leftovers!) of worsted-weight yarn in the following colors: beige (skin tone), dark green, black, white, brown, tan
  • A small amount of #10 white crochet thread
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing (available at most craft stores)
  • Yarn needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Baby blue felt
  • Optional: grey yarn for embroidering glasses OR wire and wire tools for shaping wire glasses (I used 16 gauge jewelry wire)

Stitch Guide

You will need to know a few different types of stitches in order to make these dolls. Below is a guide to help you with the abbreviations of the terms and stitches used in these doll patterns (written in US terms).

sl st = slip stitch

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

hdc = half-double crochet

inc = increase

dec = decrease


Mini Bernie Sanders Amigurumi Pattern

Head

Rnd 1) In beige, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 6 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (6)

Rnd 2) *sc inc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Rnd 3) *sc inc, sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (18)

Rnds 4-7) 18 sc. Join and ch 1. (18)

Insert the eyes into the 8th and 12th stitches of round 5, so that there are 3 sc stitches between the eyes.

Rnd 8) *sc dec, sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Carefully stuff the head, but do not overstuff!

Rnd 9) *sc dec* x 6. Join and ch 1. (6)

Rnd 10) 6 sc. Change to dark green and cut the beige yarn. Join and ch 1. (6)

Torso

Rnd 11) In dark green, *sc inc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Rnd 12) *sc inc, 3 sc* x 3. Join and ch 1. (15)

Rnds 13-15) 15 sc. Change to black and cut the dark green yarn. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for weaving. (15)

Insert some stuffing into your doll’s torso, but leave room for you to work the stitches for the beginning of the legs–you can also stuff what’s left of the torso when you stuff your doll’s legs!

Leg #1

Insert your hook into the BLO of the back center-most stitch of round 15 of the body. With black, ch 1.

Rnd 1) 8 sc. Join to the 1st sc of the round and ch 1. (8)

Rnd 2) In BOTH LOOPS, 8 sc. Join and ch 1. (8)

Rnd 3) 8 sc. Join and ch 1. (8)

Insert some stuffing into your doll’s leg.

Rnd 4) *sc dec* x 4. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for weaving.

Leg #2

Insert your hook into the BLO of the 8th sc of round 15 of the body (this is the same stitch in which you worked the last sc of rnd 1 of leg #1). With black, ch 1.

Rnd 1) 8 sc. Join to the 1st sc of the round and ch 1. (8)

Rnd 2) In BOTH LOOPS, 8 sc. Join and ch 1. (8)

Rnd 3) 8 sc. Join and ch 1. (8)

Insert some stuffing into your doll’s leg.

Rnd 4) *sc dec* x 4. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for weaving.

Finishing the Legs

After you’ve made your doll’s legs, you’ll probably notice a small gap between them where they should be joined. Use the tail ends of your yarn and a yarn needle to stitch any opening between the legs closed. Weave in ends.

If you see any opening at the base of the doll’s feet, you can use the tail ends of your yarn and a yarn needle to stitch that opening closed as well, then weave in your ends.

Arms (Make 2)

Insert your hook into the back center-most stitch of round 15 of the body. With black, ch 1.

Rnd 1) In white, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1 and work 8 sc in the center of the Magic Circle. Change to brown. Join to the beginning sc of the round and ch 1. (8)

Rnd 2) In brown, 8 sc. Join and ch 1. (8)

Rnd 3) *sc dec, sc* x 2, sc dec. Change to dark green. Join and ch 1. (5)

Rnd 4) In dark green, 5 sc. Join and ch 1. (5)

Rnd 5) 5 sc. Join and ch 1. (5)

Rnd 6) 5 sc. Join and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. (5)

Weave in all ends of your doll’s arms by pulling them through the length of the arm, then trim. Do this for all of the tail ends for the arms EXCEPT for the long tails that you left for sewing.

Using the long tail that’s left, sew the opening at the top (“shoulder”) of the doll’s arm shut so that it is basically sewn flat across. Then sewn the arms to round 11 of the doll’s body so that the now flat part of the doll’s arm lays nice and flat against the doll’s body. Repeat for the second arm.

To finish, cut a strand of tan yarn and stitch small “v” shapes onto the gloved hands of the doll.

Hair

Rnd 1) In white, ch 10. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work 8 sc, 3 sc in last chain. Working along the other side of the chain, work 7 sc, 2 sc in last chain space. Join and ch 1. (20)

Rnd 2) 3 sc in first st, sc inc, sc, sc dec, sc, sc dec, sc, sc inc, 3 sc in next st, sc inc, 7 sc, sc inc. Join and ch 1. (26)

Rnd 3) 2 dc inc, 3 hdc, hdc3tog, 3 hdc, hdc inc, sc, 9 sl st, sc, hdc inc. Join and ch 1.

You will now work the “flyaway” bits of hair along the top. We’ll call this “row 4” of the hair piece as it’s not quite a round, but rather a short row worked across the top.

The flyaways consist of three small chains. After making each flyaway chain in the directions below, remember to join with a sl st to rnd 3 of the main hair piece before beginning the next chain.

Row 4) 5 sl st, [ch 2, sl st into 2nd chain space from the hook (makes first chain)], sl st into next st of rnd 3, [ch 5, sl st into 2nd chain space from the hook, 3 sl st (makes second chain)], sl st into next st of rnd 3, [ch 2, sl st into 2nd chain space from the hook (makes third chain)], sl st into next st of rnd 3, 9 sl st. Fasten off.

Jacket “Hood”

You will now make a “hood”. I put it in quotes because it doesn’t function as a hood, but it looks like a jacket hood when not pulled over the wearer’s head.

Row 1) In dark green, ch 18. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work 3 sl st, 2 sc, sc inc, hdc, dc inc, dc, dc inc, hdc, sc inc, 2 sc, 3 sl st. Fasten off. (21)

Finishing

To finish your mini Bernie, sew the hair onto the doll’s head.

Sew the jacket hood onto the doll. Tip: I sewed my Bernie’s hood onto the doll just at the front, leaving the majority of the hood free-hanging. I feel it gives the hood a more realistic look, as opposed to stitching it on completely. Do whatever you think looks best!

Use grey yarn to stitch rectangular glasses frames onto your doll. If you like, you can try using jewelry wire to shape wire frames! I used 16 gauge jewelry wire and some small needle nose pliers (also available in the jewelry-making section of the craft store). To attach them to the doll’s head, I carefully bent the ends of the glasses (the part that would go over the ear) inward, then literally shoved them into the side of his head. For extra security, I took a strand of beige yarn, twisted the fibers, and separated it into a half-strand. Then I used this half-strand to carefully sew the nose bridge of the glasses onto the face. They’re not perfect, but I think I did pretty good for my first pair of wire glasses!

To make the face mask, cut a small rectangle of light blue felt. Use a couple strands of #10 crochet thread in white and a sewing needle to carefully stitch the mask onto the doll. Tip: pull the tail ends of the crochet thread through the doll’s head all the way to the back of the head, coming out on the other side of the head in the middle of the main hair piece. Knot each side together, then weave the rest of the ends through the hair piece.

Lastly, weave in all ends and trim any excess yarn.

Like this pattern? Great! I’m so happy to offer this pattern to the crochet community for free. If you’d like, please consider making a donation to Meals On Wheels. Every little bit helps people in need.

One thought on “Mini Bernie Sanders Amigurumi

  1. Thank you soooo much for writing a pattern and a free on at that. I too am not a huge fan of him but the doll is awesome! Cannot wait make one. Hope you feel better soon. We are all dealing with stuff and it is a major struggle every day.

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