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Mother Teresa Ornament Crochet Pattern

Updated: Apr 21, 2021


  • 2.5 mm hook

  • Yarn (I use cotton yarn, weight 4): tan/beige, white, blue

  • Polyester fiber stuffing

  • Stitch marker (to keep track of rows)

  • Finishing/tapestry needle (to sew parts together, embroider nose, and weave in ends)

  • Black embroidery thread

  • A small amount of brown yarn or embroidery thread (to embroidery a tiny cross)

  • Optional: Sewing pins (for placing parts together before sewing), blush


  • Basic understanding of how to complete amigurumi and follow patterns

  • Working in a spiral

  • Working in rounds

  • Working in rows

  • Color changing

  • Sewing amigurumi parts together

  • Basic embroidery skills

  • Finishing off (f.o.) and weaving/tucking in ends

  • Chain (ch)

  • Single crochet (sc)

  • Increase (inc.)*

  • Invisible decrease (dec.)**

  • Double crochet (dc)

  • Triple crochet (tr)

  • Triple crochet increase (tr inc.)*

  • Crocheting in back loops only and front loops only (BLO, FLO)

*An increase is 2 sc in 1 stitch. A triple crochet increase is 2 tr in 1 stitch.

** An invisible decrease is completed by following these instructions: 1. Identify the next two stitches you wish to combine into one. 2. Insert your hook into the front loop of the first stitch. 3. Insert your hook into the front loop of the second stitch. You should have 3 loops on your hook. 4. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. 5. Yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops.

The finished doll is approximately 3 inches tall, not including the hook.

This pattern is written in US crochet terms.

I choose to begin by chaining two and then completing 6 sc starting in the 2nd ch from the hook. Of course, you may alternatively do a magic ring if you prefer.


Begin with blue yarn.

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in the 2nd chain from the hook (6)

R 2: inc. x 6 (12)

R 3: inc. x 12 (24)

Change to white yarn.

R 4: BLO 24 sc (24)

Change to blue yarn.

R 5: 24 sc (24)

Change to white yarn.

R 6-10 (5 rows): 24 sc (24)

R 11: (2 sc, dec.) x 6 (18)

R 12: (sc, dec.) x 6 (12)

Change to beige yarn.

R 13: BLO inc. x 12 (24)

R 14-18 (5 rows): 24 sc (24)

Embroider closed eyes and eyelashes near row 16 about 2.5 stitches apart. Each of the eyes I created is about 2.5 stitches wide. Add a nose in between and slightly below the eyes (mine is between row 15 and 16): insert a little bit of yarn into your tapestry needle and wrap around a stitch or two several times and tie your two yarn ends in the back (on the inside of the head). Apply blush on cheeks.

R 19: (2 sc, dec.) x 6 (18)

R 20: (sc, dec.) x 6 (12)

R 21: dec. x 6 (6)

F.o. and weave in any loose ends.

Arm (Make 2)

Begin with beige yarn. Stuffing is not necessary.

R 1: ch 2, 6 sc in the 2nd chain from the hook (6)

R 2: 6 sc (6)

Change to white yarn.

R 3: FLO 6 sc (6)

R 4-9 (6 rows): 6 sc (6)

R 10: Fold the arm half and close together with 3 sc (3)

F.o. and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew the arms onto the body so that they stick out forward a little bit (so that you can later position and sew the arms onto the body more easily) I sewed them near rows 10 and 11.


Begin with blue yarn. This will be crocheted not in a spiral, but in distinct rounds that begin with a chain and end with a slip stitch to the first sc of the round you created.

Check after round 1 to make sure the sash will fit around the body at a diagonal angle. Feel free to add or subtract chains if necessary.

R 1: ch 28, connect with sl st (28)

R 2: ch 1, 28 sc, connect with sl st (28)

Change to white yarn.

R 3: ch 1, 28 sc, connect with sl st (28)

Change to blue yarn

R 4: ch 1, 28 sc, connect with sl st (28)

F.o. and weave in ends. Use a long piece of white yarn to sew the sash around the body, over the left arm and beneath the right arm.

Embroider a small brown cross (using either yarn or embroidery thread) in the upper corner of the sash. Sew the hands together in a prayer position using beige yarn.


Begin with blue yarn.

Row 1: ch 27, starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, complete 26 sc (26)

Change to white yarn.

R 2: ch 1, turn, 26 sc (26)

Change to blue yarn.

R 3: ch 1, turn, 8 sc, 10 dc, 8 sc (26)

F.o. At this point, I weave in all ends so far except for the beginning tail. This is because the beginning tail helps me determine the direction I should be crocheting row 4 when I rejoin the yarn. Below is a picture of my work after I completed row 3 and weaved in the ends. The tail is on the left side of my work.

Flip your work over so that the tail is now facing your right. Ignore the first 8 sc stitches (of round 3). Using white yarn, create a sl st to the first dc (this is technically the last or 10th dc you made in row 3). Row 4 begins here. The first dc you complete in row 4 is in the same stitch you just slip stitched. (You will also be leaving the last 8 sc stitches of row 3 unworked.)

R 4: ch 2, 3 dc, tr inc. x 4, 3 dc (14)

R 5: ch 2, turn, 3 dc, (tr, tr inc.) x 4, 3 dc (18)

R 6-7 (2 rows): ch 2, turn, 3 dc, 12 tr, 3 dc (18)

F.o. and weave in ends.

Next you will sew the veil on the head. I highly recommend using sewing pins to center and position the veil first before sewing (I don’t stick my sewing pins all the way through because they will go through to the other side since the head is so small).

I used a piece of white yarn and sewed row 2 of the veil around the head. The two ends should meet in the lower middle back of the head. (It’s okay if the ends don’t quite touch or overlap a little, so long as this part fits firmly around the head).

Use white yarn to sew the edges of veil down on each side where they naturally fold. (I stop here because I like the veil to look a bit loosely-fitting. However, feel free to sew the veil down in any other places you find necessary in order to achieve your desired look).

If you want to add a hook, take some embroidery thread (or yarn) in a tapestry needle and thread it through the veil and the head on one side and out the other side. Tie the embroidery thread in a knot and then slide the hook so that the knot is hidden inside the head.

The end!

Thanks for trying my pattern! I’d love to see your finished result on instagram. Tag me at @Lindsey_Crochets

You may not copy or distribute any part of this pattern. You are welcome to sell the finished product, but please credit Lindsey Crochets as the pattern’s creator. Find me at Instagram at @lindsey_crochets and at

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