Shrunken head

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Shrunken head Pattern


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Knitting: Shrunken head
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details







Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basc skills only needed

Pattern Description:

This fun shrunken head mascot is an easy little pattern which is knitted flat on 3mm needles with no complicated shaping or stitches.

Here are the materials needed and the abbreviations used.


DK /8ply/ worsted weight yarn
Medium brown or chosen colour for the head and nose = less than 25g
Approximately 25g of your chosen colour for the hair.
Scrap of white/cream for plaits
A pair of 3mm needles.
2 x bamboo skewers.
Dental floss or white embroidery floss for sewing up the eyes and mouth.
Black eye shadow or black colouring pencil
Small odd beads (optional)
Clear multi-purpose glue

k = knit
p = purl
k2tog/p2tog = knit/purl the next two stitches together (decreases 1 st)
Ss = stockinet stitch (knit one row, purl one row)
st/sts = stitch/stitches
inc1 = (increase) by knitting into front and back of same stitch. PLEASE NOTE: if you use any other method of increasing, your stitch count will not work out.


Really not important, but for guidance I knitted this sample at 7st and 11 rows to and inch.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • actual head is 4 1/2 inches long, hair the length of your choice


  • Please see the main description for materials needed

About Designer

About Designer

phoeny on

I am an independent designer of knitted toys. I have been designing since 2009.
I love to design the unusual, fantasy creatures and long forgotten children's toys are also a favourite.
I have spent a lifetime of crafting, from painting and sketching through to running my own ceramic studio, I am never without a project of some kind or another on the go - and quite often more than a couple at ...

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