Remembrance Day Soldier (Free Pattern)

Halloween is days away, but I’m in November mode! Remembrance Day, for those of you not in a Commonwealth country, is November 11th and commemorates the end of World War 1 and marks lots of tributes to soldiers who died in the war. To celebrate, my old youth theatre group are doing a show based in World War 2, a sort of unofficial sequel to World War 1 musical ‘Oh It’s a Lovely War’, which I did back when I was a member. I’m friends on Facebook with the woman who runs the youth group and she absolutely loves all the amigurumi stuff I’ve been doing, so she commissioned these:

big group amiguruthi

Six soldiers, one per show as raffle prizes.

I had initially made up this little guy:

mini soldier amiguruthi

because she wanted to sell loads for £1 to raise money for Help the Heroes but there was mind changing and so forth so big soldiers got created and actually I think I prefer them. So I’m going to give you guys their pattern. If anyone wants the mini soldier too let me know.

EDIT: Wow – never realised the little dude would be so popular! Mini Soldier.

Free pattern for the big dude after the jump.

The Essentials

Hook: 3.5mm (E)

Yarn: Chunky in army green, DK in peach, brown or prefered skin colour, black or grey DK, brown DK, small bit of yellow DK.

Also Needed: Embroidery thread in black or green, 6mm safety eyes.

Finished size: Approx 8 inches tall.

Terms:

CH = Chain

Sc = Single Crochet

INC = Increase

DEC = Decrease

SL ST = Slip Stitch

FLO = Front Loops Only

Body

Magic ring in army green
Round 1: 6sc into magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3:{1sc, INC} around [18]
Round 4:{2sc, INC} around [24]
Round 5:{3sc, INC} around [30]
Round 6-9: Sc around [30]
Round 10: {3sc, DEC} around [24]
Round 11: Sc around [24]
Round 12: {2sc, DEC} around [18]
Round 13: Sc around [18]
Round 14: {sc, DEC} around [12]

SL ST to join. Finish off, leaving an open top and a long tail for sewing. Stuff.

Sorry, no photos for this pattern because I didn’t actually intend to give out the pattern. But i decided that actually my own dislike of the army and war doesn’t actually mean I can’t support looking after the people affected by it. Spanked my inner Muppet and got over myself, but not in time to take photos…

Head (chin up)

Magic ring in peach, brown or skin tone of your choice.
Round 1: 6sc into centre of magic circle [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]
Round 6: {4sc, INC} repeat around [36]
Round 7: {5sc, INC} repeat around [42]
Round 8: Sc around FLO [42]
Round 9-12: Sc around [42]
Round 13: {5sc, DEC} repeat around [36]
Round 14: {4sc, DEC} repeat around [30]
Round 15: {3sc, DEC} repeat around [24]
Round 16: {2sc, DEC} repeat around [18]

Place your safety eyes here. Stick them between rows 10 and 11, leaving around 10 stitches between them (personal preference of course, but the wider gap looks cuter in my opinion).

Round 17: {1sc, DEC} repeat around [12]

Stuff

Round 18: DEC around [6]

Sew the body onto the chin using the tail you left. That’s where the magic ring was made at the beginning not where the hole was sealed at the end 🙂

Legs (x2)

Magic ring in army green
Round 1: 6sc into magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3:{1sc, INC} around [18]
Round 4:{2sc, INC} around [24]
Round 5: Sc around [24]
Round 6:  {2sc, DEC} around [18]
Round 7: 3sc, DEC six times, 3sc [12]
Round 8-12: Sc around [12]

Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff and sew in place at the bottom of the body.

Arms

Magic ring in peach, brown or skin tone of your choice.
Round 1: 6sc into magic ring/ second chain from hook [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} around [18]
Round 4: SC around [18]
Round 5: {1sc, DEC} repeat around [12]

Colour change to army green

Round 6-12: Sc around [12]

Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff and sew in place at the sides of the body.

Helmet

Magic circle in army green, leaving a long tail at the start.

Round 1: 6sc into centre of magic circle [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]
Round 6: {4sc, INC} repeat around [36]
Round 7-10: Sc around [36]

SL ST to join and weave the ends in. Use the start tail to sew the helmet in place on the top of the head.

We’re on the home stretch! Just some decorative stuff now.

Chin Strap

In black or grey, Ch approximately 30 (you might need to add or take off chains depending on your own tension). Sew one end to one side of the helmet and the other to the other side, running it under the chin. You can sew a stitch in the centre to hold it in place if you want, but its not really necessary.

Belt

In brown, Ch approximately 40 (again, you might need to add or take off chains depending on your own tension). Sew one end in the centre of the stomach, run the chain round the body and then sew the end back to the beginning. Cover the join using a few stitches of yellow to create a buckle.

Then you just need to add some embroidery. Back stitch around the feet, a few rounds up, to separate the bottom of the trousers from the top of the shoe. Back stitch a line down the centre of the body to separate the shirt sides, and add pockets at the sides (just above the belt) and breast.

Big soldier amiguruthi

And you’re done! Ready to recreate the D Day Landings, storm the fields or simply show your respect.

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49 thoughts on “Remembrance Day Soldier (Free Pattern)

  1. Your pattern is so inspiring!!! I was wondering if I could have your pattern for the little soldier. I think they would be really cute for the babies of soldiers. I would like to donate some of these for the kids here that have parents in service. My email address is jeanineperkins@yahoo.com Bless you and your family this holiday season. Regards, Jeanine

    • I’ll email you the little soldier pattern. I’ve had a couple of requests so I might end up putting him up on the blog next week, but I’ll send you it in advance. LOVE the idea of donating some 😀 x

  2. These are awesome!! I work for Canadian Forces and always am looking for things to decorate my desk. Guess what is going up???? I would also love the mini version.

    • I’m amazed how cross country these dolls appeal is – I’m sure one will look great on your desk 😀
      I’ll be publishing the mini soldier on Sunday so watch this space! x

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  5. Awesome! Very clever and I like how they evolved. You go, girl! You are always surprising me with your wonderful creations! I had seen a pic of these in my newsfeed the other day and thought how awesome they were. At the time, I didn’t realize it was YOUR pattern! I should have known. LOL. ❤

    • Aww thanks hon. That’s one of the best compliments that – liked it without know it’s mine 🙂
      They stormed up the evolution tree, never intended anything quite as robust lol x

  6. Hi Ruth, just read your winning story. Congratulations. I’ve never laughed so much ! You really know all about yarnies. You painted a good picture with your words. I’m sure everyone who reads it will enjoy the fun of it.
    Best Wishes,
    Carol Partridge.

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  12. I love this pattern. My son is still currently deployed and my brothers previously so. I am planning to make some of these on a mini scale wearing red ribbons for key chains to support r.e.d. fridays. (remember everyone deployed) all proceeds will go to support military families and raise awareness of the various military family charities. they will come with handwritten cards by my children giving the info for Adopt a US soldier and various other websites.

    • They sound excellent! I’m so happy to hear of how many people are doing something charitable with these patterns, and the handwritten cards from your kids sound such a lovely touch. x

  13. My Grandson was deployed last Thanksgiving.i want to make. These for his Mom,Grandparents, me to. He is a paratrooper, miss him so much. Will you please send the patterns to me also? Thank you so much.

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  16. Excited to make your soldier, but with a pony tail for a new female US Army specialist in the family! Thanks very much for sharing. Just a question; the pattern doesn’t mention joining at the end of each row, is that assumed or am I confused about how it crochets up? Thank you.

    • Ooh I love that idea! 😀

      The rounds are continuous, so you just start crocheting into the next available stitch once you finish a round. You could do it as joined rounds if you prefer, I just don’t know if it would change the look (I wouldn’t imagine so from projects I’ve done in the past). x

        • I’m not sure why you can comment but not see the pattern, so I’ll just paste you it below! The jump is just the ‘see more’ option when viewed from the main page.

          The Essentials

          Hook: 3.5mm (E)

          Yarn: Chunky in army green, DK in peach, brown or prefered skin colour, black or grey DK, brown DK, small bit of yellow DK.

          Also Needed: Embroidery thread in black or green, 6mm safety eyes.

          Finished size: Approx 8 inches tall.

          Terms:

          CH = Chain

          Sc = Single Crochet

          INC = Increase

          DEC = Decrease

          SL ST = Slip Stitch

          FLO = Front Loops Only

          Body

          Magic ring in army green
          Round 1: 6sc into magic ring [6]
          Round 2: INC around [12]
          Round 3:{1sc, INC} around [18]
          Round 4:{2sc, INC} around [24]
          Round 5:{3sc, INC} around [30]
          Round 6-9: Sc around [30]
          Round 10: {3sc, DEC} around [24]
          Round 11: Sc around [24]
          Round 12: {2sc, DEC} around [18]
          Round 13: Sc around [18]
          Round 14: {sc, DEC} around [12]

          SL ST to join. Finish off, leaving an open top and a long tail for sewing. Stuff.

          Sorry, no photos for this pattern because I didn’t actually intend to give out the pattern. But i decided that actually my own dislike of the army and war doesn’t actually mean I can’t support looking after the people affected by it. Spanked my inner Muppet and got over myself, but not in time to take photos…

          Head (chin up)

          Magic ring in peach, brown or skin tone of your choice.
          Round 1: 6sc into centre of magic circle [6]
          Round 2: INC around [12]
          Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
          Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
          Round 5: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]
          Round 6: {4sc, INC} repeat around [36]
          Round 7: {5sc, INC} repeat around [42]
          Round 8: Sc around FLO [42]
          Round 9-12: Sc around [42]
          Round 13: {5sc, DEC} repeat around [36]
          Round 14: {4sc, DEC} repeat around [30]
          Round 15: {3sc, DEC} repeat around [24]
          Round 16: {2sc, DEC} repeat around [18]

          Place your safety eyes here. Stick them between rows 10 and 11, leaving around 10 stitches between them (personal preference of course, but the wider gap looks cuter in my opinion).

          Round 17: {1sc, DEC} repeat around [12]

          Stuff

          Round 18: DEC around [6]

          Sew the body onto the chin using the tail you left. That’s where the magic ring was made at the beginning not where the hole was sealed at the end 🙂

          Legs (x2)

          Magic ring in army green
          Round 1: 6sc into magic ring [6]
          Round 2: INC around [12]
          Round 3:{1sc, INC} around [18]
          Round 4:{2sc, INC} around [24]
          Round 5: Sc around [24]
          Round 6:  {2sc, DEC} around [18]
          Round 7: 3sc, DEC six times, 3sc [12]
          Round 8-12: Sc around [12]

          Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff and sew in place at the bottom of the body.

          Arms

          Magic ring in peach, brown or skin tone of your choice.
          Round 1: 6sc into magic ring/ second chain from hook [6]
          Round 2: INC around [12]
          Round 3: {1sc, INC} around [18]
          Round 4: SC around [18]
          Round 5: {1sc, DEC} repeat around [12]

          Colour change to army green

          Round 6-12: Sc around [12]

          Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff and sew in place at the sides of the body.

          Helmet

          Magic circle in army green, leaving a long tail at the start.

          Round 1: 6sc into centre of magic circle [6]
          Round 2: INC around [12]
          Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
          Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
          Round 5: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]
          Round 6: {4sc, INC} repeat around [36]
          Round 7-10: Sc around [36]

          SL ST to join and weave the ends in. Use the start tail to sew the helmet in place on the top of the head.

          We’re on the home stretch! Just some decorative stuff now.

          Chin Strap

          In black or grey, Ch approximately 30 (you might need to add or take off chains depending on your own tension). Sew one end to one side of the helmet and the other to the other side, running it under the chin. You can sew a stitch in the centre to hold it in place if you want, but its not really necessary.

          Belt

          In brown, Ch approximately 40 (again, you might need to add or take off chains depending on your own tension). Sew one end in the centre of the stomach, run the chain round the body and then sew the end back to the beginning. Cover the join using a few stitches of yellow to create a buckle.

          Then you just need to add some embroidery. Back stitch around the feet, a few rounds up, to separate the bottom of the trousers from the top of the shoe. Back stitch a line down the centre of the body to separate the shirt sides, and add pockets at the sides (just above the belt) and breast.

  17. thank you thank you I could see the pattern on my raverlry I could see the pattern just could not get it to print wish you were closer so I could do something for you you went above ans beyond for this eighty year old thank you god bless

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