To accompany my upcoming post on Poppets I have written up my Crochet Poppet Pattern and posted for peoples reference.
As with all my patterns they are free to use and you can do with the finished product as you will. That said please do not reproduce the pattern and the contents of the post with out crediting me and you can not sell on the pattern for personal profit.
Now that is out of the way onto the pattern and a quick note on stitching intent into your poppet.
By its nature a poppet is a tool of sympathetic magic and as you create it you should focus on that individual with regards your ritual purpose. If you are performing a healing rituals think of their ailment and its improvement; if it is a binding ritual or even a curse concentrate on how they and the situation they creates makes you feel.
As you work the pattern pour those thoughts and feelings into the stitches you work, binding your intent into the very fabric of your poppet.
Simple Poppet Pattern
You will need
Scraps of DK yarn as appropriate
Head – Colour to match the subject
Body – Colour to match the subject
Hair – Colour to match the subject
Embroidery thread – to match the subjects eye colours and red for the lips.
A 3.5 mm hook (your stiches need to be tight for stuffing so use a hook to match your tension)
Make a Magic Circle
Rd 1: 8 sc in loop, pull the loop closed and join with a slip stitch (8 stiches)
Rd 2: 2 sc in each sc and join (16 stiches)
Rd 3 – to desired length: sc in each sc around and close each round with a slip stitch.
You can make this as long or short as you prefer, around 15 rounds will probabl
y be sufficient but keep in mind what you are planning to include needs to fit. I suggest starting with your ‘Head’ colour and changing to ‘Body’ colour after 7 rounds to make a little ‘head’ for your poppet.
Once everything is to the desired length fasten off but leave a long enough tail to sew the bottom edge closed. Now it is time to personalise it a little.
Take 2-4 strands of yarn which matches the colour of your subject and fold t
hem in half. Attach them to the poppet by inserting your hook from front to back at the top of your work and draw the hair yarn partially through and pull the ends through the loop created. Add as much or as little as you like and trip to the appropriate length. You can fluff up the hair by separating out the strands. Don’t go overboard but remember you are attempting to achieve a likeness.
Now you can embroider eyes and a mouth, remembering to use an eye colour that matches the subject.
Now your poppet is ready for your ritual, just remember to include a tapestry needle amongst your ritual items in order to sew the poppet closed after filling.