Pilgrim John

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The pilgrim is the basic pattern for the girl bunny, the clown, and Santa. Once you have made him you will be able to make the others and then go on to create your own. Each one is firmly stuffed with polyfil. Heads and masks are available in most craft departments and stores. If the ones shown here are not available, these projects would look equally nice with a substitute. Pick your own colors, too, if desired.

4-ply grey knitting worsted
4-ply white knitting worsted
1 black hat
1 pr. boots (2 ½" Santa boots)
½" x 10 ½" (minimum) pc. black felt for belt and bow tie
1 pr. 1 ¾" hands
3" grandpa head
F or G hook

Body (starting at the neck and working downward with grey). NOTE: Count carefully as you work so as not to pick up any extra stitches.

Ch 15, join; ch 2.

Row 1: 1 hdc in each st, join, ch 2 (15 hdc).

Row 2: 1 hdc in first hdc, 2 hdc in each hdc, sl st into top of ch 2 (do this at the end of each row). (30 hdc) Ch 2.

Row 3: 1 hdc in each hdc, join, ch 2. (30 hdc).

Row 4: Repeat Row 2, join (60 hdc). Ch 2.

Row 5: 1 hdc in first 20 hdc, skip 15 hdc, in next 10 hdc, skip 15 hdc, join. Ch 2. Openings are for the arms. You will pick these stitches up later.

Rows 6-9: 1 hdc in each hdc, join.

Row 10: 1 hdc in each hdc, but picking up the back loop only. You will pick up these loops later to make the bottom of his coat. The row endings will form a line diagonally down the back.

Rows 11-13: 1 hdc in each hdc, join, ch 2 (there are 30 hdc).

Row 14: 1 hdc in 15 hdc, join to the top of the ch 2; this is for the leg. When you hold the body piece with the front facing you, the armholes will be facing left and right. The 15 hdc that you just completed should circle from center-front to center-back; if not, sl st to center.

Rows 15-23: 1 hdc in each hdc, join and ch 2 after each row. Fasten off. One leg is completed. Attach yarn to the remaining 15 stitches. Crochet as for leg just finished to work other leg.


Row 1: Attach yarn to armhole. Ch 2, 15 hdc in each hdc, join, ch 2.

Rows 2-8: Repeat Row 1.

Repeat for the other arm.


Row 1: Attach alternating color (white). Ch 2. Work 1 hdc in every other hdc, join, ch 2.

Row 2: 2 hdc in each hdc, join, ch 2.

Row 3: 1 hdc in each hdc, join, ch 2.

Row 4: Sc in each hdc, sl st to join. Fasten off. Turn cuff up. Glue hands in each arm.


Row 1: Starting at center neck front, attach alternating color (white). Ch 2, 2 hdc in each stitch, ch 2, turn.

Rows 2 & 3: 1 hdc in each hdc, ch 2 and turn after each row.

Row 4: 1 sc in each hdc. Fasten off.

Coat Bottom

Row 1: Attach main color (grey) to a center-front loop of row 10. Ch 2, 1 hdc in each loop, increasing by putting 2 hdc in every 5th loop, ch 2, turn.

Rows 2 & 3: 1 hdc in each hdc. Fasten off.


  1. Cut a ½" wide piece of black felt for a belt and glue around waist (after stuffing).
  2. Firmly stuff the arms, legs and body with cotton or polyfil.
  3. Glue the head into the neck opening. Glue a black hat to his head. Glue black boots on his legs.
  4. Cut two 1" long x ¼" wide pieces of black felt and glue to his collar front for a bow tie.

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Pattern © 1981 by Plaid Enterprises, Inc. Reproduced with permission from Plaid. PurpleKittyYarns.com is not endorsed by Plaid.