Free pattern: My Buddy Friend

My Buddy Friend, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This simple toy, stuffed with Poly-fil, makes a portable pal for a child. It meets the donation requirements for My Recovery Buddy, a charity that distributes handmade, huggable buddies. This pattern is one of many great projects shared by designers as part of the Crochet Charity Drive.

Back in January, I went to Phoenix for Creativation, the trade show of the Association for Creative Industries. One of the best parts of this event was getting the opportunity to meet representatives (in person!) from some of the craft brands I work with all the time.

This post contains affiliate links. Materials for the sample were generously provided by Clover USA and Fairfield.

When I met the folks from Fairfield, I mentioned that I was planning to feature My Recovery Buddy in an upcoming charity spotlight post, and they explained that Fairfield already works with this charity to provide Poly-Fil stuffing. They were kind enough to provide me with a 3 ounce bag of Poly-fil, which was just the right amount for stuffing this little dude.

Similarly, once I saw the new Quick Locking Stitch Marker Set at the Clover booth, I knew these ultra-thin stitch markers would be perfect for using with amigurumi and other stuffed creations because the markers wouldn’t stretch out stitches. (If you’d like to see some of the other ways I use stitch markers, check out 5 Reasons to Use Locking Stitch Markers.) It was great to put both of these freebies to use for such a good cause.

My Buddy Friend, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This simple toy, stuffed with Poly-fil, makes a portable pal for a child. It meets the donation requirements for My Recovery Buddy, a charity that distributes handmade, huggable buddies. This pattern is one of many great projects shared by designers as part of the Crochet Charity Drive.

This month’s charity spotlight pattern for My Buddy Friend includes detailed assembly instructions, so if it’s your first crochet softie, don’t worry!

February’s Featured Charity: My Recovery Buddy

My Recovery Buddy launched in 2014, and in the past three years they have already distributed over 3,000 “recovery buddies.” These handmade and huggable buddies are distributed to people experiencing difficult challenges, such as “battling addictions, disorders, trauma, or medical or mental illness.”

My Recovery Buddy accepts crocheted, knit, or sewn buddies. You can find the guidelines for creating a buddy here, as well as free crochet and knitting patterns for buddies.

Individuals can request buddies here. Because buddies may include small pieces, they are not recommended for children under the age of five. Requests for buddies for children under 18 must be completed by a parent or guardian. If you’d like to chat with other crafters while working on your buddy, be sure to check out the My Recovery Buddy Ravelry group (sign in required). You can also get updated information on current requests in the group so your buddy can be customized for someone in need.

If you want to save money on postage, you can mail unstuffed buddies to My Recovery Buddy for stuffing and finishing. If you don’t have time to crochet something of your own, you can also donate postage or gift cards to craft supply stores. More information is available here.

Tips for Making Great Recovery Buddies

While My Recovery Buddy gives its volunteer makers a lot of creative freedom, they do ask that buddies measure about 6.5″ (16.5 cm) to 7″ (18 cm) square once completed. Buddies should be free of sharp pieces, such as buttons, because that makes them less huggable. While any yarn can be used, a machine washable/easy care yarn is recommended. This allows your buddy to be distributed to people in a variety of settings. I used Red Heart Super Saver, an acrylic yarn that holds up well to frequent washing.


Buddies should also include two arms of equal length (at least 2″/5 cm long) and two legs of equal length (at least 3″/7.5 cm long). Finally, buddies should have a cheerful expression! To make sure your buddies last a long time and are safe, yarn tails should be very securely woven in.

If you’d like to learn about other charities that accept handmade donations (and get more free crochet patterns), check out my monthly charity spotlight posts!

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This pattern is part of the Crochet Charity Drive’s Toy Drive. Join the Facebook group to get links to other great patterns that are perfect for charity.

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My Buddy Friend, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This simple toy, stuffed with Poly-fil, makes a portable pal for a child. It meets the donation requirements for My Recovery Buddy, a charity that distributes handmade, huggable buddies. This pattern is one of many great projects shared by designers as part of the Crochet Charity Drive.

My Buddy Friend

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

This simple stuffed toy makes a portable pal for a child. It meets the donation requirements for My Recovery Buddy, a charity that distributes handmade, huggable buddies. This pattern is one of many great projects shared by designers as part of the Crochet Charity Drive on Facebook.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 7” (18 cm) square when seated with arms together; approximately 11.5” (29 cm) tall from hair to toes x 12” (30.5 cm) across from arm to arm when standing.

Materials

  • Red Heart Super Saver (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g/364 yd/333 m) – 1 skein ea in 505 Aruba Sea (CA), 360 Café Latte (CB), 316 Soft White (CC), and 365 Coffee (CD), or approximately 145 yd (132.5 m) in CA, 38 yd (35 m) in CB, 15 yd (14 m) in CC, and 20 yd (18 m) in CD in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size H/5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • 12 locking stitch markers. (I used the Clover Quick Locking Stitch Marker Set.)
  • 3 oz (85 g) package of Poly-Fil.


Gauge

  • Exact gauge is not critical for this project but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • CD – Color D
  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • invdec – invisible decrease – Insert hook in front loop only of ea of next 2 sts, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops. (Planet June has a great invisible decrease tutorial here.)
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd – Round
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • When choosing colors, note that CA is used for the body, hands, and feet. CB is used for sleeves and pant legs. CC is used for smile and whites of eyes. CD is used for hair.
  • Locking stitch markers are used to track the corners of body and the last stitch of Rounds in arms, legs, and eyes. Once placed, the markers should be moved up every Round. Do not remove markers after fastening off body because markers aid in positioning pieces for assembly.

Pattern Instructions

Body (Make 2)

  • With CA, start with magic adjustable ring. (Oombawka Design has a great magic ring tutorial here.)
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, pull yarn tightly to close ring, join with sl st to first sc.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, starting in same st, [3 sc in next st, place marker in second sc, sc in next st] 4 times, join with sl st to first sc. (16 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, starting in same st, [sc in ea st across to marked st, 3 sc in marked st, move marker to second sc] 4 times, sc in ea st across to last st, join with sl st to first sc.
  • Rep Rnd 3 until body measures approximately 6.5” (16.5 cm) square. Fasten off.

Arm (Make 2)

Sleeve

  • With CB, ch 11.
  • Set Up Row: Turn, sk 1, sc in next ch and e ach across, join with sl st to first sc. Optional: Place marker in last st and move up every Rnd. (10 sts)
  • Rnd 1: Sc in ea st around, do not join.
  • Rep Rnd 1 until sleeve measures approximately 2” (5 cm) long, change to CA.

Shape hand

  • Rnd 2: Rep Rnd 1.
  • Rnd 3: 2 sc in ea st around, do not join. (20 sts)
  • Rnds 4-5: Rep Rnd 1 twice.
  • Rnd 6: *Invdec, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around, do not join. (16 sts)
  • Rnd 7: *Invdec, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, do not join. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 8: *Invdec, sc in next st; rep from * around, do not join. (8 sts)
  • Rnd 9: Invdec around, do not join. Fasten off. (4 sts)

Leg (Make 2)

Pant Leg

  • With CB, ch 17.
  • Set Up Row: Turn, sk 1, sc in next ch and e ach across, join with sl st to first sc. Optional: Place marker in last st and move up every Rnd. (16 sts)
  • Rnd 1: Sc in ea st around, do not join.
  • Rep Rnd 1 until pant leg measures approximately 3” (7.5 cm) long, change to CA.

Foot

  • Rnd 2: Rep Rnd 1.
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, do not join. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 1.
  • Rnd 5: *Invdec, sc in next st; rep from * around, do not join. (16 sts)
  • Rnd 6: *Invdec, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, do not join. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 7: *Invdec, sc in next st; rep from * around, do not join. (8 sts)
  • Rnd 8: Invdec around, do not join. Fasten off. (4 sts)

Eye (Make 2)

Iris

  • With CD, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Turn, skip next ch, 4 sc in next ch, do not join. Optional: Place marker in last st and move up every Rnd. (4 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st around, fasten off CD. (8 sts)

White of Eye

  • Rnd 3: Join CC with sl st to back loop of any st from Rnd 2, ch 1, starting in same st, *2 sc in back loop of next st, sc in back loop of next st; rep from * around, do not join. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 8”/20.5 cm) for seaming. (16 sts)

Mouth

  • With CC, ch 13.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip next ch, sc in next ch and ea ch across, fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 8”/20.5 cm) for seaming. (12 sts)

Charity Guide

 Assembly

My Buddy Friend, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This simple toy, stuffed with Poly-fil, makes a portable pal for a child. It meets the donation requirements for My Recovery Buddy, a charity that distributes handmade, huggable buddies. This pattern is one of many great projects shared by designers as part of the Crochet Charity Drive.

  • Designate one body piece as the front side of body. Use stitch markers to position eyes and mouth on front side of body.
  • Thread long yarn tails with yarn needle. Sew eyes and mouth into position. Weave in yarn tails on back of body piece.
  • With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails at foot and hands. Stuff arms and legs with Poly-fil. Use yarn tail at base of arms and legs to sew sleeves and pant legs closed.

My Buddy Friend, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This simple toy, stuffed with Poly-fil, makes a portable pal for a child. It meets the donation requirements for My Recovery Buddy, a charity that distributes handmade, huggable buddies. This pattern is one of many great projects shared by designers as part of the Crochet Charity Drive.

  • Thread yarn needle with long strand of yarn (approximately 12”/30.5 cm long). Center one arm between eyes and nose at second Rnd from edge of body. With yarn needle and yarn, sew arm to of front of body. Repeat for other arm on opposite side of front of body. With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails on back of the front side of body.

My Buddy Friend, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This simple toy, stuffed with Poly-fil, makes a portable pal for a child. It meets the donation requirements for My Recovery Buddy, a charity that distributes handmade, huggable buddies. This pattern is one of many great projects shared by designers as part of the Crochet Charity Drive.

  • Position front of body over back of body with wrong sides facing together. With back of body facing you, join CC with sl st to side body above top of sleeves. Working through the inner loop of both layers of the body, join lower half of body (from arm down to corner, across the bottom below the mouth, and then up the side to the top of the arm) with sl st seam across to top of other arm, being sure to line up stitches and match marked corners. (A tutorial on joining with a slip stitch seam is available here.) Fasten off CC.

My Buddy Friend, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This simple toy, stuffed with Poly-fil, makes a portable pal for a child. It meets the donation requirements for My Recovery Buddy, a charity that distributes handmade, huggable buddies. This pattern is one of many great projects shared by designers as part of the Crochet Charity Drive.

  • Thread yarn needle with long strand of yarn (approximately 12”/30.5 cm long). Center legs below mouth at second Rnd from edge of body. With yarn needle and yarn, sew leg to of front of body, being careful to work through front layer of body only. Rep to attach other leg. With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails inside of body.
  • With front of body facing, join CD with sl st at next st above arm on side. Ch 1, working through both layers of the body, join the side and top of body with sc seam. (A tutorial on joining with a single crochet seam is available here.) Do not join body completely. Leave side open to stuff.

My Buddy Friend, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This simple toy, stuffed with Poly-fil, makes a portable pal for a child. It meets the donation requirements for My Recovery Buddy, a charity that distributes handmade, huggable buddies. This pattern is one of many great projects shared by designers as part of the Crochet Charity Drive.

  • Stuff body with Poly-fil. Continue sc seam around to other arm. Do not fasten off.

My Buddy Friend, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver by Underground Crafter | This simple toy, stuffed with Poly-fil, makes a portable pal for a child. It meets the donation requirements for My Recovery Buddy, a charity that distributes handmade, huggable buddies. This pattern is one of many great projects shared by designers as part of the Crochet Charity Drive.

Hair

  • Turn, ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 4, sc in next st; rep from * across to last st in CD. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in any remaining ends into inside of body.
© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/02/17/free-pattern-my-buddy-friend/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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