Crochet Wolf Pattern: Luis Lobo

I’m kicking off the fourth annual Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central with a crochet wolf pattern. Luis Lobo is an adorable, rag-doll style, wolf amigurumi pattern. Luis Lobo is more friend than predator and a faux fur yarn gives him fun, textured fur to cuddle.

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The Softie Crochet Along is one of my favorite CAL Central events of the year. To get ready for this year’s CAL, I asked my online buddies what animals were the most popular with their kids these days. One answer that kept popping up was wolf. Side note: Wolves were recently removed from the endangered species list in the contiguous United States.

A few months back, King Cole yarn sent me three new shades in Luxury Fur, a really delightful faux fur yarn, and one was called Wolf. You can find Luxury Fur through your local yarn shop, or online at LoveCrafts or Wool Warehouse (UK). Anyway, the idea for an amigurumi wolf started percolating in my mind.

I wanted to make a wolf that seemed friendly, and that combined Luxury Fur while also having some smoother areas.

I hope you like the results as much as I do! Luis Lobo has floppy, rag-dolly style limbs with an oversized head. He is also just a tad on the portly side.

I used Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Packing Fiber Fill for my version. It makes stuffing a bit easier, which is helpful when you’re also contending with the faux fur. If you use Fairfield Poly-Fil Fiber Fill instead, your finished Luis Lobo will be even just a bit softer and cuddlier than mine.

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Luis Lobo

Crochet Wolf Pattern by Underground Crafter

This rag doll style wolf amigurumi is more friend than predator. A faux fur yarn is combined with a smooth yarn to emphasize the texture of Luis Lobo’s wolf fur. This pattern is part of the fourth annual Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 12” (30.5 cm) tall from top of ears to bottom of legs after stuffing when flat.

Materials

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • invdec – invisible decrease – Insert hook in front loop only of each of next 2 sts, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops. Planet June has helpful photo and video tutorials here.
  • pf – 7-repeat puff stitch – [Yo, insert hook into st, yo and draw up a loop] 7 times in same st, yo and draw through all 15 loops on hook. A helpful video tutorial for a 3-repeat puff stitch is available here. If you’re confused about the differences between bobbles, puffs, and popcorns, watch this video.   
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Exact gauge for this pattern isn’t critical. Choose a hook size and tension so stitches are tight and fiber filling doesn’t show through stitches.
  • When choosing colors, note that CA is used for top of Head, most of Torso, Tail, and tops of Legs and Arms. CB is used for bottom of Head, Chest, and bottom of Legs and Arms.
  • Head, Torso, Legs, and Arms are crocheted in the round in spirals without joining. Move up stitch marker at the end of each round to mark position.
  • Ears and Tail are crocheted flat in rows.
  • If you are new to crochet, or new to crocheting amigurumi, you may wish to use a smooth yarn for CA instead of a faux fur yarn so you can see your stitches better. Choose a yarn in the same weight as CB.
  • Stacey Trock has a helpful video tutorial for changing colors in single crochet here.
  • Moogly has helpful videos for identifying the front and back loops in crochet here.
  • A helpful tutorial for seaming with the single crochet is available here.
  • A helpful tutorial for seaming with the whipstitch is available here.

Pattern Instructions

Head

  • With CA, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: (Right Side) Sk 1 ch, 6 sc in next ch, pm. Begin working in unjoined spirals, moving marker up each Rnd (see Pattern Notes). (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 7: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts] around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 8: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts] around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 9: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts] around. (54 sts)
  • Rnd 10: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts] around. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 11: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnds 12-15: Rep Rnd 11, 4 times.
  • Rnd 16: Rep Rnd 11, changing to CB in last yo of final st (see Pattern Notes). Fasten off CA.
  • Rnd 17: Rep Rnd 11.
  • Rnd 18: Sc in first 29 sts, pf in next st, sc in next 30 sts.
  • Rnds 19-21: Rep Rnd 11, 3 times.
  • Rnd 22: [Invdec, sc in next 8 sts] around. (54 sts)
  • Rnd 23: [Invdec, sc in next 7 sts] around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 24: [Invdec, sc in next 6 sts] around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 25: [Invdec, sc in next 5 sts] around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 26: [Invdec, sc in next 4 sts] around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 27: [Invdec, sc in next 3 sts] around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 28: [Invdec, sc in next 2 sts] around. (18 sts)
  • Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.

Torso – Shape Neck

  • With CB, ch 19.
  • Set Up Row: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next 18 sts, pm. Begin working in unjoined spirals, moving marker up each Rnd (see Pattern Notes). (18 sts)
  • Rnd 1: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 2: Rep Rnd 1, pm. Do not move up marker for next section.

Torso – Shape Chest

  • Row 1: Sl sl in first 6 sts, sc in next 6 sts, sk next 6 sts. (6 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and next 5 sts.
  • Rows 3-12: Rep Row 2, 8 times.
  • Work Chest edging in the round.
  • Next Rnd: Rep Row 2, *turn to work along long edge sc in side of next 13 rows,** turn to work along Neck, sc in next 6 sts to marker, sc in in next 6 sts, rep from * to **, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.

Torso – Shape Body

  • Joining Rnd: Join CA with sl st to marked st, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 5 sts, ch 8, sk Chest piece, sc in next 6 sts on Torso, pm. Begin working in unjoined spirals, moving marker up each Rnd (see Pattern Notes). (12 sts + ch-8 space)
  • Rnd 1: Sc in next 6 sts, sc in next 8 ch, sc in next 6 sts. (20 sts)
  • Rnd 2: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts] around. (28 sts)
  • Rnd 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts] around. (32 sts)
  • Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts] around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 6: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts] around. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 7: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 8: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnds 9-17: Rep Rnd 8, 9 times.
  • Fasten off CA with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.

Legs – Make 2

  • With CB, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: (Right Side) Sk 1 ch, 6 sc in next ch, pm. Begin working in unjoined spirals, moving marker up each Rnd (see Pattern Notes). (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnds 4-9: Rep Rnd 3, 6 times.
  • Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 3, changing to CA in last yo of final st (see Pattern Notes). Fasten off CB.
  • Rnds 11-12: Rep Rnd 3 twice.
  • Fasten off CA with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.

Arms – Make 2

  • With CB, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: (Right Side) Sk 1 ch, 4 sc in next ch, pm. Begin working in unjoined spirals, moving marker up each Rnd (see Pattern Notes). (4 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (8 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnds 4-7: Rep Rnd 3, 4 times.
  • Rnd 8 Rep Rnd 3, changing to CA in last yo of final st (see Pattern Notes). Fasten off CB.
  • Rnds 9-14: Rep Rnd 3, 6 times.
  • Fasten off CA with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.

Ears – Make 2

Inner Ear – Make 2

  • With CB, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch. (2 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st. (3 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, 2 sc in next st. (4 sts)
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, 2 sc in next st. (5 sts)
  • Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, 2 sc in next st. (6 sts)
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, 2 sc in next st. (7 sts)
  • Fasten off CB.

Outer Ear – Make 2

  • With CA, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch. (2 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st. (3 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, 2 sc in next st. (4 sts)
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, 2 sc in next st. (5 sts)
  • Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, 2 sc in next st. (6 sts)
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, 2 sc in next st. (7 sts)
  • Row 7: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 6 sts, 2 sc in next st. (8 sts)
  • Do not fasten of CA.
  • Position Inner Ear on top of Outer Ear so that long edges at final Rows are together and point at starting chains are together. Using CA, using a single crochet seam (see Pattern Notes) as follows: sc in 7 sts across bottom of Inner Ear, sc in final st again (8 sts across bottom edge), [turn to work along next edge, sc in side of each of next 6 rows] twice.
  • Fasten off CA with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.

Tail

  • With CA, ch 16.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, dc in next 2 ch, hdc in next 8 ch, sc in next 3 ch, sl st in next 2 ch. (15 sts)
  • Fasten off CA with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.

Assembly and Finishing

  • Position first safety eye on final row of CA on Head, 4 stitches to the side of pf stitch Nose. When satisified with position, attach firmly by securing washer in back. Repeat for second safety eye.
  • Stuff Head firmly with fiber filling.
  • Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail from end of first Ear. Using whipstitch join (see Pattern Notes), seam first Ear at top of Head. Weave in yarn tails on inside of Head. Repeat with second Ear.
  • Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail from end of Chest. Sew Chest down on to Torso, being careful not to sew through both sides of Torso. Weave in yarn tails on inside of Torso.
  • Add additional fiber filling to Head if needed. Stuff Torso with fiber filling, focusing on filling out Neck.
  • Using locking stitch markers, position Head to Neck so that Chest is centered below face. Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail from end of Head. Using whipstitch join (see Pattern Notes), seam Head to Neck, adding fiber filling to Neck as you go. Weave in yarn tails on inside of Neck.
  • Stuff Torso firmly. Stuff Arms and Legs. I found it necessary to use the stuffing tool included in the Poly-Fil bag to get the fiber filling into the Arms and Legs.
  • Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from bottom of Torso. Seam the Torso closed using a whipstitch join, adding fiber filling as necessary. Weave in yarn tails on inside of Torso. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from end of first Arm. Seam the first Arm closed using a whipstitch join. Attach the first Arm to the Torso, using photos as placement guide. Repeat for second Arm. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from end of first Leg. Seam the first Leg closed using a whipstitch join. Attach the first Leg to the bottom of the Torso, using photos as placement guide. Repeat for second Leg. Weave in yarn tails on inside of Torso.
  • Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from end of Tail. Seam the Tail to the back of the Torso using the whipstitch join. Weave in yarn tails on inside of Torso.
© 2021 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: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2021/04/06/crochet-wolf-pattern-luis-lobo/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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