Crochet Pattern: Zebra Pocket Pillow

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

I’m kicking off the second annual Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central with the Zebra Pocket Pillow! This crocheted amigurumi pillow has a pocket panel that you can use as gift wrap, to tote a favorite book, or to store your tablet.

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Last year, I made the Lion Pocket Pillow for the first Softie CAL and I kind of felt like he needed a buddy.

Free crochet pattern: Lion Pocket Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver yarn and stuffed with Fairfield Original Poly-Fil by Underground Crafter. This pattern is one of 10 free crochet patterns by 10 designers in the 2018 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central

Since the basics of the panel shapes would be the same, I decided to add some interest with stripes, and that’s where the idea for the Zebra Pocket Pillow was born.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - back pocket

Just like its Lion Pocket Pillow pal, the Zebra Pocket Pillow has a generous pocket panel. This is great for encouraging your littles to read, for including a small gift, or for putting a tablet out of reach.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - back pocket

For this year’s Softie CAL, Fairfield World generously provided all of the participating designers with Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill. This happens to be one of my favorite fiber fillings to use for making crocheted softies.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - Marie with fiber fill bag

It’s coarser and denser than the standard Poly-Fil. That means it doesn’t “fluff out” as much when you are stuffing your project. It helps because then you aren’t accidentally crocheting your Poly-Fil onto the right side of your projects.

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - comparing fiber fillings

If you’re just hearing about the Softie Crochet Along, you can get all the details here.

  • You can join in by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CALCentral on all social media. If you use Fairfield World Poly-Fil for your project, tag @fairfieldworld and use #fairfieldworld, too.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the CAL Central Facebook group or visit this thread in the CAL Central Ravelry group.
  • By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 10 awesome projects. Make adorable softies while having fun with us! Enter here to win one of the great end-of-CAL giveaway prizes!
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Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

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Zebra Pocket Pillow

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

Stripes, facial features, and a mane add character to a simple, stuffed pillow. The pocket on the back can be used to hide a gift or to keep a book safe during travels.

Finished Size

  • Pillow: 10” (25.5 cm) wide x 12” (30.5 cm) tall before stuffing.

Materials

Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - supplies

Gauge

  • 18 sc x 20 rows = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • Rnd(s) – Rounds
  • sc  – single crochet
  • 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

  • Front Panel, Back Panel, Pocket Panel, and Ears are crocheted flat in rows.
  • Eyes and Muzzle are crocheted in unjoined spirals in the round. Move stitch markers up each round to mark position of last stitch.
  • Mane is crocheted in the round when joining layers with single crochet seam. A helpful photo tutorial for seaming with single crochet is available here.
  • When choosing colors, note that CA and CB are used for Panel stripes. CA is used for Eyes. CB is used for the Muzzle and Ears.
  • Change colors in the last yarn over of the final single crochet of designated rows. Moogly has a helpful video tutorial here.
  • Oombawka Design has a helpful magic adjustable ring tutorial here.
  • If you are crocheting in low light conditions, you may find black yarn difficult to work with. Choose two high contrast colors instead of black and white to make it easier to see your stitches.

Pattern Instructions

Front and Back Panels (Make 2)

  • With CA, ch 46.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and in each ch across. (45 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across, changing to CB in last yo of final sc (see Pattern Notes).
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across, changing to CA in last yo of final sc.
  • Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
  • Rows 6-57: Repeat Rows 2-5  – 13 times, or until Panel measures approximately 12” (30.5 cm) tall, ending after Row 5. Fasten off.

Pocket Panel

  • Repeat instructions for Front Panel until Pocket Panel measures approximately 7” (18 cm), ending after Row 3 or Row 5. Fasten off.

Muzzle

  • With CB, start with magic adjustable ring (see Pattern Notes).
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tightly to close ring, pm in last st to mark position. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; repeat from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; repeat from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts; repeat from * around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts; repeat from * around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 8: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts; repeat from * around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 9: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts; repeat from * around. (54 sts)
  • Rnd 10:  Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 11: Repeat Rnd 10. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 1 yd/1 m) for joining.
  • Position the craft nose at the top of the Muzzle and secure with washer.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends of starting yarn from magic circle on back of Muzzle.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

Ears (Make 2)

  • With CB, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 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 st and in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. (Increases by 1 st)
  • Rows 4-16: Repeat Row 3 – 13 times, ending with 17 sts. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 1 yd/1 m) for joining.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends of starting yarn on back of Ears.

Eyes (Make 2)

  • With CA, ch 4.
  • Rnd 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch, sc in next ch, 4 sc in next ch, turn to work along underside of foundation chain, sc in next ch, 2 sc in first ch, pm in last st to mark position. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sl st to first st to join.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 1 yd/1 m) for joining.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends of starting yarn on back of Eye.

Decorate Face

  • Using locking stitch markers, pin Eyes, Muzzle, and Ears on Front Panel using pictures as a guide.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - positioning face
  • Once satisfied with positioning, place safety eyes in crocheted eyes. Attach by firmly securing washers on back.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - decorating face
  • With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew Eyes to Front Panel. With yarn needle, weave in ends from Eyes on back of Front Panel.
  • With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew Muzzle to Front Panel, leaving about 2” (5 cm) unseamed. Stuff Muzzle firmly and continue to sew Muzzle to Front Panel. With yarn needle, weave in ends from Muzzle on back of Front Panel.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - stuffing muzzle
  • With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew the lower edge (final row) of each Ear to Front Panel, shaping each Ear so that it is curved. With yarn needle, weave in ends from Ears on back of Front Panel.

Assemble Pillow and Add Mane

  • With locking stitch markers, pin the Panels together as follows. Position right side of Front Panel with face up on top, with Back Panel underneath, and the Pocket Panel at the bottom.
Zebra Pocket Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with • Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - assembling panels
  • With right side of Front Panel (face) facing you, join CB with sl st at bottom of Front Panel. Lining up stitches and working through all layers, begin working a single crochet seam (see Pattern Notes). Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 44 sts, turn to work along long edge and begin to crochet Mane, [sc in side of next row, ch 6] across to final row of Front Panel, turn to work along top of Front Panel, [sc in next st, ch 6] across top of Front Panel, turn to work along long edge, [sc in side of next row, ch 6] across to Front Panel until approximately 4” (10 cm) remain. Stuff pillow firmly with Poly-Fil. Continue to seam side of long edge by working [sc in side of next row, ch 6] across, sl st to join to first sc.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave any remaining ends into inside of pillow.
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Crochet Pattern: Bouncy Bouclé Bunny

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill

The Bouncy Bouclé Bunny is a crocheted patchwork amigurumi project. This cuddly rabbit is made with a plush bouclé yarn that adds a soft, downy texture. It makes a great gift for a little one.

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Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - bunny on faux fur background with hand for size reference

One of my favorite things about being a crochet designer is getting to try out new-to-me yarns. Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé is a relatively new yarn that I wanted to try out. The colors are so cute that it was hard to pick just one for this project, so I decided to make my amigurumi bunny in a patchwork style with three different colors. I love the downy texture the bouclé yarn creates, but beginner crocheters or those new to amigurumi may find it easier to use an untextured yarn, like Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, for this project.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - assembly #1

When I create patterns for the Fairfield website, I usually make seasonal projects. (If you like to start your winter holiday crafting early, you may enjoy the series of free crochet patterns I did for Fairfield last year: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow, Sleepy Santa Pillow, and Christmas Tree Pillow.) These cute pastels in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé seemed to be saying “Easter Bunny” to me. Of course, the Bouncy Bouclé Bunny is a great cuddle buddy all year round!

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - assembly #2

There is a good amount of seaming involved in this project, since it’s crocheted in nine pieces. But it comes together very quickly once you have all the pieces assembled, and the pattern includes specific directions about which pieces to attached when.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - assembly #3

I used Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill to stuff this little guy (or gal?), instead of standard Poly-Fil. It’s an untreated fiber filling so it is a little bit coarser, which means you don’t get those little wisps of fiber filling poking around. This is super helpful because the bouclé yarn has its own little puffs of fiber, so you don’t need any extra to deal with.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - assembly #4

I also think that Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill is a little easier to use for those who are new to making amigurumi and stuffed projects.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - bunny on faux fur background
A view of the tail which has the practical purpose of helping to prop up this little bunny so it can sit up on its own.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill

This crocheted patchwork bunny is made with a plush, bouclé yarn that is soft to the touch.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 15” (38 cm) tall from top of head to bottom of toes x 12” (30.5 cm) across arms when laid flat after stuffing.

Materials

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - supplies flat lay

Gauge

  • Through Rnd 7 in pattern for Head = 3.5” (9 cm) diameter. Exact gauge is not critical for this project but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Get the free crochet pattern here on the Fairfield website.

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Crochet Pattern: Christmas Tree Pillow

Christmas Tree Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form by Underground CrafterI’ve been working on a set of free crochet patterns for Christmas and winter pillows for Fairfield, and I’m excited to reveal the first one. The Christmas Tree Pillow is a simple pattern that you can make as a gift or to add some holiday cheer to your own home.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This project is sponsored by Fairfield World, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Red Heart and Clover.

MC and I haven’t had a Christmas tree for the past few years. We live in an apartment with two bad lively cats, so I decided to improvise with crochet trees. I’ve made ornaments and softies, so this year it was time for a Christmas Tree Pillow!

Christmas Tree Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form by Underground Crafter - supplies flat layThis project is simple enough for a beginner. The pillow background and the Christmas tree applique are crocheted flat in rows. The star is crocheted in the round.

Christmas Tree Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form by Underground Crafter - Christmas tree appliqueI included detailed assembly instructions and linked to a seaming tutorial, so don’t be overwhelmed by all the pieces. (Especially since there are only three pieces.)

Christmas Tree Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form by Underground Crafter - finished pillow flat layAnd, best of all, the shell edging actually forms a button hole so you can button the pillowcase on the back. This means it’s easy to slip the pillowcase off if you need to wash it because of a spill, or if you want to change the pillowcase seasonally.

Christmas Tree Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form by Underground Crafter - finished project back flat layMy free crochet pattern for the L Square Pillow fits the same Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form, by the way, and that one is easy to customize in team colors. You could wrap both pillowcases together with one pillow for a gift that can be used year round!


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Christmas Tree Pillow

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Christmas Tree Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form by Underground CrafterUse simple shapes to create a decorative holiday pillow.

 

Finished Size

  • Fits a 12” (30.5 cm) square pillow form.

Materials

  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g, 364 yd/333 m) – 1 skein each in 311 White (CA), 368 Paddy Green (CB), 365 Coffee (CC), and 321 Gold (CD), or approximately 315 yd (288 m) in CA, 75 yd (68.5 m) in CB and CC, and 15 yd (13.5 m) in CD in any medium weight yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle with eye small enough to sew through buttons.
  • 1” (2.5 cm) sew through or shank button.
  • Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form.
  • Clover Quick Locking Stitch Marker Set.

Gauge

  • 14.5 sc = 4” (10 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Get the free crochet pattern here on the Fairfield website.

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Crochet Pattern: Kitty in a Romper amigurumi

Free crochet pattern: Kitty in a Romper in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky yarn stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Royal Silk Fiber Fill by Underground CrafterKitty in a Romper is a cat amigurumi crochet pattern for a standing cat in a cute little one-piece outfit. At 17″ (43 cm) tall, this cat is ready for play time with 18″ dolls. She is also ready to be hugged and loved.

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Free crochet pattern: Kitty in a Romper in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky yarn stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Royal Silk Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - cat amigurumi standing at edge of couchYou may have noticed I like cats. They are my favorite characters to crochet (and I have several free cat patterns in different styles). This is my first marmalade cat pattern, so let me share the inspiration.

Free crochet pattern: Kitty in a Romper in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky yarn stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Royal Silk Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - cat amigurumi with ears upBack in September, I was able to add this Duck Egg Blue Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky to my stash at an event with LoveCrafts. They had previously sent me the Blood Orange, and I loved how the two colors worked together. I knew I would have enough Blood Orange to make a jumbo softie, but I wasn’t too sure about the Duck Egg Blue.

Free crochet pattern: Kitty in a Romper in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky yarn stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Royal Silk Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - cat amigurumi with ears downAfter a few false starts, the Kitty in a Romper was born. I usually add a mouth to my amigurumi characters, but I really felt that she was more expressive without it! Just move the ears up or down and you can tell a lot about her mood.

Free crochet pattern: Kitty in a Romper in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky yarn stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Royal Silk Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - cat amigurumi sitting against pillowUnlike the cats I know in real life, this amigurumi cat stands tall, making her much more like a doll than a toy cat.

Free crochet pattern: Kitty in a Romper in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky yarn stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Royal Silk Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - cat amigurumi on bedI used Fairfield Poly-Fil Royal Silk Fiber Fill, an extra soft fiber fill stuffing, to make this kitty extra huggable. And, with the bulky yarn, she really works up quickly. She would make a great gift for any child on your handmade holidays list. (If the child is under 3, substitute embroidered eyes and nose instead of using safety eyes and an animal nose, as I did.)

Free crochet pattern: Kitty in a Romper in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky yarn stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Royal Silk Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - backside and tail of cat amigurumiAnd, this time, I didn’t cheat. I actually crocheted the tail. (See evidence photo above for proof!)

Free crochet pattern: Kitty in a Romper in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky yarn stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Royal Silk Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - cat amigurumi in handYou can get a sense of how big she is from this picture. The Kitty in a Romper is so much fun to play with!

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Kitty in a Romper

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Kitty in a Romper in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky yarn stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Royal Silk Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter

This little kitty is ready to play in her romper.

 

Finished Size

  • Approximately 17” (43 cm) tall from feet to top of head after stuffing.

Materials

Free crochet pattern: Kitty in a Romper in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky yarn stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Royal Silk Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - suppliesGauge

  • Through Rnd 5 = 4” (10 cm) diameter in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • invdec – invisible decrease – Insert hook in back loop only of each of next 2 sts, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops. Planet June has a great invisible decrease tutorial here, though she works into the front loops instead.
  • pm – place marker
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Marly Bird has a helpful video for identifying the back loop here.
  • FreshStitches has a helpful tutorial for joining amigurumi pieces with whip stitch seams here.
  • Most pieces are worked in rounds in continuous spirals without joining.
  • Move stitch marker up each round to mark last st.
  • Head and Body start with magic adjustable ring. Oombawka Design has a helpful magic ring tutorial here.

Pattern Instructions

Head

  • With CA beginning at crown, start with magic adjustable ring (see Pattern Notes).
  • Rnd 1:  Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, pull the yarn tail tightly to close ring, pm to mark last st. (8 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 scBL in ea st around. (16 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next st; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 2 sts; rep from * around. (32 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 6: ScBL in ea st around.
  • Rnds 7-12: Rep Rnd 6, 6 times.
  • Rnd 13: *Invdec, scBL in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (32 sts)
  • Rnd 14: *Invdec, scBL in next 2 sts; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 15: *Invdec, scBL in next st; rep from * around. (16 sts)
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm) for seaming.

Body

  • With CB beginning at neck, ch 17.
  • Set Up Row: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next 16 ch, pm in last st to mark position, begin working in the round. (16 sts)
  • Rnd 1: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next st; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 2: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next 2 sts; rep from * around. (32 sts) Pm, but do not move up next rnd.
  • Rnd 3: ScBL in ea st around.
  • Rep Rnd 3 until body measures approximately 4.25” (11 cm) from Rnd 2 marker. Do not fasten off.

First Leg

  • Rnd 1: Skip 16 sts on Body, scBL in next 16 sts. (16 sts)
  • Rnd 2: ScBL in ea st around.
  • Rnds 3-4: Rep Rnd 2 twice, changing to CA in final yarn over of last st of Rnd 4.
  • Rep Rnd 2 until leg measures approximately 6” (15 cm) long. Stuff leg thoroughly. Begin decreasing for Foot.
  • Rnd 5: *Invdec, scBL in next 2 sts; rep from * around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 6: *Invdec, scBL in next st; rep from * around. (8 sts)
  • Stuff Foot thoroughly.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming. With yarn needle and yarn tail, whipstitch Foot closed (see Pattern Notes).

Free crochet pattern: Kitty in a Romper in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky yarn stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Royal Silk Fiber Fill by Underground Crafter - stuffing cat amigurumi legSecond Leg

  • Join CB with sl st in BL to Body at one of skipped sts on Rnd 1 of First Leg. ScBL in next 16 skipped sts. (16 sts)
  • Rep as for First Leg, starting with Rnd 2.

Arms (Make 2)

  • With CA, beginning at finger tips, ch 2.
  • Set Up Row: Skip 1 ch, 4 sc in next ch, pm in last st to mark position, begin working in the round. (4 sts)
  • Rnd 1: 2 scBL in ea st around. (8 sts)
  • Rnd 2: *2 scBL in next st, scBL in next st; rep from * around (12 sts).
  • Rnd 3: ScBL in ea st around.
  • Rep Rnd 3 until Arm measures approximately 5” (13 cm) long, changing to CB in last yarn over of final st of last Rnd.
  • Rep Rnd 3 with CA. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.

Ears (Make 2)

  • With CA, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 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 st and in ea st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. (+ 1 st)
  • Rows 4-6: Rep Row 3, 3 times.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.

Tail

  • With CA, beginning at tip, ch 2.
  • Set Up Row: Skip 1 ch, 4 sc in next ch, pm in last st to mark position, begin working in the round. (4 sts)
  • Rnd 1: 2 scBL in ea st around. (8 sts)
  • Rnd 2: ScBL in ea st around.
  • Rep Rnd 2 until Tail measures approximately 5” (13 cm) long. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.

Assembly and Finishing

  • See Pattern Notes for seaming tutorial. Use stitch markers to pin pieces in position before seaming.
  • With yarn needle, weave in non-seaming yarn tails.
  • Insert safety nose inside Face (approximately at center of Rnd 6). When you are satisfied with the position, insert the washer until it clicks.
  • Position safety eyes inside Face (approximately centered around nose at Rnd 4). When you are satisfied with the position, insert the washers until they click.
  • Stuff Head thoroughly.
  • Thread yarn needle with the yarn tail from the first Ear. Sew the Ear to the Head on the diagonal, starting at Rnd 1 and matching each stitch on edge of Ear to a different Rnd. Repeat with second Ear. Weave yarn tails from Ears inside of Head.
  • Stuff Body firmly. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from the Head. Sew the Head to the Body, adding additional stuffing before closing join.
  • Stuff first Arm. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from first Arm. Sew Arm closed using whipstitch (see Pattern Notes). Do not fasten off. Sew Arm to Body (approximately at Rnd 2) using yarn needle. Repeat for second Arm.
  • Stuff Tail. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Tail. Sew to back of Body, centered between Legs (approximately one Rnd above Leg opening).
  • Weave all remaining ends into inside of Body.
© 2018 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/blog/2018/11/02/crochet-pattern-kitty-in-a-romper-amigurumi/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: Auntie Em Twister Hat in 6 sizes

Free crochet pattern: Auntie Em Twister Hat in Sprightly Acrylic Super Bulky yarn in 6 sizes by Underground CrafterThe Auntie Em Twister Hat was designed for the 2018 Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3. Using contrasting colors, this free crochet pattern for a knit-look slouchy hat has a twist made using simple stitches and crocheting in the round without joins. The pattern is available in 6 sizes from newborn through adult large, so you’re sure to find a size that fits.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Materials for the sample were generously provided by Craftsy and Clover USA.

If you’re new to the Crochet Cancer Challenge, it’s the fifth annual month-long virtual event hosted by Sweet Potato 3. Every October, Christine works with crochet designers who offer up one of their premium (paid) crochet patterns for free for a short time in exchange for a pledge from the crocheter who uses the coupon code. By using the coupon code, you are pledging to crochet a hat to donate to a cancer center or to a cancer patient that you know. Since most of my patterns are available for free, I am doing something special for this challenge. I pulled together an ebook collection of 6 of my pom pom hat designs that would be appropriate for donating, and I’m offering the entire ebook for free for a limited time!

2018 Crochet Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3Before I give you the coupon code, let me tell you a bit more about my new pattern, the Auntie Em Twister Hat, which is the final pattern in this collection.

Free crochet pattern: Auntie Em Twister Hat in Sprightly Acrylic Super Bulky yarn in 6 sizes by Underground CrafterIf you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that the half double crochet is my absolute favorite stitch. It’s so versatile! I wanted to design a pattern that alternates between the front and third (back) loop of the half double crochet to create texture, and I worked up some swatches. They were nice… but not enough OOMPH for my pattern for the Cancer Challenge! So, I decided not to join the pattern as I worked it in the round.

Free crochet pattern: Auntie Em Twister Hat in Sprightly Acrylic Super Bulky yarn in 6 sizes by Underground CrafterNot only does that mean that the finished hat doesn’t have a back seam (which makes it more comfy for a person experiencing hair loss), but it also gives the finished project a little twist.

Free crochet pattern: Auntie Em Twister Hat in Sprightly Acrylic Super Bulky yarn in 6 sizes by Underground CrafterAs a kid, my mom would always “make” me watch The Wizard of Oz when it was shown on television about once a year. I was pretty bratty about not wanting to watch “some old movie” but over time, it grew on me. I remember how happy Dorothy was to be back home (after all, there’s no place like it!) with Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. And, of course, the “twister” is why Dorothy was away from home in the first place. Hence the name Auntie Em Twister Hat.

Free crochet pattern: Auntie Em Twister Hat in Sprightly Acrylic Super Bulky yarn in 6 sizes by Underground CrafterI hope you enjoy making the Auntie Em Twister Hat as much as I did! You can scroll down to get the free crochet pattern right here on the blog, or, if you’re reading this through October 28, 2018, you can use coupon code Cancer18 to get this pattern, along with 5 others (the Arruga Stitch Hat in 3 sizes, the Charlie Hat in 4 sizes, the Pop of Color Waves Slouchy Hat in 7 sizes, the Slouchy Shells Hat in 5 sizes, and the Urban Hiker Slouchy Hat in 6 sizes) in the 6 Crochet Pom Pom Hats, Volume 1 ebook for free. (After that, you can still get the ebook, but not for free.) Be sure that your cart is set to $0 before purchasing if you’re using the coupon code because I can’t offer any refunds.

6 Crochet Pom Pom Hats, Volume 1 by Underground CrafterBy the way, if you’re looking for some places to donate your hat to, here are a few organizations that I’ve profiled in my charity spotlight series where you can donate hats.

  • Knots of Love is an organization that distributes hats to people experiencing traumatic hair loss and preemie blankets to infants in the NICU. You can learn more about them (and get links to 4 free crochet and knitting patterns suitable for donation) here.
  • Warm Up America is an organization that collects blankets and other projects, including hats, for people in need. You can find out more (and get the free crochet pattern for the Piggyback Stitch Block) here.
  • Head Huggers is an organization that distributes handmade hats to people experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy and other medical treatments. You can learn more about them (and get the free crochet pattern for the Cuddly Soft Slouchy Hat in 10 sizes) here.

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Auntie Em Twister Hat

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Weather the next storm with the Auntie Em Twister Hat! This textured, knit-look slouchy hat includes a simple twist made by working the stitch pattern without joins. This pattern was designed for the 2018 Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3.

 

Finished Sizes

  • Newborn (Infant, Toddler, Pre-School Child, Teen/Adult Small, Adult Large). Photographed sample is Teen/Adult Small.
    • Newborn: 12.5” (32 cm) hat circumference x 6.25” (16 cm) height.
    • Infant: 15” (38 cm) hat circumference x 7.25” (18.5 cm) height.
    • Toddler: 17” (43 cm) hat circumference x 8” (20.5 cm) height.
    • Pre-School Child: 18” (46 cm) hat circumference x 8.25” (21 cm) height.
    • Teen/Adult Small: 21” (53.5 cm) hat circumference x 9.5” (24 cm) height.
    • Adult Large: 22” (56 cm) hat circumference x 10” (25.5 cm) height.

Materials

  • Sprightly Acrylic Super Bulky yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/109 yd/100 m) – 1 skein in 502-016 Crimson (CA) and 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) skeins in 502-010 Medium Grey (CB), or approximately 28 yd (38 yd, 48 yd, 55 yd, 70 yd, 77 yd)/25.5 m (35 m, 44 m, 50 m, 64 m, 70.5 m) in CA and 47 yd (66 yd, 82 yd, 90 yd, 120 yd, 135 yd)/43 m (60 m, 75 m, 82.5 m, 110 m, 123.5 m) in CB in any super bulky weight yarn.
  • US Size L-11/8 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Clover Quick Locking Stitch Marker Set.
  • Clover Pom Pom Maker in appropriate size for project (optional).

Gauge

  • 8 sts = 2.5” (6.5 cm) in pattern for Hat Band. Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • 3L – 3rd (back) loop
  • 3Ldec – third loop decrease – [Yo, insert hook in 3L of next st, yo and draw up a loop] twice, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook. (See Pattern Notes.)
  • BL – back loop
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • FL – front loop
  • FLdec – front loop decrease – [Yo, insert hook in FL of next st, yo and draw up a loop] twice, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook. (See Pattern Notes.)
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • 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

  • Moogly has helpful videos for identifying the front and back loops here and for identifying the third loop here.
  • Both decreases are variations on the hdc2tog decrease. Whistle and Ivy has a helpful video tutorial for the hdc2tog here. When working the decreases for this pattern, be sure to insert the hook into the appropriate loop (third or front) as indicated.
  • A helpful tutorial for the slip stitch seam is available here.
  • Swellamy Crochet has helpful photos showing “the cinch method” of closing a slouchy beanie here.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of row or round does not count as a stitch.
  • Hat Band is crocheted flat in rows until it reaches desired hat circumference length. After seaming Hat Band, stitches are picked up along long edge of seamed Hat Band. Hat is worked even in unjoined spirals and then cinched closed at crown.

Pattern Instructions

Hat Band – Newborn (Infant, Toddler, Pre-School Child) sizes ONLY

  • With CA, ch 5.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip first ch, sc in next ch and each ch across. (4 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, scBL in first st and each st across.
  • Rep Row 2 until Hat Band measures approximately 12.5” (15”, 17”, 18”)/32 cm (38 cm, 43 cm, 46 cm) long, ending after Row 2. Do not fasten off.
  • Fold Hat Band in half along long edge so short edges are lined up. Join short edges with slip stitch seam (see Pattern Notes). Do not fasten off. CONTINUE TO PICKING UP STITCHES ALONG HAT BAND.

Hat Band –Teen/Adult Small (Adult Large) sizes ONLY

  • With CA, ch 9.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip first ch, sc in next ch and each ch across. (8 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, scBL in first st and each st across.
  • Rep Row 2 until Hat Band measures approximately 21” (22”)/53.5 cm (56 cm) long. Do not fasten off.
  • Fold Hat Band in half along long edge so short edges are lined up. Join short edges with slip stitch seam (see Pattern Notes). Do not fasten off. CONTINUE TO PICKING UP STITCHES ALONG HAT BAND.

Pick Up Stitches Along Hat Band – All Sizes

  • Begin working in the round along long edge/joined circumference.
  • Set Up Rnd: Ch 1, work 42 (48, 54, 60, 66, 72) sc evenly around long edge (or any multiple of 6 sts), fasten off, change to CB in last yo of final sc, do not join. Place stitch marker in last st and move up each Rnd to mark position.

Work Even

  • Rnd 1: *HdcBL in next 3 sts, hdcFL in next 3 sts; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 2: *Hdc3L in next 3 sts, hdcFL in next 3 sts; rep from * around.
  • Rep Rnd 2 until hat measures 4.75” (5.75”, 6.5”, 6.75”, 8”, 8.5”)/12 cm (14.5 cm, 16.5 cm, 17 cm, 20.5 cm, 21.5 cm), or about 1.5” (4 cm) shorter than desired final height.
  • Rnd 3: *3Ldec, hdc3L, FLdec, hdcFL; rep from * around. – 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48) sts.
  • Rnd 4: *3Ldec, FLdec; rep from * around. – 14 (16, 18, 20, 22, 24) sts.
  • Remove stitch marker. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm in length) for closing top of hat.

Finishing

  • Thread yarn needle with yarn tail, use yarn needle to seam crown of hat closed using the “cinch method” (see Pattern Notes).
  • With CA, make pom pom following instructions on Clover Pom Pom Maker. Alternatively, make a pom pom by hand using this tutorial.
  • Trim pom pom.
  • Attach pom pom to hat using yarn needle and yarn tail that tied pom pom together.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of hat.
© 2018 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/blog/2018/10/24/crochet-pattern-auntie-em-twister-hat. Thanks for supporting indie designers!